Replacement Window Performance: Vinyl vs. Fiberglass 

If it’s time for replacement windows in your Utah home, you have some choices to make. Although you could select wood or wood-clad frames, most homeowners narrow their choices to vinyl or fiberglass.

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Both of these materials provide proven benefits for Utah homeowners. However, each frame type has its own benefits and drawbacks. To determine which material you should choose for your home, weigh the pros and cons of each carefully.

If you’re confused or you can’t decide, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can help you sort out your confusion.

The Pros & Cons of Vinyl Replacement Windows

Vinyl windows are durable, low-maintenance and budget-friendly. They are impact-resistant and feature a long-lasting finish that will look new for years or decades.

Today’s vinyl frames are available in many colors, ranging from light to darker hues. These frames are also easy to install, making them a popular choice for replacement windows in Utah.

You can add coatings and other energy-efficiency upgrades to both the frames and glass. So, although this may increase the cost somewhat, you could see a big increase in your home’s indoor comfort as well as a reduction in your power bill.

The Pros & Cons of Fiberglass Replacement Windows

The two most impressive benefits of fiberglass windows are their durability and the amount of value they add to your home. They are also more environmentally conscious than vinyl.

Like vinyl, fiberglass requires very little maintenance, but this material is more resistant to warping. You can choose from a wide array of factor finishes and colors or you can paint them any color you like. Fiberglass is also better able to simulate the look of wood

Given a choice – all else being equal – many homeowners do tend to prefer fiberglass over vinyl for their replacement windows. But how do you choose what’s write for you, your family and your Utah home?

Which Material Should You Choose for Your Replacement Windows?

Comparing these two options side-by-side, it’s safe to say that both vinyl and fiberglass windows require about the same amount of maintenance and generally provide an equivalent capacity for insulating your home.

Fiberglass windows are stronger and they will last longer, but vinyl will cost less. However, fiberglass will increase the value of your home more than vinyl. Also, you can’t paint vinyl replacement windows so, if you opt for this material, make sure the manufacturer you choose produces their products in a color finish you can live with.

To help you weigh your options, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can provide you will all the information you need about both types of materials. Contact us today to request an estimate or to learn more about your countless options for replacement windows.