Vinyl and Aluminum Windows – A Comparison
Windows have a huge impact on the appearance of homes, and their value in the minds of buyers shopping around. Indeed, they are often the first aspects they look at. Are they set out in a harmonious pattern they want to know, are they in good condition and so on. Today, we compare the merits of vinyl and aluminum windows to help you decide what is best for you.
How Iron and Wood Gave Way to Vinyl and Aluminum
The first settlers had only one choice, wood window frames. They used the best hardwood they could find. Some of their masterpieces are still evident in Vancouver’s classic buildings. As trade developed between Canada and Europe, ships began to arrive with iron and steel products.
The metal window frames were immensely strong when compared to wood, and added structural strength to buildings. However, metal rusts and they needed regular maintenance before they became unsightly. Vinyl and aluminum windows require far less attention, and therefore seemed like a small miracle when they arrived.
Lining Up These Two Modern Window Materials
1… Vinyl window frames have a chunkier appearance, and can have colours and textures that appear like wood viewed from a distance.
2… Both types resist scratching and staining. However, since aluminum is a metal it does eventually tarnish and pit with corrosion,
3… Aluminum is also a high heat absorption metal. Therefore doors and windows expand in strong sunlight and may stick, especially bronze-effect anodized ones.
4… This phenomenon means the metal also transfers heat and cold from the outside to the inside of homes, marginally affecting energy bills.
5…. However the metal is immensely strong compared to vinyl. This makes it the logical choice for extremely large openings.
6… Aluminum is fire-resistant compared to vinyl which is a petroleum by-product. It is also more able to resist the force of hurricane-strength winds
7… We can take insurance against storm damage to vinyl, and unlike aluminum the only maintenance that’s needed is an annual wash down
8… Moreover vinyl window frames are less expensive that aluminum windows. While this should not be the only criteria it is good to know.
Call Silverline Exterior Solutions For More Advice
Vinyl and aluminum windows both have their advantages, and your decision depends on the application. SilverLine Exterior Solutions assembles vinyl windows to any size and a variety of designs. Call 604-942-0488 for a competitive quote for new windows, and repairs backed by excellent service.
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