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Choosing replacement windows involves comparing several characteristics between different styles and glass types. One of the first choices is the type of frame material you want for your windows. If cost is a factor, two of the most popular choices are aluminum frames and vinyl frames.
Each type of frame has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few considerations when choosing between aluminum and vinyl windows.
If you live in an area with extreme swings in temperature and winters with blistering winds, the strength of your frame material will be an important consideration. You want a material that can withstand the elements without damage or the need for frequent maintenance.
Vinyl tends to beat aluminum in strength though neither requires much maintenance. Aluminum frames can suffer corrosion with frequent exposure to harsh weather.
If you live in an area that suffers frequent major windstorms, such as tropical storms or hurricanes, you will want to go with impact-resistant windows. Impact-resistant windows are available in both aluminum and vinyl, but the aluminum models tend to be far cheaper.
The appearance of your window frames can include the color and the width of the frame, which can also determine how easily the frames can fit into your window.
As far as color goes, aluminum is more versatile than vinyl because the aluminum can be painted any color you would like. Vinyl frames are available in different colors, but your options are limited to those provided by manufacturers.
Aluminum windows have a narrower profile, which means the frames require less space in the sill. This can make a huge difference if you have narrower than normal sills that would be expensive to modify for vinyl or other wider frame types.
The energy efficiency of a window refers to how well the window is able to keep the outside temperatures out and the inside temperatures from leaking outside. Efficiency depends on the type of glass and frame. Double-paned, gas-filled glass offers optimal efficiency and serves as a reference point when comparing aluminum to vinyl frames with the same glass.
Efficiency is measured in two terms: u-factor and r-value. The former measures whether the window is thermally conductive while the latter measures heat conduction resistance. The r-value is the inverse of the u-factor. So the optimal efficiency is represented with a low u-value number and a high r-value number.
Vinyl is consistently more efficient than basic aluminum. The basic aluminum frame can be improved with a polyurethane-based insulation inserted into a frame. But this insulation, called a thermal break, still won't make the frame as efficient as aluminum.
To learn more about these window replacement choices, contact a professional, like those at Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc.