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Which Window Material Suits Your Needs?

Windows are available in a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. The majority of homeowners opt for wood windows, but vinyl windows are also popular. Wood windows are valued for their natural beauty, while vinyl windows are appreciated for their low cost and easy maintenance.

Loewen Advantages

Loewen Windows, unlike other companies that make windows, uses only Coastal Douglas Fir in their frames and sashes. This tightly grained wood is naturally resilient and allows for intricate detailing. Loewen Windows are treated with a water repellent and wood preservative sealant that helps the wood resist water absorption, insect infestation, and decay.

Vinyl windows are less expensive and require less maintenance than wood windows. Some prefer vinyl windows because they don't need painting or staining.

Many homeowners choose a combination product with wood on the interior and vinyl or aluminum on the exterior. Loewen Windows makes wood windows with aluminum cladding that combine the appeal of a wood interior with a low-maintenance exterior. These combination window products tend to be more expensive than all-wood or an all-vinyl windows, but they're still popular with homeowners because they're attractive and energy-efficient.

Aluminum and Fiberglass Windows

Two other materials also used for windows are aluminum and fiberglass. Each of these has their own set of advantages and drawbacks.

Aluminum windows:

  • Are less popular than vinyl and wood
  • Don't provide as much insulation as vinyl or wood
  • Work well in areas of the country with mild weather

Fiberglass windows:

  • Are newer to the market
  • Can be relatively expensive
  • Provide strength and insulation

Other Considerations

If you are subject to homeowner's association regulations, it is always wise to check in advance to be sure you are compliant with any rules related to windows.

No matter which material you choose, replacing your windows can add value and energy efficiency to your home.