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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Beltsville, Maryland home?

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Deciding on the type of material to use on your window sash and frame is a critical decision when selecting replacement windows. Here are a few points to weigh about the various window materials that you might not have heard of:

  • Aluminum Windows — While their price may be less expensive, aluminum windows can eventually use that savings, and then some, in terms of energy efficiency when measured against other window material choices. Aluminum windows are associated with moisture around the frame and common heat loss, which is detected by the feeling of more heat or cold when you are near the windows. The choice of color options is an additional reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Beltsville home. While you can paint them, it would be very difficult to reach the natural look that wood or fiberglass can give to your home.
  • Fiberglass Windows — Pella is proud to offer fiberglass windows for a number of reasons:
  • Fiberglass windows are energy efficient.
  • They can stand up to extreme temperatures.
  • Fiberglass windows are durable for any type of weather or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are more often higher in price than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the best selling materials with homeowners in Beltsville 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 Beltsville homeowners wanting to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to produce higher R-values, are not impacted by extreme hot or cold temperatures, and are less prone to condensation. Most wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can reduce external maintenance. We encourage you to read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”