There are four factors to consider when choosing energy efficient windows: frame, glass, design and installation. But for the sake of this article we’re going to be talking about the differences in window frames and how that can affect your new windows performance. There are a variety of materials available for window frames, and each has positive and negative aspects. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your style and your budget.
- Vinyl: Just because vinyl is a less expensive material doesn’t mean it has to be “cheap.” At Marcus Lumber we sell a high-end thick mill vinyl window from Hayfield. Stop in to have one of our experts show you the Hayfield differences in our showroom. A well-constructed, properly installed vinyl window can be a practical choice: budget-wise while still offering excellent energy efficiency measures through insulated glass and tight construction that reduces air leakage. Vinyl windows can be limited in color choices, however, and the fact remains that some people simply don’t like the look of vinyl on their home.
- Wood: Wood windows offer the best insulative value, though they also require more upkeep than vinyl, wood-clad or aluminum frames. Because of the potential for rot, they may not be the best choice for extremely harsh climates like we have in Iowa. Marcus Lumber doesn’t recommend an all wood window.
- Aluminum: While not the top-performing material in terms of heat transfer and loss, aluminum windows are practical in rainy, humid climates, and they meet stringent coastal building codes in hurricane-prone areas thanks to their strength. Marcus Lumber can offer you an aluminum clad window through Andersen’s E-Series windows or a Marvin window. Once again stop in to see both on display in our expansive showroom.
- Wood-Clad: Wood-clad windows seemingly offer the best of both worlds: a low-maintenance exterior (usually vinyl or aluminum) encasing a temperature-transfer-resistant wood interior. This most popular window sold by us is made by both Andersen and Marvin Window manufacturers. Durability, energy efficiency and the narrow line frames along with the rich beauty of real wood interior make for stunning windows in your home. Talk to us today to learn more about this excellent window choice!
With on-going window truckload sales events going only monthly, Marcus lumber can not only provide you with the best window expertise in Northwest Iowa, but also with the most competitive prices too. Stop in when you think windows and let us show you why Marcus Lumber is the place where quality and service make the difference.
Excerpts By: Alyson McNutt English (http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/choosing-energy-efficient-windows-for-your-home)