The Differences Between Vinyl and Fiberglass Windows

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Are you wondering which type of window frame you should use for your upcoming window replacement? Let’s look at two types that are popular among homeowners around the country: fiberglass and vinyl window frames.

Fiberglass windows are typically a composite of glass fibers and resin, while vinyl frames are made of hard polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. They are both great options because of their quality and durability. But which should you choose for your home? Read on to learn more about them and find out which one you would prefer.

  • Price
    Vinyl windows are considered somewhat more affordable than those made of fiberglass, depending on the frame style. A dual-paned window made with a vinyl frame can cost anywhere from 200-1200 dollars with installation, while the same window type in fiberglass usually ranges from 600-1600 dollars with installation. Although the difference between the two is often just a few hundred dollars, choosing vinyl can definitely come in handy if you’re looking to save on your remodeling project.
  • Durability of Material
    When it comes to material strength and durability, fiberglass windows have an edge over the competition. Since the frame is reinforced with glass fibers, it’s about 8 times stronger than vinyl windows made from pure PVC. On average, the latter would last around 5-50 years, while fiberglass models can survive 50-100 years. So, it’s good to consider how long you plan on staying in your current home or how many years you will use your window design before updating it.
  • Color Quality
    Low quality fiberglass window frames, as well as painted exteriors, may require a bit more upkeep in terms of color quality. They tend to fade in the sunlight over time, so they need an occasional repaint to maintain their appearance. Acrylic capped fiberglass and high quality vinyl, on the other hand, fade minimally and remain the same hue even after years have passed.
  • Insulation and Heat Resistance
    When exposed to high temperatures, vinyl material can warp and lose its original form. This can lead to a loose window air seal that can make your home less insulated. However, in the construction of the window, insulation can be inserted into the frame if it has a hollow body.Meanwhile, fiberglass is not a good conductor of heat because of the glass fibers in its material. It is naturally a better insulator that virtually does not expand or contract and manages to keep its shape when exposed to extreme temperatures.

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