Fiberglass vs. Wood Windows
1/30/2014 3:19 PM
In the first of a multi-part series, we will be exploring some of the key differences between window materials. In this post, we will discuss an old classic—wood windows—and a relative newcomer to the industry—fiberglass windows. In this multi-part series, our aim is not to anoint one product as superior to the others, but simply to inform consumers of the major differences between our different product choices.
We will explore aesthetics, maintenance requirements, and energy efficiency in each part of our series.
Fiberglass vs. Wood Windows – Aesthetics
Wood windows have long been noted for their beauty and remain a highly sought after feature with homebuyers. Wood windows offer a classical elegance and warmth that other types of windows simply cannot. Fiberglass windows, while not having the reputation that wood windows do, also offer exceptional aesthetic value.
Weather Shield EnduraShield® fiberglass windows offer a variety of aesthetic options. With five exterior color choices, ten interior wood-clad combinations, and dozens of trim and hardware combinations, fiberglass windows can offer remarkable aesthetics to your home.
For the ultimate selection in choice, wood windows are the better selection. If you ever want to change the color or look of your wood windows, you can simply sand and repaint or re-stain them to give your home a fresh new look.
Fiberglass vs. Wood Windows – Maintenance
Maintenance requirements have become a major selling point for window manufacturers with virtually everyone claiming their windows are low-maintenance. When it comes to wood vs. fiberglass windows, there is a clear winner—fiberglass. While wood windows, when properly finished, can last for many years, they require more regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. As an organic material, wood is susceptible to rotting and splitting. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is an inorganic material and requires very little maintenance to keep its like-new appearance. A simple cleaning will make your fiberglass windows look like new—no sanding, scraping, or painting required!
Fiberglass vs. Wood Windows – Energy Efficiency
Both wood and fiberglass are insulating materials. Our fiberglass and wood window product lines both offer exceptional energy efficiency options and features like low-e glass, warm edge spacers, multi-paned insulated glass, and more.
Either choice will provide you with outstanding energy efficiency, but if you are looking for the absolute best in thermal performance, fiberglass windows cannot be beaten. Fiberglass has exceptional insulating properties and is virtually unaffected by temperature extremes. While other window materials may contract or expand during extreme heat or cold, fiberglass window frames maintain their shape and size—ensuring superior protection from unwanted air infiltration.
The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for energy efficient windows is that windows are only as efficient as their installation. Even the most energy efficient windows will provide you with little value if they are poorly installed. If you are considering a window replacement project, contact a Weather Shield dealer in your area. They will help you pick the best window for your home and needs and provide a high-quality installation that makes the most of your investment.
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