When it’s time to replace your windows, you are faced with two choices, either fiberglass windows or vinyl windows (PVC windows). There are good and bad points to using both types of windows, making the choice of windows for your home a personal choice, depending on your needs.
The material that vinyl windows are made from is the same material that the PVC pipes in bathrooms are made from. This makes vinyl windows very durable both in strength and in longevity. However, fiberglass windows have been proven to be eight times as tough as vinyl windows, making them the more durable choice.
Withstanding Weather Conditions
Vinyl replacement windows are very temperamental when it comes to extreme weather. Over time, vinyl windows will start to have issues with the seals because of the effects of rising and falling temperatures causing them to expand and contract, eventually causing them to lose their seal altogether. Fiberglass replacement windows are able to stand the pressure of harsh weather conditions much better. They are not affected by the rising and falling of temperatures throughout the year and typically don’t have any issues with their seals.
Vinyl windows are unable to be painted. The original color of your vinyl windows is the color that they will remain for the life of the windows. This is a good choice for homeowners that keep the colors of their home the same over time. If you are the type of person that likes to change the colors in your home often, then fiberglass windows are a better choice since they are able to be painted time and again. Fiberglass windows are also built to resemble solid wood, so they naturally go better with any décor than vinyl windows do.
In today’s world, it’s important to think about the environment when we make any home improvements. Vinyl windows are made out of polyvinyl chloride which is known to be harmful both during the manufacturing process and afterwards. Even though there’s been talk of some of these environmental issues being taken care of, PVC still isn’t a popular material among many those that are environmentally conscience. Fiberglass windows on the other hand are made out of silica sand which is a readily available resource that is very environment friendly.
Fiberglass windows which 40% of its materials are from recycled resources, are made from organic material such as silica sand and are not known to pose any environmental risks are a better choice for our homes. You will be making a better choice not only for your home but for the environment as well when you choose fiberglass windows.