What makes fiberglass windows the most energy saving window for your home?
Fiberglass windows have a great reputation for being energy efficient and the facts go to show that they are indeed the best window to use for a home or commercial building when looking to save on energy costs. The question is: what really makes fiberglass windows energy efficient and how can they help you save energy?
Fiberglass windows last longer than any other window frame material in the industry
What’s great about fiberglass is that it requires very little to no natural resources to be used for window manufacturing. Wood windows for example, will warp overtime causing structural issues and ultimately burning a bigger hole in your pocket. Another issue with wood windows is that when warping occurs, which most likely will occur from natural deterioration of the wood, the air infiltration rate will increase causing drafty areas around the frame. In order to balance out the room temperature to get rid of the draft, you will likely turn to using your heating/cooling system more often, and in return your energy bill has gone up more than it would have if your windows had a tight seal and strong frame that will not change form in any way no matter how much time has passed.
If you thought that vinyl could be a better alternative, you might want to think again. Vinyl will actually warp much faster than wood and show blemishes such as colour changes within several years to under a single decade. Fiberglass windows in comparison, can reach a 30+ year mark without needing any maintenance except for regular cleaning and still perform the way they did on day one. Fiberglass windows tend to keep its shape due to the durability of fiberglass as a material. As long as you maintain your fiberglass windows with simple cleaning, they will save you energy and money more than wood or vinyl would.
Glass coatings with fiberglass windows provide the best energy results
Using LoE coatings on windows is a great way to help save energy and increase the u-value of your windows. However, if the frame material is not energy efficient, then the glass coatings aren’t being used at its full potential. The glass tints and coatings are used to repel infrared light from coming through the glass while still allowing in natural light. In addition, the R value of a window is used to determine how well the frame material of a window will resist the flow of heat through it. The following values are the R values of each window frame material:
Fiberglass: R-10 Vinyl: R-6 Wood: R-5
Fiberglass windows are the best choice when looking for energy saving windows that will save you money overtime and will meet the insulating needs for any home or commercial application. Look into the Fibertec Advantage to discover why our fiberglass windows are the best quality offered in the industry.