If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, or you’re building a new home and need to find the best new windows on the market, then one of your first decisions will be what material you want. You have quite a few options, but today Progressive Insulation & Windows wants to share the six most common. If you have questions, or for advice on which one will work best for you, stop by our showroom or call us at (800) 500-6200.
There are a lot of things to love about fiberglass windows. They’re one of the strongest, and most durable options out there. As an added bonus, they require almost no maintenance so they’re a good long-term investment. They’re great insulators and you can choose frames that are hollow or are filled with foam insulation for even more energy efficiency.
Vinyl is another low-maintenance option that requires almost no work to keep them in good shape. They also provide great thermal insulation, which can help reduce your utility bills. Like fiberglass windows, they can either be hollow or filled with insulation for better energy efficiency. Some vinyl sills that are wider are reinforced with a harder substance, like wood or metal.
One of the big advantages of aluminum windows is that they’re recyclable. In fact, most of them are made up of at least 15% recycled content, which makes them a great choice for those who prioritize the environment. They’re also very durable frames, which, once again, don’t require a ton of maintenance. Most modern frame designs for aluminum windows come with thermal brakes to lower the conductive heat loss that happens with metal.
If you want strength and insulation, wood is a great choice for new windows. They’re often a top choice in historical neighborhoods, because many pre- and post-war homes had wooden windows. It’s common for today’s wood windows to have an exterior that’s clad (which means covered) with vinyl or aluminum. This significantly reduces maintenance. Without these additions, wood does require repainting and resealing every few years, and it can warp, mold, become infected with termites, etc. if not properly maintained.
Some frames use different materials in different parts of the window. For example, they may have a frame made from one material and a sash made from another. This is a great choice when there’s on look you prefer but another option that’s more practical.
Composite windows also use several different materials, but instead of different sections of the window having different materials, those materials are all blended together. The result is a very durable, well-insulated, and virtually maintenance-free window.
Which window type is right for you? It all depends on where you live, what your home looks like, and what your top concerns are. The best way to match up what you want with what’s out there is to either visit Progressive Insulation & Windows or give us a call at (800) 500-6200.