How To Save Time On Window Maintenance

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Asking Yourself How To Save Time On Window Maintenance?

As we’ve discussed in earlier blog posts, there are many benefits to getting new windows installed in your home.

New windows can add to your home’s overall look and feel, enhance its performance, and even boost its real estate value.

This is generally true regardless of window shape, style and size. However, not all window materials are created equal.

Unfortunately, certain window materials require much more routine maintenance than others. So, when shopping for new windows, selecting certain products can cost you lots of valuable time.

Keep reading to learn which windows can save you time when it comes to routine maintenance and upkeep.

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Weather Resistant Windows

Nobody likes rain, thunderstorms or the excess moisture that comes with it. However, some windows at least do a better job of dealing with it than we do.

Vinyl windows are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), a strong, water-resistant material that is commonly used to construct household pipes. So, unlike wood, their frames do not absorb excess moisture during a storm.

Similarly, fiberglass windows are extremely resistant to moisture. Their materials do not rot or mold. Plus, they are stiffer and stronger than most other materials, which allows for thinner frames.

Finally, while wood is not generally able to withstand harsh weather, aluminum-clad wood windows – which wrap traditional wood in durable, low-maintenance cladding – allow homeowners the classic look and warmth of real wood while maintaining weather resistance.

Since moisture absorbance causes windows to warp, rot and distort, these weather resistant windows maintain their original quality longer than those made with other materials.

Double & Triple Pane

If your current windows feature thin, single pane glass, then you have probably gotten used to them being scratched or even shattering.

Single pane glass simply is not thick enough to protect your windows in certain scenarios. In fact, their frequent need for repairs can end up costing you as much (if not more) money as replacing them.

This is why our windows come standard with double or triple pane glass, making them more durable and low maintenance than other options.

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Expansion

A common problem with windows is the arrival of gaps in the frame over time

Gaps mean drafts and other exterior elements will gradually take a toll on your windows, beginning the process of decay

Fortunately, these problems are far less common with certain windows. For instance, vinyl windows expand and contract, staying tightly in place, which prevents damage from occurring.

Similarly, fiberglass windows are composed of glass fibers and resin, materials that expand and contract according to temperature changes, so neither heat nor cold will cause them to lose shape.

That means less upkeep, less maintenance, and less repairs over the life of the windows.

Which Is Better: Vinyl, Fiberglass Or Aluminum Clad Windows?

Of course, there are unique advantages and disadvantages that come with every window material. But you’re probably wondering which is the best affordable, low-maintenance option.

So, which is better: vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum clad windows?

Due it’s low cost, extreme durability and low environmental impact, vinyl is one of the most popular low maintenance window materials on the market. Plus, it’s available in a wide variety of customizable design options, making it a strong choice for homeowners and businessowners alike.

Unlike vinyl windows, aluminum windows require paint to achieve a beautiful colored design. Usually, these painted aluminum frames can be easily chipped or scratched, allowing the metal to show through (and requiring extra maintenance). However, aluminum clad windows are not without their own advantages.

Marvin aluminum clad windows – which use commercial grade paint, resistant to fading and scratching — require as infrequent maintenance as vinyl. So, if you’re looking to enjoy the traditional benefits of a wood window without spending time on upkeep, Marvin aluminum clad windows may be your best bet.

Finally, fiberglass windows are a great option if you’re looking for a window that offers high performance and durability at an affordable price. Of course, they usually have fewer colors and hardware customization options than vinyl. However, Marvin’s Ultrex® line, made with their patented pultruded fiberglass material, is available in nearly all shapes and sizes imaginable.

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Summary

Put simply: Certain window materials require much more routine upkeep than others. So, when shopping for new windows, make sure to select the products that will save you the most time and money in the long run.

Vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum clad windows each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. So, make sure you consult a professional before making a purchase and choose the right window for your unique needs and budget.

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