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Iowa Homeowner’s Guide to Replacement Window Materials

If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, it helps to know what kind of materials your windows are made of. To that end, the Zen Windows Des Moines team has put together this handy guide to help you learn more about your options to help you choose the one that’s right for you and your family.

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Weighing the Pros & Cons of Vinyl, Fiberglass & Wood Windows

There are three materials that are primarily used in replacement windows: vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. We’ve compiled information on each of these materials below in more detail so you can select the best fit for your home and needs.

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Low-Quality Vinyl Windows

We have to separate vinyl into two sections: low-quality and high-quality. For our purposes, we’re defining “low quality” as vinyl windows that are made from recycled vinyl material.

Pros: Because they’re made from recycled material, they are considerably more affordable than other types of windows.

Cons: These windows don’t look as nice and are less energy-efficient than the other options listed here. They chalk over time as well.

Summary: Avoid using these windows at all costs — the cheaper price upfront won’t be worth it in the long run.

High-Quality Vinyl Windows

New vinyl windows in a faux-stucco home Made from a much more durable type of vinyl, these windows are far easier to maintain and are highly energy-efficient. Some of their other benefits include:


  • Significantly increase your home’s curb appeal
  • Are more affordable than fiberglass or wood
  • Are highly durable

Cons: These windows tend to expand and contract after some time, and they’re not paintable after they’re installed.

Summary: High-quality vinyl is affordable, energy-efficient, and looks great, making it an ideal choice for many homeowners.

Fiberglass Windows

A row of fiberglass windows on the back side of a home Pros: Fiberglass windows have a fantastic aesthetic to them, and they’re also known for being well-constructed and durable.

Cons: Their joints are not as watertight as vinyl windows because they must be fastened together with screws, and fiberglass windows must also be painted.

Summary: Fiberglass is an excellent choice, but homeowners must be aware of the additional costs that come with it before installation.

Wood Windows

Pros: The natural, rustic charm of wood windows is hard to ignore.

Cons: Wood windows are expensive to maintain, more likely to suffer from insect infestation, and expand and contract depending on the weather, making them hard to open.

Summary: Wood windows may look great, but their upkeep makes them more of a headache than they’re worth.

Vinyl vs. Fiberglass vs. Wood Windows

Now that you can see vinyl and fiberglass are your best two options, which one should you choose?

  • Fiberglass, if a certain aesthetic is the primary goal
  • Vinyl, if pricing and energy efficiency are the main concerns

Why Choose Zen Windows Des Moines?

Zen Windows combines upfront pricing with unsurpassed customer service to create a client-centered experience that puts the customers’ needs front and center during every installation.

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