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What Materials Should You Consider For New Window Frames?

by Bessie Beck

If you are considering replacing the windows in your home or are specifying new fenestration units for a building that has yet to be constructed, then there are plenty of options available to you. Of course, one of the big decisions to make is whether you will opt for single or double-glazed windows. Another of the key decisions is to make up your mind which material you will select for the frame of each unit. Read on to find out more about the three most common window frame materials in use in Australia today.

Wooden Frames

Wood is a high-quality window frame material that is tried and tested all over the country. It is particularly good looking in older properties, but don't let that put you off installing it into a more modern home. Because wood can be cut to any length you need, it is extremely useful for non-standard sized fenestration units and for more unusual ones, such as folding windows or sliding windows, for example. In fact, wood which has been treated properly is much more long-lasting than you might think, and in many cases, it can last for just as long as other materials.

PVC Frames

A material that many window makers prefer to use because they are familiar with the way that it works, PVC is nothing more than a type of plastic. Although PVC is a highly versatile material, it is not always the best for bearing the heaviest loads. Therefore, you might not want to use it for large bi-folding doors, for example. Another issue with PVC is that it can be tampered with fairly easily. It is not the most robust when being pried apart with a crowbar, for instance. That said, PVC requires very little maintenance. You just need to wipe it over with a damp cloth once in a while.

Aluminium Frames

Aluminium is a material with a high tensile strength, so it is good for glazed doors and floor-to-ceiling window units. What's more, it is very hard to get past, and therefore offers a high level of security. One of the drawbacks with aluminium, however, is that it can transfer heat from outside into your property. In the summer, this can mean that your air conditioning costs go up because the metal acts like a miniature radiator. In the winter, the reverse can happen, and you often find that heat losses go up because the aluminium window frame is acting like a conductor.

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