Window Frame Materials
You have many options when it comes to selecting Greensboro replacement windows, and the replacement window experts at ABC Roofing & Exteriors can help you choose the best products for your home. Here is an overview of the window frame materials you can choose from and their benefits.
Windows manufactured from vinyl represent the largest market share in the replacement window business. High-quality structural vinyl is affordable, strong and provides very good energy savings, with moderate to high R-values to help reduce heating and cooling costs.
- Economical cost
- No painting or maintenance required
- Outstanding energy efficiency
- Wide variety of styles
- Custom fit and sizing
Thanks to advanced manufacturing techniques, fiberglass windows are among the strongest and most energy-efficient windows available. Fiberglass window components are extremely durable and can be readily fabricated and customized. The resins comprising fiberglass window components are smooth and capable of accepting a wide variety of custom, color-through colors.
- Stronger than wood or vinyl
- Better insulating properties than wood
- Maintenance-free and rot-proof
- Expands and contracts uniformly, allowing the frame to maintain its integrity
- Can be painted after installation
Wood windows are popular for custom window jobs that require unique design specifications. Wood can be painted to match any exterior color, but must be painted regularly to avoid undesirable chipping and exposure which can lead to rot. Wood windows have better insulative properties than metal, but fall short of vinyl and fiberglass.
- Can be painted or stained
- Wide variety of sizes to choose from
- Does not attract condensation like a metal frame
- Adds value and traditional appeal
Aluminum was the first type of replacement window available and continues to be one of the strongest window materials offered. Aluminum windows do not offer the high level of energy efficiency found in wood, vinyl or fiberglass windows. However, aluminum windows can be an acceptable alternative for the budget-conscious homeowner. Aluminum is often used as an exterior shell to strengthen wood windows, creating what is known as “clad” windows.
- Weather-resistant and will not rust
- Blocks noise better than other window material types
- Can be painted
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