Once a niche product, fiberglass windows continue to become more mainstream for homeowners and contractors.
As soon as considered a specific niche product with possibly a 2% share of overall U.S. window sales, fiberglass products have gotten traction throughout the last few years. The most current market report collectively launched by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association reveals fiberglass with a 3.2% market share, with 2.6% of remodeling/replacement. Many more contractors are installing them because more house owners are asking for them.
“They’re looking for an item with longevity as well as toughness,” claims John Schmotzer, owner of Metropolitan Windows in Pittsburgh, whose business mounted the units in Stoley’s house. The entryway of siding producer James Hardie right into the business is the greatest sign that fiberglass might have an even larger duty to play in window replacement. In April, the fiber-cement siding producer acquired a fiberglass home window extrusion plant.
Timber vs. Vinyl vs. Fiberglass
Home window service providers who already offer fiberglass agree that James Hardie’s access right into the fiberglass window market can just make more preferred an item that’s currently locating support with homeowners. 2 elements have helped press fiberglass windows out of the specific niche classification and towards the mainstream: More producers– including Marvin Windows as well as Doors, Pella Corp., and Milgard Windows & Doors– provide fiberglass products, and also more property owners understand about them.
Home window Pro, a home window substitute business in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, started lugging fiberglass home windows in 2009. President Jake Zahnow says that the business mainly completes for a demographic he refers to as “upper-middle” and over. “Two-thirds of the moment, they’re considering timber,” Zahnow notes. “The other 3rd vinyl.” Usually, though, he adds, “those in the upper end often tend to self-select themselves out of vinyl,” where the rate is typically a first consideration as well as where the price might be fifty percent of what a fiberglass home window would go for.
Businesses that use vinyl and fiberglass, or all 3– wood, plastic, and fiberglass– home windows show more interest in fiberglass. “I would state it’s currently around 40% of our service,” states Scott Burns, co-owner of Next Door & Window, in Naperville, Ill., whose company began selling fiberglass home windows ten years ago. “We like selling it.”
An excellent way to do that, Burns points out, is by contrasting fiberglass home windows with fiberglass access doors. One more marketing factor: The fact that since the home window is, effectively, all glass, it comes without the structure growth and also tightening, which can create plastic home windows to lose their dimensional stability. We have never had a seal failing on fiberglass windows, Burns states.
Zahnow and various other contractors who set up fiberglass state that cost alone make it not likely that fiberglass will rival timber and vinyl in market share. “It’s not most likely to surpass vinyl as well as timber” in terms of varieties of units sold, Schmotzer states, but “it is ending up being an item of demand.” Home window dealerships that carry fiberglass concur that James Hardie’s entrance right into the marketplace by “giving reliability to the material” might boost that need. “If it’s 3.5% now, I can see [fiberglass’ market share] being 10% or 12%” in the immediate future, Zahnow states.– Jim Cory is a contributing editor to REMODELING, which is based in Philadelphia.