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Material Options: Vinyl, Wood, Clad, and Aluminum

What type of window is right for me? The many types of windows available can make it difficult to sift through all of the information and figure out what windows are right for you. One of the biggest decisions to make when buying your windows is deciding which window material is right for your home.

To help you understand the options, we have created a guide to the pros and cons of the most common window frame materials: vinyl, wood, and aluminum.

Type ProsCons
VinylLow-maintenance
Less expensive
Easier to install
Energy-efficient
Less condensation
Improves resale value of home
Can warp at high temperatures
Fewer options
Plastic appearance
May not be as durable or long-lasting
WoodTraditional appearance
Can be painted or stained any color
Durable and long-lasting
Improves resale value of home
Energy-efficient
High-maintenance
Burns in a fire
Can splinter or rot over time
More expensive
Harder to install
CladExtremely customizable
Energy-efficient
Durable material
Recyclable
Improves resale value of home
High initial costs
The cladding is susceptible to separation
AluminumDurable
Protects your home
Comes in different sizes and styles
Increases resale value
Environmentally friendly
Can improve insulation
Allows heat to penetrate
Can be expensive
Condensation can lead to corrosion
Cannot be painted

Impact -VS- Non-Impact Window Types

The four main differences between impact windows and non-impact window types are cost, appearance, convenience and obligation of time.

To begin with, there are many differences between the two but the four main factors to look at when choosing between the two are cost, appearance, convenience and obligation of time. For instance, here are some advantages and disadvantages to compare before you buy.

TypeProsCons
ImpactNoise reduction
Beautiful Appearance
24 Hour protection without added protection needed
No shutters required
Savings on insurance and energy bills
Higher initial cost
Non-ImpactLower costThe additional cost of shutters to meet FL Building Code
Appearance
Obligation of time to install/uninstall shutters
No noise reduction
Shutter storage requirement

Brands We Carry that Offer Impact Windows:

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Picture Window

Picture Windows

This window type is stationary and does not open. As a result, this makes them more energy efficient and allows for larger sizes than a window that vents. Furthermore, they are often used in combinations to maximize the view.


Single Hung Window

Single-Hung & Double-Hung Windows

Single-Hung window types allow ventilation through a single operable lower sash. On the other hand, Double-Hung window types have two operating sash that move up and down allowing for ventilation on the top, bottom or both. To summarize, both offer easy cleaning from inside your home and remain flush with the wall, making them ideal for patios or walkways.


Gliding Window

Gliding Windows

Gliding window types operate in a horizontal fashion to allow for full top to bottom ventilation. As a result, the sash does not open outward. So then, they are an excellent choice for rooms that face walkways, porches or decks.


Casement Window

Casement Windows

Casement window types are hinged on the side and crank open outward to the left or right allowing for full top to bottom ventilation. For example, they are common above kitchen sinks. In conclusion, casement windows give you the flexibility to group them in stunning combinations.


Awning Window

Awning Windows

Awning window types are hinged on the top and open outward from the bottom, allowing for ventilation and protection from the rain. Furthermore, they are often placed higher on walls for privacy or in combination with large stationary windows for a better view.


Bay & Bow Window

Bay & Bow (Projection) Windows

Bay and bow window types are created by combining three or more windows together so that they angle out beyond the house wall. Also, they can be casement, double-hung or picture units depending on the need. By using more windows, bay and bow windows allow more light in and also give you extra space inside your room.