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Types of Window Frames: Our Guide

Window frames come in many shapes sand sizes. They also come in a few different types of materials. In this post, we’ll be discussing the different types of materials most commonly found when selecting a window frame. Here at Americraft, we’re experts in providing high-quality materials, installation, and customer service for homeowners who choose to do business with us. Read on to learn more about how we can help you determine which window frame material is best for your home and you’ll also be able to request a quote from us which we’ll reply with detailed information as soon as possible. With the various types of window frames available, it’s best to have a beforehand look at which materials will work best with your home. Enjoy!

Vinyl Window Frames

Vinyl window frames tend to be the most affordable option for homeowners as they’re constructed out of PVC material. This type of material allows costs to be kept low, yet there are drawbacks when choosing vinyl window frames. Yes, they’re great insulators, yet they tend to break down over time and experience the effects of wear-and-tear much more than the other window frame material types in this post. It’s ultimately up to you which material you’ll; choose, but if you’re looking for a one-and-done installation where the materials will last for a lifetime, you may want to consider a different window frame material.

Aluminum Window Frames

Aluminum window frames are quite tough against the elements and they’re very unlikely to experience mold or rot. The only drawback with aluminum window frames is their lack of energy efficiency components. If you’ve ever held aluminum foil after taking it out of the oven, you’ll notice the material itself releases heat quite easily after just a minute or so. The same principle can be applied to the insulation qualities of aluminum within your home’s window frames. The material itself is not a great conductor of heat or cold for that matter and it will reflect with your heating and cooling bulls when compared to vinyl window frames.

Fiberglass Window Frames

Fiberglass window frames are the least common type of material chosen for window frame installation projects. It’s a material which is not as marketed as the others within this list, yet that doesn’t mean it’s not up-to-par with the rest. As a matter of fact, fiberglass window frames tend to be extremely resistant to warping from fluctuations in temperatures throughout the year. They’re also great insulators when compared to the other materials listed in this post. The drawbacks are the appearance of the window frames themselves and the fact they’re much more expensive than all of the other, standard window frame materials. If you can afford the extra costs and tolerate the less than stellar appearance of these window frames, you’ll grow to love the energy-efficient aspects of them.

Wooden Window Frames

Wooden window frames offer great insulation and durability right up there with the rest of the common window frame materials. The main drawback is when you choose to invest in quality materials such as real wood, it’s a lot more expensive than nearly every other material. An additional drawback is the fact you’ll have to regularly maintain the wood itself to ensure there’s no rot, mold, or warping taking place. If you’re the type to carefully maintain your home and appreciate the beauty and aesthetic of a wooden window frame; this may be the perfect window frame for you.

Choosing Americraft for High-Quality Window Frames & Installation

If you’re in the market for new window frames throughout your home, you’ll want to request a quote from us here at Americraft. We have the experience you’re searching for and have a strong belief in doing the job right the first time so you’ll be able to appreciate and cherish your windows for many years to come. Feel free to use the button below to begin the process of your home’s new window frames and you’ll be well on your way to experiencing the Americraft difference. We look forward to hearing from you soon!