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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Hunt Valley, MD home?

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Determining the type of material to use on your window sash and frame is a critical decision when ordering replacement windows. Below are a few points to weigh regarding the various window materials that you may not have realized:

  • Aluminum Windows — While their price may be less expensive, aluminum windows can eventually use that savings, and then some, in terms of energy efficiency compared to other window material choices. Aluminum windows are associated with moisture around the frame and general heat loss, which is observed by the feeling of more heat or cold when you stand close to the windows. The palette of color options is an additional reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Hunt Valley home. While you can paint them, it would be very difficult to achieve the natural look that wood or fiberglass can provide your home.
  • Fiberglass Windows — There are a number of reasons why fiberglass is an excellent material to build replacement windows with:
  • They are energy efficient.
  • They can stand up to extreme temperatures.
  • They are durable for any season or temperature or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are often higher in cost than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the top selling window materials with residents in Hunt Valley is vinyl. Vinyl windows are typically lower in cost, are energy efficient and are easy to maintain. Even though vinyl windows are sold in a variety of colors, there are fewer color options available. There are many advantages to vinyl window products and we invite you to discover more by reading our blog post “The Benefits of Vinyl Windows”
  • Wood Windows — Wood windows can be an outstanding investment for Hunt Valley homeowners trying to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to have higher R-values, resistant to extreme temperature changes, and are less vulnerable to condensation. Many wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can reduce external maintenance. We encourage you to read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”