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  • Thursday November 20, 2014

    Warranty question

    Do lifetime/double-lifetime warranties for the best vinyl manufacturers (like Okna) typically cover only the product or do they cover labor as well? For...

  • Thursday November 20, 2014

    Simonton 5500 spec questions

    I am putting an addition on my house and have decided to use a Simonton 5500 window. I am in Orlando, FL...

  • Wednesday November 19, 2014

    How to test the quality of a window?

    When companies bring vinyl window samples to your home (or when you're in a showroom), what kinds of tests should a consumer do...

  • Tuesday November 18, 2014

    Schuco aluminum commercial tilt and turn window repair

    how do i replace the multipoint latch gearbox on a commercial schuco tilt and turn...

  • Monday November 17, 2014

    Which is the most reliable replacement window on a budget???

    Hi All,
    I'm new to the forum, have been reading up for days, and was hoping for some individual...

  • Monday November 17, 2014

    any suggestion for the vinyl windows?

    Hi, i live in IL and i am planning to replace the aluminum windows to vinyl windows.one contractor quotes the 23 double hung...

  • Saturday November 15, 2014

    Cold weather window caulk recommendations

    What are some quality window caulks that would be ok for sub 40 temperatures? I live in MASS, and the temps here have...

  • Thursday November 13, 2014

    Window Install Question

    I have a crew installing Restorations windows (mostly casement) as I type. They are installing further to the inside then the windows that...

  • Wednesday November 12, 2014

    What size to order given diagonal measurement difference?

    I'm replacing 21 original (early 1980s) wood windows (single hung, single pane) with vinyl pocket windows. Twenty will be double hung (11 32x54,...

  • Wednesday November 12, 2014

    South Atlanta window options

    Thanks to everyone who posts on this forum, it has been very helpful. I'm replacing (DIY) 21 wood single-pane windows with white vinyl...

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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.