Window frames come in a variety of different materials, including wood windows, vinyl windows, fibreglass windows and steel windows. Confused? Most people are, especially when it comes down to choosing a window that is best for their house. Consider these common window materials to help make the best decision for you!New windows can dramatically improve the appearance of your home, whether that’s a better view, energy efficiency or just the replacement of out-dated and worn out units.
Vinyl Replacement Windows
Vinyl frames are typically much more affordable than other window options. Vinyl frames are popular in their ability to be constructed to fit any window opening. Their colors are somewhat limited, but they are inexpensive to replace and don’t require painting. The downside is that some manufactures take advantage of cheaper parts, using materials with less strength and insulation capabilities. Search for quality material with higher grade insulations.
Wood Replacement Windows
Wood remains the leading choice for top-notch windows. Wood is popular for its ability to be staining and painted to match your house. The downside is that this has to be periodically replaced due to wear caused by various weather elements.
Wood offers great insulating qualities and resistance to water condensation, contrary to metal. However, extensive condensation can lead to wood rotting problems. Wood frames are fairly easy to construct, but difficult to replace as manufactures carry different sizes.
Steel Replacement Windows
You’ll often notice older homes contain window frames made out of steel. They are primarily found in this day in age on commercial buildings with strict fire safety requirements. Although durable, steel windows require a lot of maintenance and regularly need to be painted to prevent rusting.
Fiberglass Replacement Windows
Fiberglass window frames are made from a similar material to composite bumpers on cars. The tough windows are usually made from polyester resin. These frames are maintenance free and highly energy efficient. Although typically higher in price than vinyl, these windows can be painted, which cannot be done to vinyl.
The search for a window frame is just as important as your search for the perfect window. Location of the window, style or your house as well as weather conditions or your area should all be taken into consideration before making any window framing decisions. You also may want to consider changing the window type — adding a bay window can dramatically open up a room.
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