Window cracks, warping, and rotting. These are some of the most common issues many people have with their wood windows.
While they offer the most elegant and warm-looking aesthetics of all window types, wood windows usually come at a cost—they require a high level of maintenance.
In order to avoid damage from moisture, sun exposure, and even insects (like termites), wooden frames must be sanded, painted, and maintained regularly.
This means that you’re not only spending more money on top of the already expensive wood windows you bought, but you’re also spending your valuable time just to sustain the quality of your windows.
So what’s a good replacement for wood windows?
Aluminum windows—a good alternative to wood windows
You can easily replace your wood windows with aluminum windows because they require significantly less upkeep than wood windows.
You’ll never have to worry about warping, contracting, and expanding due to radical changes in temperature and humidity since aluminum windows are immune to these problems.
Plus, they’re lightweight and easy to customize.
What aluminum windows lack in beauty and elegance, they make up for in flexibility and design. Unlike wood, aluminum can easily be formed into different shapes—from the simplest to the most complex and intricate shapes.
That said, if you’re looking for flexibility, affordability, and durability, go for aluminum windows.
But is there a way to have the attractive quality of wood windows without having to compromise durability?
Yes—by choosing aluminum-clad wood windows.
Aluminum-clad wood windows: The best of both worlds
If you crossed aluminum with wood windows, you’d end up with an aluminum-clad wood window. And here’s what makes them so attractive:
1. Maintenance free
Aluminum-clad windows are virtually maintenance free. They protect your windows from harsh weather conditions and the annoying termites that slowly eat your windows, one bite at a time.
2. Longer life
You won’t need to worry about your windows chipping, fading, denting, and deteriorating. These windows are kiln dried to tested specifications that ensure long life and the reduction or elimination of cracking, splitting, or swelling.
3. Better insulation
Since wood is a bad conductor of heat (and an excellent natural insulator), aluminum-clad windows offer better thermal efficiency and more interior comfort. Wood is a non-conductive material, and with aluminum-clad windows, you’ll be able to have better control over the temperature inside your house.
Stay cool in summer, stay warm in winter. Isn’t that what everybody wants?
4. Flexible customization options
As mentioned earlier, aluminum can be easily manipulated because it’s metal. You can choose from different window styles, combine multiple window styles and colors, and still have the stunning elegance that wood windows offer.
Now that you know all the benefits of aluminum-clad wood windows, you’ll be able to make a better decision on picking the best type of window that suits your home—the choice is ultimately up to you.
Whether you choose aluminum, wood, or aluminum-clad windows, make sure that you know when it’s time to replace your windows.The experts at XO Windows are happy to provide a free estimate for any type of window you might need. Just call us at 602-455-6616 or complete our online form to get started!