New windows will make a dramatic difference in your home by improving energy efficiency and comfort, updating the look and feel of your home, and boosting the curb appeal. But because getting new windows in Chicago, IL is an investment, you want to make sure to get the right products for your needs. The manufacturers have expanded your options, and it can be difficult to navigate all of the information. So here is a brief breakdown of the most popular window materials on the market to help you get started.
These high performance, thermally improved aluminum windows can be used in any construction, but most often replace windows in apartment buildings, schools, and office buildings. Why? Because the aluminum frames can hold larger panes of glass. These windows allow copious amounts of natural light without compromising heat loss and noise. They also have a more utilitarian look, great for contemporary-style homes.
This is the new kid on the block when it comes to window materials, but it was introduced back in the 70’s. These windows have come a long way over the years. You can expect long lasting durability from vinyl windows that can hold up in any climate. The color will not fade, the frame will not warp, and the material will not crack, chip, or scratch. You have several color options to choose from and an endless list of features. Vinyl is a great thermal insulator, so it doesn’t conduct heat and boosts energy savings. Best of all, these windows are often the most affordable option on the market compared to other materials.
A classic for a reason, wood-clad windows bring a warmth and craftsmanship like no other windows can. These high end products are a classic, reinvented with modern comfort in mind. They provide exceptional energy savings, innovative hardware, and unmatched performance. Best of all, you do not have the upkeep that full wood frames demand. You have more freedom with six unique wood species to choose from. That said, you will have to watch for damage, warping, or rot.
In Chicago, IL a major concern is fire safety, which is why having a comprehensive line of fire rated steel windows is a priority. These windows have ratings of 45 to 90 minutes depending on the products you choose. They not only withstand temperatures of up to 1600 degrees, but also endure the “Hose Stream Test,” holding fast even during extreme temperature changes. Wood, vinyl, and aluminum simply will not hold up as well.
Choosing Scientific Home Services for New Windows
Still have questions about these material options or want to schedule an in-home quote? Call us today at (847) 752-0370. Our top priority is to address any questions or concerns you might have, getting you all the answers before you move forward with a decision. That is why we are one of the most trusted window and door replacement specialists in Chicago, IL. Want to come see for yourself? Stop by 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076.