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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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Buyer's Guide to Window Replacement in Utah

Is that breeze coming from an open window or an unwanted draft? When
colder temperatures approach, it's time to evaluate your windows for a
possible upgrade. The good new is, the window industry is constantly
growing and you have lots of options when it comes to Utah window
replacement. Let's take a look at the types of windows and window frames
available.

Composite Windows

Composite windows combine the durability of a timber interior with the
easy maintenance and modern look of a metal exterior (often aluminum).
Composite windows may also be covered in vinyl. In short, you'll benefit
from the reliability of a sturdy wooden frame but you never have to
stain the windows and cleaning is easier than ever. This type of window
frame can accommodate all styles of window opening, from casement to
tilt and turn.

Wood Windows

There are many clear advantages to wood windows. They insulate better
than nearly any other type of frame, have a classic look that never goes
out of style, and they can be very environmentally friendly. It's no
surprise that wood frames from companies like Pella Windows are so
popular. For homeowners in Utah, windows that last a lifetime are a
financially sound decision and show you care about quality. Your options
range from hardwoods like oak and teak to softwoods including fir and
red cedar. Some wood window frames are solid wood, and others are
reinforced by a strong metal interior.

Vinyl Windows

Is low maintenance at the top of your priority list when it comes to
window replacement? Vinyl windows never need to be stained, painted, or
refinished in any way. Your vinyl windows will never flake or peel and
they are easy to wipe down. If vinyl sounds appealing, you're not alone:
Vinyl windows from manufacturers like AMSCO and Cascade are the most
popular option on the market right now because they are so long lasting.
You can choose from a variety of finishes, so your new window frames
always blend in with your decor and can even be matched to your real
wood cabinets or flooring.

Price Comparisons

The type of windows you install may be based on your budget. Casement
and single-hung windows are affordable options that grant you proper
ventilation without sacrificing proper insulation or function. In terms
of framing, vinyl is often the most affordable option. Standard wood and
composite frames can still be cost-effective, with custom frames coming
in at the most expensive.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient windows and frames keep your home cooler in the summer
and warmer in the winter. They cut back on your HVAC costs and can save
you a lot of money in utilities. Most modern frames are designed to be
very energy efficient, and the Energy Star rating on windows lets you
know the design has been approved for maximum efficiency. Vinyl and wood
frames have a particular reputation for being insulated. Consider adding
window film to your panes at the time of installation to make them even
more efficient.

When it's time for a Greater Utah or Salt Lake City window replacement,
choosing a frame and pane that you trust begins with choosing the right
style for your home. From there, you can narrow down the right windows
by maintenance and longevity. New windows are an important investment --
they keep your home energy efficient and feeling modern. Start planning
your window replacement today!

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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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