By Paul Kazlov
As more people, homeowners especially, push to go green at home, many are turning to eco-friendly products such as energy efficient windows. As a result, fiberglass windows are gaining popularity due to their energy efficient material.
Have you ever wondered what makes fiberglass windows, or fiberglass in general, so energy efficient? A variety of factors serve as the foundation for the material’s uncanny ability to save home and business owners thousands on heating and cooling bills. Some of the fundamental causes of fiberglass’ flawless energy conservation range from a long lifecycle performing at optimal functionality and a prolonged degradation process. In addition, the materials that comprise fiberglass windows are cheaper to produce and require less raw goods, as compared to vinyl and wood products.
In fact, fiberglass requires very little natural resources to be consumed, if any at all. Furthermore, fiberglass is certainly more eco-friendly when compared to wood which requires the utilization of trees. Here are some of the features of fiberglass windows that make them remarkably environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Additionally, a more prevalent issue with wood products is a sudden increase in heating and cooling bills. This situation can develop from the natural deterioration that many wood products experience with time. Warped wood can place strain on windows and as a result, increase air infiltration. That pesky draft that abruptly manifested, will allow outside warm air or cold air to enter any room or area more than usual and thus require more energy to compensate for this influx. This of course raises utility costs. Fiberglass windows do not warp and thus can be exceptionally economical over the long term.
Vinyl windows can present problems of their own. Vinyl is more likely to age, weather and show blemishes, faster and easier than fiberglass. In addition, fiberglass is nine times as stronger than vinyl on average. These two precepts not only showcase fiberglass’ exceptional durability and longevity, but also exposes vinyl’s weaknesses which can lead to an increase in energy bills. When windows do not operate at optimal functionality, energy bills have a tendency to escalate and rise. When you consider the lifecycle of vinyl against fiberglass, it can be deduced that fiberglass will perform better and longer and as a result reduce overall energy costs.
This can largely be chalked up to the instrumental influence that the slightest addition in solar reflection can provide. An appropriate analogy to demonstrate this would be the difference between wearing darker colors versus lighter colors on sunny days. Those who wear lighter colors are less likely to dehydrate or overheat, because their clothing repels sunlight which brings heat. This is a great way to illustrate how fiberglass windows with tints are less likely to allow warm air in to any space, greatly reducing air temperatures and subsequent use of cooling units.
Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Marvin Windows NJ blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as fiberglass windows, metal roofing, and much more. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.