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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Birmingham, AL home?

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Deciding on the type of material that you should purchase for your new window frame and sash is extremely important when selecting replacement windows. Below are a few points to weigh about the various window materials that you might not have realized:

  • Aluminum Windows — Although you can save money on the purchase price, aluminum windows can eventually use that savings, and then some, in terms of energy efficiency when measured against other window material selections. Aluminum windows are associated with wetness around the frame and common 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 a final reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Birmingham home. Even though you can paint them, it would be extremely hard to achieve the natural look that wood or fiberglass can give to your home.
  • Fiberglass Windows — Never thought of fiberglass as an option for your new windows? You should and here are a few reasons why:
  • They are energy efficient.
  • They can stand up to extreme temperatures.
  • Fiberglass windows are durable for any climate or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are usually higher in cost than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the most popular materials with homeowners in Birmingham 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 excellent investment for Birmingham homeowners trying to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to produce higher R-values, weather-resistant, and are less prone to condensation. Often wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can reduce external maintenance. We suggest you read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”