Fiberglass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Wood or Composite?
Fiberglass frames windows and doors
Fiberglass frames are strong, heavy, durable, low maintenance, providing good insulation. Fiberglass frames can be either filled or hollow with foam insulation.
Vinyl frames doors and windows
Vinyl frames are low maintenance and provide good thermal insulation. Sections may be hollow or filled with foam insulation. Wide vinyl sills may be reinforced with metal or wood.
Aluminum frames windows
Aluminum frames are durable, low maintenance, recyclable, and frame design typically includes thermal breaks to reduce the conductive heat loss through the metal.
Wood frame Door and/or Window
Wooden frames are strong, provide good insulation, and are generally favored in historical neighborhoods. The exterior surfaces of many wood windows are covered with aluminum or vinyl clad to reduce maintenance. Combination frames use different materials separately throughout the frame and sash to provide optimal performance. The exterior half of a frame could be vinyl while the interior half could be wood.
Composite frames windows and doors
Composite frames are made of various materials blended together through manufacturing processes to create durable, low maintenance, well-insulated windows.