Which Window Material Is Right For You?
Whether you’re installing new or replacement windows, one of the first questions you’ll be presented with is what window material you’d like. There are a few popular options on the market, and some are better for the west Texas climate than others. Let’s break down the pros and cons of some of the most popular options to help you find the right window material for you.
Wood windows are classic. Everyone loves the look of real wood, and they’re the most traditional window frames you can find. They also have pretty good natural thermal performance. Unfortunately, wood window frames are high maintenance. Without a strong protective stain, they can soak up water and moisture, causing them to swell, warp, or rot. This factor has made them less popular as other window materials have emerged.
Fiberglass window frames are incredibly durable, which makes them a strong alternative to wood frames. They’re sleek and modern, and people who choose fiberglass window frames like the security they offer. However, this comes at a price, and fiberglass window frames are among the more expensive window frame options. Additionally, they don’t perform as well thermally as wood and vinyl, and you lose the look of wood.
Vinyl is by far the most popular window material on the market today. It’s the most cost efficient option. High performing vinyl will cost more, but it will still be significantly more affordable than comparable fiberglass or wood, and it’s worth the extra cost. It can come in a variety of colors and can even be made with a wood-like texture, so you can have the look of wood with the durability of vinyl. Quality can vary widely, so make sure that you opt for high-performing vinyl rather than the cheapest option.
Looking for the right windows for your Lubbock home? Contact West Texas Exteriors today for more information or a free estimate.