Are Fiberglass Windows Energy Efficient?
- Fiberglass Windows
- July 7, 2015
Fiberglass windows are an extremely energy efficient choice when it comes to windows for residential or commercial purposes. Windows are an integral part of every space, be it home or office. Special care needs to be taken that window installations are energy efficient especially in areas like Edmonton where the climate is extreme. People end up spending heavily on their energy bills for choice of wrong windows. While there are many options of materials when it comes to energy efficient windows and doors, fiberglass definitely stands out as one with definite advantages.
Fiberglass windows are extremely durable and long lasting. They can withstand harsh climate for several years without getting warped or damaged. They remain unaffected and can weather snow, heat, rain, storm, etc. The reason behind this is that they are not made of natural substances unlike wooden windows that get affected over the years. It is natural for wood to get affected by external elements. Vinyl windows too of inferior quality may get warped with usage, but you can be rest assured in case of fiberglass windows to outlive most of their counterparts. They remain in shape preventing cold air drafts from coming into your home or heat loss in winter months. Also air infiltration in summer months can render interiors uncomfortable.
As wood and vinyl are less durable, home owners have to use their heating and cooling system more often and for longer durations to maintain indoor temperatures contrary in case of normal windows and doors to fiberglass windows that help maintain a tight seal and strong frame that remains in shape for years together.
Easy to maintenance
In addition to being extremely energy efficient, fiberglass windows are easy to clean and maintain. They can be cleaned with simple cleaning techniques without special cleaning agents or techniques. Regular cleaning at periodic intervals also adds to their life, making them last longer as compared to wood and vinyl, that tend to get affected over the years. Whether you are installing new ones or considering a window replacement, fiberglass is a great option.
Fiberglass windows that have Low-E coatings are even better as compared to the ones that are not. Coated windows are a great way to save on energy bills while allowing natural light at the same time. Tinted and coated glass help keep harsh UV rays of the sun out protecting the interiors but also allow indoors to be naturally illuminated. Coating also increases the reflective value of the glass helping create optimum indoor temperature, making your home comfortable throughout the year.