Compare Materials

Wondering what frame material will best fit the needs and style of your home? Use the information here to compare them directly with each other.

  Wood Vinyl Fiberglass Aluminum Composite1
Will not crack   X X X X
Will not peel   X X X X
Will not bend/warp   X X X X
Paintable X   X X X
Wood window-like profile X X X   X
Available with wood clad interior X   X   X
Will not stick due to expansion and contraction   X X   X
High energy-efficiency coefficient X X X   X


The term "composite," in reference to frames is defined differently by various manufacturers. Assigning a universal evaluation to this type of frame will be inaccurate in many cases.
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