Window frame options, new build in south BC facing SW
Hi all, lurked a bit here when doing some google searches and decided to register, seems to be some great info.
Having a bit of trouble with choosing a window frame material. This is a vacation home on a lake and catches the afternoon sun. The front of the house (facing SW overlooking the lake) is going to have a large portion of glass. The house will be sided in cedar/rockwork.
Temperatures range from -15 to 95 F (-25 to 35 C) in the shade, on the deck where the windows all are I'm sure temperatures will be far hotter.
This property has been in the family for 70 years and will be for many generations to come. We are a bit tight on cash as other projects are on the go so we'd like to keep it around $10-15k for product only..
We've had quotes for this from $8,000 for white vinyl all the way up to $30,000 for aluminum or fibreglass (most of these have been $25000+). We want a good quality window that isn't going to break the bank (doesnt everybody?) Primary heating will be a large wood stove with NG backup + AC (used rarely, I do mean rarely), lots of venting and fans.
We would much prefer a dark brown/bronze/black slim frame for this project which makes it a bit tougher. Milgard has painted vinyl frames and a distributor + milgard rep say they havent had any issues and would warranty against fade/peeling etc. but they've only been out a couple years and these will see a lot of hot afternoon sun.
Am I missing any options or window lines/companies I should be looking at? So much to choose, not sure which way to even go right now.