At Portes et Fenêtres Verdun, we offer several choices in window materials to respond to every need, budget and taste. Here are the primary materials that are available, as well as the characteristics of each one.
Wood windows are valued not only for their esthetic appearance, but also for their high energy efficiency, due to the natural insulating properties of wood and the sealed double glazing of the thermopane glass, with its low-emissivity (“low-e”) film and inert gas (argon) in the space between the panes.
Wood windows have a warm aspect everyone will appreciate. Whether they feature a modern or prestigious design, they are guaranteed to add an incomparable touch of old fashioned charm. While it’s more expensive than PVC or aluminum, wood boasts several advantages, for example, the ability to be carved by hand or the possibility of adding custom details, as well as a certain natural feel that other window materials simply can’t replicate.
Wood windows come in a number of different varieties, including pine, eucalyptus, mahogany, Douglas fir, cedar and oak, to lend an even more luxurious appearance to your home’s windows. Wood windows require finishing with stain, varnish or special paint, which must be applied to preserve the appearance of the wood.
Aluminum windows are valued for their rigidity and durability. They feature a thermal break that prevents them from conducting heat between the inside and the outside of the home, ensuring energy-efficient performance comparable to that of other types of windows. What’s more, aluminum windows require no particular maintenance on the part of the homeowner.
Aluminum is the only material that permits the application of glazed paint, making it possible to produce windows of every imaginable color that don’t fade with exposure to sunlight. Because of their high level of structural rigidity, they can be equipped with thinner frames than wood or PVC windows, thus maximizing the glazed surface, letting in more natural light. Fully recyclable, aluminum is a green window material that meets the criteria of sustainable development.
For a long time, PVC windows have provided the best energy efficiency in the market. They also provide the best value for the money. Most PVC window frames are made from 100 percent virgin PVC resin. As a result, the finish doesn’t yellow, split, crack or become chalky. Furthermore, dust tends not to stick to the material, making it easier to clean. It’s only extruded once and contains no additives. Best of all, PVC windows don’t require any maintenance in particular, which is a great advantage for the homeowner.
Hybrid wood-aluminum windows
These windows feature a wood frame covered on the outer side with extruded aluminum, which gives it added resistance to the elements. This way, you can enjoy the warm appearance, energy efficiency and acoustic properties of the wood inside your home, while on the outside, you’ll benefit from the resistance of the aluminum, while also avoiding the taxing, time-consuming maintenance required by wood.
Hybrid PVC-aluminum windows
These windows feature a PVC frame covered with extruded aluminum on the outer side. This combination allies the thermal performance of PVC with the rigidity of aluminum. The aluminum exterior also allows you to take advantage of an extensive palette of available colors, while avoiding the higher cost of an all-aluminum window. Many people consider these products to offer the best of both worlds, combining the advantages of the two materials, while minimizing their disadvantages.