Is aluminum better than vinyl?

lisaslists2000October 9, 2009

My contractor says he generally uses aluminum windows for replacement. I picture aluminum getting chalky with age. Maybe my view is outdated? I don't know the brand he uses, but in general, which is preferred - vinyl or aluminum?



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Aluminum offers the flexibility of colors (anodized finish) and thinner profile lines (frame thickness).

Aluminum windows do not come anywhere near the thermal performance of the vinyl windows on market today and warranties on the two products are likely both going to be lifetime.

Are you sure he was not meaning Aluminum cladding as in a wood window with Aluminum cladding on the exterior?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 11:15AM
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Oh, I remember the ones you think I mean. No I definitely meant aluminum clad. Does the paint/finish on aluminum degrade?
Thank you.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 11:44AM
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The aluminum cladding paint (depending on the manufacturer) is very durable. It is usually Kynar or enamel finish that is super durable.

The vinyl windows will still likely have the best thermal and air numbers, but wood is nicer to look at.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 12:24PM
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