Before proceeding with your new window installation, one of the first things you need to consider is the material for your new windows. Not only will the material influence the design of your frames – different materials have different properties that allow them to bring different benefits to your home.
For this reason, it is important for you to consider carefully before window installation which materials you want to opt for.
Wood: wood frames do provide the best insulation but they also require more maintenance than other window frame materials. If your home is located in a climate where there is a chance of extreme rainfall then wood may not be the best option as it can potentially rot. However, there are some wood species that once well-built as window frames, can stand the test of time.
Vinyl: vinyl or PVC is usually associated with affordability. Affordability does not mean that this is a poor material. Properly, well-installed vinyl window frames can be a great, high-quality option for those on a lower budget. For one, they offer excellent energy efficiency measures by significantly reducing air leakage. Vinyl window frames can also come in various colours, allowing you more flexibility to work with designs.
Aluminum: inherent to its metal properties, aluminum window frames offer great strength, making them the top option for homes in coastal areas that are prone to hurricanes. They are also a good option for homes in rainy locations. However, aluminum is not the most well-equipped when it comes to dealing with heat loss and transfer.
Composite: if you want the look of wood but hate the high upkeep it needs, then composite window frames are perfect for you. They are made from plastic resins and scrap wood shavings that when combined, resemble the look of wood but do not need as much maintenance. They are also an environmentally-sound choice because they are made from recycled products.
As you can see, there are quite a few details to hash out before the window installation process begins. At HTR Windows, you can rest assured that our consultants will be with you every step of the way.