Many homeowners don’t know how many options there are for replacement windows. If you have an older home, you probably have wood windows. More modern homes may have aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl windows. When deciding on the type of windows to install in your home, it’s important to know as much as possible about the most important qualities of each. The pros and cons of each window type boil down to their materials.
The Material Difference in Wood, Aluminum, and Vinyl Windows
All windows are designed to look good while providing ample light and ventilation. Construction materials are the determining factor when it comes to ease of use, insulation, durability, and maintenance. Each of the four main types of windows has unique qualities that you may be looking for when replacing your old windows.
The classic look and build of a wood window have been used for centuries. They can be built completely custom for your home and painted any color you wish. Many homeowners prefer the natural-grain look of wood and its good insulative properties. They do, however, require a great deal of maintenance over the years and don’t last as long as modern materials.
Strength, style, and improved sightlines highlight the benefits of aluminum windows. They are not great insulators though so if energy efficiency is important to you, you may want to look at vinyl windows. Aluminum conducts heat quickly so they will be hot in summer and cold in the winter. They require a thermal break so they can withstand freezing temperatures.
Popular for their durability and insulative properties, fiberglass windows are becoming more frequently found in homes. They come in multiple colors and finishes like aluminum and vinyl windows, but are much more expensive. If you have a larger home, it will be quite costly to install new fiberglass windows, and it may be difficult to find someone to install them.
There are many reasons why vinyl windows are the most popular for homes in the area. Vinyl windows are incredibly customizable, durable, insulated, and affordable. Virtually every home built since the 1990s is equipped with vinyl windows. They require little maintenance and are easy to operate. Double-hung vinyl windows open inward for easy cleaning. With various grades of insulative glass, you’re sure to find a quality vinyl window that fits your budget.
Choose PJ Fitzpatrick for Your Vinyl Window Installation
The home improvement experts at PJ Fitzpatrick have been installing vinyl windows for decades throughout the Delaware Valley. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, so we make sure you get quality windows installed right the first time. We offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss your replacement window needs.