Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Window Materials

Window replacements are so much easier when you are informed. It’s kind of like going in blind to a car dealership. Of course, if you haven’t done your research about a particular car or brand you’re bound to get misled by a manipulative car salesperson. Now that’s not to say every window manufacturer is manipulative (or car salesman for that matter). Nonetheless, the point is you find better products and save money when you are informed about the types of window materials out there.

types of window materials

Window replacements are sold in a variety of types and options. Once you begin the shopping experience you might be surprised by how many different types of windows are on the market.

As a result, we have put together this guide to focus on one of the most important: the pros and cons of the most popular window materials.

Wood Replacement Windows

Wood windows basically shaped the benchmark for what we expect in modern-day windows. They provided stability and security. We have a lot to owe to windows made out of wood.

However, when you hear about new homes getting constructed these days, often the windows are not made of wood, but rather vinyl or aluminum?

There are a few reasons for this shift from wood being basically the only type of good replacement window to more of a middle of the road option.

Advantages of Wood Windows:

Disadvantages of Wood Windows:

Vinyl Replacement Windows

vinyl window material

Vinyl windows are trendy and very popular in new homes and with replacement windows. There is a reason. Vinyl is very cheap, high performing, and requires little maintenance.

What is there not to love?

Advantages of Vinyl Windows:

Disadvantages of Vinyl Windows:

Aluminum Replacement Windows

aluminum window material

Aluminum used to have the reputation of being something that you mostly found on industrial buildings and offices yet it’s also making the transition to the home market.


It is very affordable and requires little maintenance, comparable to vinyl.

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Fiberglass Replacement Windows

fiberglass window material

Fiberglass is considered the premium type of window material on the market. It is not as popular due to high costs yet offers a little of everything, for everyone.

Advantages of Fiberglass Windows:

Disadvantages of Fiberglass Windows:

Choosing the Right Window Materials

Choosing the right window material comes down to budget and preference. If you’re looking for something that’s budget-friendly then vinyl and aluminum is the right choice. However, if your willing to open up your budget then wood and fiberglass window materials are the right choices.

Let’s say that you prefer to repaint your windows then fiberglass and wood are the popular choices since you can repaint them to any color you want. However, if you don’t like to keep up with the maintenance then fiberglass and wood are not the right choices for your home.

With wood and fiberglass, you’ll end up repainting them since colors undergo color discoloration as a result of UV Rays. In addition, wood windows require a lot of maintenance like cleaning and sanding.

For low maintenance and good-looking color options, vinyl and fiberglass are the most popular choices for homeowners. As a result, you’ll want to consider everything before you make a decision to buy wood, vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum windows.

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