Frame Types for New Windows

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Replacement windows in Richmond, CA will improve your home, by increasing energy efficiency, making it feel more comfortable and updating the style. There are several sizes, shapes, and styles of new windows to choose from. However, the first consideration should be the frame material. This will be the basis for every other decision you make. Here is what you need to know to get started: 


Aluminum Windows 

Modern aluminum windows are far better than the old styles of the 70’s and 80’s. These window frames are light, but still strong and durable. They do not require a lot of maintenance and come in a resilient finish that is anodized or factory-baked. This material is also easily manipulated, making it especially good for windows with unusual shapes. The leading disadvantage is that it does not have as much thermal resistance. It does not work well in excessively hot or cold climates.  


Vinyl Windows 

This is another window material that has come leaps and bounds. Today, construction grade vinyl will hold up against almost any climate. Once installed, these windows do not need maintenance… only a little bit of cleaning every season. They have exceptional thermal resistance, boosting your energy efficiency. Also, because of the frame design and welded seams, these windows do not have any moisture or air leaks. The will not warp, fade, or chip and are impervious to pests. They are also one of the most affordable options on the market. But with that comes limited color options, and less versatility.  


Wood Windows 

A classic for a reason, nothing matches the aesthetic style of real wood windows. They have a warm, classic look that will bring a traditional feel to any home. These windows are also excellent thermal insulators. The windows are easy to install and require basic tools and carpentry skills and the material is even eco-friendly. But while wood windows will not rust, they are susceptible to pests, warping, weather damage, and rot. You will also need to sand and refinish the material every few years to keep it looking like new.

Fiberglass Windows 

These windows are often considered the most stable. They offer the strength of aluminum frames and the insulation of vinyl. Also, because the material shares the properties of glass, the frames are dimensionally stable. This means the frame expands and contracts at the same rate as the glass panes, which keeps the seals tight and leak-free. Fiberglass is on the pricey side, but the upfront cost will more than pay for itself because of the energy savings and longevity these windows provide.  


Composite Windows 

Many homeowners who want the look of solid wood, but greater durability find the best of both words in composite window frames. These windows frames are made up of composite wood products, but have the same profile as solid wood. They are more stable and have better structural and thermal properties. They are also more resistant to decay and moisture. The only downside is that they are more expensive.  


Have questions about one of the materials? Or live in Richmond, CA and want to check them out? Stop by A-Taylor Made Window. Our expert team will address any concerns you might have. Call us at 510-559-5530 or visit us at 5327 Jacuzzi St., #5E, Richmond, CA 94804.  


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