If you’re replacing some old windows in your home or are building a new residence and looking for the most sensible option for your windows, you might want to try using vinyl windows. Vinyl windows and aluminum windows have both been used for the past few decades in place of the traditional glass and wood, especially in conditions where glass and wood would end up costing way too much. They’ve proven useful for commercial purposes, and even in residential homes where the architecture is more modern. They’re also good for cases where you don’t want to risk any broken glass, such as the patio. While they’re quite similar in terms of utility as well as cost, you’ll want to think carefully before committing to either aluminum or vinyl for your windows.
Aluminum windows are generally considered much easier to repair and replace than glass. It obviously won’t break and shatter like glass will, and that’s a plus in terms of safety. When an aluminum window is damaged, all that’s necessary is to unscrew the old one and insert a new window in its place. Aluminum is also known to be good at noise reduction. But while it insulates against sound, it doesn’t do as well with temperature. This material can actually transmit more heat during the summer. In areas where it’s very cold, it might also allow the harsh temperature to enter your home. And because they’re made of metal, aluminum windows can be quite susceptible to corrosion from the elements. Continuous exposure to air and moisture will be bad for your windows as this combination causes them to rust. There are thus not the best options for seaside places, especially as salt is also quite damaging to them. Pollution and airborne chemicals will also cause aluminum windows to corrode. Still, these windows are usually quite durable and in fact stronger than their vinyl counterparts when it comes to withstanding strong winds and storms, making them choice picks in many coastal areas.
If you opt for vinyl windows on the other hand, you’ll be pleased to find that they’re even easier to care for than aluminum. They’re easier to customize and shape and aren’t susceptible to rust, flaking or rotting. They’re made of PVC however, which makes them harmful to the environment and non-biodegradable. They’re also less than ideal for places where strong winds and gales are expected, as they won’t withstand these as well as aluminum.