Are you considering window replacement? Find out what to look for and how windows are made. Window replacement should be a one-time investment, so quality materials are very important – especially in cold climates such as Minnesota. Here is some information to help you.
Sashes and Frames
The frame is the external area of the window which is tied to the opening of the wall, while the sash is the movable panel. The frame holds the sash, and glazing fits into the sash. A window can become a source of heat loss if not constructed properly. So, make sure to choose a knowledgeable provider.
Here are some different materials from which sashes and frames are made.
Wood frames and sashes are an ideal choice for homeowners who seek natural beauty and durability. Further, wood frames and sashes are good insulators. They add structural strength and value to the window. However, they require protection from certain elements to prevent damage. In order to prevent rotting, you need to regularly maintain the wood.
Aluminum frames and sashes are quite strong, durable and light. Further, this type of frame also resists warping. However, they are not great at keeping heat inside your home. To help with heat loss, make sure there is a break (with a different material) in between the interior and exterior panes.
This is one of the newest materials for window replacement. Fiberglass is a durable and very strong material that does not require a lot of maintenance. Sometimes, the frames have a core filled with foam for greater thermal performance.
Combination frames are when the frames and sashes are formed with two or more materials mentioned above. They combine the best features of the materials in order to create the best finished product.
For more information about window replacement, please contact our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. They’re happy to help you figure out the best options for your home.