Fiberglass is one of the strongest and most durable window frame materials, even though it is very lightweight. These windows are designed to withstand extreme heat and cold. On top of that, they look great and will raise your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
If you want the look of painted wood with less maintenance, fiberglass windows might be the solution for you. These frames combine visual appeal and quality with energy efficiency and durability, all while being low-maintenance.
These window frames come in an attractive assortment of colors and the paint is long-lasting under normal circumstances. Often, the color is added as a hard finish at the factory, which makes it especially durable. This means less maintenance for you since it does not have to be sanded, sealed or painted.
Fiberglass is less prone to contracting and expanding and stronger than vinyl, which is especially important when you live in Colorado, where the temperatures can fluctuate drastically. The fiberglass frame will expand and contract similarly to the windowpane, making the insulation better as the glass seal will last longer.
These windows offer great thermal and weather resistance and do not warp, crack, rot or rust. Fiberglass window frames are great insulators and will noticeably increase the energy efficiency of your home. They are also very scratch-resistant and offer great noise reduction.
Fiberglass is one of the newer materials when it comes to window frames and has quickly become a very popular choice. The material is made from strands of glass fibers that are woven through heated resin in a die. The base material is a natural resource made of silica sand.
From a cost standpoint it usually falls between wood and vinyl and is thus in the medium price range. When you take their superior insulation and thus energy efficiency into account, fiberglass window frames are well worth the investment and will pay for themselves rather quickly.
A Variety of Options for Fiberglass Windows
Fiberglass window frames come in a number of colors and styles to match your home and design style. You can even get wood laminate on the interior to achieve the more traditional look of wood. As far as the styles go, fiberglass window frames come in most popular options, including the following:
- Awning Windows
- Casement Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Single Hung Windows
- Sliding Windows
- Picture Windows
Fiberglass can only be formed into straight lineal forms and profiles, which limits the customization of the window frames for specialty windows. However, they are available from great brands like Andersen and Pella.
You can combine the fiberglass window frames with single, double and triple paned glass. The more layers of glass, the better the insulation and the lower your energy costs.
Additionally, you will have various choices regarding the hardware. Here you can simply pick a finish that suits your style and the design of your home. Combined with the different color choices you can make these windows completely your own and achieve the look you want for your home.
Other Composite Window Frames Like Fibrex®
Composite window frames are often made out of a wood byproduct and plastic. Because of that, their look is close to that of wood and they are effective insulators. Best of all, they require less maintenance than wood and are less expensive as well.
One great composite window material is Fibrex®, a relatively new composite material technology that was developed by Andersen. The material is made out of 40 percent reclaimed wood fibers and 60 percent thermoplastic polymer, which are then fused together.
It is similar to fiberglass in its energy efficiency, durability and strength. These Fibrex® frames, like all fiberglass frames, are usually narrower than frames made out of other materials (like vinyl), which allows more space for glass. They look very sleek and modern.
Fibrex® frames do not need to be painted and can be formed into a variety of profiles. This allows for specialized custom windows that match the design of your home perfectly. These windows are low-maintenance and come with great warranties.
Your Trusted Guide for Fiberglass Windows
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We will guide you through the entire process of picking new windows, without applying any sales pressure. For us, it is important to help you make an informed decision, which is why we take the educational approach. We want what is best for you.
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