It’s finally time to replace the windows in your Folsom home and you already have your dream styles lined up and ready. Hold that thought for just a moment and read this before hitting the showroom floor to pick out your new windows. There are some important decisions outside of window styles that need to be made prior to purchasing your windows in Folsom, CA, the most important of which is deciding which material you favor. The material you choose will ultimately dictate the energy efficiency, upkeep time and costs, and life span of the window you choose, which is why it’s so important to choose carefully! To help with this process, we have created a short buyers guide to four of the most popular replacement window materials on the market.

Wood Windows: Wood windows have been a favorite among homeowners for centuries due to their classic warmth and feel. These windows can be found in a wide variety of species and tones for an elegant look that goes perfectly with almost any home. In addition to being available in such a wide variety of styles, wood windows are also incredibly easy to customize and only need to be painted or stained to match whatever color the homeowner needs. One of their unfortunate down falls is the amount of upkeep and maintenance they require. These windows are not known for their weather resistance, and homeowners will have to peel, sand, paint and stain them at least once a year to keep them looking new. This must be done even more often in environments that receive a great deal of moisture.

Fiberglass Windows: Fiberglass windows are the perfect alternative for homeowners who want the look and feel of wooden windows, but not the added upkeep. These windows perfectly imitate wood windows and, in most cases, people can’t even tell them apart. They are also durable and known for their long shelf life. Unfortunately, these windows come with one of the highest price tags on the market so they may not be suitable for every budget.

Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows were introduced in the early 1970’s as an affordable alternative to other materials on the market and they continue to be the most economical window material available. But don’t think that their low price tag means a lack of quality. Vinyl windows are also known for their durability, weather resistance and remarkable energy efficient capabilities, which could be why they are the most widely purchased material in the country.

Aluminum Windows: Light weight, affordable and strong, aluminum windows have made a name for themselves as the material preferred by builders and designers. Unfortunately, the metal material of these frames has a tendency to hold on to excess heat, making them a poor option for homes in already warm climates.

The best window material on the market is the one that matches your home’s needs. By speaking with a Halls Window Center Expert, we can help you narrow down the priorities of your replacement windows and show you the right materials to fit those specific needs. To speak with a window expert today, give us a call at 916-669-1469 or find us at our showroom floor located at 11297 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742.