When fiberglass was first used as a window material in the early 80s, it was meant to be an alternative composite window with superior thermal properties compared to the wood, vinyl, aluminum and stainless steel, the top window materials at the time. Unfortunately, as with any new product introduced to an already established market, numerous misconceptions plagued fiberglass windows.
To this day, a few of these myths and misconceptions have stayed with homeowners. Our experts at Skyline Windows of Richmond investigate further to see whether these beliefs hold water and to help show you the truth about fiberglass windows.
Myth: Fiberglass Is Weak and Brittle
This myth may be a product of how people think about things that have “glass” in their names. The truth is, fiberglass is as much glass as steel wool is wool. In a study by the University of British Columbia, fiberglass has been found to be at least eight times stronger than vinyl, and outlives other aluminum, vinyl, and wood window products by almost 40%. Today, fiberglass windows offer excellent durability than most other types of material.
Myth: Fiberglass Is High-Maintenance
Admittedly, fiberglass windows need repainting every once in a while to keep it looking new. Although, all things considered, this is the only maintenance it generally needs. Unlike other types of windows, fiberglass windows have the lowest rate of seal failure, which means, barring accidents and other extraneous circumstances, you likely don’t have to replace its seals for the duration of its life.
Myth: Fiberglass Is Expensive
The price of a fiberglass window is competitive compared to other window materials. In fact, if you factor in its long service life along with its low maintenance needs, you’re actually saving more money in the long-term if you choose to go with fiberglass. In addition, the high thermal insulation ratings of most fiberglass windows help you to save more in your energy bills.
Enjoy the advantages of fiberglass windows and superior installation from our professionals at Skyline Windows of Richmond, your number one replacement window company. Give us a call at (804) 270-4008 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.