You’ve done your research. You know your budget. You know the type of window you need. Now, you need to discuss the best material for your window frame. Window frames come in a number of different materials, including vinyl, wood, fiberglass, aluminum and composite. Learn about the different window materials and find the right one for your home.
Vinyl-frame windows are the most affordable and have become more popular in cooler climates over the last ten years. With laminate interiors, vinyl windows can be made to appear like wood. Plus, there are more exterior color options. They will not rot like wood which is a huge plus in climates with cold winters like Wisconsin!
Wood-frame windows are slowly losing their market dominance to vinyl windows, though they’re still considered the gold standard by many professional installers and homeowners. Genuine wood frames help insulate a home far better than almost any other kind of window. They also complement many forms of architecture. However, compared to vinyl and fiberglass, wood frames require more maintenance. Regular sealing, staining or painting is needed to prolong the beauty and performance of wood-frame windows.
Fiberglass-frame windows have steadily grown in popularity over the years as a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood frames. Fiberglass frames are popular because a wood veneer can be added to the interior to give you the best of both worlds: the durability of a fiberglass-frame and the warmth and beauty of a wood-look interior.
Aluminum-frame windows are durable and low maintenance. The narrowness of the frame places the focus on the glass and subsequently, the view it offers.
Composite windows are ideal for new construction and replacement applications in colder climates. They are also excellent because of their durability against daily wear and tear.
To help you better understand the advantages and disadvantages of each material type, check out the chart below.
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