The world of windows is confusing. You know you want an energy-efficient glass and superior triple-pane manufacturing, but what about the frames? Do window frame choices matter?
Let’s talk to the window experts at Trademark Glass in Salmon Arm to find out what you should consider when installing new windows and choosing an appropriate frame.
Window Frames Come in 5 Styles
Your first decision will be the manufacturing material for your new window frame. Here are your choices:
Which Material is Best?
The material you choose will depend on these factors:
- Style & appearance
- Energy efficiency
- Painting or not?
- Opening/closing operations
- Temperature and weather considerations
- Interior cladding choices
Choose your frame before you choose your glass. Decide whether you want individual (small) panes using divided window frames, or if you want the modern, unobstructed look of sheet glass.
Each material has strengths and weaknesses:
- Vinyl insulates well, but isn’t as durable and lacks the charm of wood
- Aluminum is long-lasting and low maintenance, but isn’t the most energy efficient option
- Fiberglass resists weather wear and temperature changes, but isn’t attractive unpainted
- Wood is durable and classy, but requires ongoing maintenance to protect
- Composite frames, such as clad wood windows, give the advantages of two materials but are a bit more expensive
Things to Consider
Here are some other things to consider as you plan your window replacement:
- Choosing standard window sizes saves money
- If you want divided window frames with smaller panes, there are faux grid alternatives that are attached to the frame for easy glass cleaning
Visit Our Showroom
The window professionals at Trademark Glassworks are here to help answer all your questions. Visit the Salmon Arm showroom to see what materials are available. We also have extensive window replacement experience. We would be happy to come out and measure and provide a recommendation based on your property requirements. Reach out today.