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Replacement Windows: Choosing the Right Material for the Frame

Windows impact the interior and exterior of the home. When you make the decision to replace your windows, it's important that you choose a well-constructed, high-quality product. Your investment in replacement windows will pay you back in improved aesthetics as well as energy savings. One of the most crucial elements of the window is its frame, and you must choose it carefully in order to get the best thermal characteristics, durability, weight and thickness. Here are some of the most popular window frame options:

  • Wood – Wood-framed windows come in a number of sizes and shapes and are exceptionally and naturally beautiful. When properly maintained, they can last for years ensuring that homeowners have a high R-value.
  • Aluminum – Aluminum-framed windows are strong, durable and lightweight. They're also less expensive than wood-framed windows. However, the performance of wood is far superior to aluminum, as aluminum is susceptible to condensation, which can possibly lead to mold.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl-framed windows are extremely low-maintenance and long-lasting. These windows resist moisture and are much less expensive than wood. Vinyl can't be painted, but there are a number of stock colors that are available.
  • Fiberglass Composite – If you want the appearance of wood but would prefer less of the hassle associated with wood, fiberglass composite frames may be right up your ally. They won't sag or wrap in extreme high temperatures and they won't shrink in extreme cold temperatures.

There are a number of materials used to create windows frames, and the ones mentioned here aren't all of them. However, these are the most popular. Choosing the right material to match the aesthetics of your home, your budget and your individual style is crucial. If you are unsure of what type of material is best-suited for you and your home, consult with a contractor who can help you. 

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