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Aluminum Windows: Sensible and Practical

Aluminum casement windows can add a common-sense touch to your house given their clean lines. While not as warm and cozy as wood or dead-serious as steel, they provide resistance to weather and protection from stress due to battering by the elements. Heat leakage has been greatly reduced thanks to improved alloys and aluminum's compatibility with modern insulating material.

With the availability of double-paned, gas-filled, thermally protected, and radiation-shielded glass, the possibility of heat loss is dramatically reduced. Aluminum window frames can be designed to accommodate any thickness of glass while special compounds and inserts within the frames make sure that none of the unwanted heat gets in during the warmer months (or out in the cooler ones).

Aluminum casement windows allow a good view of the exterior and easy ventilation to the occupants of a house. Given aluminum's light weight, it minimizes weight strain on the surrounding construction. This means less chance of sagging leading to opening and closing problems.

Installation Considerations

When installing aluminum casement windows, care must be taken to make sure they fit perfectly into the opening provided. The rigidness of aluminum means there is no margin for error. There is no trimming possible, so accurate measurements are absolutely necessary before ordering new windows. For this reason, this installation job may be best left to a professional.

Another plus for aluminum is that it's not as expensive as other materials like wood or steel. On the other hand, when considering aluminum casement windows, aluminum offers less resistance to tampering or break-in attempts.

While aluminum frames don't offer much versatility in appearance, to add creativity to the design, many manufacturers offer aluminum frames clad in vinyl. Vinyl can be produced in many colors--and a variety of fanciful designs-- depending on the imagination of the vinyl manufacturer.