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Window Material Comparison: Screens & Frames

Window Screens and Window Frames

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If it’s time to replace your windows, you’ll likely be surprised – and possibly overwhelmed – by the number of window screen and frame options available. Since it is important to purchase materials based on your specific needs, Stanek® has created the following Window Screen Material and Window Frame Material charts for a side-by-side comparison of available options.

Window Screen Material

Pros Cons
Fiberglass Durable May harden over time
  Won’t dent when pushed Not as strong as aluminum when hit
  Doesn’t oxidize  
  Better value  
  Stanek® fiberglass screens come standard with BetterVue, which offers 33% better visibility  
Aluminum Widely available Will oxidize over time
  Versatile, for various screening jobs Can’t see through them as well
  Strong and durable  
  Rust resistant  
  Won’t sag  

Window Frame Material

Pros Cons
Vinyl Maintenance-free material If you purchase vinyl that is not reinforced, it might sag over time (Stanek® provides reinforced vinyl for all frames)
  Good insulator Though fire resistant, could melt if held to an open flame for longer periods of time
  Can be purchased in a woodgrain finish for the ‘wood look’ with vinyl durability  
  Doesn’t rust, warp or splinter  
Wood Beautiful look High maintenance
  Good insulator Can show age if not taken care of properly
  Adds value; considered ‘high end’ Most expensive
  Good at reducing noise Can warp, splinter and show wear
    Easily scratched
    Burns easily in a fire
Aluminum Can be less expensive than other options Same temperature inside as outside
    Will sweat when cold
    Not as durable as vinyl

Stanek® professionals are available to listen to your specific window needs– small screens to keep out the bugs, durable screens that will withstand your cat’s claws, window frames that require little maintenance – and recommend the materials that will work best for your lifestyle.

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In addition, we manufacture and install all of our windows, ensuring our customers receive the highest quality in materials and the best service possible.

Call 1-800-230-8301 today to schedule your free consultation.