Which window frame is right for you?

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Choosing to replace the windows in your home is a great way to improve your house's curb appeal, improve its efficiency and add style. In the process, you must decide on which design you prefer and what kind of treatment you will decorate with. However, one of the most important choices you'll need to make involves the frames of your new windows. You will be asked which material you'd prefer for the frames, and knowing the benefits of each can help you make the best decision.

"Wood is the most commonly used material in window frames."

This is still very commonly used in window frames. Wood is versatile and can be painted or stained to match any home's style. However, because wood expands and contracts with moisture and temperature changes, it typically does not last as long as most other materials. Regular maintenance can improve the longevity of your wood frames. 

Aluminum and other metals are growing in popularity because of their many positive qualities. The strength and durability of aluminum means it's relatively maintenance-free. Yet, because metals are excellent conductors, they are poor insulators. If you choose aluminum frames, be aware that they will conduct much more readily. Aluminum can contribute to interior condensation, so be prepared to make sure your window is properly maintained every year to avoid moisture seepage. 

As with siding, vinyl is one of the best materials you can choose for window frames. You won't have to paint vinyl nor will you have to worry about moisture-resistance. Vinyl can also be made to look like almost any other material, giving you the versatility of style choices. Before you select vinyl frames, make sure that they're treated with a stabilizer, as sunlight can damage the material. 

Choosing the right frames can give you even more beautiful windows.
Choosing the right frames can give you even more beautiful windows.

These frames are made from recycled wood products, such as particleboard and laminated lumber. Unlike their pure wood counterpart, composite frames are better at resisting moisture and less likely to require maintenance as often as basic wood. 

Fiberglass is the strongest of all the materials mentioned, and in comparison offers the highest structural integrity. This material will not warp and has excellent moisture resistance. Fiberglass can be as versatile as all of the other window materials and its durability and low-maintenance tendencies make it a great material for window frames. 

Much like a beautiful frame can highlight the stunning quality of a painting, the right window frames can make your house a masterpiece in itself. As is true for almost any other home improvement project, choosing the right materials is the key to an end result you can admire. When you decide to get replacement windows for your home, you should consider all your options for frame materials. Each one offers different pros and cons, and understanding these can give you the windows you've always dreamed of.

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