When it comes to replacing your old windows and decide which material to use for windows and door frames, it’s really confusing.
Each one of them comes in a huge variety of colors and designs to choose from. If you are having trouble deciding, take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of wood, aluminum and PVC frames below to help you make the best choice regarding your needs.
The wooden ones are thermo-insulating and soundproof, while enhancing the aesthetics of your home!
Wooden frames are environmentally friendly. Wood, being a bad heat conductor, does not allow heat or cold to enter, ensuring the ideal temperature in your space. They also offer warmth and beauty in a house! However, wooden frames are considered to be the most vulnerable to moisture and weather conditions and need regular maintenance, to last as long as possible. Wooden frames may be more expensive than other materials. It depends of the quality of the wood and the painting or varnishing they need.
Aluminum frames offer security and durability!
Aluminum frames are durable, weather resistant and they don’t require often maintenance. They are preferred for large or unusual openings due to their durability and their ease of placement. They have the longest service life and the highest insulation rating. They are 100% recyclable! However, they are disadvantaged by the fact that aluminum is a good conductor of heat, so it needs the additional thermal break, which increases the overall value.
PVCs are quite economical and thermo-insulating!
PVC frames are a resistant and inexpensive solution. After being removed, they are completely recyclable and can be reused to produce new synthetic profiles. While choosing PVC frames you must pay attention to the material quality, because a poor- quality PVC may not offer the aesthetic appeal of wood or metal, it can be brittle and it may also become discolored.
Author: Eva Karametos