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Pros and Cons of Different Window Frame Materials


Pros and Cons of Different Window Frame Materials

When it’s time to search for new windows, there are a number of window frame options to choose from. You can go for wood window frames with their classic beauty or the strength of fiberglass window frames. You may even be able to find a window frame that’s right in between the two. Which is the best choice for your home? Let’s break down some of the pros and cons.

Wood Windows

Wood window frames can be painted or stained to keep the natural wood look. They’re a classic, elegant option that many homeowners still prefer, but the work required to keep them up can be something of a draw.

Pros: 

  • The authentic look of wood grain has a stately elegance that’s hard to beat.
  • Wood frames have great thermal performance, which makes them a good choice for insulation.
  • They can easily be painted or repainted, as well as stained, to suit your aesthetic. 

Cons:

  • Wood windows require heavier maintenance than other window frames in order to stay in shape.
  • They absorb water, which can cause them to swell, warp, or rot.
  • It’s a steep investment, the most expensive window frame on the market.

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass window frames are a more recent alternative. They have a smooth look similar to vinyl, but they’re far more durable and lauded for their energy efficiency.

Pros:

  • They’re the most energy efficient and durable options on the market.
  • Fiberglass doesn’t swell, warp, or rot, thus standing up to the elements.
  • The stronger material protects against impact as well.

Cons:

  • It lacks that authentic woodgrain appeal.
  • It takes a longer time to order fiberglass windows than wood.

Wood-Ultrex Windows

Marvin Integrity also offers a “just right” option for many homeowners. Their wood-ultrex windows seem to combine the best of both worlds, with wood interior and and fiberglass exterior.

Pros:

  • You have the durability and energy efficiency of fiberglass on the exterior.
  • You also have the beauty of real wood on the interior.
  • It’s less expensive than full wood window frames.
  • Lower maintenance as fiberglass is easy to maintain and interior maintenance is considerably less involved than exterior maintenance.

Cons:

  • The wood interior frames will still require some upkeep, though less than exterior wood frames might.
  • These are likely more expensive than fiberglass windows, because of the wood counterpart.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Which window frame is right for your home? Once you know, contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information or a free estimate.


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