A Guide to Popular Residential Window Materials

Nearly all homeowners have to replace the windows in their homes at some point in time. If you’ve been thinking about investing in replacement windows, but you aren’t sure where to start, this is the guide for you! Below, you’ll discover important information about multiple window materials, all of which are popular among modern homeowners. If it’s been awhile since you had your windows replaced — or if you’ve never purchased new windows previously — you are sure to benefit from the details you’ll find below. 

Remember, some of these window materials may not make sense for you, while others may be ideal for your situation. Doing research is part of the home renovation process and the more knowledge you have about a particular topic — in this case, residential window replacement — the more comfortable you are likely to feel with the entire remodeling process, including having educated conversations with your installation contractor. 



There was a time when wood was just about the only window frame material homeowners could choose. Today, it is actually one of the most high-maintenance choices on the market, but there are still some North Carolina and South Carolina residents who wouldn’t dream of choosing another material.

There are a few reasons for this. First, wooden window frames have a natural beauty that is difficult, if not impossible, to replicate. If you live in either a rustic cabin in the mountains of North Carolina or a historic home, you might decide that wood is the only option that works with the style of your residence. Some historic homeowners, for instance, only like to use materials that existed when their houses were originally built — wood fits the bill. 

The main downsides to wood are the cost and the fact that maintenance is required. You will, for instance, need to repaint or restain it periodically if you don’t leave it raw and it may crack or warp over time. 



Vinyl is the most popular window frame material choice right now. It is affordable, attractive, and versatile. Vinyl also lasts for many years and requires little, if any, upkeep, other than occasionally being wiped down with a damp cloth. This is appealing to many modern families who are busy with other obligations on a daily basis. 

As mentioned above, the perks of vinyl windows are that they are affordable on most budgets and they last for quite a long time without a lot of care. Another benefit is that vinyl comes in multiple colors and doesn’t require repainting on a regular basis. 

One of the only downsides to using vinyl is that it is not an environmentally friendly product, if that is important to you. In addition, some darker vinyl hues, such as forest green and navy, may fade over time. 



Aluminum window frames are another option that cost less than wood and offer minimal upkeep. While not as popular as vinyl styles, aluminum window frames offer a sleek appearance and can be shaped around irregularly sized window glass more easily than many other materials. 

A downside to aluminum is that it can corrode, particularly near saltwater, which means it isn’t usually a great option for homeowners who reside on the North Carolina or South Carolina coastline. 


If you have questions regarding these or any other window frame materials, don’t hesitate to contact Hatch Homes at your earliest convenience. Our trusted window installation team is here to provide you with the assistance you need from start to finish. 

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