Which Type of Window Frame Material is Right for You?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Are you thinking about replacing the windows in your home?  Unlike years past, there are quite a few options available to you today.  In addition to the old aluminum frames, you can choose from wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and composites.  But how do you decide which type of window is best for your home?  Here are some facts about window windows, vinyl windows, and fiberglass for you:

Wood Windows

  • Wood is a natural insulator.
  • Wood is an excellent sound barrier.
  • Wood windows give a beautiful, natural look to any room.
  • Wood can be repainted
  • Wood windows expand and contract in response to weather conditions, which makes them at risk for warping and buckling.
  • Seattle weather makes wood windows susceptible to warping and buckling.
  • Wood window frames require an ongoing investment of time and money. They require more maintenance than other windows.
  • If properly maintained, wood windows will last a long time.
  • Wood windows are an environmentally-friendly option since wood is a renewable resource.

Vinyl Windows

  • Vinyl windows are generally less expensive than wood windows or fiberglass windows.
  • Vinyl windows can be molded and colored to create a personalized look.
  • Vinyl windows are energy efficient, keeping heat inside during the winter and sealing cool air inside during the summer.
  • Vinyl windows stand up relatively well to varying weather conditions.
  • Vinyl frames are good insulators and can help cut down noise.
  • Vinyl windows require little maintenance after installation. They don’t have to be repainted, and the color generally won’t fade. They are also resistant to dirt, stains, mold, scratches, and dents.

Fiberglass Windows

  • Fiberglass window frames are not susceptible to temperature changes. Because they won’t expand and contract like other frames, they won’t warp over time.
  • Fiberglass windows are designed to remain square and level. Their seals will maintain their integrity.
  • Fiberglass windows are good thermal insulators, so they are extremely energy efficient.
  • Fiberglass windows are resistant to water. Even salt water!  So they won’t rot or corrode in the Pacific Northwest weather.
  • Fiberglass windows don’t require painting. However, they can be painted when you’re ready for an updated look!
  • While the initial cost of fiberglass windows may be a little higher than other materials, lower maintenance, higher energy efficiency, and longer product life equate to the best value over time.

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2018-03-28T16:57:41+00:00 December 13th, 2012|