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Vinyl, Fiberglass or Wood? Which Window Material is best for your Roanoke, Virginia home?

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Figuring out the type of material to build your window frame and sash from is a critical decision when buying replacement windows. We’d like to share a few points to weigh about the various window materials that you may not have known:

  • Aluminum Windows — While their price may be less expensive, aluminum windows can cost you more money in terms of energy efficiency versus other window material options. Aluminum windows are known for moisture around the frame and simple heat loss, which is noticed by the feeling of more heat or cold when you stand close to the windows. The variety of color options is an additional reason why aluminum windows may not be the right choice for your Roanoke home. Although it is possible to paint them, it would be very difficult 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:
  • They are energy efficient.
  • They can stand up to extreme temperatures.
  • They are durable for any climate or region of the country.
  • Fiberglass windows are often higher in price than aluminum or vinyl windows.

  • Vinyl Windows — One of the top selling window materials with homeowners in Roanoke 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 Roanoke homeowners wanting to improve energy efficiency and overall home comfort. Wood windows tend to have higher R-values, weather-resistant, and are less vulnerable to condensation. Most wood windows have aluminum or vinyl cladding on the exterior, which can reduce external maintenance. We suggest you read more about wood windows in our aptly titled blog post “Why Buy Wood Windows?”