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Trusted Experts for Window Replacement in Winnipeg & Brandon

Since 1983, J & M Window and Door Co. has offered quality Canadian products made for Manitoba weather. We will make recommendations, but your choices will reflect and capture the character of your home. The typical process starts with figuring out what type of material is best suited to your house, budget, style and taste. Changing your windows gives you the opportunity to make slight or dramatic changes to your home. It is crucial to take enough time when selecting the new windows for your home. You will then select the type of window, which is often dictated by egress requirements, size restrictions and budget. Getting it right will help you to add value to your home, improve its appearance and make it more energy-efficient. Our goal is to help you find windows that will compliment your home and neighbourhood while enhancing your personal style. 

What Type of Material Should You Choose for Your Residential Windows?

Windows come in many different styles and materials. As you consider your reno, the type of material is as important as the style of window you choose. Each material has its pros and cons to compare and consider. Let’s take a look at each type of material:

PVC

  • PVC windows are often referred to as vinyl. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can be found in numerous household items, construction, and plumbing products. It comes in two forms, including pure virgin vinyl and recycled vinyl. The main difference lies in durability and cost. Pure vinyl is durable, long-lasting and more expensive than the recycled version. Over the years, the quality and durability of vinyl windows have improved to a significant extent, making them a good choice for frames. PVC frames are most commonly extruded in white, which means they are white all the way through. Frames can now be extruded in other colours, but this is not common. They can also be vinyl wrapped in almost any wood grain tint.

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Wood

  • If you’re going for natural beauty, then wood is the material to choose for your windows. It is a popular choice among homeowners for many reasons. Wood gives a home a traditional appearance.

  • Wood is a durable natural resource that is environmentally friendly and can be made into many shapes and sizes. Just as there are advantages to wood replacement window material, there are disadvantages to consider.

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Fibreglass

  • Fibreglass windows have gained traction in recent years. Their makeup of reinforced glass fibres and resin creates a strong, durable material that requires no maintenance.

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Wood

Pros:

  • Wood is strong and gets harder over time for long-lasting performance.

  • It can be painted or stained to match any decor or complement existing colours.

  • It does not allow as much condensation as other materials and offers greater insulation to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

  • It provides the aesthetics that add appeal to more traditional homes and enhances the value of a home.

  • It provides a great sound barrier.

Cons:

  • Susceptible to rotting and warping from weather conditions.

  • Vulnerable to insects and other pests, especially termites.

  • Requires more maintenance.

  • Painting, staining, caulking, and cleaning must be done regularly.

  • Higher initial cost than other materials; however, they will last a lifetime with proper care.

Vinyl

Pros:

  • Vinyl window frames are very energy efficient. This characteristic is valid if the windows are Energy Star Rated which applies to windows manufactured with Low-E glass.

  • Vinyl window frames are airtight, so they won’t allow air to escape when closed and locked.

  • Vinyl requires little to no maintenance and is easy to clean with common household cleaners.

  • There’s no need for painting or staining.

  • Vinyl’s UV-resistant properties prevent rotting and corrosion and you could expect a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

  • Vinyl is usually less expensive than other materials like wood or fibreglass.

  • Vinyl is lightweight and has a less complicated installation process.

Cons:

  • The cost of fibreglass windows is higher.

  • There are fewer colour and hardware options to choose from, making it harder to customize.

  • Because fibreglass is a rigid material, installation can be difficult.

PVC

Pros:

  • Price - less expensive than other materials.

  • Have welded corners to ensure insulated air chambers that make them energy efficient.

  • No rotting, mold or corrosion.

  • Requires little to no maintenance, and is easy to clean with common household cleaners.

  • 10 to 25 year or lifetime warranty; may be transferrable depending on manufacturer’s warranty.

Cons:

  • Less design flexibility.

  • Tough to paint after initial install.

Fibreglass

Pros:

  • Fibreglass is the top insulator among other materials due to its foam-filled cores, making it more energy-efficient.

  • It’s a low-maintenance material that is resistant to fading, flaking, and peeling with no need for repainting.

  • Moisture will not cause rotting, mould, or corrosion.

  • Frames are thinner with fibreglass windows due to the stiffness of fibre-reinforced resins.

  • Fibreglass does not expand, contract, or warp.

  • It can withstand hot temperatures.

  • It is versatile. Manufacturers offer the option of having real wood over the fibreglass for a warmer aesthetic.

  • It is eco-friendly. Fibreglass frames are completely recyclable, lessening the environmental impact.

Cons:

  • Less design flexibility.

  • Vinyl cannot be painted, making colour options limited.

  • Darker shades might fade over time.

  • Vinyl is not made of natural products, so it is difficult to recycle. Manufacturers have tried to improve on this factor, but the cost can be more than re-manufacturing it from scratch.

Wood-Clad/Vinyl Wrap

Pros:

  • Less maintenance.

  • Variety of colour and customizable options.

  • Aesthetically appealing.

  • Offers longevity and durability of material if maintained properly.

Cons:

  • More expensive than other materials.

  • The cladding can separate.

Composite

Pros:

  • Greater resistance to moisture, rotting, and warping.

  • The composite material can be made to mimic natural wood, which can be painted or stained.

  • Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Cons:

  • Costs much more than other materials.

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