If you’re thinking of steel frame doors and windows for your house, you may want to reconsider: They’re a heavy investment that are expensive to repair, and often don’t provide the same ROI when it comes time to sell as their vinyl and wood alternatives do.
In this article, we’re taking a look at why steel frames aren’t as appealing as they may seem at first glance.
Pros and Cons of Steel Frame Doors & Windows
Pros: Steel frame doors and windows work with a wide array of architectural styles (traditional or modern). There are no expansion or contractions based on weather conditions and steel windows/doors are relatively low maintenance.
Cons: Steel frame doors and windows are both heavy and expensive, making their installation cost higher than that of vinyl frames, and that low maintenance we mentioned before is only valid when they’re in perfect working condition. Any cracks or damages these frames face in their lifetime are extremely expensive to repair, and you often need to hire a specialist to do so. Additionally if you live in a climate near salt water, steel frames have a higher chance of corrosion and will need additional maintenance throughout the year.
Are Steel Frame Doors & Windows Energy Efficient?
Unfortunately unlike their vinyl counterparts, these options simply aren’t friendly on the wallet when it comes to energy costs. Metal isn’t a good insulator, so even with high quality glass panes in your windows and a strong, sturdy door, you’re still likely to be facing high air conditioning costs in the summer and even higher heating bills in the winter.
Choosing vinyl frames can help keep your energy consumption low throughout all seasons, and will do so long into the life of your home.
What Styles of Windows are Available?
There are many options based on what you want, so speak with a window and door expert to see what will work best in your setting. You can have hopper, in-swing, out-swing, folding and casement windows to name a few, but you need to find the right person to do the job professionally and properly.
How Much do Steel Frame Doors & Windows Cost?
Steel frames are expensive – almost twice the price of wood and vinyl – and will cost even more, should you have to pay for repairs. For more economical alternatives and to talk with an expert who can help you make the best choice for your home, contact the Canglow Windows and Doors team today!