While wood and vinyl windows have become two of the most popular types of replacement windows in recent years, you shouldn’t forget to consider aluminum window installation when looking around for the right option for your home. There are so many benefits that you’ll get to enjoy when you install aluminum windows in your house.
Many homeowners turn to aluminum windows because of the timeless feel that they have. Whether you’re building a brand new house or living in one that’s been around for dozens of years now, aluminum windows will look right at home in them. Take a look at some of the other advantages of installing aluminum windows below.
They have a slim profile that’s very attractive.
Do you want people to look at the glass in your windows as opposed to your window frames? If so, then you’re going to want to install aluminum windows in Irvine, CA in your home. These windows have slim profiles that won’t overwhelm people when they’re looking at your home. It will help place an emphasis on other features of your home instead of your window frames. Additionally, you won’t have any trouble seeing out of aluminum windows since frames will create clean sight lines for you. They’re ideal for anyone who enjoys indoor/outdoor living.
They will prove to be very durable.
Once you’ve had aluminum windows installed in your home, you probably won’t ever have to worry about replacing your windows again. While most other windows will only last you for between 20 and 30 years, aluminum windows can amazingly last for upwards of 45 years, if not longer. Milgard aluminum windows, in particular, have anodized and baked-on finishes so that their color will hold up for decades. They also have mechanically joined corners that will stay strong and resist wear and tear over the years.
They won’t require much maintenance at all.
Maintaining windows can be a tedious task that can take a toll on you. From wiping down window frames to cleaning window glass, you might have to clean other window types on a weekly basis. But with aluminum windows, the maintenance will be kept to a minimum. You can clean aluminum windows by wiping them down occasionally. You won’t have to do it often, and you won’t ever have to worry about painting or staining aluminum windows like you will have to with some other window types. It’s what makes it so convenient to have them in your home.
How to Maintain Aluminum Impact Windows
Unique to coastal areas, such as South Florida, is the need for us to maintain aluminum windows. While they are light, durable, and perfect for the job, aluminum framed windows need to be cleaned and maintained properly to keep them from getting corroded and to keep them looking their best.
We’re going to look at two scenarios in this blog post; When the windows are new and haven’t yet been exposed to a corrosive environment, and after the windows are installed and you need to maintain them.
Before being exposed to a corrosive environment
- Use a light soap and water solution to wash the windows, and rinse well.
Apply a light car wax to the extrusion. Do not apply wax without cleaning the windows first. This is especially important in corrosive environments where salt deposits may be sealed to the extrusion by the wax, allowing the salt to continue to do what it is known to do – corrode the extrusion.
Lucky for you, Vico Windows Inc follows this procedure with every window install job, so you know we’re going to take care of you. Before, during, and after install.
If your windows are already installed and have been exposed to the elements
- Use mineral spirits to remove any salt deposits, dirt, etc.
- Use a light soap and water solution to wash windows, and rinse well.
Apply a light car wax solution to the extrusion annually. Do not apply wax without cleaning the windows first. This is especially important in corrosive environments where salt deposits may be sealed to the extrusion by the wax, as noted in the previous section of this post.
In corrosive environments, like South Florida where we live, it is recommended that windows be rinsed regularly to reduce salt deposit build-ups and ease the annual cleaning process.