5 Common Window Materials and Why You Should Choose Them

Today’s windows are available in several different materials, making it easy to choose an option that will fit your style, performance and budgetary needs. As one of the leading roofers and replacement window contractors in Montgomery County, Winfield Builders discusses below the features and benefits of common window materials.

Window Materials

  1. Vinyl: Vinyl is the most popular replacement window material on the market, striking the perfect balance between cost, durability and aesthetics. Additionally, it requires virtually no maintenance. Vinyl windows are easy to wash; all you need is a garden hose and a soft brush for hard-to-reach areas. Colors are factory-applied and will never require repainting. Vinyl is inherently non-conductive and has good insulation that protects against heat loss.

  1. Fiberglass: Fiberglass is a structurally rigid material, which makes it one of the most durable and energy-efficient window materials available. As a window frame, fiberglass resists warping and cracking thanks to its uniform expansion and contraction when exposed to temperature extremes. It also allows deeper relief, ideal for wood grain and other kinds of textures. Fiberglass can also be repainted if you’re considering changing your color scheme every few years.

  1. Wood: Wood remains one of the most durable and energy-efficient materials available and can be customized to accommodate intricate designs and carvings. Many homeowners prefer authentic natural wood grain on their windows, which is why staining the frames is sometimes preferable over painting them.

  1. Aluminum: While aluminum is not as energy-efficient as other materials, its low material cost still makes it a strong contender. Aluminum is best used as an exterior shell or cladding that reinforces wood and vinyl windows, since it does not rust, can be painted and blocks outside noise.

  1. Composite: Composite material is a relatively new window material. Depending on the manufacturer, it could be a combination of plastics, glass and wood fibers and is therefore a combination of the benefits of existing window materials: strength, minimal maintenance needs and excellent energy efficiency. Winfield Builders offers all these materials, and our consultants can help you choose the perfect option to meet your requirements.

To learn more about our window, roof and gutters services, call Winfield Builders today at (301) 329-8295. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve many areas in and near Silver Spring, Rockville and Annapolis, MD.

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