Maybe you’re building a new home or doing long-awaited remodeling. Or maybe you’re replacing older frames and sashes. Whatever the reason, when it’s time for new window installation, you have choices to make. One question is: What type of frame material should you choose? Here are some factors to keep in mind – and some materials it’s smart to know about.
Factors to consider
When you choose new window frames, some of the most important qualities to consider are:
- Maintenance. Find out how easy it will be to clean and maintain your new windows.
- Strength. Do frames have what it takes to keep your window panes in place?
- Durability. How will frames hold up against Minnesota sun, snow and rain?
- Energy efficiency. Will frames help keep summer heat – and winter cold – outside? When your air conditioner or furnace is working hard, will windows help keep the temperature comfortable inside?
- Appearance. How well will your new windows blend in with the rest of your home? Do they increase your home’s curb appeal? Can they be painted if you want a color change in the future?
- Value – and price. Consider long-term value – and what will fit in your budget right now.
As you keep these qualities in mind, here are some frame materials to evaluate:
- Trends come and go, but wood frames are always beautiful.
- Fiberglass frames may be more expensive than some other materials initially. However, they are low-maintenance and stand up well against extreme temperatures. Ultrex fiberglass windows by Infinity from Marvin replicate the appearance of wood with modern features, low maintenance and long-lasting performance.
- If you’re looking for energy efficiency, you may want to consider vinyl windows. They are also low maintenance.
When you’re choosing window frames, you deserve to have many options. Minnesota Exteriors offers a huge selection of brands and materials. We’ll work with you to help you find the right fit for your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services and exterior home financing options.