3 Reasons to Invest in Fiberglass Windows

| 7/28/2014 12:32:00 PM

Tags: Fiberglass Windows, Energy-Efficient Windows, Energy-Efficiency, Home Remodeling, Paul Kazlov,

When it comes to choosing the perfect windows for your home, vinyl and wood windows are among the first considerations. In recent years, however, fiberglass windows have inserted their way into the conversation. For “green” home enthusiasts, installing fiberglass windows is not only a wise investment for your rising energy bills, but also a significant step toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

Energy-Efficient Windows
During the summer, you’ll want to consider fiberglass windows to try and trap the cool inside while staving off any excessive stuffy hot air from the outside. Photo by Paul Kazlov.

1. Eco-Friendliness

Made with 60% glass, fiberglass is a lightweight window product well-known for its outstanding energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness. While other window products typically contain environmentally harmful fillers and additives, fiberglass windows are made from some of Mother Nature’s most abundant and easily accessible materials: silica sand. In addition to being 100% recyclable, fiberglass has very low embodied energy and consumes 39% less production energy than vinyl. Even in its most raw and undeveloped form, fiberglass windows offers the most green and sustainable choice for your home.

Fiberglass Windows
While mostly known for their energy efficient value, fiberglass windows can also complement the aesthetics of a room. Photo by Paul Kazlov.

2. Durability

Fiberglass is a frame material known for its strength, durability, and performance. Besides offering great insulation and generous energy deduction, fiberglass windows are 8 times more durable than vinyl and 3.5 times stronger than wood/vinyl composites. When compared to vinyl, fiberglass windows are said to last 5 times longer.

7/29/2014 1:57:05 PM

For those of us that live in areas where silica sand is heavily sought after and being mined, this is not a great solution. Silica is a type of sand that is most often used for Fracking. Mining for silica has demolished and ruined our scenic waterways and beautiful bluffs where it is most abundant, leaving flat desolate landscapes in it's path. Please take a look at the whole picture when writing a recommendation or an article like this.

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