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Repurposing Old Windows

At Colorado Windows Direct we are all about reducing the waste sent to the land fill.  When we install new replacement windows in a home that has unique vintage windows, we either give them to the home owner or list them on the market place for someone that wants to use them for their art projects.  There are many ways to repurpose these vintage windows into creative decor for your home or landscape.  Denver has a vibrant creative culture that can make the most of these unique window panes. They are certainly better used as a piece of decor and not to protect your home from the elements.   Replace your old single pane windows with energy efficient vinyl, fibrex, or fiberglass windows and doors. 

Damaged Glazing Bead

Glazing bead is a removable strip that secures glass in place. Typically, Vinyl glazing bead will get brittle over time and is prone to breaking from hail damage.  We see this on many homes after a hail storm. We recommend contacting homeowners insurance and filing a claim to have these replaced.  Here is a home in Westminster, Colorado that has damage on the west facing side of home.  We will be replacing these original vinyl windows with Pella vinyl windows(possibly with noise reduction glass).  

Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

Choosing the right type of windows for your home is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. When it comes to window materials, vinyl and fiberglass are two popular options that offer distinct advantages. In this blog post, we will delve into a detailed comparison of vinyl windows and fiberglass windows, examining their features, benefits, and considerations, to help you make an informed choice for your window replacement or installation project.

  1. Material and Durability: Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are crafted from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a durable and low-maintenance material. Vinyl is resistant to rot, corrosion, and fading, making it an excellent choice for homeowners seeking long-lasting windows. It does not require repainting and is highly resistant to moisture, which is ideal for humid climates.

Fiberglass Windows: Fiberglass windows are composed of reinforced glass fibers and resin. This combination results in a strong and rigid material that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Fiberglass is highly durable and has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, reducing the risk of warping and cracking.

  1. Energy Efficiency: Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are known for their excellent energy efficiency. They offer good insulation properties, effectively preventing heat transfer and minimizing energy loss. Vinyl windows often feature multi-chambered frames and insulated glass units, enhancing their thermal performance. Additionally, some vinyl windows incorporate low-emissivity (low-E) coatings and argon gas fillings for further energy savings.

Fiberglass Windows: Fiberglass windows also excel in energy efficiency. Due to their inherent strength, fiberglass frames can accommodate larger glass panes, allowing for ample natural light. The material’s superior insulation capabilities contribute to reduced heat transfer and increased energy savings. Like vinyl windows, fiberglass windows often include low-E coatings and gas fills for enhanced thermal performance.

  1. Design and Aesthetics: Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows offer a wide range of design options to suit various architectural styles. They are available in an array of colors, finishes, and grid patterns, allowing homeowners to customize their appearance. However, vinyl windows may have limitations in terms of achieving the same level of detailing and replication of traditional wood frames.

Fiberglass Windows: Fiberglass windows are renowned for their versatility in design. They can be manufactured to mimic the appearance of traditional wood windows, offering a high level of detail and customization. Fiberglass windows come in various colors and finishes, enabling seamless integration with your home’s aesthetic.

  1. Maintenance: Vinyl Windows: One of the significant advantages of vinyl windows is their low maintenance requirements. Vinyl frames do not need to be repainted or stained, and they are easy to clean using mild soap and water. However, prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures can cause the material to expand or contract, potentially affecting the window’s performance.

Fiberglass Windows: Similar to vinyl windows, fiberglass windows are also low maintenance. They are resistant to moisture, pests, and UV rays, requiring minimal upkeep. Fiberglass windows may need occasional cleaning with a gentle detergent and water, but they do not require extensive maintenance routines.

  1. Cost Considerations: Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are generally more affordable than fiberglass windows, making them a popular choice for homeowners on a budget. The cost-effectiveness of vinyl windows, combined with their energy efficiency, durability, and low maintenance, makes them an attractive option.

Fiberglass Windows: Fiberglass windows tend to have a higher upfront cost compared to vinyl windows. However, their exceptional durability and energy efficiency can result in long-term cost savings. Fiberglass windows are often considered a premium option for those seeking superior performance and aesthetics.

Design Services

If you are undecided what color of windows to go with. We offer design service to provide visuals of different color combinations. The 3D renderings will match your house exactly and is very realistic to give what you need to make an informed decision.