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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Asheville, NC home?

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Determining the type of material to build your window frame and sash from is an important choice when buying replacement windows. We’d like to share a few points to consider relating to 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 when measured against other window material selections. Aluminum windows are associated with moisture around the frame and general heat loss, which is noticed by the feeling of more heat or cold when you get close to the windows. The variety of color options is an additional reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Asheville home. While you can paint them, it would be very difficult to attain the natural look that wood or fiberglass can give to your home.
  • Fiberglass Windows — There are a number of reasons why fiberglass is an excellent material to build replacement windows with:
  • Fiberglass windows 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 top selling window materials with your neighbors in Asheville 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 a great investment for Asheville homeowners trying to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to produce higher R-values, are not impacted by extreme hot or cold temperatures, and are less prone 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?”