Wood


 

wood, square, window
Pros

Natural beauty
Naturally insulated
Can be clad in aluminum or vinyl to minimize maintenance

Cons

Expensive
Requires regular paint/staining
Can rot or mold

Vinyl


 

vinyl window, square
Pros

Affordable
Good thermal performance
Low maintenance
Multiple finish options

Cons

Not the most durable material
Can't be painted
Expands/contracts with extreme weather
May warp over time

Aluminum


 

aluminum square window, window material
Pros

Stronger than wood or vinyl
Smaller frame width allows larger glass area
Used commonly in commercial/architectural projects

Cons

Least energy-efficient choice
Need extra insulation between the frame
Susceptible to condensation and corrosion

Fiberglass


 

fiberglass window, square window, window materials
Pros

Strength comparable to aluminum
Insulation comparable to wood and vinyl
Multiple finishes available, can be painted

Cons

Expensive
Cannot be bent so special shapes are unavailable
Can scratch easily

Composite


 

composite window, square window, window
Pros

Mix of wood and plastics
Combines the best features of other materials

Cons

Not offered by every manufacturer
Varying quality and price

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