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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Charlotte, North Carolina home?

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Deciding on the type of material that you should purchase for your new window frame and sash is extremely important when buying replacement windows. We’d like to share a few points to consider regarding the various window materials that you might not have realized:

  • Aluminum Windows — While they may be cheaper to buy, aluminum windows can eventually use that savings, and then some, in terms of energy efficiency versus other window material selections. Aluminum windows are associated with condensation around the frame and simple heat loss, which is detected by the feeling of more heat or cold when you get close to the windows. The selection of color options is another reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Charlotte home. While you can paint them, it would be challenging to achieve the natural look that wood or fiberglass offers your home.
  • Fiberglass Windows — Never thought of fiberglass as an option for your new windows? You should and here are a few reasons why:
  • They are energy efficient.
  • They can stand up to extreme temperatures.
  • They are durable for any season or temperature or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are often higher in cost than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the most popular materials with homeowners in Charlotte is vinyl. Vinyl windows are typically lower in cost, are energy efficient and are easy to maintain. Even though vinyl windows are sold in a variety of colors, there are fewer color options available. There are many advantages to vinyl window products and we invite you to discover more by reading our blog post “The Benefits of Vinyl Windows”
  • Wood Windows — Wood windows can be an outstanding investment for Charlotte homeowners trying to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to produce higher R-values, weather-resistant, and are less susceptible to condensation. Many wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can minimize external maintenance. We invite you to read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”