Deciding on new windows can be difficult. There are many different factors that determine a decision. You will need to consider cost, insulation, frame material and more.
Window frames can be made of different materials. The most common materials are wood, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass. Higher-quality windows can be more expensive but they also help keep air from filtering in around the sashes. It is usually the most cost-effective in the long run to install the best window you can afford.
We will walk you through the different types of window frames and which frames would work the best for your situation and budget.
Wood Window Frames
Wood windows have a natural look but are a little costly due to preserving the look. To preserve the natural look, wood window frames will need to be periodically sealed with paint or finish to prevent rotting and sun damage. Wood frames do require more maintenance than vinyl and fiberglass but wood is also strong and easy to work with. Wood frames have excellent insulting properties and add a bit of warmth to any home.
Vinyl Window Frames
Vinyl frames are virtually maintenance free due to the frames being made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The material makes the frames inexpensive and helps with energy costs. Vinyl frames are durable and dictate their performance over time. Since vinyl frames are inexpensive, they don’t add as much value to the home as do other types of frames. However, they are one of the most commonly used windows in the country, for good reason.
Aluminum Window Frames
Aluminum frames have a slim profile that focuses more on the glass and the view it offers. Homeowners use aluminum frames for multi-panel door systems to create an indoor/outdoor living situation. Even though aluminum has a more narrow frame, it is durable and low maintenance. Aluminum frames are more ideal when cold is not an important factor. The frames do not hold heat in well compared to wood frames. Aluminum is cheaper than other frames and are a popular option for commercial buildings.
Fiberglass Window Frames
If you are looking for a stronger window frame, try fiberglass. It is stronger than vinyl and less prone to contracting and expanding with temperature changes in the weather. Some manufactures make fiberglass windows and will apply a hard finish at the factory to protect the frame. It is easy to repaint the frames when you are looking to change colors. Fiberglass frames are low maintenance and extremely strong.
Don’t know which window frame will work best for your home? Don’t worry, we are glad to make an honest recommendation on which option will work best for you and your home.
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