Replacement Windows: Pros and Cons of Top Options

Replacement windows

Would you like to replace your home’s windows? Are you confused about the various replacement windows options available on the market today?

Once you have decided that you would like to replace the windows in your home, you may be overwhelmed by the many choices available on the market. If you are, you are not alone.

Whether you are interested in improving the overall appearance of your home, or you want to replace your old tired windows with energy-efficient windows, new windows can make a dramatic difference in your home’s appearance and your energy bills.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the top replacement windows options to determine what choice is best for you and your family.

Pros and Cons of Top Replacement Windows

Replacement windows come in a variety of materials including fiberglass and composite-frame, vinyl, and wood.

Fiberglass and Composite-Frame Replacement Windows

Fiberglass and composite-frame replacement windows are the new kid on the block. They are made with a combination of materials similar to that of a car bumper. For example, fiberglass and polyester resin. Pros and cons include:

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Maintenance-free
  • More energy efficient than vinyl
  • Can be painted to match your home’s color scheme

Cons:

  • Typically more expensive than aluminum and vinyl windows
  • Depending on the manufacturer, hardware (locks, cranks, and lifts) can vary in quality.

Vinyl Replacement Windows

Vinyl windows are one of the most popular choices for homeowners in the United States.

Pros

  • Maintenance-free
  • Available with more options than wood (single-hung, double-hung, casements, and awning style).
  • Energy-efficient – thicker frames provide additional insulation to prevent air leakage. According to the EPA, energy savings results in a 15% reduction in energy bills.
  • Durable
  • Weather-resistant

Cons

  • Vinyl melts and warps if exposed to extreme levels of heat (as with contact with fire).
  • Thicker frames result in a slight loss of overall glass visibility.
  • May fade with time and cannot be painted

Wood Replacement Windows

Wood-framed windows have been considered the gold standard by many homeowners. They are beautiful and are reasonably energy efficient. However, they have been slowly losing market dominance to vinyl. Additional pros and cons include:

Pros

  • Strong
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Can be painted to match your home’s color scheme
  • Reasonably energy efficient

Cons

  • Require periodic maintenance including painting or staining and sealing to protect against the elements.
  • Price – typically more expensive than vinyl windows.
  • Can be subject to the elements (extreme heat or moisture) over time and warp.

Takeaway

Knowing the pros and cons of the various replacement windows options is the first step once you have decided to replace your home’s windows. This guide will help with that decision.

If you have any questions or would like to take the next step and request an estimate, please contact us. We would be honored to help with the selection and installation of your home’s new windows.

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