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.