23 Jan '12, 3am

Green Building Q&A: 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 ...

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