Why fiberglass replacement windows are better than vinyl replacement windows?


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!

Join Us at the 2014 Colorado Garden and Home Show

2014 Colorado Garden and Home Show

 Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 03:58

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Colorado Garden & Home Show
February 15 – 23, 2014
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

  • Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement.
  • Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best way to move your home and garden projects forward.
  • Learn about the innovative gardening and home improvement ideas, products and services in more than 1,400 booths.
  • Attend one of the 50 FREE educational seminars and how-to demonstrations for cutting edge gardening and home improvement ideas.
  • Each year the show selects nine exhibitors from dozens of applicants, whose products or services best demonstrate innovation, energy efficiency, unique design appeal or cutting edge thinking. We are pleased to showcase exhibits from these companies in the 9News Hot Products Zone located in the upper lobby as you enter the show. It is our way to get your ideas going.
  • Don’t miss the juried flower show.
  • Take the FREE shuttle. Park at Coors Field (take I-25 to the Park Avenue exit and follow to Wazee) for just $5 and ride the free Show Shuttle to the Colorado Convention Center.  Click here for a map to the Coors Field parking lot.

The Products We Sell and Service


Here at Gravina’s Window Center, we carry several different product lines for your home improvement needs. We represent the industry’s finest manufactures: Marvin, Andersen, Milgard, Therma-Tru, and James Hardie siding. Our in house installation crews are the best in the business and have the craftsmanship and know-how to transform your house into the home you deserve. We take pride in the products we represent and insure our customer’s satisfaction throughout the duration of their home improvement project.

About Us

We’re glad to be part of your due diligence process. Our customers are savvy consumers who spend time doing the research in selecting just the right product with just the right company. From the initial purchase, to the installation, and for years to come, you will find us ready and willing to serve you. We look forward to making you another one of our happy customers!

Why Gravina’s Window Center?

We are a family owned company serving the Denver Metro Area for over 38 years. Gravina’s Window Center is a well-established company constantly recognized for outstanding service in window and door replacements. Here at Gravina’s WIndow Center, we understand exactly how your window and door replacement needs will affect the comfort level of your home for years to come. Our top priority is for your window replacement project to go as smoothly as possible.

You can be absolutely confident that Gravina’s Window Center will address your concerns and window replacement questions, allowing you to make an intelligent decision regarding your project. In addition, we will ensure that you have a clear understanding of all choices involved, including window styles, interior and exterior colors, and a myriad of other available options. In fact, we refer to our Littleton showroom as our “Window Education Center.” We invite you to visit us and learn more about what we can do for your home improvement needs.

From our friendly office staff, to our sales team and installation technicians, everyone at Gravina’s Window Center has the knowledge and experience to guarantee that your window replacement project will provide maximum results. You can relax knowing that we consistently follow up with you during the entire process to make sure that your overall experience with Gravina’s Window Center exceeds your expectations and inspires you to recommend us to other homeowners.Image

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!