Dec 16, 2020

Vinyl vs. Fiberglass Windows

If you’re planning on having new house windows installed in the near future, it’s highly probable you’ve become overwhelmed with the various material choices available within the marketplace.  Two of the more popular man-made window materials are vinyl and fiberglass.  While they may be similar in appearance there are some key differences to be aware of before making a final selection.  Here’s what you need to know about each.

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Vinyl House Windows: Vinyl windows are a favorable selection for homeowners and contractors alike because of their affordability, energy efficiency, and sturdiness.  They are manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is lauded for its malleability and endurance.  Vinyl acts as an insulator which means that in the winter months, the warm air will stay in your home and in the summer months, hot exterior air will remain outdoors.  This equates to home energy savings.  Bear in mind that there are different classes of vinyl windows and those labeled as builder grade will have a shorter lifespan and lower performance level than a premium window.  Quality vinyl windows installed by expert craftsmen are resistant to rotting, fading, chipping, denting, and warping.  They do not require painting or staining to keep looking their best.  Vinyl windows cannot be painted, so it’s important to be confident in your color choices.  It’s recommended that homeowners stick with a neutral palette so that they enjoy the look of the windows for years to come.

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Fiberglass House Windows: Fiberglass windows are an upscale product and there are many reasons for homeowners to gravitate towards them.  Fiberglass is a combination of plastic and glass fibers and is stronger than vinyl.  This makes fiberglass an ideal material for oversized windows that can benefit from the additional stability fiberglass offers. In the realm of durability, fiberglass windows hold up against dents, scratches, warping, cracking, rusting, mold, and corrosion.  Fiberglass window frames are stable and inflexible, making them energy efficient.  Fiberglass does not expand and contract during hot or cold spells which lowers the risk of air leaks around the window edges.  Homeowners that are looking to upgrade wood windows to a maintenance-free product appreciate that fiberglass is offered in an array of shades and can even be manufactured with a woodgrain effect.  A frustration that some homeowners express about fiberglass windows is that they come at an additional expense over vinyl windows.

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Mike N.
Richfield, MN
November 20, 2020

"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"Thank you Lindus Construction, our new 2020 bay window and Infinity from Marvin® windows throughout the rest of our home. They look superb. Thank you for your quality work!"

Mary B.
St. Paul, MN
November 2, 2020

"Love my Infinity® from Marvin windows. My crew was great!"

Rachel W.
Roseville, MN
September 30, 2020

"We had Lindus Construction replaced all of the windows on our house with SeasonGuard windows. Not only did they cut down on our heating and air conditioning bills, but we didn't hear much of the thunder and rain storms this summer. Also, the installers are wonderful to work with. I would recommend Lindus to anyone!"

Karalee H.
Robbinsdale, MN
September 11, 2020

"We had four SeasonGuard windows installed to replace 4 original windows in our home.  The quality of the product and the quick, and exceptional installation was great. They matched the original trim beautifully.  Even though we experienced a one week delay due to exceptionally cold weather on the first scheduled date, the follow-up was well done.  From start to finish, a great company to work with. We love our new windows.  Quiet, draft-free and well done."

David K.
Wyoming, MN
March 13, 2020
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