Vinyl Vs. Fiberglass: Which Window is Best?

When shopping for replacement windows in Houston, you might be presented with several options for materials. The two main options are usually vinyl and fiberglass, which use manmade materials to provide aesthetically pleasing weather resistance. Both vinyl and fiberglass are fairly similar, so which one should you choose?

In this article, we’ll dive into the pros and cons of these replacement window types, and which one will be best for your Houston home.

What Are Vinyl Windows?

Known for superior weather resistance, energy efficiency, and low maintenance, vinyl windows are some of the most common types of windows used for window replacement and repair. Poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) is blended with chemicals to make vinyl windows last longer, withstand sun damage, and resist scratching.

Vinyl Windows Pros

  • Less expensive than wood or fiberglass windows
  • Last 20–40 years
  • Resistant to UV ray fading
  • Don’t need to be painted
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Available at almost every window shop
  • Virtually maintenance-free

Vinyl Windows Cons

  • Can warp or twist in intense heat
  • Not a natural product making it difficult to recycle
  • Need additional insulation

What Are Fiberglass Windows?

Replacing your windows with fiberglass windows is one of the best decisions you can make for your home’s value. Fiberglass is a natural, highly insulated material that is stronger than most window types. They’re also a lot more energy efficient than vinyl windows.

Fiberglass Windows Pros

  • Last 30–50 years
  • Better noise and weather insulation
  • Natural, recyclable material
  • Will not warp or expand due to temperature change
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Lighter, thinner, and stronger than most windows

Fiberglass Windows Cons

  • More expensive than vinyl windows
  • Can fade in intense sunlight  
  • May need to be painted every so often
  • Require a more intensive installation
  • May not be available at all window replacement shops

Which Should You Choose: Vinyl or Fiberglass Windows?

If you’re still not sure which type of window to go with, there are several factors you’ll need to consider:

  • Climate: In the Houston climate, it may be a good idea to go with windows that are more resistant to weather and high temperatures.
  • Aesthetic: You also need to consider which windows will go best with your home’s look. For example, fiberglass windows can come in both single- and double-hung options. Single-hung windows would look great on a historical home, but might not work as well with a more modern home.
  • Price: Of course, you’ll need to consider your budget. Is it worth it for you to buy windows that cost more now, but will last longer and require less maintenance? Or are you looking for less expensive windows that can be quickly installed?

Now that you know the pros and cons of vinyl and fiberglass windows, your window replacement decision should be much easier. The next step is to find a company to install your replacement windows in a timely manner.

The team at Houston Window Experts has years of combined window replacement experience, and will work with you to ensure you find the best, most cost-effective windows for your home. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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