Vinyl

Advantages of Vinyl Frames

  • Exceptionally energy efficient
  • Extremely durable
  • Non-corroding
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Exceptionally energy efficient

Vinyl frames are made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material has many advantages, including being virtually maintenance-free. There will be differences in the quality of one manufacturer's vinyl compared to another. This is because a vinyl frame is made from a compound—a recipe of sorts—that dictates its performance over time. Each additive to a company's vinyl recipe helps determine the long-term characteristics of the final product, like its weather and impact resistance. For example, titanium dioxide makes the vinyl more heat resistant. At first glance, competing windows may look the same, but there can be key differences in the vinyl recipe used and how vinyl parts are formed to make a window structurally strong and optimize insulation performance.

Generally, vinyl windows and doors are available in white and various neutral colors. Milgard recently developed a two-coat formulation of seven premium exterior vinyl finishes available in light and dark variety, in addition to standard white and tan. New coating technology allows UV rays to pass through the color formulation and reflect off the vinyl frame. This preserves the exterior finish. Consequently, a vinyl window or patio door can look nearly new for years.

Milgard produces vinyl in controlled environments to exacting standards. Milgard windows and doors do not contain fillers. Milgard extrudes its own components and develop its own compounds with high quality titanium dioxide and stabilizers to ensure the final product is heat stable with high performance physical properties. All final products undergo extensive testing for quality and consistency.

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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.
There is nothing quite like aluminum --- a recognized and established frame material that architects and builders have specified for years. The strength and distinct feel of aluminum has made it timeless. Aluminum frames are easy to maintain and are sometimes less expensive than other frame options.