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Window Materials

Why We Choose Vinyl Windows

The concept of wood windows is traditional and beautiful. But wood windows are becoming a niche market. They’re higher maintenance, cost more, and last about half as long as other window materials. They’re just no longer practical for common-sense homeowners.

You can expect most windows to last about 20 years. But vinyl window replacements can last 40 years.

When it’s time for windows replacement, which materials will give you the long life and energy efficiency you want at an affordable price? Zen Windows Cleveland can help you choose. Call 216-430-0587 or contact us today.

Comparison: Replacement Window Materials

Aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, and wood are the materials used in most window replacements. There are advantages and disadvantages to each material, but vinyl is the replacement window materials chosen by most Cleveland, OH homeowners, and contractors.

Aluminum frames are not as eye-pleasing as vinyl frames and have several drawbacks as window replacements:

  • Aluminum corrodes.
  • The colors/material fade.
  • Cost is 40% more than vinyl and about 50% more than fiberglass.
  • They need special thermal insulation in areas of extreme heat/cold.
  • Aluminum frames require higher maintenance compared to fiberglass and vinyl.
  • They are the least energy-efficient compared to other window materials.
  • Aluminum is more prone to dents.
  • Aluminum frames require repainting.

Wood window replacements can cost more than twice as much as a superior-quality vinyl window, but they provide less durability, energy efficiency, and longevity. Expect to pay over $1,000 per wood window.

Maintenance is another challenge. Wood is prone to insect infestation, rotting, and warping, and it expands and contracts in extreme weather. Plus, wood windows need regular scraping and repainting.

What’s your style? Zen Windows Cleveland has the window design for you:

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Pros and Cons of Fiberglass and Vinyl Replacement Windows

For many, cost is the deciding factor when comparing vinyl versus fiberglass replacement windows. Both materials are versatile and great choices.

Vinyl windows are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). They can be prefabricated to fit any opening, and they never need repainting. You can choose from a variety of colors and finishes so that you can get the beauty of wood without the expense.

Even though they have the same level of energy efficiency, vinyl as a material isn’t as strong as fiberglass. Fiberglass is a composite of polyester and glass infused with resins. Fiberglass can also be shaped to fit any opening, is easily painted if you wish, comes in many colors and textures, and is recyclable. When comparing the two, consider:

  • Appearance – Both replacement windows are attractive and appealing. Your curb appeal will increase immediately.
  • Cost – Fiberglass is more expensive, and the installation is more complicated than it is for vinyl.
  • Maintenance – Both replacement window materials are low maintenance. A sponge, soap, and water will clean them.
  • Sealing/energy efficiency – This is an important factor because loose seals are the main source of energy loss. Fiberglass frames and the glass panes expand and contract at the same rate, so there’s only a small risk of seal malfunction. Vinyl frames have welded corner frames to prevent seal failure. Both are considered energy-efficient replacement windows.
  • Strength/durability – Both materials are very similar in strength and durability. Fiberglass can have a 38% longer life span than vinyl, but both materials can last up to 40 years.

Why choose Zen Windows Cleveland? What you’ve heard about the Zen difference is true: hassle-free quotes, no bait-and-switch tactics, and no payment until your project is complete. Your satisfaction is what matters most! Call 216-430-0587 or contact us to plan your renovation.

Pricing Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are an investment, so it’s important to consider materials and installation before you buy.

Pricing is based on the number of windows plus:

  • Glazing
  • Material
  • Size
  • Style

A window replacement can increase your property value and delivers as much as 81% ROI (return on investment). When you factor the monthly savings on your energy bill, replacement windows are one of the best home improvements you can make.

Don’t let money prevent you from the replacement window upgrade you need. Ask us about financing options that are customized to work with your budget. Call 216-430-0587 or contact Zen Windows Cleveland to learn more.

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