Windows add so much personality to our homes. Aside from connecting us to the great outdoors, they fill each room with natural light and fresh air. It only makes sense to treat windows with care.
This includes knowing when it’s time to replace aluminum windows, if you have them. But what if you’re not sure where to start?
Whether you’re due for an upgrade – or simply curious about installing aluminum windows – there are some things to keep in mind. Here’s everything you need to know.
Aluminum windows have pros and cons.
Advantages of Aluminum Windows
Aluminum is light yet sturdy. It’s also easy to manipulate, making it ideal for windows with unique shapes.
Most importantly, aluminum windows with thermal breaks are energy efficient. This is perfect for temperature control during hot Arizona summers.
Other benefits of aluminum windows include:
Modern and sleek design
Can be painted to match décor
Resistant to warping and impact
Excellent noise control
Disadvantages of Aluminum Windows
While aluminum is strong, it can dent easily. Paint and coating can also chip off, exposing the aluminum underneath.
Compared to vinyl, aluminum windows need to be frequently lubricated to help sliding tracks move smoothly.
Aluminum windows also have a few drawbacks:
Prone to oxidation and fading
Steel and zinc fasteners can corrode
When is it time for a replacement installation?
If aluminum fits your needs and style, it’s essential to replace your aluminum windows as needed. Consider it as an investment that will improve your home’s curb appeal, value and energy efficiency.
Look for these signs that your aluminum windows need an upgrade:
1. Corrosion and Cracks
Damaged windows should always be replaced. Over time, corrosion can spread and destroy the structure. Cracks can also ruin a window’s performance, aesthetic and ability to keep out insects and critters.
2. High Energy Bills
Arizona is no stranger to the heat. But when your windows are old and leaky, the cool air from your AC will have an easy way out. Eventually, your bank account will take a major hit.
3. Noise Pollution
Air isn’t the only thing that can flow through outdated windows. Noise from traffic and bystanders can fill your home – even if the windows are closed.
If it sounds like people, cars or animals are in your house, it may be time to replace your aluminum windows.
Don’t ignore condensation between window panes. This means that outside moisture is trapped, and the windows aren’t doing their job of keeping it out.
XO Windows is ready to help.
Does this list sound familiar? Prepare for a replacement window installation by clearing the area and removing window treatments. Next, get in touch with XO Windows, your professional window consultants.
We’ll explain your options and answer any questions. And as Arizona’s largest window distributor, we’re qualified to help you select the best replacement windows for your specific needs and budget.