The Pros & Cons of Aluminum-Framed Windows

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At AZ Valley, our high-quality windows are made from various materials. Most windows are usually made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, wood-clad, or composite. In recent years, aluminum window replacements have become very popular due to their sleek and modern appearance. In this article, we will take a deeper dive into the pros & cons of using aluminum-framed windows. We will start off with some of the advantages and then follow with some of the disadvantages of aluminum replacement windows. 

What Are Aluminum-Framed Windows?

Double-glazed aluminum windows are a strong yet versatile and lightweight choice for home windows. This type of aluminum helps you have thinner frames and larger openings for bringing in more natural light. Our AZ Valley windows bring a modern, contemporary feel to any home, living room, or room. They also keep your heat or cool air inside your home and put less strain on your HVAC systems. 

Pro: Durability

One of the best parts of having aluminum-framed windows is its durability. Aluminum frames are some of the most popular frames for large windows. They have a lot of strength and structural integrity. This durability is very ideal for the Arizona climate since it holds up better through our hot weather and works to keep in the heat. You can ensure that once you install your aluminum windows, they will maintain their functionality and appearance for many years, saving you money on repairs and replacements in the long run. You may want to consider what kind of zone you live in to determine what type of windows are best for a hot climate. The U.S. Department of Energy divides the country into specific climate zones based on average temperature. If you live in Phoenix, Arizona & surrounding cities, then we would be considered a Zone 9. 

Pro: Cost-Effective 

Aluminum windows also tend to be the most cost-effective option if you’re looking to save some money. They are cheaper than wood and fiberglass and are more efficient than PVC. They also require a lot less maintenance than wood which will lead to more savings over the long run. If you choose to sell your home in the future, potential buyers will be attracted to your aluminum windows, so they also have great value long-term. With advancements in technology, aluminum windows now come with thermal breaks, which help to reduce heat transfer and improve insulation. This means that aluminum windows can help to keep your home cool in the summer, resulting in potential energy savings and lower utility bills. 

Pro: Good Aesthetic

Double-glazed Aluminum Windows are also a great material to work with various different paints and powders. It can be coated to take on a variety of styles, and it doesn’t have to look industrial if you don’t like that look necessarily. You can design these windows with almost any kind of configuration or curvature. Aluminum is easier to work with, making the shape more flexible and easily manipulated. This is a great option for windows with an unusual or different shape. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a more traditional style, there is an aluminum window option to suit your aesthetic preferences. 

Pro: Low-Maintenance 

Another great reason why aluminum-framed windows are the best choice is due to their low maintenance. Aluminum windows don’t usually require a lot of upkeep. You won’t have to worry about corroding aluminum windows.  Unlike wood, double-glazed aluminum windows do not require regular painting or sealing to keep them looking their best. This makes aluminum windows a convenient choice for busy homeowners who do not have the time or desire to perform regular maintenance tasks. 

Con: Not Energy-Efficient

One caveat to having aluminum windows is that they are not energy-efficient. They have a higher u-value, meaning they lose a lot of heat, and can’t hold in heat as well as other materials. This isn’t a big deal in warmer areas such as Arizona, but it can be a problem if you live in a place with more harsh winters, such as Chicago. Remember to keep your zone in mind and buy windows accordingly. 

Con: Condensation 

Aluminum windows have a high U-value. This means that they conduct heat and cold more than other materials. This also means that condensation is a by-product of increased heat transfer. Much condensation is natural, but excess moisture can damage the windows long-term. For this reason, homeowners in colder climates should avoid aluminum windows due to the high condensation level. Moisture and frost can form inside aluminum replacement windows. 

Con: Corrosion

Aluminum is a metal, and metals can corrode when they are exposed to salt. Corrosion is when metal is naturally converted to a more stable form, such as its oxide, hydroxide, or sulfide, which leads to the deterioration of the material. Luckily, you can clean corroded metal. This can be done with cleaning materials such as white vinegar, aluminum cleaner, or citrus cleaner. 

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Con: Not Beach Friendly

Another con of having aluminum windows is that they are not very beach-friendly. Aluminum frames may be water resistant, but they can be damaged and have major corrosion from salt water and sea air. This is something to remember if you want aluminum windows at your beach house. Luckily, Arizona is more known for its desert rather than its beaches, so you may not have to worry about this. 

At the end of the day, the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to aluminum windows. They offer durability, low maintenance, energy efficiency, and design flexibility. However, they also usually have poor insulation, can cause condensation, and can also cause corrosion. Ultimately, it is important to weigh these factors against your specific needs and preferences to determine if aluminum replacement windows are the right choice for your home. If you have been searching for aluminum window replacements, check out AZ Valley Windows. Our aluminum window replacements and installations are performed to last a very long time. We ensure that your windows’ seals are tight to prevent outside noise or air from leaking into your home. Check out some of our before and after pictures in our gallery to understand what we can do for you! Contact us today to schedule a service visit in Phoenix!

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