If you’ve followed architecture and building design trends, you’ve probably noticed that in the past few decades, aluminum window frames have dropped in prevalence as a home design choice. At one time prized for their affordability, aluminum windows have disappeared from many residential areas because they have been considered to be too industrial-looking to be attractive, and they weren’t thought to be energy-efficient.
But due to improved insulation technology and the growing trend of sleek, modern, minimalist design, aluminum is re-emerging as an attractive option for residential windows.
Why are aluminum windows getting popular again?
With a prevalent modern trend leaning toward sleek houses, chunky window frames are off-putting to many—and aluminum windows offer the ideal solution to this. A strong material that can provide a thin, unobtrusive frame means that more attention is drawn to the look of the uninterrupted glass itself, which is a main consideration for many pursuing this style.
So that’s the aesthetic argument for aluminum. But what about the concern of energy efficiency?
Well, the good news is that aluminum window frames are significantly more energy-efficient than they used to be, with modern technology allowing them to be more insulating. Many aluminum windows now include features such as multiple panes of glass, thermal breaks, and, of course, insulation that increases their efficiency significantly.
How do their other characteristics compare?
Some other significant reasons for the resurgence of aluminum window frames’ popularity are characteristics that have always been inherent: aluminum is versatile, durable, and easy to work with.
With an average of three times the strength of vinyl, and up to fifty times as strong as wood, aluminum is a very solid choice when it comes to the question of durability. It’s an exceptionally low-maintenance material that keeps its shape in extremes of weather. As a non-ferric metal, aluminum will not rust, and it isn’t susceptible to mildew. And because of their strength and malleability, aluminum frames can be built in nearly any shape, leaving you with a very wide variety of possible window design options.
If you need to be convinced, then it’s worth visiting some areas with housing built in the 1980s. At that time, aluminum was prominently used for window frames, and in those homes it’s likely to be there, still holding firm; many other materials would have warped, cracked, or bent by now.
The final point to be made is that in a world which is facing climate crisis, aluminum is perhaps the most sustainable material from which frames can be made. Highly recyclable and available in plentiful supply, aluminum is also the most environmentally conscious choice for window frames.
You may have already seen aluminum frames start popping up in your neighborhood, and you’re sure to see more in the future as they rise in popularity. And if you’re going for a modern or minimalist design, then considering their durability, strength, and sleek, minimalist, appearance, you might want to jump on board the trend too.