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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Comparing Vinyl And Fiberglass Windows

by Bradley Castillo

The windows of your home have to be durable enough to withstand a massive range of different weather conditions without breaking apart or allowing heat or moisture to transfer between the interior and exterior of your home. Furthermore, they have to be attractive enough to boost the curb appeal of the exterior of your house while also going with the interior design of the room that they are installed in. This is quite a lot to ask, and different window materials fulfill these needs in different ways. Understanding the difference between two of the more common types of window materials—vinyl and fiberglass—can help you pick the one that is the best fit for your home's needs, especially if you are considering changing them.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl is one of the more affordable materials used for windows available on the market, which is why it is one of the most common window variants in both residential and commercial properties. Vinyl is immune to water damage, mold growth, warping, rust, and pest infestations. Further, vinyl comes in a wide range of different colors and textures, which means that it can replicate the appearance of other materials like wood and aluminum very easily.

However, vinyl is not very durable and can easily be broken by falling debris in the event of a storm. Furthermore, vinyl cannot be easily painted: while some types of paints will stick, they will not adhere well to the surface of vinyl, and will easily flake off over time. The only way to change the color of your window is to replace it.

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass is a window material that, like vinyl, is immune to a wide range of damage, including pest infestations, warping, mold growth, and rust.  Fiberglass is also much more physically strong than vinyl is and can resist physical pressure without cracking or breaking very easily. While fiberglass windows do not come in the same range of different colors and textures that vinyl does, fiberglass can be easily painted using exterior paint, giving you a greater degree of aesthetic customization. The installation of fiberglass windows on your home can boost your resale value, due to their practical and aesthetic benefits. You can contact a home window replacement company for more information or for help installing your windows.

However, the major caveat of fiberglass is the initial price point associated with the material. It costs significantly more than vinyl does, which can make these windows a less than ideal choice for homeowners looking to replace their windows on a strict budget.