Good framing can keep your windows from getting damaged and it also can help with energy loss. Window frames aren’t just about aesthetic but about efficiency and materials.
The type of window frame you choose will depend on your needs but there is something you will have to deal with whatever window frame you use, and it is proper sizing.
Even if it sounds dull, wrong sizing can carry various problems. and in order to avoid this always make sure you have capacitated contractors who are experienced in window replacements otherwise if you have longer or shorter frames you will find yourself having extras expenses fitting them in your walls.
Having that clear is time to talk about the different frame materials.
Currently there are five types of window frames that are used:
- Vinyl window frames
- Fiberglass window frames
- Composite window frames
- Wood window frames
- Aluminum window frames
Each one has their own strengths and flaws so let’s take a look in deep for each case.
Vinyl Window Frames
Vinyl window frames are made of out of PVC, the highlights of this material are it’s ultraviolet light stabilizers meaning that the sunlight won’t be damaging the window frame, also vinyl frames’ thermal characteristics allow it to be highly efficient by not transferring outside’s heat.
Vinyl frames are versatile, efficient and affordable but there are some flaws to it: aluminum, fiberglass and wooden frames are stronger than vinyl and this material doesn’t look as good as those mentioned.
Fiberglass Window Frames
Is a fact that fiberglass frames are one of the most resistant and thermal insulating materials to choose from, its composition resembles very much the glass panes’ what makes it ideal to deal with different temperature changes.
In the other hand, fiberglass frames look similar to vinyl one’s while being way more expensive, even more expensive than wooden or aluminum window frames, which are considered aesthetically superior.
Composite Window Frames
Composite frames include the best of every material, they are as resistant and maintenance free as vinyl and aluminum while keeping the temperature in the rooms from changing and not transferring heat due to the wood fiber in them.
Though composite frames are one of the most expensive materials for window frames, they do look very similar to vinyl and fiberglass and don’t offer much of a difference worth discarding more affordable options.
Wooden Window Frames
The old-fashioned wooden frames are well known for their durability with the right maintenances and their timeless look. Also, they are a great option for different types of climates as well since they don’t transfer much heat.
But currently materials like vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum offer a good durability with minor if any maintenance, some of those materials are way cheaper and won’t be damaged by rot and weathering as wooden frames are.
Aluminum Window Frames
Aluminum frames are considered the most stylish and modern looking frame material from this list, they are rugged, even more durable than vinyl, wooden or even fiberglass frames also they are ideal when letting in sunlight is the main goal.
However, aluminum frames are more expensive than vinyl or fiberglass frames and they aren’t very energy efficient since they are known for transferring much of the heat, which wouldn’t be much of a problem if used in mostly cold climate areas.
Now knowing the pros and cons of every material you are ready to pick the perfect window frame that will give you the comfort and aesthetic you are looking for. You have to keep in mind that other aspects such the positioning of the windows can affect the frame’s efficiency too as well as the glazing.