The amount of maintenance for a home can seem daunting and the costs can add up, depending on the age of the home, quality of the materials used, natural wear and tear, and whether the original work performed was done by a trustworthy professional. Sometimes it may feel like you don’t own the home, but it owns you – or rather your wallet.
But did you know that you can eliminate or reduce the cost and effort of some home maintenance just by replacing your existing windows? Think of it as preventative maintenance. You are addressing the issue before it arises and potentially becomes costly to fix.
Older windows can be prone to rot, damaged from previous leaks, or even lack the energy efficiency that new windows possess as technological advancements improve the quality of windows.
If we’ve piqued your interest, keep reading to learn more about window frame options and how to save money in the long-run.
The longevity (and ultimately maintenance levels) of your windows are largely determined by the framing material you choose. The most common options are vinyl, composite, and traditional wood. Each type of material varies in cost, durability, and the climate for which it is best suited.
Above all else, you’ll want to find a trusted window professional to assist you with your selection and installation. Even if you choose the perfect window frame for your home, if it’s not properly installed, you won’t reap the many benefits that new windows can give your home.
Let’s discuss in greater detail the types of window frames you could choose for your home along with their pros and cons.
Not only are these generally the least expensive option, but vinyl window frames are also extremely durable, virtually maintenance-free, and still offer thermal qualities similar to wooden frames, which makes them a great all-around option for homeowners.
Vinyl frames are even starting to eclipse traditional wood frames as the choice for homeowners. However, it’s important to be cautious in overly hot climates as vinyl window frames can be prone to warping in the hot sun.
Also, some homeowners simply don’t like the look or limited color selection offered with vinyl frames so at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference.
Relatively new to the window frame market, composite window frames are considered very low maintenance.
While the composite material often looks like a traditional wood frame, the underlying structure – made up of various composite wood products clad in aluminum or vinyl – is more structurally sound than traditional solid wood frames.
They also come in a wide variety of colors to fit the exterior of your home and your design preferences. Composite window systems have superior moisture and decay resistance, making them ideal for homes in subtropical climates exposed to rain and salt spray.
Wooden window frames have long been the go-to for homeowners as they are aesthetically pleasing and effective insulators – they keep the inside cool while resisting the heat outside in the summer and vice versa in the winter months.
Despite their classic look, wood window frames require more maintenance as they are prone to rot in humid or rainy climates. However, new wood window frames are often protected from the elements with an aluminum or vinyl covering, reducing your overall maintenance cost in the future.
If you are looking for traditional and historically accurate styling for a period home, then wooden framing is the best choice for you.
Now that you know the pros and cons of each material, it’s time to decide what’s right for your home, climate, and budget. Our friendly and professional team is ready to guide you from selection to installation. With our time-honored practice and record of service, SK Windows Co. is committed to you and your home. We stand behind our work and only hire the best craftsmen.
All our windows are made from the highest quality energy efficient materials to provide you with the most cost-effective and efficient windows for your home, making your investment last. Contact your local windows professionals at SK Windows Co for all your window questions!