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Home Windows: Vinyl vs. Aluminum

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Are you looking to replace your home windows? Are you looking for home windows with the best bang for the buck? Do you want home windows that will last while also increasing your energy efficiency?…Then it’s a no brainer right? Vinyl it is. After all, everybody is doing it right?

Not so fast! Have you considered replacing your home windows with a good thermally broken aluminum product? These days, mostly everyone is looking at vinyl when choosing home windows. They hear it’s the most energy efficient, and it’s what get’s all the attention, so they default to vinyl. At the same time, we are all on a budget and home windows aren’t cheap (ones worth buying aren’t at least…more on that in a bit) so the search for a lower cost vinyl window is on.

Window Materials for Home Window Replacement

Above is a common scenario as we meet with folks looking to replace their home windows daily. At Ultra Windows, we carry many products and our goal is to help them navigate the ton of information out their in regards to home windows and to cut through the hot air so they can find the RIGHT home windows for them.

Time and again, we’re told ‘we want good, solid, middle of the pack home windows that will serve us well and help with energy efficiency for a competitive price.’ It often leads to us asking if they’ve thought about or considered thermally broken aluminum windows and then simply informing them about that option. When looking at the objective data, the choice of home windows becomes clear for many.

Downside of Price Shopping for the Cheapest Vinyl Windows

Vinyl home windows, at the end of the day, are plastic! If you are going to go with vinyl home windows that will last and perform for you over the long haul, the last thing you want to do is start bargain shopping vinyl home windows. There are a ton of low cost, low quality, flimsy vinyl home windows out there to choose from. You can find something to fit your budget, but the little you save now will cost you much more over the long haul. The lower you go in cost on vinyl home windows the less strength, less durability, and lower lifespan of the home windows you get. All of which lead to issues down the line.

Benefits of Choosing Aluminum Windows

On the other hand, the thermally broken aluminum home windows will price out comparable to the middle of the road vinyl home windows and they will give you incredible strength, longevity, durability, and lifespan.

Thermally broken aluminum home windows will have the same solar heat gain if quoted correctly, they’ll have a superior air leakage rating (about 5x better), and they will have a much better design pressure rating.

The Best Window Replacement Choice in Houston

So call Ultra Windows before you buy your home windows. Don’t be led (or forced) into one product. We’ll look at all the options and help you choose the best home windows for you.

You owe it to yourself to give us a call if you are looking for home windows!

Contact us now for high quality home windows, with the Houston-area installation you need, at a price you can afford!

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