You want nothing but the best for your Redmond home, including your windows. So, while shopping for new windows you’ll want a material that gives added curb appeal to your home while fulfilling all of your needs as a homeowners. For most homeowners, this means choosing a window material (like fiberglass or wood) that blends well with almost any exterior and interior design, which explains why these two materials are so popular on the market in the first place. At Signature Windows, we want you to have a clear understanding of your options, which is why we’ve created a short guide comparing wood windows and fiberglass windows.
Fiberglass Windows vs. Wood Windows: Aesthetic Appeal
To many, the physical appearance of fiberglass windows and wood windows are virtually indistinguishable. Thanks to fiberglass window manufacturers now adding subtle details to their frames like knots and grain direction, and offering frames in a wide variety of tones and “species,” there’s very little that can tell a fiberglass window apart from a wood window in appearance alone. The two even have very similar texture when you touch them as well. The one area where these two ay differ aesthetically is that wood windows are easier to customize yourself by painting or staining while fiberglass windows need to be custom ordered from the manufacturer to have anything different.
Fiberglass Windows vs. Wood Windows: Upkeep and Maintenance
While the two windows may look exactly the same, when it comes to upkeep and maintenance, they couldn’t differ more. That’s because wood windows have the tendency to absorb excess water, making them more susceptible to weather damage. To prevent such damage, homeowners have to maintain them on an annual basis. That often means sanding, painting, and staining projects around the frames to keep them looking nice. Fiberglass windows, on the other hand, will never absorb excess moisture. You can clean with soap and water on occasion and they will continue looking like new.
Fiberglass Windows vs. Wooden Windows: Energy Efficiency
Wood windows hold strong insulating capabilities when they are first installed, however, the same poor weather resistance that we discussed above plays a major role in their long-term energy efficiency. The water absorbed by the frame often leads to rotting and warping, which in turn leads to drafts and gaps. This allows your heating and air conditioning to literally go out the window and can cause a major spike in your energy bill. Fortunately, not only are fiberglass windows weather resistant, but they also automatically come with double or triple pane glass and an expanding material, that combined can save you hundreds on your annual energy expenses.
Want to see in person how fiberglass windows compare to wooden windows? Come and view our wide selection of quality fiberglass windows here at Signature Windows! We’re located at 1604 15th St. SW #110 Auburn, WA 98001. Our expert staff is here to answer any questions you may have about your window replacement project in Redmond, WA and will even provide you with a free, no pressure consultation. If you would like to schedule your consultation today, give us a call at 253-887- 7792.