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LOW MAINTENANCE ALTERNATIVES TO WOODEN WINDOW FRAMES

LOW MAINTENANCE ALTERNATIVES TO WOODEN WINDOW FRAMES

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New windows can really smarten up the appearance of a house, and give a fresh, improved look to your heating and cooling bills as well. Advanced glazing and modern frames drastically reduce air infiltration and noise pollution. Wooden frames are frequently installed by Orange County window contractors. They are however generally more expensive than other types of windows and require regular maintenance and painting or staining. If the maintenance part is unappealing,  then here are the three main alternatives that you may want to consider. Ask your Orange County window contractor or interior designer which type they find the most ideal for your situation and style of home.

VINYL

Vinyl frames are the most more popular choice and provide an affordable option. They work well at keeping the heat inside in winter, and the heat outside in summer. Vinyl frames are very resistant to extreme weather conditions and, unlike wood, they never need repairing or painting which is a huge plus. They are only offered in a limited number of colors, but in a large variety of shapes and sizes. The quality of the vinyl will differ from one manufacturer to another depending on the recipe used to make the compound.        

ALUMINUM

Extensively used in commercial developments, aluminum frames are lightweight, durable and weather resistant. Because aluminum is so strong, the frames can be very thin yet support a large expanse of glass. A narrow frame is perfect if you want an unobstructed view.

Aluminum is a good thermal conductor, which is not actually something you want in windows. Good conductor equals bad insulator. This means the frames lose heat easily. In winter they can feel cold to the touch and are prone to condensation. Aluminum frames are better suited to warmer climates like Orange County and are likely to be the cheapest option.

FIBERGLASS

Fiberglass is the new wunderkind on the block.  Fiberglass frames are impressively strong and maintenance free, and designed to last for decades. Fiberglass is more energy efficient than vinyl and doesn’t expand and contract like wood. The frames remain square and level without the need for metal reinforcement. However fiberglass cannot be bent, therefore cannot be used for specialty windows that have curves or arches.

Fiberglass frames are rot resistant even to salt water and won’t corrode over time so make an excellent choice for properties near the ocean.  Fiberglass comes in a variety of finishes and can easily be painted so your color choices are unlimited.  You can see why they are well worth considering.