Strength: Aluminum is a much stronger material compared to vinyl, wood, and fiberglass. Due to its flexibility, aluminum can be shaped in various designs without compromising its mechanical properties.
Sustainability: Since aluminum can be recycled multiple times without the loss of its properties, it’s one of the most sustainable materials. In fact, most aluminum window frames are made of recycled aluminum.
Durability: Compared to materials like vinyl that expand and contract with a change of the environment, aluminum is able to withstand weather changes and can last for ages with minimal maintenance. Unlike wood that is susceptible to yeast infection and decay, aluminum does not corrode easily. Aluminum frames may last for up to 40 to 50 years.
How Aluminum Joinery Differs from Other Window Types
If you’re looking to re-frame your windows or are considering to add large glass panel windows to your office, the various choices available in the market may make it difficult to pick an appropriate material. However, what makes it easier is knowing that aluminum joinery is not only durable, but it is also less expensive and low-maintenance. Widely used today for its sleek, contemporary style, aluminum windows are a perfect fit for the modern home. But before making a decision, below is a comparison of how aluminum window joinery is different from other window types:
Aluminum vs. Wood: Most old homes may still have delicate wooden window frames that are aesthetically appealing, but don’t match up to aluminum-clad window frames when it comes to strength, durability, maintenance, and cost. Since weather changes have an effect on wood, this type of window pane is likely to get damaged by warping, contracting or expanding. Besides, wood requires more maintenance than aluminum and is more expensive. While you may find a limited variety in wood frames, aluminum-clad window frames come in large varieties of colors, styles, and finishes.
Aluminum vs. uPVC: One of the key differences between aluminum and uPVC frames is that the latter are thicker and can be used for creating a smooth faux wood texture that looks more realistic than aluminum. Meanwhile, good quality aluminum is often coated with enamel to get a sleek look that works well on contemporary designs. While both aluminum and uPVC frames are durable and impact-resistant (which are important for houses that experience frequent hurricanes), impact-resistant uPVC windows are more expensive.
Aluminum vs. Fiberglass: Since aluminum has been in the market for long, aluminum frames are readily available in a variety of design options compared to fiberglass frames that are still new to the market. Although fiberglass is more energy-efficient, aluminum windows come with insulated glass, warm edge spacers, and multiple panes of glass that ensure good insulation.
Though aluminum window joinery is easy to maintain, it’s prone to environmental deposits, especially in areas along the beach and should be cleaned every three months. You can start the cleaning process by wiping the joinery with a wet cloth. This ensures that the dust and debris are removed without causing any scratches. Then use a mild detergent and soft brush to clean out any deposits and finally wash it with fresh water. It’s advisable not to use any chemical solvents. To repair blemishes and scratches, use a repair kit that is available with aluminum window joinery suppliers. You can contact us for specialist fittings and to ensure that you’re maintaining your aluminum windows properly.