Whether you're choosing windows for your new home or planning to replace your existing windows, you've probably found that there's an overwhelming number of window frames out there. We're pleased to offer this resource to help you get up to speed, so you can proceed from a more informed perspective when you're discussing your project with building professionals.
Popular and affordable, aluminum windows have come a long way in recent years, and architects like them for their versatility and style options. The downside: they're not as energy efficient as other options.
Fiberglass windows are a favorite because they offer traditional good looks with the benefits of innovative materials. Priced comparably to wood, they're strong, energy-efficient, and available in a wide variety of styles.
By far the most popular option these days, vinyl windows come in a wide variety of styles, price ranges, and energy efficiency options. They never need painting and stand up well against the elements; on the downside, they come in only a few colors, and often have a smaller glass area than other types.
Beloved by traditionalists and mandated by some local codes for historic buildings, wood windows are pricier than aluminum or vinyl, and also require more maintenance over the years. But for many homeowners, there's no substitute for the real thing.
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