Think of the frame as your window’s backbone—it gives shape and supports the entire structure of your unit. It needs to be strong enough to help your window withstand all kinds of weather while maintaining the beauty of your unit. Its material should also suit your home’s needs.
A wide range of framing materials is available on the market — composite, vinyl and aluminum, to name a few — making it more challenging for homeowners to pick the best option for their home. Choosing the right material depends on factors that include your climate and the environment where your home is located. Pick a material that can, for instance, take a battering from strong winds, rain, and snow, so can you worry less about needing costly maintenance and repairs. Look for the following:
- Durability – Enjoy a superior window experience with frame material that offers outstanding resistance against harsh weather conditions and extreme temperature shifts. Not all frames can stand up to intense climate, so if you live in an area frequented by storms, you might want to consider a robust material, such as composite or vinyl.
- Insulation Properties – As energy costs continue to rise year after year, manufacturers have taken to developing windows with energy efficiency in mind. Frames play a key role in boosting your window’s energy-saving features by providing insulation. Along with the glass, the frame helps prevent energy from leaking out and keeps drafts from coming in.
- Eco-Friendly — A growing number of homes are looking to incorporate sustainability in their structures through the use of eco-friendly products. Windows that feature recycled and recyclable components help promote environmental responsibility. Composite frames such as Fibrex®, for example, are made of clean, reclaimed materials that can be reground and reused. They leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint as compared with other materials.
- Versatile — Many modern homes come with specialty windows that have unique shapes and styles. To achieve a distinctive look for your new windows, pick a material that’s strong enough to make the frame narrower or more notable in shape and style.
Aside from the frame, homeowners should also consider investing in energy-saving glass for their windows. We’ll discuss the features of the right glass package in the second part of this three-part blog series, so stay tuned!