When it comes to windows, you have several choices when it comes to frame material. Each has its strengths and areas it excels in, and it’s vital that you pick the right one for your needs. The “perfect” window frame material, after all, is the one that gives you the most returns in terms of energy efficiency, beauty and overall utility.
In this post, California Energy Consultant Service shares three of the most popular frame materials for window replacement and how to pick the right one for your home.
This is the classic frame material for windows and remains a solid choice despite losing ground and popularity to newer materials. Wood frame windows are naturally strong, heat-tolerant and easily match more traditional architectural styles.
Their main advantage over the others is their sheer curb appear. These windows are peerless when it comes to classic and timeless aesthetics. That said, they require more maintenance due to their vulnerability to water damage. While these windows are beautiful, they also need repainting or staining to protect them from the weather.
This low-cost alternative to wood frames has replaced its predecessor as the most popular frame material due to a combination of practicality, affordability and utility. Vinyl has higher weather tolerance than wood and is virtually immune to rot damage as it naturally sheds water and moisture build-up without the need for stains.
In terms of aesthetics, while it can’t replicate the sheer attractiveness and unique aura wood frames provides, it has a wider color palette so you aren’t restricted to just wood stains and shades of brown. It’s also more affordable than wood while simultaneously requiring less overall maintenance.
More commonly known as composite-frame windows, these are a relatively new choice but are rising in popularity. These frames are more energy-efficient, virtually maintenance-free and stronger than both wood and vinyl window frames. While it’s pricier than vinyl, it’s not as expensive as wood. Because fiberglass has higher energy efficiency, it’s the best choice if you want your new windows to contribute to value.
Picking the right window frame material for your home requires looking at several factors to make the right choice. As your residential window replacement experts, California Energy Consultant Service will help you pick the right one for your home.
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