Vinyl or Aluminum Window Frames – Which is Best for Your Home?
Here at American Openings, since we manufacture both aluminum and vinyl-framed windows, we don’t have any bias as to which type you should choose. Our only goal is to help you find the best replacement windows for your home and budget. Here is a fresh look at the different characteristics of vinyl and aluminum frames.
Our vinyl windows are all Energy StarTM certified, Low-E windows that we design and build with Southern Arizona’s extreme summers in mind. All American Openings windows use quality parts and components that are 100% made in the USA. Replacing your home’s windows, especially if you live in an older home with single-pane windows, can make a significant difference in your energy bills and your family’s comfort.
While the energy-efficiency of the glass is identical, there is a difference in the insulation characteristics of the frames. Vinyl is a superior thermal insulator. However, since most of the surface area of your window consists of the glass and not the frame, the overall contribution of the frame to the window’s overall energy-efficiency is relatively small. According to efficientwindows.org, most Tucson-area home owners should expect the difference in energy savings between vinyl and aluminum frames to be less than $120 per year1.
Colors, Design and Aesthetics
We offer aluminum frames in three color choices: bronze, sandstone and white. Vinyl comes in two colors: white and tan. Aluminum offers a modern and efficient look and is very popular in modern applications. Vinyl frames, by comparison, are wider than aluminum and offer a warmer, more “homey” aesthetic.
Both aluminum and vinyl frame are low maintenance and only need an occasional wipe with a damp cloth to keep their like-new appearance.
For custom or unusual designs, aluminum is easier to manipulate and can be formed into more irregular shapes2.
There is no difference in the installation process. When you purchase your replacement windows from American Openings, our installation team will install your new windows with no damage to existing paint, stucco or drywall.
Vinyl windows will cost a bit more than aluminum. American Openings can provide you with the specific price difference of vinyl vs. aluminum during our free, no-pressure, in-home estimate.
All American Openings windows have a lifetime guarantee whether you select aluminum or vinyl. We will stand behind the workmanship, reliability and integrity of your windows for as long as you own your home.
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