The windows in your home are essential for many reasons as they serve as both functional and aesthetic fixtures. When it comes time to consider taking on a window replacement project for part of or your entire home, one of the more important factors that needs to be considered is what frame material will your new windows be constructed of.  While it’s important to work around your budget, you also want to ensure you are getting top quality materials and construction. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses between your different options can help you make the right decision for your home well before your window replacement sales representative comes to give you a quote.

Below we compare vinyl and aluminum windows to help you along with your decision making.


Aluminum windows are that challenging to maintain, but do require more attention than the virtually maintenance free vinyl windows. Aluminum windows will require some upkeep to keep them in excellent condition. Since there can be condensation build up, there is a chance for  mold growth and rust. There are specialised cleaners to help prevent these issues. Lubricating moving parts will help keep them from suffering from excessive wear.


Both vinyl and aluminum windows offer some level of energy efficiency. However, vinyl windows are more energy efficient because they are designed to reduce heat transfer and limits light from coming in from outside. This ultimately helps maintain the internal temperature of your home and reduce the need to rely on your HVAC system keep your home comfortable. Aluminum is a natural conductor of heat, this means more heat can penetrate through in the summer and more heat can escape in the winter which will lead to an increase reliance on your heating and cooling systems to regulate the temperature.


Many homeowners find the thinner frames of aluminum windows to be more attractive and more modern than the thicker vinyl frames. Aluminum windows are available in a variety of colours and shades and can also be painted down the road if you are wishing to update the look, Vinyl windows are also available in a variety of colours, although less than aluminum.

Durability and Lifespan

One of the factors to consider when looking into a windows replacement is your local weather conditions. Here in Ontario we do face some extreme conditions, but the temperatures tend to change gradually and we do not have very many extreme temperature shifts. In a place with these extreme temperature changes, aluminum windows may be the better option because of their ability to withstand extreme climates. Vinyl windows are not as durable as aluminum windows in the climates, but they do fare well in a place with moderate weather condition changes, as well with vinyl windows you do not need to worry about corrosion.

Ease of Installation

When installing either a vinyl or aluminum window, it is best to always hire a professional to get the job done. It is usually easier to install vinyl windows because of the flexibility of the material. Since aluminum is not a flexible material, installation can be more challenging and may require more effort.


It is essential to have your budget in mind with any home improvement project and a window replacement is no different. Generally, vinyl windows are less costly to both purchase and have installed than aluminum windows. The cost associated with your replacement may also vary depending on the manufacturer, size, colour options, and location of installation.

Both Vinyl and Aluminum windows are great options for window replacement, with each having its strengths and weaknesses. If you still need clarification on which option is best for you, you can contact a window replacement expert within your area to further discuss your options.