The window frame material you choose for your new replacement windows is another influencial choice when selecting new windows for your home. The window frame material impacts the price, style, durability, energy efficiency, and mainenance requirements for your new windows, so it's important to understand your options. When deciding on the material you would like for your new window frames, there is not a 'best' material, only frames that best suite your needs. Deciding which factors are most important to you is crucial as every material has it's own advantages and disadvantages.
Wood window frames are a classic choice that still offers the most warm and welcoming aesthetic appeal. However, wood frames also require the most mainenance, are relatively expensive, and will degrade faster over time. Vinyl frames are less expensive than wood window frames and require little to no maintence but may not provide the style you are seeking.
If your interior frame requirements are at odds with what you'd like to see on the outside of your home, hybrid windows may be the perfect choice for you. Combine the sturdy durability of vinyl windows on your exterior with the classic look and feel of wood window frames on the interior of your home.
PRICE: Vinyl windows are by far the most affordable window frame option.
STYLE: Vinyl can be made to match almost any style, however, as vinyl is not painted it can be more limiting than other option.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Production quality and installation are key. Ensure thermal chambers, super spacers, and wise glass choices are made for maximum efficiency.
DURABUILITY: Properly made and installed vinyl windows are durable enough for almost any desired function. Beware of cheaper options as they can suffer in durability.
MAINTENANCE: Vinyl windows are not painted and made from resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC) so they require a minimum amount of maintenance.
PRICE: Wood windows are typically the most expensive option for renovation-grade window frames.
STYLE: Wood gives that natural look that can be painted or stained to match almost any homes style.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Wood is a natural insulator but also tends to deteriorate quicker than other frame materials overtime.
DURABUILITY: Wood is a naturally durable material but can come up short on durability when compared to some of the more recent innovations in frame materials.
MAINTENANCE: Wood is all about aethetics and the tradeoff comes in maintenance. Wood windows will need to be propoerly maintained every few years.
PRICE: Any window frame that boasts the natural beauty of wood window frames will typically be more expensive than their vinyl counterparts.
STYLE: Warm and traditional wood on the interior with sleek contemporary aluminum on the exterior. Best of both worlds.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Aluminum is a natural conductor of heat, however with the natural insulation of wood frames, these windows will keep your energy bills low.
DURABUILITY: The aluminum exterior protects the less durable wood interior, making these windows stand the test of time.
MAINTENANCE: The aluminum will save you a lot of maintenance work on the exterior of your windows. The interior wood will require some maintenance over time.
PRICE: These versitile window frames are more expensive than all vinyl but less expensive than frames using wood. Middle of the pack.
STYLE: The vinyl interiors can be painted to match your home's decor and the sleek aluminum exteriors are sure to impress.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Properly produced and installed vinyl windows are very energy efficient.
DURABUILITY: Both vinyl and aluminum are extremely durable materials and combining the two means no worries.
MAINTENANCE: These windows are virtually maintenance free. Painted vinyl can sometimes wear and tear over time, but don't expect to be spending much time or money on these frames once they are installed.
It's been 3 years from start to finish working with Old West Windows and Doors to have all windows replaced . They are professional, on time and did first rate work through all aspects. Their crew knows what they are doing, clean up afterwards and are courteous, going the extra mile...
Terry - De Winton
I waited to write this review to see how the windows & workmanship would be after 1 year of use. The windows are triple low E glazing and frames are fibreglass. Well on a rating of 10, I give 10 for the installation, followup and the product. I would recommend these people to anyone who wants good service who back their products.
After a competitive evaluation of three potential suppliers we chose Old West Windows and Doors to replace 11 windows in our home. We were very impressed with Rick's knowledge and experience as well as the excellent reviews of his company. Kyle and his crew of installers did a first class professional and timely job taking care to minimize any disruptions.
Great service, great price, professional and knowledgeable installers. Installers worked on an extremely cold January day and took the time to explain how windows work and asked if we had any questions before they left for the day. Will recommend to others and use them again without hesitation for our future window needs.
We have been completely satisfied in dealing with Old West to replace our windows and have had previous windows replaced with them as well. Always efficient and dependable! We love our new windows!!
Service and Quality are what Old West Windows and Doors provided for the installation of 10 windows on our main floor. Now the cold weather has arrived I cannot believe what a difference these new windows make. I found this companies name on Home Stars and they truly deserve the high star rating they presently have.
I couldn't be happier with Old West from start to finish. I had three estimates and Old West was very competitive. What impressed me the most and made me choose Old West was the professionalism and customer service from the first time I called to request an estimate. I'm so glad I chose Old West because of their professionalism and quality of work.
We replaced 5 old windows in our century home with white vinyl casements. Rick was very patient with us as we shopped around and tried to make a decision and always responded to emails quickly. He was also able to speed up the installation with an earlier than planned date and Jeremy and his great team of quiet and tidy installers completed the job in a single day.
We were very pleased with Old West Windows & Door Ltd. right from the start to finish. We can honestly say that our experience with Old West was the most amazing and satisfying contract work we have ever had done. We would recommend Old West to anyone who is contemplating replacing windows in their home.
Very pleased with the entire process! As indicated in previous reviews, Rick is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He works with you to find the best window options that will meet your needs without any sales pressure - incredible that the company owner has such a "hands-on" approach with customers.