When you want to have replacement windows for your home, you come up with two choices; fiberglass windows and Vinyl (or PVC) windows. Both of them have their strengths and weaknesses, and it is often difficult for people to make a choice among them when the time comes. In this article, we shall try to draw a comparison among the two to help you select the right one for your home.
We will begin by comparing the strengths and weaknesses of vinyl and fiberglass windows. The first thing that you consider while selecting anything to be fitted in your home is the build quality and durability of that thing. Vinyl windows are made out of same material that PVC pipes in our bathrooms are made of, so they are hard and usually last long. But compared to fiberglass, they are not as durable. Fiberglass windows are proven to be eight times as tough as their vinyl counterparts.
Vinyl cannot stand the fury of extreme weather and slowly gives way to rising and falling temperatures. The extreme weather causes seal problems in the vinyl windows as they keep expanding and contracting with rising and falling temperatures. Fiberglass, on the other hand, stands strong against the forces of weather and temperature changes and do not give way to anything. Even years after the installation, you will not find any sealing issues with your fiberglass windows.
Now we come to the appearance of both types of windows. Vinyl windows cannot stand a paint job. They are built with a color and carry on with it until it breaks down. This is good if you want to keep the look of your house monotonous, but if you want to change the colors of the walls and furniture once in awhile, then the fiberglass window should be your choice. It can hold the paint perfectly well to go with the décor of your house. Furthermore, they are built to look like solid wood, so they are naturally better looking than vinyl windows.
Fiberglass windows are also much more environment friendly. Vinyl windows are made out of polyvinyl chloride which is known to have environmental hazards both in the manufacturing process as well as the post manufacture period. Though some of these issues are said to be resolved, PVC materials are still not very popular among environment conscious circles. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable for all and causes no concerns on the environmental front. The fiberglass window is made out of silica sand which is a very abundant resource in our world, and more importantly, one that is not likely to face any run outs due to over exploitation.
Made out of entirely organic material like silica sand, the fiberglass windows are not known to have any pre or post-manufacture environment hazards. In fact, around 40% of the content in these windows is from recycled resources. Therefore, by choosing fiberglass windows for our homes, we can make a better choice not only for our home but also do a favor to our planet.