Window Materials—They’re More Than Just Glass

Until you have actually looked into buying windows, you may not realize that there are lots of choices to make. Dual pane or single? Low-e glass or regular? You’ll even need to choose the best frame material for your project and budget. Window frames play a huge role in not only the appearance of your windows but also how well they work at regulating the temperature of your home.

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Windows come in many different materials

  • Vinyl: When it comes to energy efficiency, vinyl windows cannot be beat. Their unique honeycomb construction allows pockets of dead air that work as insulation to limit heat transfer between your home and the outdoors. They are practically maintenance free and are available in a variety of colors.
  • Aluminum: Even though aluminum is one of the lightest metals, it is amazingly strong. Aluminum windows are great for multi-panel door systems and do well in a dry, desert climate.
  • Composite: One of the newer window materials on the market, composite resin can be molded to any shape or size, is an excellent insulator and does not absorb any moisture. Even in the hottest of summers composite windows maintain their stability.
  • Fiberglass: A mixture of glass fiber and resin, fiberglass windows are incredibly strong and great in applications that require large, heavy panels of glass. Many homeowners opt for fiberglass windows because they can be made to resemble natural wood without all of the maintenance and expense.
  • Wood: The original window material, wood has timeless beauty that can be painted or stained in just about any color. The most expensive of the materials, it is commonly found in luxury homes. In addition to their steep price tag, wood windows also require annual maintenance to look and work properly.


Still not sure which kind of windows you want? That’s where we come in. The window experts at BRL have access to premium window manufacturers and can help you find the windows that will work best for your home and your budget.  Call them today to set up a complimentary in-home consultation.