Comparing Wood windows vs. Fiberglass windows vs. Vinyl windows

A Quick Guide for Consumers

It’s no wonder window shopping in Louisville can feel overwhelming. There are a lot of choices out there and a lot of lofty claims. Sifting through all the competing information can be time consuming and frustrating.

Below is a guide to the most popular new window options in Louisville. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please give us a call.

Wood Windows:

It’s true—wood windows look fantastic. That’s a great benefit, but unfortunately the benefits of wood windows end there.

Wood windows require serious upkeep. They need to be re-painted often. Wood is also more likely to rot, warp, or become infested with insects. Over time, wood windows become increasingly difficult to open and shut.

In addition to those cons, wood windows are the most expensive option out there.

Fiberglass Windows:

Fiberglass is a strong material. Fiberglass windows look attractive when they’re manufactured and installed correctly.

But it’s impossible to fusion-weld fiberglass windows. Unlike vinyl windows, which are welded, the fiberglass version is screwed together with machine screws. This makes the joints susceptible to coming loose as time goes by. When this happens, water and air can penetrate your windows.

Upkeep-wise, the paint will fade as the windows age. In order to keep fiberglass windows from looking dingy and old, they’ll need to be repainted.

Basically, fiberglass replacement windows are more costly than similar quality options in Louisville. If you’re thinking about choosing fiberglass, ask us what advantages you would get for the extra cost.

Low Quality Vinyl Windows:

There are tons of vinyl windows on the market. Many of them are low quality, but because they’re technically vinyl, they get lumped together with the high-quality windows. This can be confusing for homeowners.

Lower-grade vinyl windows are often described as “plastic looking,” and this has a negative effect on a home’s curb appeal. Another problem is lower energy performance, upping your utility bills. Finally, they’re more susceptible to color fade and chalkiness.

Low quality vinyl windows might be easy on the budget in the beginning, but they end up costing more in the long run.

Premium Vinyl Windows:

Top quality vinyl windows offer a mix of durability, cost-effectiveness, and spectacular curb appeal. That’s why they’ve ruled the window market for so long.

Benefits of Premium Vinyl Windows for Louisville Homeowners

  • Durable
  • No rot, moisture, or insect infestation
  • Little to no upkeep—you don’t need to paint or stain
  • Energy efficient
  • They come in a variety of styles and colors
  • Best value for your money

Bottom Line: High quality vinyl windows truly combine the best of everything a window has to offer. They’re attractive, resilient, low-maintenance, and they keep the weather outside, where it belongs.

Ask us how to increase your home’s curb appeal and energy performance. We’re here to help.