Home Components of Windows & Doors

Windows and doors are an important investment. They can reduce energy costs, add to your home's curb appeal, improve ventilation, reduce condensation and make your home more comfortable to live in. That's why it pays to invest a little time in learning about the most important door and window features. Armed with a little knowledge, you will find it easier to make the right product choices for your new or remodeled home.

Each frame material has advantages. It's time to pick the best one for you.


  • Vinyl - vinyl has proven over time to be a quality frame material for windows and doors.
  • Fiberglass - fiberglass is highly regarded for its durability and strength.
  • Wood - wood has traditionally been used for window and door frames.
  • Aluminum - aluminum can be more than cost-effective—it can be a striking design element.
  • Composite - blends of wood and plastic resins and other composites making their way into the market.
  • Compare Materials - material comparison chart to view the differences side-by-side.

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

Choosing the right frame material is an important place to start. But each frame material has pluses and minuses and will excel in different applications. What's more, each material offers varying degrees of quality, depending on the manufacturer. That's why it pays to choose the right material for the right application—and always buy quality. After all, you want your windows and doors to last and perform well for years.


Last Updated (Friday, 27 November 2009 17:30)