Window Frame Options: Match your Decor, Architecture, and Budget

April 04, 2010

Whether you're looking for an economical solution for replacement windows, or need custom windows for a home renovation, window dealers offer a variety of window frame and glass choices. Select window frame and glass combinations according to your climate, decorative preference, and energy conservation needs. Newer materials including vinyl and fiberglass are durable materials that require little maintenance.

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Window Frame Options

  • Wood: Wooden window frames are available in styles, sizes and finishes (or unfinished) to suit any architectural or decorative preference. You can have wood windows custom made for home renovations requiring exact replications of original windows. Drawbacks to wood include warping, weather damage, and susceptibility to pest problems including dry rot and termites.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum is light and durable, and is frequently used in contemporary window styles. Aluminum windows are among the least expensive, and are often used in situations where a great many windows are needed, or for residential rental or industrial uses. Drawbacks to aluminum include energy inefficiency and limited appeal.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is widely used for window replacements due to its durability and ease of care. One problem with vinyl window frames is that they are constructed of color saturated material that cannot be repainted; it's important to select a neutral tone that can compliment any changes in exterior or interior decor.
  • Fiberglass: This is likely the most expensive but versatile window frame option. Fiberglass is energy efficient, easy to care for, and lasts a long time. Unlike vinyl, it can be refinished,. Fiberglass window frame styles are available in many colors, and finishes to meet your preferences.

Window dealers can help you select replacement windows based on regional climate considerations, energy efficiency, and your budget.

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