Your Guide to Replacement Window Material Types & Pros/Cons of Each

When considering new replacement windows for your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Not only are there a lot of different window styles, there are a lot of different window materials. It’s important that you do a little bit of research so that the windows you choose end up being a good choice for you and your family. Here at Wheaton, we offer windows in three different materials, vinyl, wood, and composite. All three of the materials that we put our name on are good-looking and extremely energy efficient. Let’s start with Vinyl Windows.

Vinyl Window Pros:

  • Low Maintenance
  • Low Cost
  • Good Thermal Protection

Cons:

  • Cannot Paint
  • Not as Strong as Other Types

Many home improvement experts believe that Vinyl replacement windows are the best value for the money. Now let’s look at Composite windows.

Composite Window Pros:

  • Energy Savings
  • Combines different strengths
  • Lots of Color choices
  • Low Maintenance

Cons:

  • Higher Cost
  • Not as Many Manufacturers

Wood Window Pros:

  • Great Detail
  • High Thermal Performance
  • Large Color Selection

Cons:

  • Requires a Fair amount of Maintenance
  • Higher Cost

Clad Wood Window Pros:

  • Low Maintenance
  • Large Color Selection
  • Interior is Paint-able
  • Gives the look and feel of real wood

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Requires more interior Maintenance

Aluminum Window Pros:

  • Strong
  • Large Color Selection
  • Low Maintenance

Cons:

  • Poor Energy Performance

So as you can see there are a lot of choices to be made when you are choosing new replacement windows. Here at Wheaton, our Vinyl and Composite window come with a lifetime, transferable warranty against defects and seal failure. The only thing you have to lose are those high energy bills. Our Starmark windows are built to exceed all efficiency standards. We believe windows are a big investment that’s why we only put our name on the very best. We want our windows to be the last windows you ever have to invest in! Since 1945, here at Wheaton Door and Window, we have been proudly serving homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. Metro with the very best home improvement products.

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