Vinyl windows are a low cost, low maintenance option. Vinyl is an affordable quality material that also provides an energy efficient window. Some of the benefits of a vinyl frame include: versatility in window style and design, high energy efficiency, ease of clean, longevity, and low maintenance. Due to the fact that vinyl is a manmade plastic, not made of wood or wood products, vinyl is resistant to moisture. Meaning, vinyl windows will not mildew, mold, or rot. So, in turn, it provides greater longevity for the life and maintenance of the window. US Home Exteriors superior vinyl products also may be painted which some vinyl vendors can’t do.
As an added bonus, vinyl has an easy and quick installation process. Meaning your home improvement project takes less time to complete, getting you living normal faster. Additionally, you get a lower installation cost and financing options. When it comes to cost Vs. value vinyl windows hold their value and have a higher return on investment.
Fiberglass replacement windows are still more expensive than vinyl but acts as a low-cost secondary option. These windows can be challenging to install and are not as readily available on the market. Window replacement costs for fiberglass windows also increase because of the extended time and difficulty with installation.
Because fiberglass windows are painted, they peel and chip under severe weather conditions and over time. Furthermore, they require regular maintenance and will fade in sunlight, which also results in needing periodic painting. The main benefit of fiberglass is their durability outlasts other window type options available.
People often feel that a wood window provides a far more traditional look and feel. Yet, through technology, this feeling is equally duplicated with many vinyl options.
Wood has the crucial fault of moisture buildup. Wooden frames create many issues, such as warping, mildew, mold, and rot. The accumulation of moisture cuts down on the life expectancy of the replacement window and its energy efficiency. Wood windows require regular maintenance to avoid moisture buildup and the damage it causes. Additionally, preservation is needed to limit energy loss over the lifetime of your window. The simple benefit of wood is that you paint it when you want to change color in the future.
A composite window is very similar to a wood window in that it has the same general characteristics. Composite windows are a meld of wood products and polymers or resins. Due to the fact that it is a composite technology, you will never get the same blend of composite from varying vendors. Therefore, if anything happens where one window needs replacing, it likely will not be fashioned of the same composition used in your original composite windows. Consequently, because the mixture is always different, the cost will vary from vendor to vendor. The varying range can be expensive.
Further, it still has issues with moisture, which reduces life expectancy and energy efficiency and requires regular maintenance. Again, the main benefit is its ability to be painted if you ever wish to change colors.