Metal has a number of very useful applications, and realistically speaking, our lives wouldn’t be the same without it. However, is metal the best choice in every scenario? Well, when it comes to installing new window into your home, metal might not necessarily be the best choice. Instead, consider using fiberglass, which offers a number of advantages over metal when it comes to framing a new window. Here are the top reasons why you should avoid metal when it comes to putting new windows in your home.
- Dimensional Stability– Here, fiberglass is superior to all other window framing materials, because it retains it’s shape and size through all weather conditions. Metal can shrink and contrast as it gets hot and cold, respectively. Wood has a tendency to warp and swell when it gets humid out. In either of these cases, it could cause your window to stick and not open or close properly.
- More Energy Efficient– It doesn’t do a lot of good to have a double or triple thermal paned window when the frame doesn’t do anything to help trap the heat in, or out; as the case may be. Metal window frames simply do not have the ability to hold temperature the way that a fiberglass or even a wood frame does, which has been proven to drastically reduce your heating and cooling bills. While a solution might be to pack the underside with insulation, it only takes a small crack to for the frame to leak which can cause dangerous mold to form underneath.
- Environmentally Friendly– Not only does fiberglass and wooden window frames offer better insulation, which requires less energy to heat or cool your home, but the are also more environmentally friendly materials. Both wood and fiberglass can easily be made of post-consumer recycled materials, which means less raw materials are necessary to build them. Not only are these frames durable and more energy efficient, but they are friendly to the environment as well.
- Aesthetically Appealing– One of the biggest advantages to using fiberglass is that it can be cut into any shape which gives homeowners a lot more flexibility in terms of design. Not only is it easier to shape, but fiberglass can also be used to reinforce a structural weakness, giving a homeowner a wide range of design choices without the worry of sacrificing stability.
- Durability– Fiberglass windows and frames are among the strongest material out there for the job. Due to the fact that they aren’t prone to warping and swelling, the window open smoothly which doesn’t place any stress on the mechanisms. Also, fiberglass is more resilient to dents and other damage which will keeping them looking great for many years to come. This combined with the lowered chance of your windows breaking do the the consistent and smooth operation means you’ll have to replace a window far less often than you would with a metal or wooden frame.
If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to make your home look good that is also beneficial to your wallet, then you really want to consider installing fiberglass windows when you’re building a new home, or remodeling an existing one.
<a href=”https://plus.google.com/114412502820783104314?20rel=author” target=”self”>+Ken Uhrich</a> likes houses. In fact he lives in one. You can drop him a line at the Custom Home Group <a title=”granite and quartz countertops” href=”http://www.customhomegroup.com/blog” target=”self”>website</a>.