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Which is Best.. Vinyl or Fiberglass? The Truth May Surprise You

Updated: 5 days ago

I came across an intriguing article in the Journal of Light Construction that discussed the prominence of vinyl windows in the U.S. construction industry. Allow me to share some fascinating insights from the study:

  1. Vinyl Dominance: According to the 2023 JLC Brand Use Study, an impressive 70% of all windows manufactured in the U.S. are made of vinyl. This material surpasses competitors like fiberglass and aluminum by a significant margin. Professionals prefer vinyl for several reasons, with availability ranking highest, followed by ease of installation, product performance, warranty, and price.

  2. Smart Choice: Contractors and builders widely recognize vinyl windows as the smart choice. Not only do they offer upfront savings of up to 30%, but they also excel in energy efficiency, durability, and on-trend styling. The study emphasizes that these benefits extend beyond cost savings.

  3. Versatility: Vinyl’s ability to incorporate popular colors and offer endless configurations adds to its appeal. Whether in modern or traditional architectural styles, vinyl seamlessly fits in.

  4. All-Climate Performance: Vinyl outperforms aluminum and competes favorably with wood and fiberglass windows. Certifications from Energy Star and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) validate its quality. Simonton Windows & Doors, an Energy Star partner for 25 years, boasts triple-pane windows recognized as the Most Efficient of Energy Star 2024.

  5. Minimal Maintenance: Unlike some misconceptions, vinyl windows are robust. They withstand wind pressures and maintain their integrity over time. No chipping, peeling, blistering, or corrosion. Top brands like Simonton offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

In summary, vinyl’s seven-decade track record speaks volumes. Last year, Simonton Windows received industry accolades, proving that this 70-year-old building material remains a reliable choice.

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