Window Material Options

Are you in the market for new windows? You may be overwhelmed with the number of decisions you have to make—there are a lot! From material to style to glass, there are many choices you have to make when it comes to windows for your home.

The material is one of the most significant ones. It affects not only the energy efficiency of your home but also the aesthetic. So what are your options for windows?

Window Material Comparison

There are a number of different window materials available:


Wood windows have been around for centuries—in fact, wood is one of the oldest building materials. If one type of window has truly stood the test of time, it’s wood. Although wood windows require a bit more maintenance than other types, they are:

  • Attractive
  • Energy-efficient
  • Durable

The biggest appeal of wood windows is their unparalleled aesthetics—many homeowners choose these windows for their natural beauty and charm that can enhance any home.


Vinyl windows haven’t been around nearly as long as wood windows, but they have made quite a leap into the market. It’s not hard to see why—vinyl windows are:

  • Low-maintenance
  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • More resistant to moisture infiltration and rotting

Other Materials

Wood and vinyl are two of the most popular window materials—but there are other choices, such as:

  • Aluminum: While aluminum is low-maintenance, it’s not as energy-efficient as other materials.
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass windows are energy-efficient and attractive, but they are some of the most expensive types of windows on the market.

What Are Your Priorities?

If you value aesthetics and energy efficiency the most, you should get wood windows. If you prefer a low-maintenance window that is more affordable, vinyl windows may be the best option for you.

Window Replacement in Maryland, DC & Virginia

If you need to replace your home’s old windows, look no further than Shanco. We offer high-quality wood windows and vinyl windows in a variety of different styles, including:

  • Casement
  • Double-hung
  • Slider
  • Bay
  • And more

Contact us today to learn more about our windows or if you’re ready for window replacement in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia!



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