No matter the choice you make you should know that you’ve already won. For whatever reason, you’ve decided to replace your windows with an aluminum or vinyl window; well done. While the choice to replace your window was an easy one, choosing what type of window you’d like in its stead may take a bit of research.
Strength and Durability
If you’re living in a home that was built within the last fifty years, it’s most likely that you have vinyl windows. If your home is older than fifty years, it probably has aluminum windows. Do not make the switch to a different material simply because your current windows are failing you. No matter the material used, windows are bound to break down over time. Both aluminum and vinyl are strong materials that will hold up for a long time. Vinyl is known for being scratch free, while aluminum vaunts its ability to warm off dents and cracks.
As far as the variety of styles, vinyl comes offers a more nuanced selection than does aluminum. That being said aluminum windows can be painted, unlike vinyl. Aluminum windows are better suited for modern, industrial-looking homes. If your house falls outside of these styles, you might want to consider vinyl windows.
Windows are often to blame for letting heat out and cold in. The type of glass you’re using, whether there is an inch of air is between the glass, can be a major factor in insulating your home, but so can your choice of material. In the battle for energy efficiency, vinyl wins by a landslide.
If you’re in the Los Angeles, Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks region, you should consider these aspects before replacing your window.