While shopping for replacement windows for your home, you will discover that there are a wide range of styles and materials available from which to choose. Of those, aluminum and vinyl windows are popular choices. If you are torn between the two, here are some pros and cons of each to help you make a good decision.
Aluminum windows are a good choice if you have windows with irregular shapes. The aluminum is easily manipulated so that it can fit into the shape that is needed. They also do not require a significant amount of maintenance. Other than rinsing the windows and checking for cracks, you do not have to worry about much else.
Another advantage to aluminum windows is that they are durable. Some people mistakenly believe that since aluminum is lightweight, they are not strong. However, the opposite is true.
Although there are benefits to aluminum, there are some disadvantages. For instance, it does not withstand heat well. Aluminum windows also tend to be less energy efficient than some other materials. You can increase the efficiency with a double-pane glass, but there could still be leakage in and out of the frame.
Vinyl windows also require a relatively low amount of maintenance. You do not have to worry about repainting the frame or any of the other tasks that come with other materials. Vinyl is also available in a wide range of styles, including casement and awning style.
Vinyl windows is more energy efficient than some other windows. Higher quality vinyl windows have a number of features, including insulation at the seams, that helps to keep leakage to a minimal. If you are looking to save money on your energy bills, this could be a good option. You also could qualify for and receive special tax credits for investing in energy efficient windows.
There are some concerns about vinyl though. For instance, even though you do not have to repaint the windows, you could decide in the future that you want to. This might prove easier said than done. It is difficult to paint vinyl windows. Even with paint that is specially made for vinyl, you might not get the results you want. If you are restoring an older home and want to keep its historic appearance, vinyl windows can stick out like a sore thumb. Due to their appearance, they do not mesh weld with the design of older homes.
Before making a final decision, you should not only carefully review vinyl and aluminum windows, but the other options available to you. Work with Ace Glass Inc window replacement or a similar company and your contractor to make the best decision for your home.