Windows with frames fabricated from extruded aluminum rather than roll form aluminum or vinyl are more expensive, but there are some applications where you would choose them over a standard, roll form aluminum-framed window.
The differences between the two are explained below, but keep in mind that roll form aluminum is not as flimsy as it is being presented here – it’s been the standard in the industry for years, and may be less durable, but it still works for standard applications.
There are also different kinds of extruded aluminum windows at different price points to suit the needs of homeowners, but the lower cost options are still slightly above the price of an average window. So when should you spend the extra money for extruded aluminum windows?
Waterfront properties, especially on Lake Nipissing, take more of a beating from wind and water than the average home. Extruded aluminum frames, as explained in the above video, have less in the way of entry points for water than a standard window frame, and offer better overall durability.
If the fading colour is a concern
Vinyl window frames are more prone to fading and colour changes over the long term than extruded aluminum window frames. This type of long-term fading is typically not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Finish is baked onto a extruded aluminum frames, so it doesn’t suffer from fading the way that the colour on vinyl window frames can.
If you are building a new property or installing windows in a home in a higher dollar range, the durability and look and feel of extruded aluminum windows can add to your property’s appeal and become a sales feature. Our Andersen extruded aluminum windows line allows you to select from a number of different woods for the interior of the window, including walnut and black cherry.
If you are looking for the ultimate durability and energy efficiency
Extruded aluminum windows don’t just stand up to water, wind and rain better than standard windows – they stand up to everything else as well, including impact and scratching. The solid-built frame also allows for a more energy-efficient window, since there are less potential areas for air and the elements to get through the window.
Lower maintenance on exteriors
With more durability comes lower maintenance. Cleaning the baked-on finish on the exterior of the frame is much easier than cleaning vinyl, and cleaning the interior of the window is much the same as a regular window. Coupled with the durability, this makes extruded aluminum windows a good choice for people building or refitting the property they plan to retire in.
We recently started to carry two lines of extruded aluminum windows – GreenView Windows and Andersen E-Series. Come into our showroom to see the full range of colours and finishes available, and ask us if extruded aluminum is right for your application. Our window experts will always give you the answer that’s right for you and your budget.