Which Replacement Window Is Right for You?

When shopping for new windows in Bellevue or Seattle, you’ll have a number of important decisions.  What material to choose?  What color do we want?  What style?  What features do we want?  Which company will we choose for installation?

Which company you use may be the most important choice you will make, because it will determine the level of service and quality of installation you receive.

But the next most important decision is what window material you’ll select.

The material you select will help determine the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home.  It will affect the security of your home, as well as the resale value.  There are so many choices; it can feel overwhelming.

Here’s a quick look at the three most popular window materials on the market:

Wood Windows

Wood windows are perhaps the oldest and most classic-looking windows on the market.  Homeowners love the variety of species available, each providing their unique natural look and feel.  Puget Sound homeowners have a particular affinity to wood, which may be rooted in our “timberland” heritage.  Wood windows are naturally energy-efficient and are effective at noise reduction.  They are easily customized by staining or painting.

While wood windows have many aesthetic benefits, they require more maintenance than other window materials.  They need to be peeled, sanded, and painted or stained regularly.  In the Pacific Northwest, wood windows are also compromised by our wet weather.  Our prolonged rainy season shortens the life of wood windows.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows were introduced in the early 1970s.  They quickly became an attractive and affordable alternative to aluminum windows.  Today, vinyl windows are the most widely purchased replacement windows in the United States.  Not only are vinyl windows less expensive than many alternatives, they are very energy efficient.

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass windows are the perfect choice for homeowners who love the look and feel of natural wood but want a durable and low-maintenance alternative.  Fiberglass windows can perfectly replicate the aesthetic qualities of wood windows, without the upkeep or moisture-induced rot issues.  Marvin Infinity fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl windows.  They also last over 30% longer!  While fiberglass windows cost more than vinyl windows, their longer life expectancy can make them the less-expensive choice in the long run.

Ultimately, the best Bellevue replacement window is the one that meets your needs.  If you are having trouble figuring out which material is the right choice for your home, we recommend you schedule a free in-home consultation.  Our design consultant will sit down with you and help you figure out what windows will help you meet your goals for new windows.

Call Signature Window & Door Replacement today at 253.431.0741 or visit us in person at 22613 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032.

2018-07-05T15:02:28+00:00 March 6th, 2017|