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Why fiberglass replacement windows are better than vinyl replacement windows?

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Colorado’s extreme climate is harsh on many things exposed to our elements, especially replacement windows. Our high altitude, irregular temperatures, and extreme exposure to ultraviolet light have all proven to be damaging to many replacement window materials. There are many reasons as to why fiberglass replacement windows are better quality than vinyl, but we’ll spare you all of them and tell you about the big ones!

Fiberglass replacement windows have many advantages; however, the strength of a fiberglass replacement window in comparison to a vinyl is by far the most important advantage. One may not think that the strength of a replacement window is a big issue. After all, after the window is secured in place, the strength comes from the surrounding building materials. The real issue is how the window expands and contracts. Wood and vinyl replacement windows expand and contract with climate changes. You don’t need us to tell you about Colorado’s wacky weather! It’s December and it’s still 60 degrees out! You never know. We might get 3 feet of snow tomorrow. In any case, fiberglass windows have less chances of warping. In fact, fiberglass replacement windows are eight times stronger than vinyl. Yes, you read that correctly: EIGHT TIMES STRONGER!

Because fiberglass replacement windows can stand up to Colorado’s weather, they will continue to look beautiful and perform much longer than vinyl or wood windows. Vinyl will show its age in the form of spots, streaks, and cracks. You will never have to sand, scrape, or paint the fiberglass. Unlike vinyl, fiberglass frame windows can be painted if you would like. At the same time, unlike wood windows, you do not HAVE to paint fiberglass windows. The result is a replacement window that will stand the tests of time.

And last but not least, fiberglass replacement windows are more “green” than vinyl replacement windows. With the cost of energy on the rise, it is important to have a window that meets the highest energy standards. Your windows may be losing up to 40% heating energy during the winter and 50% cooling energy during the summer-obviously not the most energy efficient. With fiberglass replacement windows, customers can expect their energy bills to be reduced by up to 50%. Fiberglass is the more environmentally friendly material as well. Fiberglass replacement windows are made with about 60% glass. And glass can be recycled. With fiberglass windows, you’re saving money on energy bills while saving the environment. It’s a win-win!

Will replacement windows really increase the value of your home?

Will replacement windows really increase the value of your home?

Written By: James Jackson

    I’ve been reading various sites and have come across many that claim window replacement increases the value of a home. One of the sites even said that replacing your windows could increase the value of your home by 20%. That’s adding $40,000 to a $200,000 house. What? Clearly this website was exaggerating, but I did conclude that replacement windows do, in fact, add value to your home.
    Windows are thermal holes. On average, a house may lose around 30% of its heating energy through its windows. Often times, the heat that is circulating through a home is lost by poor insulation and older, degraded windows and doors. Modern replacement windows are insulated and have specific energy ratings so the homeowner knows just how much insulation to expect out of their investment. The energy ratings take into account the window frame, panes of glass, and their ability to resist air leakage and prevent heat loss. When you buy energy efficient replacement windows, you immediately save money because the energy savings alone make your home more valuable.
    I also decided to ask around the office to get the opinions of who I would call “window experts”. Here is what our window experts say about the value of replacement windows.
    1. If you spend $10,000 on replacement windows and decide to sell your home, you are likely to get about 70% of that back. It would be unreasonable to increase your home’s price by $10,000 if you decide to sell. But you could possibly tack on an extra $7000 to your selling price.
    2. Say you spend $4,000 on heating and cooling costs every year. If you replace your windows with more energy efficient window, you will likely save about 20% on your heating and cooling bill. That is $800 back in your pocket. Essentially, that is like saying that you will have bought back your windows in 5 years by replacing your windows.
    3. If your home has out dated windows, it is likely someone will want a discounted price for the home in order to put new windows in. It is a better idea to buy replacement windows before you sell your home so a potential buyer doesn’t bid ridiculously low. For example, say your bathroom window needs to be replaced and a potential buyer notices that. He or she may make an offer for $10,000 less than the asking price when really, that window may only cost you $1,500. Plus, if you have recently replaced the windows in your home, it is much more appealing to a potential buyer.
    So the answer is YES-replacement windows really do add value to your house. They will add both monetary value and non-monetary value such as improving the overall look and feeling of your house!