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What's in the Frame?

March 28, 2018

Shopping for new windows can be a bit daunting. With so many window types, materials and styles available, it can be hard to determine the right option for your home and lifestyle. One of the most important elements of any window is the frame, which is meant to keep our drafts and moisture, and seal around the pane. Good quality window frames will help prevent air transfer to and from the outside, add rigidity to reinforce the structure the house, and compliment the look and feel of your home.

Three types of window frames are vinyl (technically ‘polyvinyl chloride’ or ‘PVC’), aluminum, and aluminum-clad wood windows. So how do you know which one is right for you? Read below to see how these frames compare and what sets them apart:


Vinyl is a popular choice for window frames. Made from plastic, vinyl windows are durable, strong and long lasting, and generally cost effective. They are also a good insulator, which helps to reduce energy loss. Another perk of vinyl frames is that they are very low maintenance. Being resistant to scratches and peeling, they never need to be repainted and they’re easy to clean. Of all the available window types, vinyl is the most affordable, making them a great option for homeowners who need to balance cost and quality.



Aluminum frames, being metal, are extremely strong and robust. They are resistant to corrosion and environmental conditions so they won’t swell, crack, or warp in the same way as other materials. They also offer a high level of thermal and sound insulation. Aluminum can be easily manipulated into different shapes, and it’s very light, making this material a good choice for custom windows.


Aluminum-clad wood

As the name suggests, aluminum-clad wood window frames are constructed using two materials: aluminum on the outside of the frame and pure wood on the inside. The exterior-facing aluminum provides a protective shield from the elements, while the interior-facing wood offers increased thermal insulation and aesthetic appeal for any home. In fact, installing aluminum-clad wood windows throughout your home will make your property a ‘passive home’ with top rated energy efficiency. While they are a more luxurious option, aluminum-clad wood windows will help to substantially reduce your energy costs, and they will elevate your home’s appeal for years to come.

Aluminum-Clad Wood

The perfect windows for any home

No matter which window frame you choose, Catana’s Premium Vinyl, Ultra Premium Aluminum, and Luxury Aluminum-clad Wood windows will ensure a high level of energy efficiency, security and enjoyment.

To find out more about our windows and the many benefits of European Tilt & Turn products, drop by a Catana showroom for a demo or give us a call today!

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