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Choosing the Best Window Replacement Material

7/17/2016 10:37:24 AM

Considering new windows for your home? Maybe you know which operating style is your favorite, but which material will deliver the look and longevity you’re hoping to get from your new windows? Consider five of the best replacement window materials available to help you understand which is best for your home.

Vinyl Windows

Considered the most affordable material on the market, vinyl could be the right choice if you want low-maintenance windows that remain durable with very little effort on your part. Because vinyl doesn’t rot, chip, peel or fade in the sun, these windows have a decades-long lifespan. This material is energy efficient, especially if you choose vinyl windows paired with high-quality glass. Just be aware that you usually can’t repaint vinyl windows without voiding the warranty, so select a color you can live with for years to come.

Fiberglass Windows

A slight step up in cost, fiberglass windows offer even better energy efficiency and durability than vinyl. For example, fiberglass expands and contracts very little, meaning hardly any air leaks around the frame. Also, because fiberglass windows have a consistent color throughout the entire frame, a nick or scratch is virtually invisible and doesn’t require repainting.

Aluminum Windows

Known for their exceptional structural integrity and long-lasting durability, aluminum windows could be right for your home if you want a modern industrial look. Metal conducts heat, which can lead to efficiency issues, but you can overcome this problem by choosing aluminum windows manufactured with thermal breaks. An endless selection of colors and finishes allows you to customize your aluminum windows just the way you want.

Wood Windows

This window material is considered the most elegant choice available. Higher class comes at a higher price than any other type of window. Wood also requires more maintenance. Without proper care, wood is prone to warping, rotting and chipping. Fortunately, sanding and refinishing as needed helps maintain the beauty of wood windows and protects them from the elements. The rewards of stunning curb appeal, excellent energy efficiency and increased home value could be worth the extra effort.

Clad Windows

If you want to enjoy the warmth and beauty of wood on the inside of your home without the extra maintenance on the outside, clad windows are the perfect choice. Choose from vinyl-, fiberglass- and aluminum-clad windows to benefit from these durable materials on the outside without sacrificing the homey feel you want from wood windows on the inside. While clad windows are more expensive because they contain higher-cost wood, many homeowners consider the cost worth it to experience the best of both worlds.

Regardless of which window replacement material you choose, you can expect quality, durability and a 20-year warranty when you buy from Weather Shield. For help making the right choice for your needs, please contact Weather Shield directly or find a dealer near you. We can provide tips and a quote for your upcoming window replacement project.
 

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