“There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there.” – Robin Williams
A window is more than a simple component of your home. It’s a portal that connects us with our surroundings. The shapes and sizes of the windows we select are understandably important. So are the materials.
Windows for most homes typically fall into three categories – fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum. The key to a sound purchase is finding the material that provides the best fit for your particular residence, so your enjoyment, comfort, and satisfaction in your own environment are maximized.
Wellington Windows and Doors can give you the guidance to make a smart decision.
“Clients can consult with our expert advisors, who will happily explain the pros and cons of each option so that we can meet both their budget and quality expectations,” says owner John Geraghty. “Whether it’s for a standard window installation or a specific project that requires a discerning look, we can meet their needs.”
The case for vinyl windows begins with affordability. If your budget is modest, and staying within it is a must, vinyl windows are an excellent option. A good price doesn’t mean sacrificing quality, though. Vinyl is a popular material for a variety of reasons.
“The majority of windows we sell and install are made of vinyl,” says Geraghty. “It provides a high level of insulating value.”
- Reasonable prices $
- Glossy finish
- Lower utility costs because vinyl windows are flexible and therefore help to contain heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, reducing your energy bills
- Variety because there is a greater amount of choice when it comes to colour and style options
- Easy to clean and won’t deteriorate as quickly as other materials, making it a low-maintenance option
The very nature of vinyl being a less sturdy material means that there can be limitations relating to the size of the window. A vinyl option works best for smaller windows.
Fiberglass windows have similar insulating properties as vinyl, but they are better in terms of rigidity and tensile strength. The nature of it being a harder material allows it to have thinner frames than vinyl. That means lots of choices.
“Fiberglass windows are really versatile,” says Geraghty. “For example, they can be made to look like wood.”
- More expensive than vinyl but still great value $$
- Satin finish
- A strong material that will maintain its integrity and durability, meaning it will last a long time
- No concern for warping or rust, making maintenance simple
Deciding on fiberglass windows does mean your choice of colours will be limited.
Aluminum windows are a more costly option but one of the main reasons for that is the added strength the material provides.
“Aluminum windows also have the thinnest profile, which allows you to be flexible with the size,” says Geraghty. “The windows can be very large because of that.”
- Matte finish
- Thin yet strong and flexible, making it easy to bend into a unique shape
- The strongest window material ensuring that it is long-lasting
- Narrow frames help with view
Aluminum doesn’t necessarily provide the same level of insulation as vinyl and fiberglass windows.
Call Wellington Windows and Doors to find the best choice for your beautiful home.