Vinyl and aluminum windows: Choosing replacement windows materials makes a difference in your budget and design needs

Vinyl and aluminum windows: Choosing replacement windows materials makes a difference in your budget and design needs

Ecoline Windows’ experts can help you decide if vinyl or aluminum are the best choice for your home renovation plans

When you are considering a major home renovation plan, such as replacing your home’s windows, style and energy efficiency are just two of the many decisions that come into play.

Another is what material you should choose for the window frames – aluminum or vinyl.

If that leaves you scratching your head, the experts at Ecoline Windows can help you with that.

Using their long history of experience providing Canadian families with the windows that are right for their home – and budget – these experts can explain the difference between the two materials and their attributes.

Vinyl vs. Aluminum

“Vinyl windows are the bestseller now, and for a good number of reasons, first and foremost because of the price,” says Matan Korin, VP of sales at Ecoline Windows. “Vinyl windows are much more affordable than aluminum while offering better energy-efficiency and aesthetics. Most companies now offer vinyl as the top option for replacement.”

But aluminum, while initially more expensive, is usually a more durable material, which can pay dividends over the ownership life of your home.

“The biggest concern when it comes to aluminum windows is their high price tag,” Korin says. “On average, these units are around 25 to 30 per cent more expensive compared to vinyl windows.

“On the other hand, vinyl windows can’t offer the same durability and noise-insulating properties.”

Vinyl and aluminum windows: Choosing replacement windows materials makes a difference in your budget and design needs
The industry experts at Ecoline Window can help you determine which home window material works best for your home. Photo via Ecoline Windows

So, what are the expected lifespans of both materials, and what can a homeowner expect as each window frame type ages in place?

“Well, both window types will last long if properly maintained,” Korin says. “On average, vinyl windows boast a longer lifespan, but with both models newly installed, homeowners can expect peace of mind for at least the next 20 years.”

The main concern with old aluminum windows is their susceptibility to scratches and discolouration, while vinyl windows need just a bit of regular maintenance to look as good as new.

Percentage cost differences are one aspect, but in current, real-world terms of a price difference in dollars and cents cost, how do they compare?

“Vinyl windows are definitely a more cost-effective solution,” Korin says. “Even though the prices can vary based on the custom features, on average, homeowners can expect to pay around $1,200 for a standard triple-pane vinyl window, while the price for aluminum window is expected to be around $1,600 per unit.”

Ultimately, which material you decide on – aluminum or vinyl – will depend on your specific needs, preferences, and the climate of your location.

And if cost takes a back seat in favour of your design needs, aluminum could help you achieve the modern design and structural strength you are seeking.

However, if you desire overall value with excellent energy efficiency and flexibility in design, vinyl windows may serve you better.

For more information and some expert opinion to help you decide on choosing your home window frame material, contact the industry leaders at Ecoline Windows at 

Ecoline Windows operates in six provinces, including British Columbia and more than 20 cities across Canada, making it your local and reliable brand to supply and install the best variety of vinyl windows and steel/fibreglass exterior doors and patio doors (vinyl) that ensure maximum energy efficiency, noise reduction, and draft prevention.