When choosing the right window for your home, you should compare materials based on cost, durability, and efficiency. When choosing between wood, vinyl, and aluminum windows, you will want to consider your home's unique design and how much time you want to spend on maintenance. Vinyl windows are by far the best investment in terms of this longevity. With cost, durability, and care in mind, here is how other window materials stack up against vinyl:
Though wood windows exhibit a traditional style and are durable, they require the most maintenance. Prone to peeling and flaking, they will need to be sanded and re-painted or re-stained often. Wood does not stand up well to the elements, and wear becomes more visible after years of use. Because they are more expensive to produce, they are also a costly option, with estimates ranging from $300-$800 per window.
Aluminum windows feature a more contemporary design style. While Aluminum is a stronger material than vinyl, it requires semi-regular maintenance. You must apply oil to ensure the window operates. Aluminum windows are easily scratched and dented, which may damage the paint or finish. The oxidation on aluminum windows will appear worn over time, and the fasteners are prone to corrosion.
While still appearing traditional, vinyl windows require less maintenance year-round. You will often find that a vinyl window is less prone to scratches or dents than aluminum windows. While they do need occasional cleaning, they offer better insulation than other materials and retain any finish applied for longer without flaking or peeling. Vinyl provides several options for finishes and coatings and comes in a variety of colors. You can still get a wood-grain texture without the problems associated with wooden windows.
If you are considering replacing your wooden windows with vinyl windows or you are in the process of building your new home, call us today at 504-858-6979 to find out more. At America's Best Choice windows, we provide free estimates and are happy to answer your questions. No high-pressure sales, no gimmicks, we will just provide you with an honest estimate on the best vinyl windows at the best price and the best warranty!