There are few upgrades that improve a home’s value more than replacement windows but deciding which type of window to use can be confusing. After all, what is the difference between aluminum frames and vinyl ones? Surprisingly, more than most people realize. For instance, aluminum frames tend to have little style even though they provide quite a lot of strength. People tend to think of aluminum frames as a commercial product or one used in manufactured buildings. Vinyl frames, on the other hand, come in a variety of styles and can fit into many environments. Vinyl Window Installers in Waukesha Wisconsin, often recommend these products when replacing older windows or decorative windows.
Vinyl windows come in a variety of sizes, and some have various textures, so the frames provide more style. However, the more important benefits with vinyl are the ones that improve the efficiency of the home. Vinyl frames offer a strong, solid barrier that prevents the outside air and noise from entering the building. This can stop air drafts around window frames and reduce the need to crank up the heat. Vinyl frames also stop the loss of cooled air from leaving the home.
Another useful option offered by Vinyl Window Installers in Waukesha Wisconsin, are multiple-pane windows. The most common of these use dual panes, although triple pane models are available. The function of multiple panes is to trap air between the glass plates. These layers of air reduce the movement of hot and cold temperatures through the glass area. Some manufacturers offer gas-filled windows, but these products are often controversial since there is no way to determine if the gas is still there and functioning as expected.
A final improvement might be the addition of a window film. Solar film can reflect strong solar rays and reduce the amount of solar radiation that enters the home. This has been shown to reduce indoor heat significantly. Plus, adding a film to vinyl windows can improve the look of the product. Darker window tints give some windows a sense of presence and window film can be either solar blocking or decorative. The latter often resembles the look of stained glass. To learn more about the benefits of vinyl windows, contact the experts at Siding Unlimited.