Popular Window Frame Materials: A Comparison

October 16th, 2018 by

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Today’s replacement windows feature window frames that can be made from a multitude of materials, each offering unique benefits. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Portland examines these materials and shares tips on choosing the best option for your needs.

Popular Window Frame Materials A Comparison

Ideal Qualities of Window Frame Materials

Window frames need to have certain qualities to ensure reliable performance throughout their lifespan. Since window frames anchor the entire window assembly to the wall opening, they have to be made of material that is both strong and stable. Large windows, in particular, need frames that can hold the weight of the entire assembly without bowing or buckling. The frames also have to be stable enough to maintain their shape despite constant exposure to the elements and shifting temperatures.

The frame material for a window replacement needs to provide sufficient insulation to prevent heat transference, which causes heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. Insulated frames help maintain consistent indoor temperatures, which minimizes burden on your HVAC system, resulting in energy savings.

Popular Window Frame Materials

Wood, aluminum and composite are three of today’s most popular window frame materials. Wood is the most traditional and remains a popular option because of its strength and natural insulation. The main concern homeowners have with wood is that it requires significant ongoing maintenance, which is both time consuming and expensive. Aluminum is another popular choice because of its strength and relatively lighter weight. However, it requires vinyl cladding and thermal breaks because of its poor insulation.

Composite materials are made from wood fibers and polymer and combine the desirable qualities of many other materials. This is why all Renewal by Andersen replacement window frames are made with our exclusive composite material, Fibrex®. In addition to the inherent insulation of Fibrex, as well as proven strength and durability, it requires virtually no maintenance. The factory-applied colors are also warranted not to flake, rust, blister, peel, crack, pit, corrode or rot for 10 years after installation.

To learn more about Fibrex and our other window replacement features, call Renewal by Andersen of Portland today at (503) 419-3960. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve Portland, OR, and surrounding areas.