In recent years fiberglass windows have made a splash in the market and quickly become a popular window material. But because replacement windows are such a large investment many homeowners are still wary of the products. They worry that most fiberglass windows won’t stand up to the hype. There is a lot of false information about fiberglass windows floating around. We are here to put some of these myths to rest. Here are some common myths you shouldn’t believe:
Fiberglass Windows Don’t Have Enough History
A lot of homeowners don’t consider fiberglass windows as an option because they believe these products don’t have a proven track record. Are fiberglass windows still too new? Actually, no. The patent for fiberglass windows dates back to 1946. So while still considered “cutting-edge” compared to wood and aluminum windows, these products have had plenty of time to prove their value. They are dimensionally stable, well insulated, and almost completely weather resistant. And with modern window technologies advancing from year to year, these products are better than ever.
Fiberglass Windows are High Maintenance
Because high-quality fiberglass windows look so much like natural wood a lot of homeowners mistake them for their counterpart. But the truth is fiberglass windows require very little upkeep. If you get the proper finish you will not need to sand and refinish fiberglass windows every few years. These windows also naturally resist harmful ultraviolet rays and will not fade and peel over time. All you need to do is keep the frames clean to keep them looking new.
Fiberglass Windows are Not Energy Efficient
There are several factors that play a role in the efficiency of a replacement window. The frame material does contribute a part in that. And despite what you might hear, as a whole, fiberglass windows are the most energy-efficient products on the market. When you combine fiberglass frames with double glazing, argon gas fills, and low-E coatings you will have significant energy savings. You could save up to 35 percent on your next energy bill if you invest in fiberglass windows.
Fiberglass Windows Aren’t Very Strong
Some people believe fiberglass windows to be brittle. The truth is these products are built to last. They are strong in both tensile strength and modulus strength. In fact, they are three times stronger than wood and almost eight times stronger than vinyl. As a result, they are more impact resistant. And because the material expands and contracts at the same rate as glass, these windows have a lower seal failure rate.
Fiberglass Windows are Too Expensive
This is the biggest hang-up for most prospective window buyers. Compared to other window materials, fiberglass prices are some of the highest on the market. What they often forget is these windows are worth the investment. Not only do you get significant energy savings, but these windows also last almost twice as long as other window materials. It is worth it to pay more up front for windows that can last 30 years or more.
Ready to give fiberglass windows a second look. Contact us at 973-949-5401 or visit 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. The professionals of Home Supply Window and Door can provide detailed product and design knowledge on all our fiberglass windows so you can feel confident in your choice.