Products and ServicesReplacement WindowsWindow ComparisonMarvin’s Elevate Fiberglass Windows vs. Vinyl Windows

February 22, 2021

Good energy efficient windows are important to a comfortable home, whether you plan to spend your whole life there or you plan to sell the home and move in a few years. If you have old, outdated windows, it’s always a good idea to replace them, but the question is what kind of window to replace it with. Vinyl windows have been the mainstream option for decades, but other window types have emerged in recent years that offer cutting edge in energy efficiency and durability, like fiberglass from Marvin’s Elevate line. Is fiberglass a better option than vinyl for your home? Let’s break down how the two measure up today.


As far as upfront costs, vinyl windows are far cheaper. In fact, the main appeal of vinyl windows is their affordability. However, because they’re less durable than Marvin’s Elevate fiberglass windows, they tend to have more repair costs over the years. They also have a shorter lifespan than fiberglass windows, so many homeowners find that the long-term cost tends to be more in favor of fiberglass windows.


Your windows offer splendid views, but they should also themselves blend well with the style of your home. Fiberglass windows have thinner frames, which allows for more glass and more expansive views. Fiberglass is also easy to paint if you should change your style over the years or you can’t find window frames in the style that you want. They can come in a woodgrain texture, as well, rather than the smooth texture of vinyl. Vinyl windows also can’t be painted.


Vinyl windows are easily available and easy to install, so many homeowners might actually choose to DIY their window installation. Fiberglass, on the other hand, can be more difficult to install on your own. However, it also might not be the best choice to choose a DIY window installation in the first place. Without an expert touch, there are many issues that could go wrong and you won’t have the insurance to fix them without taking more money out of pocket. A professional installation offers peace of mind as you’ll be able to know your window was installed right and with the skill to last for years to come. With the right window installation crew and window company, you’ll be able to find an expert at installing fiberglass windows.

Energy Efficiency

Marvin’s Elevate fiberglass windows are eight times stronger than vinyl windows, making them stand up to impact and the elements as well as heat loss. Because these windows are so durable, they’re able to help insulate your home and cut down on heat loss and air leakage.  This will help you to save money on your heating and cooling bills throughout the year. Vinyl windows, while they have a decent thermal performance, simply don’t hold up in comparison.

At Solid State Construction, we’re proud to offer Marvin’s Elevate fiberglass windows. Are they the right choice for you? Contact us today for more information or to get started with a free estimate.