The first thing to consider when purchasing windows is the material you would like them to be made out of. It’s important to pick windows that suit both your project and your life. Perhaps you want the slim lines of Aluminum or, if you’re near the coast, vinyl or fiberglass might suit you better. Maybe you are trying to preserve or create a classic look in which only wood windows will do. If you are looking to replace your windows without the hassle of an extensive remodel, you may want to look into retro-fit windows, which are available in all frame types mentioned above.
Architects and builders have been specifying aluminum windows for years. Their overall strength and lasting value have made them a favorite on everything from custom home designs andlight commercial applications to entry level homes and large multifamily units. Also, their rigidity and durability allows them to be configured into large combinations without large mullions or structural members, allowing you to make the most of your views….and your imagination.
From the heat of the Arizona desert to frigid cold of Alaska, the weatherability, impact resistance and low maintenance of Vinyl is a top choice by builders and home-owners alike. In addition to never needing painting or excessive maintenance, choosing vinyl also gives you freedom of design allowing you to create a unique look. They won’t warp or twist, meaning it will operate just as easily on an August afternoon as it will on New Year’s Eve; all while maintaining comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
Imagine, if you will, the ultimate window. Would it be one that’s stronger than aluminum with the energy efficiency of wood or vinyl? Would it have the same expansion and contraction properties of glass? Would it be a window made for any design, structural requirement or climate on the planet? Did you answer “yes” to any of these questions? If so, then fiberglass may be just what you are looking for. The same material used to keep boats above water is now being used to build windows due to the fact that it won’t warp, peel, split, crack or pit. It gives the appearance of a painted wood window without the knotholes. and the energy efficiency and low maintenance of a vinyl window. And with the structural integrity of metal, you can design to your hearts content giving you the room you’ve always wanted.
The first thing that comes to mind when looking at wood windows is the one in your dining room that hasn’t opened since the Eisenhower Administration. Despite their beauty, you just don’t want the hassle of maintaining wood windows. Well, good news. You no longer have to sacrifice beauty for low- maintenance. Clad wood windows have become the industry standard for some the finest custom homes in America. The term “clad wood” has come to mean several things, but a general definition is a window with a wood interior and an exterior of a less vulnerable material (i.e. aluminum or fiberglass). In some instances, the window will be all wood, with metal fixed to the outside. Other times the window will be made of vinyl or fiberglass with a wood veneer on the inside. Either way you get the warm feel and look of wood inside, without the painting and warping associated with conventional wood windows. Also, if you are matching or contrasting a specific color scheme, wood clad windows are untouchable. With the widest range exterior colors and hardware options, you are ensured to have a home that is uniquely you.