Vinyl vs. aluminium frame windows

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Vinyl vs. aluminium frame windows
Vinyl window frames are increasingly common in the UK. (Zurijeta/iStock/Getty Images)

When choosing replacement windows, both aluminium and vinyl options are less expensive than their fibreglass counterparts. When choosing between aluminium and vinyl windows, there are several factors to consider.

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Cost

With aluminium frame windows, it is possible to replace only the windows that have gone bad, saving you money. Typically, vinyl frame windows are more difficult to match to existing windows, meaning you may have to replace them all.

Noise reduction

Aluminium frame windows are better than vinyl windows at keeping out exterior noise, according to a study conducted by Soundproof Windows.

Insulation

Vinyl frame windows provide better insulation, keeping out the heat and cold, than aluminium frame windows, according to Certified Service.

Maintenance

With aluminium frame windows, the colour is painted on and has the potential to flake or crack, while vinyl windows never require painting due to their long-lasting colour.

Strength

Aluminium windows are stronger than vinyl windows, enabling them to better withstand high winds.

Moisture

Aluminium windows are more vulnerable to moisture and can let in condensation or frost, while vinyl windows are more impervious to rain and snow.

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