When you start the process of replacing or installing windows, you eventually have to face an important question: what type of material should you use? Aluminum and vinyl are both popular choices for materials in window frames and, with modern technology, can be styled to be virtually indistinguishable from each other. However, there are a few key differences between aluminum and vinyl you should be aware of.
Aluminum Windows Mitigate Noise Better
If noise mitigation is a huge concern, aluminum is a better material for your acoustic windows. Aluminum is better at mitigating noise than vinyl because it has more mass and is generally stronger, which makes it easier to trap noise.
Aluminum is Adaptable
If you have an unconventional window, stretch forming aluminum can easily be bent and molded into any shape. Vinyl works well in more standard window shapes and sizes, making it a popular choice for homes, but for larger windows and unconventionally shaped historic windows, aluminum is a better choice.
Aluminum is Stronger
Vinyl can shrug off most minor dents, but aluminum is more impact-resistant overall. Most large exterior windows are made with aluminum frames for that reason. Aluminum is well suited to weather most climates, whereas vinyl can’t handle extreme swings in temperature as well.
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