Your Complete Guide to Fiber Glass Windows

Fiberglass windows are actually one of the most popular types of windows on the market.  They are often preferred over other types because they are one of the most durable materials.  They are also water resistant, and help to prevent your windows from becoming damaged. Wooden and aluminum frames have a lot of different benefits, and these fiber glass windows have some similar advantages, but they are a lot less expensive than the others.  

Homeowners like to opt for fiberglass windows because they do not crack or peel.  They also do not bend, warp, or contract in extreme temperatures. You can also paint them, so they can go with just about any home decor that you prefer.  You can even get them with a wood clad interior, which helps them to have that classic wood look – without the added expense. They even have some that are pretty energy efficient. 

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The Advantages of Choosing Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass windows definitely come with their fair share of advantages.  Let’s take a closer look at some of these perks.

First, fiberglass windows are extremely durable.  They are actually one of the most durable of all of the different materials that are used to make window frames.  They are not really thick, but they provide your window panes with all of the stability that they need. They are also really good at resisting the elements, making them great for areas that have extreme temperatures and extreme weather.  Typically, they are designed to last upwards of 80 years if cared for properly.

They also have a really versatile design.  They are not only simplistic in their design, but you can change them up by painting them to help you get the look that you want for any room in your home or office.  If they don’t already come in a color that you like, simply paint them to match your preferences.

Since fiberglass and glass both tend to expand and contract about the same, it makes them ideal when it comes to window materials.  Vinyl windows typically expand up to seven times the amount that fiberglass windows expand, and wood windows can expand up to three times.  This is something to consider, because the expansion can actually cause your frames to fail over the course of time. The panes and the fiberglass frames will likely expand and contract together, meaning that your window stays more protected from weather elements.

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons that people choose to install fiberglass windows when they replace their windows.


Fiberglass Windows and Energy Efficiency

Fiberglass can really be a great way to keep your windows insulated.  Most of the time the insulation in your home is made up of fiberglass.  The insulating properties behind fiberglass windows are what helps them to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  The hollow part of the frame can even have foam added to improve efficiency even further. They are also pretty efficient because they help to keep out the drafty air.


Fiberglass Windows are Environmentally Friendly

Fiberglass windows are typically pretty environmentally friendly as well.  Fiberglass is a sustainable material, for the most part. It is at least more sustainable than many of the other materials that are used for frames these days.  Sand is converted to fiberglass, and there is a whole lot of sand in the world, so it is not difficult to manufacture more fiberglass. Fiberglass is also recyclable, and it does not take as much energy to make it as it does to make other materials, such as vinyl or aluminum frames. Once the windows are ready to be recycled, they can then be turned into cement or other materials.

The Drawbacks of Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass windows, while they do have their pros, also have some drawbacks.  Here are some of the disadvantages that you may want to consider before choosing fiberglass windows.

First, fiberglass windows are not as visually aesthetic as other windows, such as wood window frames.  This is because wooden windows just have this traditional elegance to them. The good news is that wooden trim can be put on the interior of the windows, to make them look better.  This makes them look more like wooden windows .

We already discussed that fiberglass windows are really energy efficient, but the truth is that they are hollow on the inside.  If you do not get the additional insulation foam put into the hollow insides, they may be less energy efficient than you would like.  This is usually an easy fix, as you can have the foam insulation put in to really boost the efficiency. Most people don’t notice an issue with the efficiency when they do this.  

Typically, if you choose fiberglass windows you will need to be prepared to wait a little longer for them.  This is because they take a little longer to get them ordered. They are not one of the most popular choices, because they are really a much newer option.  For this reason, they may not be readily in stock. This is especially true if you want customizable sizes for your windows.

The fiberglass windows are also prone to fading in the sunlight.  This is usually something that you can fix easily however, with a little bit of paint.  Sometimes, however, people do not really want to worry with painting their window frames.  If you want something that you won’t have to worry about painting over the years, then fiberglass may not be the best option for you.

The truth is fiberglass windows are much more durable, and last so much longer than vinyl, aluminum and wooden frames.  This is a good option to consider if you want something that is not only strong and durable, but also affordable. Sure, vinyl windows are going to be the cheapest option, but when you choose the cheapest option, durability is usually not your main priority.  You typically get what you pay for.


Are Fiberglass Windows Right For Your Home?

When it comes to choosing your window frames, you may wonder if fiberglass is the right option for you.  The truth is that fiberglass is not going to be the right choice for everyone. It really depends on a variety of factors.  It is a good idea to take a closer look at some reviews from others that have gone with fiberglass windows in your area. You should also talk to your window contractor.  They can give their expert opinion to let you know what may be the best type of window for your home. They will be able to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly.

How Much are Fiberglass Windows?

Fiberglass windows are usually about a quarter more expensive than vinyl windows, but range in at about half the cost of aluminum clad wooden frames.  For instance, if you are looking for a 3×5 fiberglass window frame, you will look to pay somewhere around $300. This will, of course, depend greatly on the specifications of your window.  It also does not include the cost of the labor for installation, which will vary greatly depending on your area.


Should You Hire a Professional?

Whether you are getting fiberglass windows for a new installation, or to replace older windows, you will definitely not want to take it on as a DIY project.  Windows are no easy endeavor. A professional window installation expert will not only be able to help when it comes to measuring the windows, but also getting them properly installed.  It is also important to understand that not all window manufacturers will sell to the public. Sometimes, you can only get certain windows through an installer that has been approved by the manufacturer.  Professionals can also help to prevent leaks and ensure longevity.


Check the Warranty

One important thing that you will want to consider if you are thinking about getting your windows replaced with fiberglass windows is the warranty.  This is going to determine how they are covered if anything were to go wrong. When you hire a professional installer, you will likely not only get the warranty on the actual window frames, but also on the labor and installation.  This is important, because you never know when something can go wrong. Windows are a big investment, so it is something to read up on carefully. Look for lifetime, or even double lifetime warranties. Also, make sure that you know that the warranty actually covers.

Do They Require Much Upkeep?

The good news is that fiberglass window frames do not often require you to do much upkeep.  In fact, you should really just have to keep them clean. You may also have to replace the weatherstripping on the window every ten years or so.  If you do this, your windows should really stand the test of time. If they do happen to get scratched at some point, you can use an acrylic based paint to cover up the knicks.  You can also repaint them altogether as needed.

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