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Window Materials

East Bay residences come in all manner of architectural styles. Homes in Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Orinda are very different from those found in the hills of Oakland and Berkeley or in the flats of Albany and El Cerrito. And yet, all these houses will, sooner or later, need replacement windows – ones that will match or enhance the existing style. That’s why A-Taylor Made Window features the finest portfolio of superior manufactures who build custom windows and doors using the widest array of materials available. You want the perfect option for your home. We want to provide it for you.

Wooden frames

Classic wooden frames have a rich look that complements many traditional home styles. They have excellent insulation properties, and you can choose from a broad array of wood stains and paint colors. Periodic maintenance is required to keep them looking good and performing properly.

Clad frames

A clad frame is made of wood but has a covering of vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum on its exterior face. Wood-clad frames offer the visual appeal of wood, visible from the interior of the home, with the advantages of reduced maintenance and superior insulating and moisture resistance properties of the cladding material.

Fiberglass frames

Fiberglass frames adapt well for replacement of wooden frames, with key advantages. Fiberglass, by far the strongest, most stable window frame material, retain its shape because it’s nearly impervious to warping. Fiberglass frames also have excellent insulation properties, and factory-applied paint can last throughout the lifetime of the product. Fiberglass is the frame of choice of many environmentally conscious consumers.

Vinyl frames

Because 100 percent vinyl window frames are insect resistant and cannot corrode, rust or peel, they come with long manufacturers’ warranties. Our a-TaylorMade Window craftsmen have the higher level of expertise required to properly install vinyl windows to attain maximum performance. The color choices are not as varied as those of fiberglass frames, but some vinyl frames are designed to be painted to your preference.

Composite frames

With excellent insulation values and frame profiles similar to those of wood frames, composite frames incorporating wood particle material with fiberglass elements offer attractive choices. Although they can be costly, they are energy efficient and durable, making them a good value over time.

Window glazing

The type of glass and various coatings can greatly affect the amount of light, heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays that windows transfer into your home. Ordinary untreated window glass rejects no more than 30 percent of the sun’s harmful UV radiation; the rest passes through into your home. Clear double-pane windows suppress UV transmission by about 45 percent. But glass that meets 262, 270 and 272 LOWE ratings reduce ultraviolet transmission by about 85 percent, and 366/LOWE glass astonishingly screens out 95 percent of UV radiation.

Consult our frequently asked questions page  and our glossary to learn more.


Our experienced, knowledgeable, no-pressure window and door consultants will answer any questions you may have as to the right materials and best manufacturers for your custom-made window and door requirements.

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