Thinking of replacing your old wooden windows?

Replacing old wooden windows has never been easier as homeowners today have more choices in materials, styles, finishes, and colors than ever before.

While wooden windows have an antique charm about them, they don’t offer much in terms of efficiency, durability, and design. Instead, choose high-quality aluminum or vinyl windows manufactured using efficient materials and innovative designs.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the strengths and weaknesses of aluminum and vinyl windows to help you make an informed decision.

Vinyl vs. Aluminum Windows Comparison Chart

Appearance, Design, and Color  

Vinyl and aluminum windows are available in a variety of designs and colors ranging from light, beige tones to dark rustic hues.

Both window styles are customizable to fit different shape, size, and pane of the window, depending on your needs and preferences.

Vinyl is manufactured using a thicker PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic-glass material while aluminum frames use a lightweight material for a more modern and chic aesthetic.

Durability

Vinyl isn’t as durable as compared to aluminum windows as its flexible materials make it extremely unsuitable for extreme temperatures.

Made from one of the strongest materials in the market, aluminum windows are suitable for commercial and residential use. They’re durable in most hot and cold climates and are resistant to scratches, cracks, and dents.

 

Installation

Both aluminum and vinyl windows are easy to install. However, it’s recommended to call professionals for installations rather than attempting the installation on your own.

As vinyl is a flexible material, the installation process is faster and simpler. Aluminum window installation takes longer than vinyl and it needs to be secured using a caulking sealant to keep it safe and sound.

Corrosion, Fading & Pitting

Vinyl windows are resistant to corrosion, fading, and pitting. However, aluminum windows are prone to surface dents, pits, and fading paint. The aluminum frames corrode faster when exposed to moisture and chemical cleaners.

 

Energy Efficiency & Thermal Performance

Vinyl windows are highly energy-efficient and designed to regulate the internal temperatures of the house. They stop heat and light from penetrating inside and prevent warm and cold air from escaping outside.

Aluminum windows aren’t great conductors of heat. Thermally broken aluminum windows are special windows equipped with thermal breaks that work to regulate the indoor temperature.

Costs and Maintenance

Depending on the style of the window; casement, sliding, awning or tilt and turn, the prices vary for vinyl and aluminum windows.

Aluminum windows are more expensive compared to vinyl casement windows which range from $500–$700 compared to the $650–$850 aluminum casement windows.

Vinyl windows are easy to maintain and don’t require constant repaints. Aluminum windows are also easy to clean and maintain. However, they require special care as the metal hinges need regular lubrication.

Purchase High-Quality Aluminum and Vinyl Windows

Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner looking to install commercial and residential windows, Oridow offers quality uPVC, vinyl, and aluminum windows, doors and security screens.

The manufacturing company has a wide range of window styles to complement modern and traditional building architecture.

Buy aluminum windows or vinyl windows with internal blinds built with international quality standards that offer economical design solutions.

For more information on window prices and fitting, contact them at 86 137 5516 7195 or drop an email at sales@oridow.com.