Rennovating you home is a big project. Replacing your old, weathered windows can give your home an instant makeover. However, replacing the old windows with new ones may not be an easy decision. You should research your options and get a few quotes from local companies to compare service and price. Knowing the facts of vinyl vs. aluminum frames is a good start. Over the years, homeowners have started preferring vinyl replacement windows over any other type of window for a variety of reasons.
Here are the facts comparing vinyl vs. aluminum window frames:
Aluminum Window Frames
- Overall, aluminum is a long-lasting material. In fact, many of the old buildings that were built in the 50’s and 60’s still have aluminum windows. Also, these types of windows are very weather-resistant.
- Aluminum is prone to dents and scratches. However, as it is very lightweight, it makes a great choice for high-rise commercial buildings. With a variety of color options, the required touch up and repainting would be difficult in those high-rise buildings.
- While it is less expensive than vinyl frames in upfront cost, the long-term costs will be higher compared to vinyl and ultimately lowers the value of your home. They oxidize and look dull over time requiring painting or replacing.
- They it the least energy-efficient window material as it tends to hold on to the heat or cold. Because of its poor thermal resistance, heating or cooling the house can prove to be more expensive.
- At this point the choice between vinyl vs. aluminum should be clear but if not:
The number one reason: Aluminum frames do not meet building code because of the lack of energy efficiency required. They hold on to heat, making your home less energy efficient and is not an approved building material for replacement windows in Pinellas County or Hillsborough County.
Reasons to choose Vinyl Window Frames for Your Replacement Windows
- Vinyl is strong and durable. It does not crack, split, peel or rot. It is almost entirely scratch-free. It is not easily bent or broken by force and safer for protecting your home against hurricane and intruders.
- Typically, vinyl is the least expensive of material available on the market today. If you want a good quality product but are on a tight budget, then vinyl is the way to go. It also increases the value of your home.
- Vinyl frames never need to be painted or refinished, and they only need occasional cleaning. They are very low maintenance.
- It is more energy-efficient than aluminum. Because of good insulating properties, it shows resistance to heat during summer, and seals in the heat in the winter. This helps in cutting costs while cooling and heating the house.
- Vinyl is plastic and therefore contains polyvinyl chloride (PVC), making it not biodegradable. It is also in high demand and easy to produce.
Vinyl replacement windows not only is approved by Florida building code, it is environmentally friendly and increases the value of your home and buyers love the look of newly replaced vinyl framed windows.
If you still have doubts on vinyl vs. aluminum, please contact our office and discuss it with our project consultants. Or you can schedule your free in-home consultation with our owner, Karoly, and he can tell you his take on vinyl vs. aluminum and what he recommends for your home.