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Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Steel Replacement Windows

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If you are looking to replace your windows and are deliberating between vinyl replacement windows and steel replacement windows, that tells us that you are either a modernist or replacing windows in a commercial building space.

Steel windows add a unique aesthetic to a home due to their uber-modern and sometimes even Gothic appeal. They are often used in churches/cathedrals, museums, offices and other commercial building types.

If you are deliberating between replacement window types, you can also read about vinyl windows vs. wood windows and vinyl windows vs. composite windows.

Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Steel Replacement In Terms of Cost

Even though we know style and maintenance are important, cost is always the bottom line, right? So this time we’ll start there.

Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows range from low to high. This makes it easy to find styles you like at a price you can afford.

We always caution buyers to aim for the mid- to high range windows because when it comes to overall aesthetic and maintenance, it’s worth it to pay a little more for better quality products.

Quality windows will last for decades so extra money now can save you quite a bit down the road.

Steel Windows
Steel windows are a high dollar item so expect to pay more for them. They usually have to be custom made.

Steel windows require extra engineering to be energy efficient.

A way to get around this is to invest in one area of your home, such as a living or dining room, where you want an all-glass look. Then you can use vinyl for the rest of the windows in your home, and keep your budget in balance.

Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Steel Replacement Windows in Terms of Appearance

Vinyl Windows
Vinyl is a versatile product. You may have read that it is a contemporary look but this is not always the case.

You can work with an experienced vendor, such as ourselves, to get a vinyl window aesthetic that matches your architectural design.

They also come in a wide variety of colors that can be matched to your paint palette.

Steel Windows
As we mentioned above, steel windows usually have an ultra-contemporary look, that can sometimes even lean toward the gothic.

This can work great with many of today’s homes and/or commercial buildings. However, if it is used as a feature in a specific room, it will be balanced by the other window designs.

Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Steel Replacement Windows in Terms of Maintenance

Vinyl Windows
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Vinyl is king when it comes to maintenance.

It is about as low maintenance as it gets, especially when you purchase a quality product from a reliable window manufacturer. They are also energy efficient.

Steel Windows
We have to admit, they’re pretty easy to maintain. They are made of steel, which is known to hold up pretty well.

The frames might be there a good deal longer than any of us. The only issues you might run into will be window pane replacement if your window panes break.

You also want to select high quality glass to maximize your energy efficiency.

When it comes to comparing between vinyl replacement windows with steel, the choice ultimately comes down to style and cost.

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding your window replacement options.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.