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Vinyl vs. Fiberglass Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are highly recommended as a home improvement project with a significant return on investment. Not only that, a windows upgrade adds to the comfort level of the home -- when the windows are energy-efficient -- and gives a boost to its appearance.

Once you've decided to tackle window replacement, you're faced with a variety of choices. Window frame material is one of the critical options before you and that is increasingly a choice between vinyl, or fiberglass or fiberglass composite.

Durability and Maintenance
Vinyl and Fiberglass Composite Windows have become more prevalent than wood windows in new construction and renovation in part because of the inert nature of each material. Vinyl and fiberglass don't decay and insects aren't attracted to either material. Wood is an organic material that eventually rots; it's also subject to insect infestation, with detrimental effects to the frame.

Maintenance demands for vinyl and fiberglass are on the low end of the spectrum, mostly requiring hosing off and scrubbing the frames with soap and warm water. Fiberglass frames require more maintenance than vinyl since they need to be repainted periodically.

Lifespan
According to a 2007 study, fiberglass is estimated to last 38 percent longer than vinyl -- a good quality vinyl window is rated for up to 30 years, while a fiberglass window is expected to last for about 50 years.

Fiberglass fibers in the frame expand and contract at the same rate as the glass. That reduces the chance for seal failure, which is the main cause of condensation and fogging of the insulated glass unit. Vinyl windows have welded corner seams, where seal failure is most common.

Fiberglass is stronger and more rigid than vinyl -- the frames don't warp or twist. Fiberglass is also about eight times stronger than vinyl, although that attribute isn't as important in windows as it is for other parts of the building, since they don't provide structural support.

Heat has an adverse effect on vinyl, which can soften to the point of melting in high temperatures, leading to distorted and warped frames that place additional stress on the seal.

AMSCO and Cascade Windows are fabricated using advanced vinyl technology that results in frames that are more stable and resistant to climate extremes. Both companies increase the integrity of the seal with warm edge spacer technology to reduce thermal transfer and condensation.

Energy-Efficient Windows
Both vinyl and fiberglass frames have insulating value, with transmission of thermal energy slowed by hollow cavities -- similar to a honeycomb -- incorporated into the design. Fiberglass is rated approximately 15 percent higher in energy efficiency than vinyl, partly because of reduced expansion and contraction, and because fiberglass and fiberglass composite frames don't transmit heat or cold.

The stability of fiberglass frames means the entire window system and weatherstripping remains airtight and resists moisture infiltration. Fiberglass also provides insulation from noise transmission to a higher degree than vinyl.

Finishes
Generally, more options for finishes are available with fiberglass windows, since the frames can be painted. Fiberglass frames can also be fabricated with a wood veneer on the interior side of the window.

The color for vinyl window is injected all the way through the frames and can't be altered. While that eliminates the need to repaint, the options for color in vinyl windows is generally limited to light colors, such as white, almond, and taupe.

AMSCO Windows has expanded the traditional neutral color palette with several rich hues, available in the Renaissance and Artisan Series lines. The company's patented vinyl formula produces exceptional color retention for all its vinyl windows.

Cost
Vinyl windows cost significantly less than fiberglass -- up to 50 percent less, according to Remodeling Calculator. That doesn't include the cost of dismantling the existing window, framing, interior trim, molding, and decorative fittings.
Other features increase to the cost for both types of frames, such as custom configurations, special glass coatings, and accessories.

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What to Expect From Utah Replacement Vinyl Windows?

The Principles of Replacement Vinyl Windows

Replacing windows can cost a large amount of money, but whatever type of windows you  are hoping to install in your home, we suggest using a professional to assess your home in order to find the correct replacement windows. Vinyl windows don't pit or flake and can add to your home's resale value. Salt Lake Window Company vinyl replacement windows supply a wide variety of options, colors and energy efficiency options.

Utah Replacement Windows

Vinyl windows consist of far more than only a frame and glass. They are offered in a full range of sizes and trims, so chances are that whatever you have in mind for your home, Salt Lake Window Company has the options perfect for you. Vinyl windows from AMSCO Windows incorporate various energy-efficient characteristics that could possibly help you save money on your energy bill. 

Vinyl windows also have a tendency to be harder to shape vs. aluminum windows. They are easy to care for and do not require as much maintenance as aluminum windows. For most homes and companies in Utah, purchasing replacement vinyl windows is likely to be the perfect option to lower energy bills.
Commercial Replacement Vinyl Windows 

The truth is that aluminum windows have a large market share in regards to commercial buildings. To improve the overall appearance of your commercial building we recommend vinyl. 

The windows also include a limited lifetime warranty and are normal the most cost effective solution. In other words, vinyl (dual-pane) windows are far more energy efficient. Vinyl replacement windows are offered in such an extensive array that it's simple to find the appropriate style for you home or commercial building.

Vinyl windows have been the most popular method to improve the looks of your home for the past twenty years for a number of reasons. They provide you with exactly what you are looking for when it comes to functionality and supply sun protection.

For a free, no-hassle quote contact Utah's Fastest Growing Window Supplier, Salt Lake Window Company at (801) 824-3515.

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Comparisons between Vinyl Windows and Fiberglass Windows

In window replacement, there are three primary materials you can choose from. Two of them compete in the market for the home owner's choice. Vinyl and fiberglass windows are usually number one on home owners' list of window replacement or repair options. If you are choosing between these two, here is a comparison of their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Vinyl and fiberglass are closely priced. However, vinyl windows have the upper hand. Made from the cheapest material, vinyl windows are inexpensive solutions to your window problems. Vinyl windows are also popular for their insulating features. However, since vinyl windows are more prone to damage, they can be costly replacements if you plan to use the material for every repair.

Fiberglass windows may be expensive but are known to last longer than vinyl and wood windows. Fiberglass windows are eight times more durable than vinyl. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, unlike vinyl windows that crack over time. They can be a good investment if you plan to keep your home for a long time.

When you want Utah replacement windows, you also need to consider the material's environmental effects. Both vinyl and fiberglass windows are energy efficient. They provide sufficient heating and cooling. Fiberglass, however, would break down faster when disposed in a landfill, making them more environmental friendly. They are also not flammable, unlike wood and vinyl windows.

When installing Salt Lake replacement windows, both vinyl and fiberglass require the same amount of work. They should be installed properly to ensure quality results. Vinyl and fiberglass come in different colors, giving you more flexible design options. You can paint them with your desired color or you can order a pre-painted one from the manufacturer.

Vinyl and fiberglass windows are both termite resistant and easy to maintain, compared with wooden windows. However, among the three materials for Utah replacement windows, fiberglass is the most stable and recommended material. Fiberglass windows can provide better thermal resistance and structural beauty. When choosing a material for your window replacement, select one that would prove to be a long-term investment for you.

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