Tempting as it may be to leave old windows in place, getting new ones may be essential for any number of reasons. If you’re looking into window replacement in the Auburn, CA, area, rest assured that there are nearby professionals prepared to handle your needs and point you in the right direction. After all, this can be a difficult decision. There are plenty of options when it comes to the window frames alone, each with their own advantages. Finding the right fit can seem overwhelming at first, and it shouldn’t distract from whatever renovation project you have in mind. So what exactly are those options?
In general, the most common options for window frames include vinyl, fiberglass, wood and either rolled or extruded aluminum.
Vinyl and fiberglass have become increasingly common place in recent years. Both of them are a certain kind of plastic, and both of them are pretty reliable. Fiberglass is generally stronger and more durable, lasting as many as 50 years after installation. The small fibers of glass added to the plastic itself make the material extremely resilient. That also means that fiberglass can be a particularly wise decision when it comes to energy efficiency. Given that it is less likely to expand or contract due to the temperature, it tends to be more friendly to your air conditioning. That will save you money when it comes to those energy bills. By contrast, vinyl is more flexible. That makes it easier and less expensive to install, and it does mean that it is more likely to expand and contract depending upon outdoor conditions. Nevertheless, vinyl windows should still last as long as 30 years. That’s not bad.
Vinyl and fiberglass windows both come in a variety of colors, but the latter can also be painted. Neither require a great deal of maintenance, and that’s always a good thing.
Wood and aluminum certainly remain options, as well. Wood offers an incomparably classic look and is still preferred in some circles (though it is increasingly less common than it used to be). While they perform pretty well and look great, the only knock against them is the maintenance. They do need to be painted and stained in order to resist outdoor elements. They also tend to cost quite a bit more than the vinyl alternative, for example. So there are certainly reasons wood is losing some of its market share, though it’s an exceptional option if you can afford the price and upkeep.
Extruded aluminum should also be on your list given its strength, ability to withstand bad weather and the fact that aluminum windows do not require a great deal of maintenance at all.
If you’re in the market for window replacement in or near Auburn, CA, consider reaching out to Hall’s Window Center. We pride ourselves on handling your window needs in a prompt and thorough fashion. We use only the best materials and assure exceptional work. Please feel free to visit us at 11297 White Rock Rd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 or place a phone call to (916) 669-1469.