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Old 01-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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What kind of window used in new construction in the west coast these days?


What is the most popular window type used in new construction these days in moderate/warm/dry places like california?

Is it still aluminum?

It's been 20 years since I last remodeled, so I'm not up to date.

With the expansion/contraction properties of vinyl, it sounds like vinyl will be problematic down the road.

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The expansion rate of vinyl is overblown as it pertains to residential window applications, and is typically touted by fiberglass sales-guys. A good quality product is what you are looking for regardless of material. In CA, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass are all viable options, each with their own pros and cons.

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Aluminum is inherently handicapped in the thermal race.

Fiberglass is probably the next most viable alternative if you are looking for non-vinyl options but as HomeSealed pointed out, the expansion argument is drastically overblown.

I always ask customers to start out with what they want the window to look like.
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I look at a lot of homes due to my job, i see soooo many vinyl windows it blows my mind. So much so, you would think its all folks do here in CA.
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