Windows: Comparing Vinyl and Fiberglass Options
When choosing windows, you may wonder whether to pick vinyl or fiberglass. These two materials are the most popular choices for windows today, replacing wood, which is not as durable and requires more maintenance. Both vinyl and fiberglass offer different advantages, so you’ll need to decide which works best for your lifestyle.
When making your selection, you may want a specific look or a more customizable one. Fiberglass is great for customization because it can be painted. Vinyl comes in a wide range of colors but cannot be painted. Fiberglass can be textured, and vinyl is mostly smooth. If you want to maximize your view, fiberglass is the way to go because it is thinner and takes up less window space than vinyl, although the difference is slight.
Here is a table comparing basic vinyl and fiberglass window features:
|Cost||Less expensive||More expensive|
|Durability||Less durable||More durable|
|Energy efficiency||Less energy-efficient||More energy-efficient|
|Maintenance||Requires more maintenance||Requires less maintenance|
|Customizability||Less customizable||More customizable|
|Look||Smoother finish||Textured finish|
|View||Slightly reduced view||Unobstructed view|
|Lifespan||30 years||50 years|
If budget is your main concern, vinyl windows are less expensive. You can pay 10%-30% less for vinyl than fiberglass. However, fiberglass is more durable and lasts longer. Vinyl windows will last around 30 years, while fiberglass can last 50 years after installation. Fiberglass is about 15% more energy-efficient than vinyl. Both are good insulators, so you don’t have to worry about temperature loss or gain with either option.
Both options are great choices for your new windows. It comes down to personal choices and the needs of your household. Inquire with us today (781-826-2577) to talk more about your window options and watch our videos.