Understanding Window Basics, Part 2

Yesterday on #CraftsmanDirect, the blog, we discussed the glass portion of windows. Today we'll briefly overview #windowframes.

First of all, you may hear the term "casement" used. That is simply short-hand for where the opening/closing mechanism for your window is located. For example, if you slide your window up, you have side casements. However, if you have a hinged window that swings open with a hinge on the bottom then that is a side casement. What kind of casement you have is very closely linked to the type of window frame you have chosen.

Frames can be made of metal, composite materials (eg. particleboard), fiberglass, vinyl or wood. Aluminum window frames are low maintenance and quite strong, but also allow a great deal of heat to pass through. Composite and wood frames are fairly similar in their ability to provide decent window insulation, but the composite frames have more stability than plain wood given the addition of materials to bolster wood's tendencies to contract and expand. Fiberglass frames have the durability and ease of use of aluminum, but provide far better insulating qualities. Lastly, vinyl frames are similar to fiberglass. However, with vinyl the frame cavities must be insulated to yield the same results as fiberglass. Without the extra insulation, vinyl frames are durable but not as good as some others at keeping heat in or out.

Remember, installing good #windows can save you money on your heating and cooling bills as well as earn you tax credits! Contact CraftsmanDirect.com or call 919-612-9000 for a quote on #windows. #CraftsmanDirect can also deal with wood rot and help you choose a good replacement material. Also see Energy.gov for more complete information about window types and the requirements necessary to receive tax credits.


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