Vinyl Vs. Aluminum Windows: Which Is The Best Material For Replacing Wooden Windows?

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Are you looking for the best window material to replace your old wooden windows? The current market offers a variety of choices in materials, finishes, and designs. Vinyl and aluminum are some of the most popular options for residential windows. These two materials are more durable, less expensive, and more weather-resistant than wood. However, each material has its pros and cons. Therefore, run through these considerations when deciding which of the two options is ideal for your replacement windows.

Style and Finishing Options

Both vinyl and aluminum offer the same style options. Both materials are available in various window designs, such as single and double-hung, single-glazing, double-glazing, and even custom-shaped windows. They are also available in multiple color finishes. However, unlike aluminum, vinyl offers practical options for faux wood, smooth, and textured finishes. Although aluminum can be finished to mimic natural wood, the coating might not appear as realistic. Therefore, if you aim to achieve a natural wood look and feel, vinyl windows are the ideal choice.

Strength and Structural Integrity

Vinyl and aluminum are sturdy and durable materials that can withstand inclement weather, including storms, heavy rain, and hail. However, aluminum boasts better overall strength. Since the material is metal, it is more impact-resistant than vinyl. Therefore, it is ideal for areas prone to hailstorms and strong winds.

The strength of aluminum also translates into better structural integrity. Therefore, you don't have to settle for a thicker frame to achieve excellent performance. In fact, you can use thin aluminum framing with large sheets of window glass without worrying about structural integrity. With vinyl, you need a thicker material to achieve excellent strength and performance. 

Resistance to Corrosion and Fading

Vinyl windows don't corrode when exposed to chemicals or salty air. They are also highly resistant to cracks and chips. Conversely, aluminum can dent or chip on impact. However, dents and chips happen rarely. When maintained properly, the material can last for years without suffering damage. 

Like most metals, aluminum can corrode or pit when exposed to corrosive elements such as salty air and chemical cleaners. However, you can protect the material by using gentle cleaners such as dish soap and vinegar. Also, protect your replacement windows from fading by opting for powder coating over regular paint finishes. 

Heat Conductivity

Vinyl windows do not conduct heat and cold; thus, they are more energy-efficient than conventional aluminum windows. Aluminum is a good heat conductor, which makes it inefficient. However, some manufacturers make aluminum windows with thermal breaks inside the frame to prevent heat transfer. Therefore, opt for this design to increase your window's energy efficiency. 

Consider these factors when choosing between vinyl and aluminum replacement windows. Contact a roofing contractor for professional window replacement services.


7 June 2022

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