Frame Choices

The frame you choose for your new window not only affects the overall look of your home, but also its weather-ability and future maintenance requirements

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Vinyl
(Most Popular)

Pros:

Low maintenance— never needs painting

Tight sealing

Does not swell with humidity like wood

Very affordable

Cons:

Limited color selection

Features to Look For:

Fusion welded corners— no screws to loosen

Low air infiltration rating

Reinforced lock rails

Foam or fiberglass filled frames (shown)

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Wood
(For a Classic Look)

Clad Corner

Pros:

Great for historic renovations

Available in any color

Color can easily be changed

Beautiful— like a fine piece of furniture

Features to Look For:

Aluminum covered/clad exteriors (shown)

Interlocking meeting rails

Cons:

Swells with humidity- can be tight in summer when you want to open & loose when dry winter air arrives

Air infiltration typically higher than vinyl or fiberglass windows

Requires periodic painting or staining

Improperly maintained wood can rot

Can be expensive

Fiberglass
(Benefits of Vinyl, Wood and Aluminum Combined)

Pros:

Similar in strength to aluminum

Highly energy efficient

Does not swell with humidity

Low maintenance

Available in any color and multiple woodgrains

Color can be changed anytime

Cons:

Can be expensive

Features to Look For:

Foam or fiberglass filled frames

Interlocking meeting rails

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