There are countless options available when it comes to replacement windows. Each option has advantages and disadvantages. So where do you even begin when searching for replacement windows?
The answer really comes down to what your budget is and deciding between vinyl or aluminum windows. Without taking budget into consideration, we are going to give you a side-by-side comparison of vinyl versus aluminum windows.
Design Aesthetic Of Vinyl Versus Aluminum Windows
Vinyl windows have been the popular choice recently because of the more attractive look and variety of finish options. Because the material is the same throughout the window, any scratching or scuffing will not be as noticeable. Vinyl windows are bulkier than their aluminum counterparts which is popular with some home styles and unpopular with others.
Aluminum windows are great for providing a more modern aesthetic and are the best choice for large-sized windows. When painted, the aluminum window only has the layer of paint that seperates the painted color to the natural aluminum look. This is an issue when the paint gets scratched as the metal will show through.
Consider the look you are going for and the size of the window when deciding between aluminum or vinyl windows.
Color Matching To Your Home
If you are looking to match the color of your home exactly than aluminum windows are the way to go as vinyl windows cannot be painted. This being said, vinyl windows do come in a wide range of colors. Most of the time homeowners will choose a color that matches the trim of their home – or paint the trim on the home to match the window color.
If you opt for the aluminum windows to get the exact color match, remember that if the paint chips you will see the metal underneath.
Strength And Durability
It is a fairly even playing field when it comes to strength and durability when comparing vinyl versus aluminum windows. Vinyl are much more resistant to scratching while aluminum is slightly stronger.
It is best to speak with your contractor about what variety they feel is best for the weather in your area.
If you live in a beach town, consider the corrosion from the salt water as a major factor in choosing windows. Aluminum windows are much more susceptible to corrosion while it is not a problem for vinyl windows. Vinyl windows will be less likely to have the paint fade or pit as well.
Noise wise, vinyl windows will offer much more effective to dampen noise. Over all, vinyl will also require less maintenance than aluminum windows.
Unless you are building a large office building or apartment complex, vinyl windows will be the way to go. Vinyl windows are much more cost effective and require significantly less maintenance than aluminum windows.
Before choosing windows, be sure to work with your architect and contractor to get their opinion on the best options for where you live. These are just some of the considerations to take into account when purchasing new windows.