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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Calgary, AB home?

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Figuring out the type of material to use on your window sash and frame is an important choice when selecting replacement windows. Here are a few points to weigh about the various window materials that you may not have known:

  • Aluminum Windows — While they may be cheaper to buy, aluminum windows can eventually use that savings, and then some, in terms of energy efficiency compared to other window material options. Aluminum windows are associated with moisture around the frame and simple heat loss, which is detected by the feeling of more heat or cold when you stand close to the windows. The palette of color options is a final reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Calgary home. Even though you can paint them, it would be challenging to reach the natural look that wood or fiberglass can provide 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.
  • They are durable for any season or temperature or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are usually higher in price than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the best selling materials with your neighbors in Calgary 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 a great investment for Calgary homeowners hoping to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to produce higher R-values, resistant to extreme temperature changes, and are less vulnerable to condensation. Often wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can minimize external maintenance. We suggest you read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”