If you are in the process of shopping for new windows for your house, you have probably realized by now that there are dozens upon dozens of different styles available to today’s consumers. As a result of this, there are a number of decisions you need to make before you can choose the ideal new windows for your household.
One of the primary things you will have to figure out is the sort of window frame material you like best. This will ultimately help you narrow down the options, as you’ll be able to exclude all window models that don’t feature your preferred material. Here, you will learn more about some popular materials for window frames so you can begin to determine which one is the right fit for you and your family’s needs.
- Wooden window frames – In bygone eras, wooden window frames were nearly the only option available to homeowners. If you live in a historic home, such as from the Victorian or Queen Anne periods, you may want to stick with wooden window frames for authenticity. It is worth noting that, although they are undeniably beautiful, wood frames require more maintenance than many other modern materials. They also tend to be more expensive than other choices. This not, however, typically dissuade homeowners who love their appearance.
- Aluminum window frames – Aluminum window frames are fairly durable in most climates, but it’s worth pointing out that they are not a great choice for homeowners in coastal regions of North Carolina and South Carolina. This is because salt water and salt air can cause aluminum to corrode quite quickly. Overall, though, this window frame material is a good choice for individuals who are looking for an affordable, lightweight choice that can be painted. Typically, aluminum window frames are insulated with foam or extruded vinyl to make them more energy efficient.
- Vinyl window frames – Crafted from PVC, vinyl window frames are extremely popular right now. They are budget-friendly for most homeowners, require very little upkeep, and generally have a clean, modern appearance. You should, however, be aware of the fact that the least expensive types of vinyl windows are susceptible to warping over time and, if you choose a color other than white, you should expect it to fade over the years.
- Steel window frames – Steel window frames are among the most durable options on the market. They are also, however, at least as expensive as wooden window frames. In most cases, steel windows are purchased for commercial use, but if you have a large enough budget, they are a low-maintenance choice that will last for many years.
If you are interested in having new windows of any kind installed in your home soon, the Hatch Homes team would like to work with you. Our expert window installers can assist you every step of the way, from determining which window frame material you should invest into making sure the entire installation process goes smoothly. We look forward to hearing from you and getting your project on the calendar soon!