Minneapolis Replacement Window Composition Defined

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One of the confusing aspects of researching potential replacement windows, is what materials windows are made of.  There are three main categories of windows: Aluminum Clad, Fiberglass, and Vinyl.  Each material has different benefits and disadvantages.  When determining which window is best for your home, what the window is made of should be one of the first decisions made.

Fiberglass Windows

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Fiberglass Exterior
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Fiberglass Real Wood Interior

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Advantages

  • Fiberglass is dimensionally stable – Won’t expand and contract
  • Real Wood Interior
  • Very Energy Efficient
  • Stronger than vinyl and aluminum
  • Extremely Hail Resistant

Aluminum Clad Windows

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Aluminum Clad Exterior
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Aluminum Clad Interior

Vinyl Windows

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Interior of a Vinyl Window
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Exterior of a Vinyl Window

Vinyl windows are the most popular window right now for one reason – price!!  Vinyl windows are quite energy efficient.  One of the main disavantages of vinyl windows is the look.  While some manufacturers do have a “faux” wood finish, it doesn’t look very good most of the time.  So if you don’t want white or beige on the inside of your home, vinyl probably isn’t for you.  Another drawback to vinyl is that it is not as strong as fiberglass or aluminum.  In our extreme climate, vinyl is always expanding and contracting, which can lead to problems down the road.

If you would like us to come and take a look at your project, please call 763.276.7465 or fill out the form at our Contact Us page. Along with your windows, we also install James Hardie Siding, GAF roofing, and Azek decking.