Window frame material options: There are several crucial aspects to take into account when selecting replacement windows for your home. What kind of window frames should we choose is one of the most frequently asked topics. Making a decision is never simple when there are so many factors to take into account, like cost, durability, strength, and aesthetics.
Different materials with varying degrees of performance and insulation value can be used to make window frames. Pressure on the seals and frames is caused by the expansion and contraction of air in the spaces between the panes as it warms up and cools.
When we talk about strong and long-lasting windows, we’re talking about materials and construction that are more resistant to pressure and warping brought on by temperature variations, which ultimately affects how long your windows will last. The advantages and disadvantages of each sort of replacement window option you can select, as well as our recommendations, are discussed below.
- Advantages: Wood is a natural, renewable resource with a respectable level of insulation value; it may be painted any color or left unfinished; and it is one of the more cheap frame materials.
- Disadvantages: It needs constant maintenance, is prone to warping and gas leakage, and is vulnerable to dampness and insect damage.
- Advantages: strong and long-lasting, recyclable, and low-maintenance.
- Disadvantage: Because metal is a conductor, heat loss is enhanced. Aluminum frames have joints in the corners that can leak water.
Vinyl / PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Frames
- Advantages: Low maintenance, reasonably good insulating value, resistant to moisture, bugs, and corrosion.
- Disadvantages: It isn’t biodegradable and the color possibilities can be limited.
Fiberglass or Composite Frames
- Advantages: energy efficiency, environmental friendliness, resistance to rust and moisture, ease of maintenance, and ability to be customized in terms of size, shape, and color.
- Disadvantages: Material is reasonably pricey.
What Should I Know About Window Frames? Replacement Window Frame FAQ
Should I get double paned glass?
In the past two decades, windows’ energy efficiency has greatly improved. Air seals are better, frames are more resilient and well-insulated, and gas-filled spaces between double and even triple panes are the rule rather than the exception.
Where is energy efficiency most important?
Northern facing windows will always result in a net heat loss, but high-quality southern facing windows can provide a net gain through passive solar heat collecting. Daytime passive solar heat absorption may be greater than nighttime heat loss.
So don’t be afraid to install numerous windows facing south, provided they’re of high quality and provide adequate shade during the summer to prevent overheating. Your heating requirements can be readily reduced by 25% with good home design, orientation, and window location.
What window can I install that will save me the most money?
Vinyl replacement windows typically cost less than other types of replacement windows.