If you are looking at new windows for your home it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the options. Window frame material is usually a good place to start. There are advantages and disadvantages to every frame material. Understanding them will help make your decision easier.
These are usually the most affordable option, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are cheaply made. Vinyl is a durable, long-lasting material. Better quality vinyl windows with the right glass can offer good energy efficiency. These windows typically require little maintenance. All you do is clean the surface with mild soap and water to keep your windows looking like new. While you should not paint the exterior of a vinyl window a dark color (the vinyl may warp as the dark color absorbs the sun’s heat), many manufacturers now offer heat-reflective paint that allows a full spectrum of exterior colors.
When it comes to aesthetics it is hard to beat the warmth and beauty of traditional wood windows. These are great for historic homes, homes in LPC districts, or for homeowners who appreciate the classic look of genuine wood. Wood is also a great insulator, keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With proper care and maintenance, these windows can last a lifetime. But speaking of maintenance, these require some care. You should inspect the exterior finish annually to ensure the integrity of the finish. While some manufacturers offer a factory painted exterior warranted for ten years, locally painted wood exteriors may need to be refinished periodically to keep the wood in proper condition.
Some wood windows are available with an aluminum clad exterior for a maintenance-free finish. With these, you get the beauty of natural wood on the inside and the weatherproof strength of metal on the outside. The cladding can withstand heat and moisture. There are two types of cladding, roll-formed and extruded. Most quality manufacturers use the more durable extruded aluminum to clad the exterior of their windows and will warrant the finish for 20-30 years.
Metal window frames are light and strong. Like clad windows, they are also almost completely maintenance free. While aluminum is very conductive of heat and cold, many manufacturers now add a thermal break to their frames in order to earn performance ratings approaching that of wood or clad wood windows.
Because fiberglass is so similar to glass, it has a low expansion rate, which helps prevent some of the problems with warping that plague some cheap vinyl windows. In addition to great energy efficiency ratings, fiberglass windows are also extremely durable. And because it is a consistent color throughout, any nick or scratch will remain virtually invisible. Best of all you will not need to repaint them. And while these windows cost slightly more than vinyl windows, they will look better and last longer.
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