Why Vinyl Windows Work for Your Home
Some window replacement companies treat vinyl and fiberglass as interchangeable manmade materials for windows. Vinyl and fiberglass windows may seem similar enough to lump together, but if you consider cost, they are very different. Here are a few things to know about these two types of windows before you choose one for your home.
The base materials for vinyl and fiberglass are different substances, but there are also some differences and similarities in the manufacturing process:
- Vinyl window manufacturers use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a base with metal sometimes added as an inner structural element for strength in the framing.
- The base material for fiberglass is polyester resin with strands of glass.
- Both vinyl and fiberglass can be manufactured with color.
Durability and Strength
Due to the synthetic materials used, both window types hold up well against the elements. Bugs and weather are not as damaging to either fiberglass or vinyl as they are to wood frames. Some studies have shown fiberglass to be stronger, but this is not as interesting as it may seem since your windows do not provide any structural support to your home.
While many of the facts about fiberglass and vinyl are not too different on the surface, one thing should interest you. There is a real cost difference between the two materials. Vinyl window prices are much more affordable than fiberglass.
While vinyl and fiberglass have some similarities, the major difference is important. Vinyl offers a real cost advantage. The affordability of vinyl can work for your budget and your home.