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When it comes to choosing Los Alamitos, CA replacement windows there are a lot of decisions to make. But many of those decisions stem from one overarching choice—the frame material. The more information you have about materials, the better decisions you can make to meet your expectations. Let go of all your preconceived notions about window frame materials.   

Wood Windows 

Wood has been the preferred construction material for thousands of years, and it is a tough act to follow. Not only is wood an environmentally sustainable natural resource, but is also one of the best insulators on the market. These windows will help keep your home more comfortable throughout the year. Wood windows frames are strong and durable. You can choose to paint or stain the wood to match your tastes, and the aesthetic of natural wood is unmatched. That said, wood windows do require regular sanding, painting, and staining. They also come with a higher upfront cost and are susceptible to mold, rot, and mildew if not maintained properly.   

Vinyl Windows 

In the past couple of decades, vinyl has started overtaking wood as the new standard in window materials. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a versatile material that is easy to manufacture and manipulate. This makes vinyl windows some of the most affordable on the market today. They are non-corrosive, energy efficient, and UV and moisture resistant. Quality vinyl windows contain titanium dioxide to prevent warping and organic tin to prevent yellowing. These windows are great insulators and will require very little maintenance. Unfortunately, vinyl windows still come in fairly limited color options and cannot be painted. You also want to beware of low quality vinyl windows that will not be as durable.   

Aluminum Windows 

Looking for strength and durability? Aluminum windows frames may be the answer. These are a low-cost, low-maintenance, lightweight frame material similar to vinyl in many ways. The material is easy to manufacture and install. It is also easy to maintain, and with the right finishes there is no need for repainting. One major difference is you can choose window frames with a slimmer profile because aluminum is so strong. You can also get larger panes of glass and increased sight lines. These windows feature thermal breaks and foam insulation to improve efficiency, but they do have higher U-values. Aluminum windows are also prone to condensation and are often cold to the touch.    

Fiberglass Windows  Los Alamitos, CA replacement windows

In recent years these windows have gained even more popularity. They can closely match the look of wood and can be painted. They resist pests, rot, warping, and swelling. They are also strong, like aluminum, and can hold larger panes of glass. Also, because the material expands and contracts at almost the same rate as glass the seals stay intact longer. These windows are great insulators, come with a UV resistant finish, and can last 30 years or more. The downside is these windows cost more than other materials.   

Still not sure which material is right for your replacement windows in Las Alamitos, CA? Contact Seaport Windows and Doors for more information and a quote. Call (714) 220-3939 to set up an appointment or stop by  4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.