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  • Tuesday March 31, 2015

    trim around vinyl windows

    I'm confused.....one place wants to take down and replace the aluminum trim around my windows when they replace them and the other places...

  • Monday March 30, 2015

    Simonton Profinish 600 vs. Alside Mezzo for CO

    I am confused about which windows (if either) would be better for my townhome in CO (Denver area). Any advice is greatly...

  • Monday March 30, 2015

    Plygem Pro, Premium or Simonton 5500

    Hello, any opinions on the Plygem pro and premium series? They seem decent in terms of performance numbers and build quality; depending on...

  • Friday March 27, 2015

    Need help picking in NE Florida

    We've gotten two estimates so far, American replacement and Window World. We like American's estimate of $5500 for 10 single hung and...

  • Friday March 27, 2015

    OKNA Windows in OKC

    I've been reading the boards and reviews and it seems the OKNA 500, Softlite Imperial and Sunrise are all great brands. My...

  • Wednesday March 18, 2015

    Revere Berkshire Elite with new modifications?

    I've been reading the posts on here and other places, and I'm a little confused about the quality of the Revere Berkshire Elite....

  • Wednesday March 18, 2015

    How is the Revere Berkshire Elite with new modifications?

    Oops! I posted in the wrong place. I re-poste in the Windows Questions section, but it doesn't appear that I can delete this...

  • Tuesday March 17, 2015

    OKNA NYC contractor recommendation

    can someone recommend a contractor that servicees OKNA in nyc. Looking to install 8 windows (4 double hung & 4 basement windows)...

  • Sunday March 15, 2015

    Okna 500 vs. Affinity Energex

    We are planning to start replacing original windows in an 85 year old home in the Northeast (Philadelphia). We are looking at the...

  • Saturday March 14, 2015

    Ultraweld, thermalweld or Vinylmax

    We have decided to replace our aluminum windows that was put in back in 1978. I have been shopping with various companies even...

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Replacement Window Materials

 

Window frames are available in a variety of materials including aluminum, wood, vinyl, fibrex, and fiberglass. Frames may be primarily composed of one material, or they may be a combination of different materials such as wood and vinyl. Each frame material has its advantages and disadvantages.

Aluminum. These days aluminum is primarily used in commercial applications and rarely for residential. This is because the strength aluminum provides is not needed when dealing with the typical size of a residential window. Aluminum will transfer heat, meaning it will get cold when heat retention is needed during the winter, and will transfer cold when you’re trying to maintain cool air during the summer months. In a commercial situation rigidity is needed for very large windows and aluminum must be used at the expense of energy efficiency.

Wood. Wood produces higher R-values, are unaffected by temperature extremes, and are less prone to condensation, but they require considerable maintenance in the form of periodic painting. If wood frames are not properly protected from moisture, they can warp, crack, and stick.

Vinyl. Vinyl windows are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (pvc), which offers many advantages. They are available in a wide range of styles and shapes, have moderate to high R-values, are easily customized, are competitively priced, require low maintenance, and mold easily into almost any shape.

Fiberglass. Fiberglass is relatively new and not yet widely available. They have the highest R-values of all frames; thus, they are excellent for insulating and will not warp, shrink, swell, rot, or corrode. Fiberglass frames can be made in a variety of colors and can hold large expanses of glass. Some fiberglass frames are hollow; others are filled with fiberglass insulation.

Fibrex. Fibrex material is a blend of wood fiber and specially formulated thermo-plastic polymer. This unique window material is made from reclaimed wood fiber from the Andersen Window Corporation's 65 acre manufacturing operation in Bayport, Minnesota. Fibrex combines excellent strength, insulation properties and provides low maintence.