Windows are an integral feature of any building, no matter if it is for residential or commercial use. The fact of the matter is, that it is almost impossible to find a home or commercial building that does not have any windows. So, when your windows get to the point where they are not functioning properly, or are not providing the comfort and safety they once did, it is important to replace your windows with ones that will meet all of your expectations and needs.
Below we feature the most common materials that the frames of your new replacement windows can be made of:
1. Vinyl Window Frames
The first type of window frame that will be highlighted is arguably the most popular frame material for windows today. Vinyl window frames are made of PVC or polyvinyl chloride. These frames are known for looking good, being great insulators, and requiring very little maintenance over the years. What makes them so popular however, is that you get a good durable material at an affordable price point.
2. Aluminum Window Frames
Aluminum frames were the most popular material of choice for some time prior to vinyl taking that moniker. Aluminum frames are regarded as being rugged, long-lasting and are low maintenance. There is no need to ever paint aluminum frames as they do not fade easily in sunlight. Also, aluminum doesn’t rot or suffer from the common wear problems that can affect other window frame materials. The main downfall for aluminum frames is that when compared to other frame options, they are lacking in terms of efficiency as aluminum allows higher levels of heat transfer and they can also be more expensive than other materials.
3. Wooden Window Frames
Wood window frames provide a classic look that adds appeal to your home. These frames are also quite durable and have a long potential life span. Because wood can be cut to meet any size requirement, they can be highly customized in terms of size and design. These frames can be made of different types of hardwood, that will also influence the price as some woods are more expensive than others. Where wood frames fall short versus other materials is that they require more attention and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint will be needed every few years to keep these frames looking fresh, and you may need to chip away old paint or sand down the frames before you can do this. Wood is also susceptible to rot and weathering, so if there is pooling water or you are in a moisture heavy environment, your wood frames can deteriorate faster.
4. Fiberglass Window Frames
Fiberglass window frames are extremely durable as they will not rot or warp due to moisture. They also have great thermal resistance blocking potential heat transfer and offering great insulating potential. The downside of fiberglass frames is the cost, even though they are less expensive than the higher-grade wood frames, they are still quite costly.
Above we covered four of the most popular window frame materials. There are additional options such as composite and wood clad which are made of a mixture of materials, however neither of these options are very popular for our northern climate.
When choosing the right window frames for your window replacement, look for the material that can meet the design and function of the window you are looking for, as well as meets efficiency levels and your budget.