Vinyl v Aluminum Impact Windows and Doors

Hurricane Management Group can help you when purchasing & installing your new or replacement impact windows in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys. The following should help you to evaluate your needs and budget.

Vinyl vs. Aluminum Windows

If you’re like most people, you want to replace your windows because they are either not working well mechanically, or they are allowing too much cold or warm air to enter or escape, increasing your energy costs.

Window replacement is not the cheapest task on your home “to-do” list, but it is one that will improve the value and safety of your residence. The right windows reduce the risks of theft, decrease energy costs, and improve the resale value of your property.

Because there are such a wide variety of wood, vinyl and aluminum windows available, there is an equally wide range of prices.

As you prioritize your needs, keep in mind that the experts, like Popular Mechanics in their “Complete Home How-To” book (2006), warn that low-cost windows “don’t always solve the problems you’re experiencing. It’s almost always a better idea to install higher quality windows. The long-term performance and energy savings are worth the extra cost.”

Most any upgrade from your original non-impact windows to impact windows will afford you and your family significant interior environmental changes. Utility bills will decrease, outside noise will be reduced and inside noise will become more clear.

Here are the top 4 factors you should consider when evaluating the benefits of vinyl vs. aluminum windows:

1. Strength

If you are buying or own a home that is 20-30 years old and has never had the windows replaced, you might find that it has aluminum windows. Back in those days, aluminum provided the only cost-effective alternative to wood.

Construction technology has come a long way, and vinyl windows are the standard you find in most new homes today. Vinyl replacement windows are strong, extremely durable, and long lasting. They stay almost 100% scratch free and, no matter what their age, they always look great. They, however, cost more than aluminum.

Aluminum windows are known for their strength and their resistance to dents and cracks. These types of windows are exceptional at resisting moisture. Aluminum windows are extremely light weight, making them a common choice for use in high-rise apartments, condos and other large buildings.

2. Style

Vinyl windows come in a variety of colors and styles. Some manufacturers even make vinyl frames that closely resemble wood. The color is a part of the vinyl material which makes it scratch resistant. Vinyl replacement windows never need scraping, painting or staining, so they retain their timeless beauty throughout the years.

Aluminum windows comes in many colors (including some CGI wood-grain products), but unlike vinyl, it may be painted. Aluminum windows offer a sleek, contemporary, industrial look, perfect for a loft or modern building. They are thin frames that can create a stunning picture window because they allow for more light and view.

3. Energy Efficiency

New vinyl replacement windows will be more energy efficient than your old ones, especially if you’re switching from single pane to double pane impact windows. Vinyl windows will save you money in heating and cooling costs because they have moderate to high “R-values.” The R-Value measures how well a window performs as an insulator. A higher R-Value means better insulation, and therefore greater energy efficiency.

4. Cost of Replacement Windows

Both aluminum and vinyl windows require minimal maintenance. In terms of functionality, aluminum windows are perceived as being an economical choice, not only in acquisition costs but also in future upkeep.

But if you add up the cost of your ever-increasing heating and cooling bills, and the potential breakage costs of aluminum windows, it can be far more cost effective to replace your home windows with a more technologically advanced, energy saving material, such as vinyl.

According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report,” high-quality, energy-efficient replacement windows are an excellent investment. Vinyl doesn’t shrink or swell with changes in humidity, so callback problems are minimized. With a short turnaround time, great manufacturer warranties, and product consistency, vinyl windows are an attractive option.

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