Finding the right windows to fit your style and needs doesn’t have to be hard. We at Aluma Glass pride ourselves on matching you with the top window brands and styles on the market while maintaining the highest quality and performance standards. Whether your project is new construction or you’re just looking to upgrade your current windows, our window professionals can help you make the best decision for your needs and budget.
Best Window Materials
At Aluma Glass, we offer many of the popular window frame materials on the market. These include fiberglass, aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each one.
Fiberglass is essentially a combination of glass fibers and plastic made through a process that combines the two into a durable, customizable product. It is popular in locations that either suffer from prolonged exposure to heat and/or sunlight, meaning fiberglass will hold its color, even after years of being in direct sunlight.
• Energy Efficient
• Environmentally friendly option
• Low maintenance
• High durability
• Customizable designs
• Relatively Expensive option
• Will not swell or warp
• Thin profile allows for more glass surface
• Resistance to corrosion
• Prone to condensate
• Low thermal performance
Aluminum windows are a popular choice because of the inexpensive price tag when compared to other options. Aluminum frames are often used when there is a large expanse of glass surfaces because it is both strong and lightweight. And if you’re going for a minimalistic approach, the thin frame of aluminum windows might be best for you.
Aluminum windows also require the most maintenance out of the listed options, especially in the terms of painting often to maintain your desired color.
If you’re going for an outdoor, old-world charm for your house, wood windows will likely be the option for you. Wood windows are popular for their aesthetics alone. However, because wood windows require more hands-on craftsmanship, their price is considerably higher than the other material options. They also require the most maintenance, though if maintained properly, wood windows can last for decades.
• Unchallenged beauty
• Unique patterns on each window
• Extremely Energy Efficient
• Customizable by shape and wood type.
• Requires extensive maintenance
• Susceptible to rot and warping
• More expensive than any other option
• Resistant to corrosion, including rotting and warping
• Relatively inexpensive
• Energy Efficient
• Material is recyclable
• Color options can be limited
Vinyl windows have become the most popular option for window frame materials for their affordability, durability, and efficiency. Since vinyl is both flexible and durable, it can be made into any shape you desire and can even take on the appearance of other materials, such as wood, for a fraction of the cost. And, because vinyl is an insulator, heat doesn’t transfer through the material. This means your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Contact us today for a free consultation to see which window frame material is best for your window needs.
The style of windows you choose is just as important as the material. You want a window that is both functional and stylish while being easy to access and clean. We’ve got you covered. Our window professionals will help you make the decision based on your home’s or business’ needs.
We offer many of the popular styles, including:
• Single Hung
• Double Hung
For a simplified approach to the operation of your windows, a single hung style might be best. In this style, only one of the panels is movable, usually the bottom panel. While this is the classic window found in many homes, many homeowners are moving away from this style, especially for rooms on the second floor and above, because of the difficulty to clean the outside of the glass. Still, single-hung windows will continue to be a popular, affordable choice.
Double-hung windows can come in many forms, from the style which has the same appearance as a single hung window to windows whose panels divide vertically and turn inside. No matter the design, double-hung windows are meant to be both aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. Further, if ventilation is required, a double-hung window style allows for more airflow, making them perfect to open for warmer upper stories.
Slider windows are the go-to style for a large, horizontal opening, such as that over a kitchen sink. Sliders are also perfect when you are wanting to have an unobstructed view of the outside as they allow you a wider view. And, because they are wider, they tend to have a wider range of openings when compared to single and double-hung windows.
If you like to let in as much natural light as possible, without needing to have ventilation, picture windows might be the best option for you. Picture windows offer a completely unobstructed view of the outside as it is essentially a pane of glass in a frame without any hinges or dividers. While this makes cleaning them from the inside impossible, putting them on the main floor of your home will more than makeup for the inconvenience of going outside.
An awning window offers the unobstructed view of a picture window while the movability of a single hung window. While an awning window doesn’t move up or down, it is hinged to allow it to be moved inward, which allows for both ventilation and cleaning.
In addition to these styles, Aluma Glass offers specialty windows that are essentially custom- made to fit a specific style and shape. This allows us to ensure any window needs you have can be met by our professionals. For a free consultation, reach out to our windows team today.