Not every material is perfect for every customer. Did you know that Andersen windows come in five different materials to help fit each customer’s individual needs? Read below to get a better understanding of each material and then call today for a free consultation with one of our installation experts.
Wood has been popular for more than 100 years. Wood is strong and rigid, not to mention beautiful. It also offers wonderful temperature control. Prior to the 1940s , many windows were custom built with the house, so many older homes require made-to-order windows.
Unfortunately, over time, wood can warp and crack if not properly cared for. It may be susceptible to rot, termite damage and in some climates, may lose shape.
In the 1960s and 1970s, vinyl windows became very popular. Vinyl is a wonderful low-maintenance exterior for any weather. The vinyl windows easily shape into any form, retain color and do not require painting or finishing after installation.
The downside with vinyl is that you may not easily change color and it is not as strong as some materials during harsh conditions like the winter, so it may break quicker.
A third choice is corrosion-proof aluminum windows. Aluminum resists corrosion well. It can be easily bend and mold into various shapes, is stronger than vinyl and weighs less than many metals, which means it can travel easily. Manufacturers can cover metal frames in a variety of colors as well.
On the other hand, the windows may not insulate well, particularly if they are thick, therefore aluminum windows tend to have very thin frames.
Hybrid frames have also become quite popular. Often a manufacturer creates frames that are wood on the inside and vinyl on the outside. Some such hybrids help provide more strength as well as easy exterior maintenance.