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Fiberglass and Vinyl Impact Windows and Doors

Sun-filled days, balmy nights, water activities, beachfront dining; there are many reasons people choose coastal living.  Nevertheless, homes located near the coastline are more susceptible to weather-related damage, with the most notable being hurricanes and tropical storms.  For this reason, many homeowners, especially seasonal homeowners, choose to install impact windows and doors to protect their homes.  Due to the concentration of air salinity near the coastlines, vinyl and fiberglass frames are popular options.  Unlike aluminum and steel, which can become corroded by the moist, salt air, vinyl and fiberglass fare well in even the most punishing coastal environments. 

Vinyl and fiberglass are excellent moisture-resistant materials, are resistant to pitting, durable, and are low maintenance.  Vinyl frames are the same color throughout, which means homeowners do not have to paint them and they are resistant to fading.  Fiberglass, on the other hand, can be painted, allowing homeowners the ability to customize it.  Both materials are also very energy efficient; their energy efficiency can be further enhanced with the addition of tint, LoE, and insulated glass.

Coastal living has its pros and cons, but the overall benefits generally outweigh the cons.  With a little bit of planning and preparation, homeowners can enjoy their lifestyle for years to come.

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