Pros and Cons of Different Window Frame Materials for Your Home

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Choosing new windows can take more time than you think. Not only do you have to choose the right type of window frame to suit your home, you also have to put some thought into choosing styles and types of glazing. Once you’ve made your mind up, you also have to find a company that can fit the right kind of windows for you at the best price. The more informed you are about your choices, the easier this process will be. I started this blog to bring together tips, information and advice on buying new windows that will hopefully help you make the right decision quickly and more effectively.

Pros and Cons of Different Window Frame Materials for Your Home

6 December 2017
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When choosing new windows, you want to take your time to consider the various options you have for the glass itself, as insulated or double-glazed glass can ensure the home is comfortable, and also help to block bothersome sunlight and exterior noise. However, you also want to take the time to consider the frame materials as well! The window frame material will affect the way windows look, and their overall insulating properties; some frames will also need more upkeep over the years than others. Note a few tips for choosing the best window frame material, so you know you'll be happy with your new windows for as long as you own your home.


Wood frames have a very natural look that can enhance the appearance of the home, and which coordinates well with a wood deck, fence, or other wood piece outside the home. However, wood frames require the most work, as they will need consistent sanding, painting, and sealing. The colour of wood can also fade when exposed to harsh sunlight and strong wind and rain, so wood isn't typically recommended for areas with extremes in weather.

Vinyl and fibreglass

Vinyl and fibreglass are often appreciated for their durability, as these materials are virtually impossible to bend, chip, crack, or dent. They also won't fade or crack when exposed to harsh weather. Both materials are also very lightweight, so they're good for older homes with weakened structures that may tend to sag when holding up heavy wood frames. These materials also don't need any type of maintenance, including repainting, and they can provide a nice contrast to a brick exterior. The downside to these materials is that they both have an artificial look and feel that might not be appealing, especially in a modern home with lots of natural metal and stone surfaces.


Aluminium is very durable and doesn't rust, so it won't need consistent upkeep and maintenance like wood. It's also very lightweight and good for older homes with weaker structures. Aluminium can also offset brick exteriors, or provide contrast to large timber decks or stone patio pavers outside the home.

The metal of aluminium can be powder coated any colour you choose, so if you prefer white or black window frames, or something that would coordinate better with your home's decor than plain metal, this is an option for you. Aluminium is also very eco-friendly, as it's easy to recycle and reuse the material of these frames if you should ever decide to have the windows replaced.