Fiberglass Windows: The Basics

If you’ve recently started researching various residential window options, the odds are good that you’ve run across information about fiberglass windows already. These windows have been growing in popularity, but most homeowners still don’t know a lot about them compared to traditional glass windows. This guide is meant to serve as an introduction.

As you read on, you’ll see a list of some common questions and answers that pertain to fiberglass windows. By the time you reach the end, you should better understand this undoubtedly modern window option, and you should grasp the benefits of choosing them for your entire home.

If you’re still not convinced that fiberglass windows are right for you when you finish this article, you should talk to your contractor to figure out which windows best match your lifestyle. Remember, no two families are exactly alike!

How strong are these windows?

Fiberglass windows are, according to various third-party testing labs, about eight times stronger than vinyl windows. This means they can withstand a lot of damage, including high winds (such as during hurricanes on the Carolina coast) and battering with blunt objects (such as during a burglary attempt). Fiberglass also resists warping and rotting, which is great in the humid regions where most of our clients live.

As a matter of fact, fiberglass windows have one of the best weight-to-strength ratios of any material commonly used in home construction. This means that, although they don’t weigh a lot and aren’t overly difficult to install, they are immensely durable. This is great news for homeowners.

How much do these windows cost?

Because fiberglass windows are innovative and newer to the market, they aren’t as affordable as most vinyl windows. That said, most homeowners find that their durability makes them worth any extra expense. An average vinyl window costs between $300-400, with premium models topping out around $510. It’s also worth noting that off-the-rack windows are less pricey than custom-made ones.

If you are on a very limited budget, you don’t have to sacrifice fiberglass windows. You can either look for sales at local home renovation stores (the holidays are an especially good time to save on windows) or talk to your contractor about discounts he or she might be able to get directly from manufacturers and pass onto you.

How much upkeep do these windows require?

Once they are installed, fiberglass windows are virtually maintenance free. This is one of the main perks that attract homeowners. They can be scrubbed down with mild soap and water, if needed, but can otherwise be left alone. You can also paint fiberglass windows if you want to, which can add a fun pop of color to the exterior of your home.

If you are thinking about having your home’s current windows replaced with fiberglass models in the near future, give the Hatch Homes team a call today. We believe the right windows can truly make a house and we would love the chance to install great new windows for you and your family to enjoy. We also look forward to adding you to our roster of satisfied clients from Richmond, VA all the way to Charleston, SC!

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