Window frames are available in a variety of materials including aluminum, wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Frames may be primarily composed of one material, or they may be a combination of different materials such as wood and vinyl and each frame material has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Aluminum is ideal for customized window design, however, aluminum frames cause conductive heat loss (i.e., they have low R-values) and condensation. By inserting thermal breaks made of insulating plastic strips between the inside and outside of the frame and sash you can greatly improve the thermal resistance of aluminum frames.
- The benefits of wood is it produces higher R-values, are unaffected by temperature extremes, and are less prone to condensation, but they do require some maintenance - like periodic painting. A note of caution: if wood frames are not properly protected from moisture, they can warp, crack, and stick.
- Vinyl windows are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which offers many advantages, like a large selection of styles and shapes, moderate to high R-values, easily customized, competitively priced, require low maintenance, and mold easily into almost any shape.
- Fiberglass has the highest R-values of all frames and are excellent for insulating and will not warp, shrink, swell, rot, or corrode. Fiberglass frames can be made in a variety of colors and can hold large expanses of glass. Some fiberglass frames are hollow and others are filled with fiberglass insulation.
The Glass Guru estimators and installers are window experts and can help guide you to make the best decision the windows that will fit your needs and budget. We offer several brands with multiple styles and options to choose from to get just the right look and feel for your home. No one knows windows like The Glass Guru.
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