Whether it’s time to replace your windows or if you’re in the process of building your home, you’ll have to decide which type of window you want installed. They’ll all come with their own benefits, but each situation will call for a different outcome. To make your decision easier, let’s compare two of the most popular types of windows — wood and fiberglass.
Should You Install Wood Windows?
Wood windows give a traditional look that many people still prefer to this day. There’s a lot to like about the aesthetics of a wood window, but they can end up costing you time, money, and confidence when looking at the big picture.
Wood windows are fairly energy-efficient to start, but they will eventually degrade due to age. This will cause a draft to enter your home, losing its energy-efficiency. They will also require extra costs due to maintenance and paint. Wood windows also lose quality in worse weather conditions.
At the same time, you might not be given a choice in some situations. For example, historic districts require the use of wooden windows for any home inside boundaries.
What About Fiberglass Windows?
On the other hand, fiberglass windows come with a lot of benefits and less negatives. While they aren’t any more energy-efficient than wood windows, they will last longer and can be fitted with additional insulation (at an extra cost).
Unlike wood windows, due to the risk involved long-term, fiberglass windows will normally come with a lifetime warranty. This can save you from having to pay for repairs down the line. They’ll also last longer and better in extreme conditions.
If it’s the appearance you’re going for, fiberglass windows can give you that steel look you’ve been waiting for. Even if you prefer a wooden look, there are plenty of fiberglass windows made to look like wood.
Which Window Is Right For You?
Don’t worry, this is a decision most people are stuck considering for weeks. Once your window is put in, it won’t be coming out for a very long time. You want to make sure you choose the right window the first time.
For those struggling, some manufacturers make fiberglass windows with a wooden interior and steel exterior — and vice versa. You’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for if you dig enough.
If you still need help, contact us today for more assistance. We’d be happy to guide you in the right direction and match you with the perfect window for your home.