We’re going to spend the next few blogs going into detail about the various replacement window materials used to make windows today. The reasons there are so many options is that they each have different benefits. In this series, we’re going to do our best to answer common questions we receive and dispel any myths. We do invite you to contact us with questions you may have and for a free quote.

Today’s Window Materials

When windows first became commercially available, the only option was wood. Today, you have five primary options for replacement windows.

  1. Wood
  2. Aluminum
  3. Fiberglass
  4. Clad
  5. Vinyl

As we compare these materials, we’re assuming that they are all ENERGY STAR® rated windows. Although all different window types are available in all replacement window materials, we’re going to use the term replacement windows to mean double-hung, dual pane Low-E glass windows as those are the most common option today.

Wood Windows

As it’s the oldest and original window material, we thought we’d start with wood. One of the biggest reasons some homeowners still prefer wood windows is because they can be painted or stained any color. If you have an older or historic home, you will appreciate the traditional look of a wood window. Depending on the wood species and the window manufacturer, there are many designs available in wood. Of course, when painted or stained, wood windows resist expansion and contraction due to moisture and temperatures swings. Wood is also quite insulative so the window frame and sash offer a level of insulation not available in all replacement window materials.


Aluminum is often dismissed by Arlington area home owners. Mostly because it’s in many homes, especially those built in the 70’s & 80’s. Over time it can oxidize and look bad. However, the reason so many Texas homes have aluminum is that it doesn’t warp and stands up to temperature change and the strong winds and driving rain. It’s low maintenance and affordable.

However, as we all know, metal conducts heat. Aluminum windows lead to heat transference for windows in direct sunlight. Newer aluminum replacement windows have a thermal barrier in the frame. If you’re considering aluminum fore their lower price, make sure to choose ones with an insulated frame.

Still Unsure?

Click here to learn about fiberglass and clad replacement window options. Stay tuned for vinyl options. If you’ve already made a decision, call or text Affordable Replacement Windows for your free quote at (817) 264-6509. We offer various replacement windows materials from leading manufactures. You can also fill out our contact form.

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