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How To Choose The Right Window: Choosing the Right Frame

8/26/2013 2:38:50 PM

When choosing the right windows for your home, there are several things that should be evaluated to make sure that you are choosing the window that best fits your needs. In part one of this two-part series, we will take a look at the different types of window frames on the market.



Wood is a classic window material, having been used for hundreds of years in home construction. It is valued by some for its versatility and aesthetics, but avoided by others due to high maintenance requirements. Wood windows are highly-sought after for some homebuyers, so they can not only increase the value of your home, but also make it sell faster!

In addition to their timeless beauty, wood windows are an eco-friendly choice. Wood is a renewable resource and as long as the wood is sourced from sustainable growers, it has one of the lowest environmental impacts on the market. Additionally, wood is actually an excellent natural insulator—especially when compared to some other materials on the market. It does not conduct heat or cold easily, making it a great choice for homeowners looking to cut their energy bills. When matched with our Zo-e-Shield glass and other energy saving features.

The only drawback to choosing wood windows is that they require more maintenance than other popular window materials. Over time, wood windows will need to be repainted or sanded and refinished to keep them looking their best.

If you are looking for a beautiful and timeless window for your home, wood windows are a great choice. If you are looking for something with low maintenance, you would do better with a vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum selection.


Vinyl windows are the most popular windows in the U.S. today. They are relatively energy-efficient, low-maintenance, and most importantly, affordable. Available in a number of colors and styles, vinyl windows are versatile and can be made to match almost any décor. Vinyl quality can vary widely depending on the company that manufactures it. Cheaply made vinyl windows can warp, crack, and chalk very easily—decreasing the value of the investment of your home in a very short period of time.

The key to buying vinyl windows is to ensure that you are buying vinyl windows from a company that places a premium on window quality. A quality made vinyl window will look great and last for years. At Weather Shield, we exclusively offer vinyl-clad windows. These windows offer an attractive and durable vinyl exterior with a real solid wood interior—offering excellent energy efficiency, low maintenance, and durability combined with the highly sought after look of real wood windows on the interior.


Prior to the arrival of vinyl windows, aluminum windows were the popular alternative to wood windows. Aluminum windows offer exceptional strength and durability, but their energy efficiency is generally not as good as wood, vinyl, or fiberglass windows. Modern advancements have improved the energy efficiency of aluminum windows , but since aluminum transfers heat and cold very efficiently, they are still generally less efficient than other window materials with comparable energy saving features. If you are looking for windows for commercial applications, aluminum windows are typically going to be your best choice.

Aluminum windows offer homeowners a good bit of flexibility in design choices. At Weather Shield, we offer aluminum-clad windows in a number of exterior colors in addition to several solid wood interior finishes. The aesthetic flexibility of aluminum windows makes them an ideal choice for architectural applications.


Fiberglass is relatively new to the window scene. As an exceptionally energy efficient material, fiberglass is an excellent choice for homeowners that place a premium on energy efficiency and windows that are produced with a low impact on the environment.

In fact, fiberglass windows expand and contract at levels that are 800 times less than vinyl windows. This not only prevents air infiltration exceptionally well, it reduces the probability of cracks, seal failures, and warping.

In addition to the great benefits already listed, fiberglass windows are the premier window choice for coastal climates. Unlike other window materials that can corrode in the moist salty air, fiberglass is not susceptible to corrosion, even if the surface is scratched.

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