The Pro’s and Con’s of Different Window Materials

If it’s your first time replacing the windows in your Ventura home, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the many options available to you. It takes some research to learn the pros and cons of different window materials, and making the choice that best fits the style and needs of your home. But how do you know which window material is the right fit for you? Here we will go over the pros and cons that come with each window option so you can make an informed decision on your window purchase.

Clad Wood Windows:

Pros: Clad wood windows are often chosen by homeowners with more traditional style preferences and those who would prefer not to deal with the high maintenance of real wood windows. They often require low exterior maintenance and come in a wide variety of color choices. The interior of wood windows can easily be painted or stained to match the décor of your home, and the overall look and feel of the windows closely resembles real wood. There are also a variety of hardware choices that you can pair with this window material.

Cons: As visually appearing as these windows are; they aren’t very cost efficient. They lack exterior detail and their interior often requires maintenance. If you choose to go with lad wood windows, be sure to purchase them from a reliable manufacturer as quality can vary.

Fiberglass Windows:

Pros: Fiberglass windows are incredibly strong and have a low expansion rate. They are paintable, low maintenance and also offer quality thermal performance. Fiberglass windows are not as popular as other options, but still come in a variety of colors and styles.


The major con of fiberglass windows is their high cost. If you don’t mind spending the extra cash these windows can be a valuable option.

Vinyl Windows:

Pros: Vinyl windows are currently the most popular window option on the market and offer a wide variety of benefits. Among these benefits are their low cost, strong thermal protection and the fact that they require practically no maintenance.

Cons: While these windows come in a variety of styles, they cannot be painted. This means they are not as easy to customize. They expand and contract according to the weather which can be viewed as a pro or a con depending on the weather in your area.

Composite Windows:

Pros: Composite windows are typically strong and durable. They come in a wide range of color options and are very low maintenance when compared to other options on the market.

Cons: Unfortunately, this is another high cost option. You will also find that composite windows have limited manufacturers and that their durability tends to vary.

These are just a few of the material options available while shopping for new replacement windows. For even more information on the best fit for your home, we suggest discussing your options with a Ventura windows replacement professional. At Quality Windows & Doors our expertly trained team can help direct you to the perfect choice for your needs. You can call us at (805) 984-5895, or visit us at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, CA 93030.

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