Aluminum windows made their place in the window market as a low-cost alternative to wood and vinyl windows. Most homeowners gloss over the other built-in advantages of aluminum windows. They resist splitting, shrinking, cracking, swelling, and rust. Aluminum windows are also three times as strong as vinyl and more than forty times as strong as wood. While this strength protects windows from high winds and other inclement weather, it also increases the window space and allows for greater design versatility.
The most notable disadvantage of aluminum windows is not the bland or metallic appearance but the high heat and cold conduction rate. This characteristic of aluminum will make your windows less energy efficient, though weather-stripping and thermal treatments will make this less of an issue.
Many homeowners don’t like the look of aluminum windows because they imagine the natural color of aluminum in a simple, rectangular window. Aluminum can be any color and will match any color scheme or design of your home, enhancing its curb appeal and allowing for a greater array of siding options. Its strength easily allows for any shape and size of arched or regular window. Wood windows may look nice up close, but for a complete visually stunning appearance for your home, aluminum will give you the options for elaborate window design and total area at an affordable price and a long-lasting product. The design possibilities obviously make this feature more attractive in new construction where you can influence the design without elaborate renovation costs.
Today, aluminum windows are most commonly used in commercial buildings, as builders are willing to trade their heat loss and gain for the strength they offer for large openings. Removing aluminum windows from your home and installing energy efficient windows in their place can cut heating costs by as much as 50%.
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