Aluminum

Advantages of Aluminum Frames

  • Slim Profile
  • Durable
  • Narrow sight lines
  • Low Maintenance

Light yet strong, aluminum windows and doors can be configured into a wide variety of combinations. The narrowness of the frame places the focus is on the glass and subsequently, the view it offers. Multi-panel door systems are often made with aluminum frames to facilitate indoor/outdoor living. Milgard aluminum frames are available in anodized or baked-on finishes for long lasting color. Sealed, mechcanically joined corners stay square and true over years of use.

Aluminum is not recommended in beach homes for while the material is water resistant, it can suffer corrosion from salt water and salt air. The corrosion affects hardware operation and frame performance.

Compared with vinyl, fiberglass and wood frames, aluminum conducts heat and cold the least well. To reduce heat flow, Milgard offers a Thermally Improved Aluminum frame in select regions. Thermally Improved Aluminum windows and doors are equipped with thermal breaks to separate the interior and exterior surfaces and improve energy efficiency.

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Wood is prized for its natural beauty and warmth. A delicate frame material that is vulnerable to sun and rain, wood is nevertheless desired for its authenticity. Wood-grain texture and intricate details are only provided by solid wood and cannot be truly replicated with wood veneer. Sanding and painting is part of routine maintenance. Solid wood frames are best suited for areas with temperate climates.
Fiberglass has steadily grown in popularity over the years as a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood frames. Well-designed fiberglass windows and doors enhance curb appeal through its aesthetic flexibility to match the house’s architectural style. Every Milgard fiberglass frame is tested for color uniformity, gloss, film thickness and chemical resistance for quality and long-lasting performance.
Vinyl frames are especially energy efficient due to its ability to trap air. In addition to their insulating properties, vinyl frames are UV resistant, require little maintenance and are generally more affordable compared to its wood and fiberglass counterparts.