Choosing The Best Window Replacement Material
6/20/2013 1:09 PM
Choosing the Best Window Replacement Material
Defining which window replacement materials are the best is difficult because the wants and needs of every consumer are different. What is considered ideal for one homeowner is not the ideal choice for another.
Some value energy efficiency over aesthetics, while others want the traditional look of wood windows over improved energy efficiency or durability offered by other window materials. Personal choice reigns supreme, which is why at Weather Shield, we offer a variety of window and door products designed to meet the wants and needs of nearly anyone.
Read on below to learn more about the positives and negatives of all three common types of materials used in modern replacement windows.
Wood is a classic window material, having been used for hundreds of years in home construction. It is valued by some for its versatility and aesthetics but avoided by others due to high maintenance requirements. Wood windows are highly sought after for some homebuyers, so they can not only increase the value of your home but also make it sell faster!
If you are looking for a beautiful and timeless window for your home, wood windows are a great choice. If you are looking for something with low maintenance, you would do better with vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum.
Vinyl windows are the most popular windows in the U.S. today. They are relatively energy-efficient, low-maintenance, and most importantly, affordable. Available in a number of colors and styles, vinyl windows are versatile and can be made to match almost any décor. Vinyl quality can vary widely depending on the company that manufactures it. Cheaply made vinyl windows can warp, crack, and chalk very easily—decreasing the value of the investment of your home in a short period of time.
The key to buying vinyl windows is to ensure that you are buying vinyl windows from a company that places a premium on window quality. A quality made vinyl window will look great and last for years. At Weather Shield, we exclusively offer vinyl-clad windows. These windows offer an attractive and durable vinyl exterior with a real wood grain interior—giving you excellent energy efficiency, low maintenance, and durability combined with the highly sought after look of real wood windows on the interior.
Prior to the arrival of vinyl windows, aluminum windows were the popular alternative to wood windows. Aluminum windows offer exceptional strength and durability, but their energy efficiency is generally not as good as wood, vinyl, or fiberglass windows. Modern advancements have improved the energy efficiency of aluminum windows, but since aluminum transfers heat and cold very efficiently, they are still less efficient than other window materials. If you are looking for windows for commercial applications, aluminum windows are typically going to be your best choice.
Fiberglass is relatively new to the replacement window scene. As an exceptionally energy-efficient material, fiberglass and fiberglass-clad windows are an excellent choice for homeowners that place a premium on energy efficiency and windows that are produced with a low impact on the environment.
How To Decide Which Window is Best For You
If you are unsure which window is best for you, we recommend finding a local Weather Shield dealer and visiting their showroom or scheduling an in-home demonstration of our window and door products. This will allow you to see and touch our products—making the decision much easier! Don’t make the mistake of looking at only one type of window, you may just be surprised by the other options that available!