Choices for Replacement Windows Beyond Vinyl

Replacement windows can improve the appearance and comfort of your home. Windows come in a variety of materials, so when you are upgrading your windows, look for options that fit your budget and use a material and style that matches the architectural qualities of your home.

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Replacement Windows Move Beyond Vinyl

Many homeowners that originally had wooden windows opt for vinyl when choosing replacements. While the advantages of vinyl serve most homeowners well, you do not have to follow the crowd. If you have windows with wood frames that were custom-made for your pre-World II home, you may want to find quality wood replacements to retain the look. For an historic home that originally had copper clad windows, you can retain the integrity of your home with similar replacements. While the low maintenance aspect of vinyl is attractive, maintaining the integrity of your home’s style or historical significance may be a bigger priority.

You can also replace your windows with frame materials other than vinyl. Most windows are available with features you might want such as double and triple pane glass, Low E coating with argon gas fill, and high R values built into the frame. When investing in replacement windows, many companies can provide custom windows in many framing materials that also enable you to meet goals such as energy efficiency, LEED certification, sustainable design, and universal design.

Popular Window Choices

Wood and metal enhance the appearance of many classic homes:


Available with traditional or modern styling, wood frames are made of products that come from responsibly managed forests and that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Certification. They come in a variety of wood types and finishes.


Windows with aluminum frames coated with fluoropolymer offer a rich metallic look, while having real wood interior frames and sills in pine, maple, cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, and many other wood types. The extruded aluminum cladding is grained to have the appearance of wood, and styles are available that will match any new or renovated home, although some windows are especially designed for newer, contemporary homes.

Copper Clad

Roll-formed copper fused to mahogany or other wood replicates the copper windows used in architecture for centuries. Requiring minimum exterior maintenance, copper clad windows are naturally beautiful as they patina with age and adjust to the environment.

Any of these windows are available in stock sizes and for custom order, and modern CAD technology makes it possible to easily replicate a window for any home configuration.

Choose a Quality Window Company for Replacement Windows or Repair

If you need replacement windows, it’s important to choose a local window contractor for expert sales and installation in order to maintain the style or historical integrity of your home. For a large selection of products from the finest manufacturers, contact Rocky Mountain Windows and Doors for a free in-home consultation and estimate.