What Factors Should Be Considered When Choosing Frame Materials for Replacement Windows for My Home?

Replacement Window Frames

Knowing that you are in need of replacement windows for the home is an easy choice; however, knowing which frame material for those windows may prove to be a bit more challenging. There are several factors that must be taken into consideration. We here at Chattahoochee Windows have the knowledge and experience to help you make this decision; however, we understand that – as a homeowner – you want to take an active role in the decision process. In this guide, we will provide you with the main factors that you should consider when you are in the process of choosing frame materials for replacement windows.




As with any home improvement project, it is essential that you consider the appearance of materials that you choose for the frames of your replacement windows. Wood frames are considered to be highly versatile and provide the highest level of color and stain options. Fiberglass and vinyl window frames are extremely durable, may come in the widest assortment of colors, and you may even choose dual colors. Additionally, vinyl and fiberglass frames are low maintenance and extremely energy efficient.




Each type of frame material comes with some degree of maintenance. When factoring in maintenance, you should consider whether or not you enjoy doing and have the time to do household upkeep. If you don’t mind investing time and money into maintenance, wood frames are the perfect choice. If you want to perform as little maintenance as possible, you should go for vinyl or fiberglass frames for the replacement windows for your home.




Naturally, when you invest in a home improvement project, you will want to purchase materials that will last the longest. Fiberglass frames are considered to have the highest level of durability on the market, immediately followed by vinyl window frames. Wood frames – while strong – tend to have a lower lifespan than that of vinyl and fiberglass. If you are in the market for frames that are capable of withstanding the elements and impacts and would like those with additional features – such as interlocking sashes – it is in your best interest to choose either vinyl or fiberglass window frames for your replacement windows.


Energy Efficiency


When considering frame materials for replacement windows, you must consider the frame’s overall level of energy efficiency. Vinyl window frames rank among the highest in overall efficiency. They are designed with air chambers inside of them that help in the reduction of heat loss. Furthermore, there are other features that may be added to vinyl window frames that will increase their efficiency. The lowest level of efficiency comes with wood window frames. While they do save a little on energy, the savings is more significant with vinyl window frames.




Finally, when choosing frame materials for replacement windows, you must consider the price. Overall, vinyl window frames are considered to be the most cost-effective. When you couple this with the fact that they are extremely energy efficient, it comes down to vinyl being the best option. Wood is often the most expensive option, with fiberglass falling somewhere in the middle.


Call Us Today


We here at Chattahoochee Windows offer a large selection of vinyl, fiberglass, and wood window frames. We find that most of our clients prefer vinyl when choosing frame materials for replacement windows. This is because vinyl window frames are the least expensive, require the least maintenance, and tend to last the longest. Wood, fiberglass, and other frame materials all offer their own level of benefits, though. Need help deciding? Just contact us today by calling: 770-904-9909

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