Window frames are a great way to add curb appeal to your home. It’s a great way to integrate a beautifully landscaped yard into your home. There are many things to consider when trying to make a choice. Questions include: How much does it cost? Can it be painted? how long will it last? Can it be installed at home? Can the length be customized? What does it look like? How long are we going to stay at home? These are very valid questions, and to help you decide, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of each of the different styles currently used in the industry.

Window frames come in a variety of materials. Wood window frames are the traditional standard and can be installed directly into the home for added value. The downside of wooden window frames is that they will rot, it’s just a matter of time. Wood is not suitable for applications that are prone to moisture, and once water seeps into the material, it usually lasts about 2-3 years before rot starts, and five years before they start falling out of the house. The advantage of wood is that they can be customized to fit almost any size and are often the most affordable for custom windows.

The next option is vinyl. Vinyl window frames are affordable and usually made of thin molded material that is often prone to cracking over time. The advantage of vinyl is that it is lightweight and doesn’t rot like wood window frames. The downside of vinyl flower boxes is that they cannot be installed directly in the home, but rather need to sit on a stand. The advantage of vinyl is that they resist rot and are suitable for small windows. The downside is that they tend to have a shiny plastic finish, which can be a turn off for some.

Also, wrought iron is a common choice for flower boxes. Wrought iron window frames have a unique look that cannot be found in any other material choice. For many who want this look, wrought iron is their only option. The disadvantage of wrought iron is that it rusts. You may need to periodically spray the box with primer and black spray paint to prevent peeling paint from being exposed. This will keep the box in new condition for a long time. Also, a wrought iron window box is usually more of a cage than a real window box. Potted plants are usually kept in cages or in individual window frames. The advantage of wrought iron is that they add a unique look, can be customized, and last a long time. Aluminum is considered a potentially better replacement for wrought iron because of its ability to never rust, low maintenance, and light weight. Today, many aluminum window frames can be manufactured and painted black to look like wrought iron and require less maintenance.

Second, PVC is a newer material choice for flower boxes. PVC window frames are great for those who use it for a long time, otherwise they may be out of your price range. Unlike vinyl, PVC window boxes are made of a sturdy material that won’t crack and can be bolted through the back for a secure installation. Unlike wood and vinyl, PVC window frames are low maintenance and will keep paint from fading for 15-20 years. They are impermeable to water, making them ideal for this type of application. The downside of PVC window frames is that they can be expensive, sometimes twice or more than the cost of wood.

Remember that each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. By knowing the look you want to achieve, you can decide whether wood, vinyl, PVC or metal is the best choice for you. Good luck and happy gardening!

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