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Investing In Storm Proof Window Hardware

Feb 15, 2008
There are a number of different materials which can be used to make window hardware. These different options will affect the design and energy efficiency. The type of material which you choose to use will also depend on your personal preferences and the style of your home.

Different types of window hardware

Wood

Wood is a very popular material which is used to build windows, it has been used for many generations. It is by far the easiest type of material to work with, a professional or homeowner can work very easily with wood. Wood often has very decorative patterns around the edge and is also very good at energy efficiency.

The only real problem with using wood is that you need to perform regular maintenance. You need to repaint or seal the wood on a regular basis, otherwise they could rot. These windows should be able to last for a very long time if you maintain them on a regular basis.

Steel

Steel is commonly used in homes which are older, or in the basement. It's not used very often in newer homes because it conducts heat and so isn't very energy efficient. This can allow the heat in your home to escape very quickly. You will also need to perform regular maintenance, in particular painting the metal so that it doesn't rust. Steel is very strong and is still used to make storm shutters.

Aluminum

Aluminum is much lighter than steel and almost as strong. However it isn't very energy efficient. This metal also has the benefit of not rusting and doesn't require any maintenance. The paint on the aluminum is baked on which means it cannot flake off.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows are a fairly inexpensive option, this is also durable. Vinyl is fairly energy efficient. Vinyl windows don't require any maintenance either. Vinyl windows do not require any painting, vinyl is colored which means the color will never peel off. There are a number of different colors available which means it will be suitable for your homes dcor.

Fiberglass

This is actually quite a new construction material used for windows. This is highly energy efficient and is also durable. When this is insulated correctly this material is highly energy efficient. These windows are however the most expensive form of window.

If you live in a hot part of the country then you will want to keep the heat out and the cold inside your home.

If you live in a colder part of the country then you want the opposite. You will want to keep the heat in, and the cold out. In cold climates, heat loss can be a huge problem. You should make sure that you choose a material which is energy efficient. Also make sure that you insulate it very well. You could consider using energy efficient insulated glass, these contain argon between the pieces of glass.

When you replace the windows, you need to stop and consider the design of your home. You should find windows which compliment the design of your home.
About the Author
Jerry Blackburn works for the most part for http://www.replacement-windows-tips.com , an online site covering information on storm window hardware and storm demonstrated. His contributions on window hardware can be found on his site .
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