In the replacement windows industry, there are many window materials from which you can choose. These include more traditional materials like wood and contemporary materials such as vinyl and composites. One of our goals is to make sure that you are able to find the proper windows for your home and as such we believe it’s absolutely necessary that you know exactly what you’re getting and how it can affect your home.
Wood is a traditional building material for nearly anything, including windows. It’s most appreciated quality is the rich beauty that it provides. The beauty comes from the natural aesthetic of the wood species used for the frame. Many window manufacturers offer wooden windows in a variety of species so homeowners can choose which wood looks best on their home. Furthermore, wood windows have an exceptional insulating factor and low thermal expansion rate. One of the largest disadvantages of wood is that it requires quite a bit more maintenance, including regular painting and staining. Wood is also susceptible to insect infestation and the cost can dissuade a lot of homeowners.
Vinyl windows are one of the most popular options for contemporary homeowners. The material uses a polyvinyl chloride resin mixed with other ingredients that provides the frame with its color, resistance to fading, etc. One of the most alluring qualities of this window material is its high affordability. Vinyl windows continue to be the most affordable window type currently on the market. Additionally, they require very little maintenance and never need to be painted or scraped. The downside is that vinyl tends to be less durable than other window types, can be brittle in certain climates, and the thermal expansion rate can leave something to be desired.
Composite windows can use a variety of materials to compose the frame. These materials can include wood fibers, vinyl, metal, etc. The advantages of composite windows include their incredible strength, durability, low-maintenance, and even energy efficiency. However, they are also one of the more expensive window types in the industry, which may turn some homeowners away. Also, since composite windows are made uniquely per manufacturer, some research is suggested to ensure you get the proper type for your home.
The style of aluminum windows has slowly started to fade with the appearance of materials like vinyl and composites. Despite its downfall in popularity, it still has advantages. The greatest advantage is its strength since it is made from metal. Furthermore, it requires less maintenance than wood options. The disadvantages that plague aluminum are its low energy performance, rust, and metallic appearance.
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Choosing which material type you want for your replacement windows can be a somewhat difficult task. Fortunately, our window experts are more than qualified to help you determine which window material works best for your home. Learn more about our window options by contacting us today for your free consultation!