Complaints about fiberglass windows — plus what is the next best thing?
We are building a house in Quebec province, Canada — so very cold winters and hot / sometimes humid summers. We were set on installing fiberglass windows triple / double panes according to exposure of lot (mainly southern and eastern with a little western and very little northern.)
However, we attended a home building fair recently and two of the window / door suppliers we came across said they had stopped supplying fiberglass windows / doors as there were too many technical problems and complaints from customers as well as major issues of supply / service from the companies involved. The issues cited were: cracking frames, peeling paint, leaking, warping, pooling etc. We were also told that with a new build, the fact that the house will take a few years to 'settle' means that using a more rigid frame like fiberglass is riskier....
Obviously, we realize that as suppliers of alternative products, they may not always be the most objective and at the end of the day, we need to weigh up all the good press fiberglass gets with these negative comments. We would welcome your thoughts on the above.
Also, if we did decide not to go with fiberglass, what would be considered the next best alternative for low U and high SHGC & VT windows?
Posted Jan 22, 2012 10:37 PM ET
Edited Jan 23, 2012 6:10 AM ET
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