Appearing as early as 1912, aluminum windows were used in railroad cars, streetcars, and buses. It was the usage of aluminum windows and their sleek look in cars and other vehicles that sparked an interest for aluminum windows in buildings and residences around 1930. For years, architects and builders have specified aluminum windows for their overall strength and lasting value. Because of their rigidity, durability and narrow frames, aluminum windows can be configured into a wide variety of combinations that maximize views. Aluminum windows are also popular because of their low maintenance.
They won’t rust or rot, you don’t have to paint them, and they’re available with tough anodized or baked-on finishes. The downside of aluminum windows in the past was that they weren’t very energy efficient. Aluminum readily conducts heat and cold. In cold weather, your home’s heat seeps out through the sash and frame. Today, better quality aluminum windows, equipped with thermal breaks, separate the interior and exterior surfaces of the window to improve their energy efficiency. Aluminum windows finish off a modern architectural style, while remaining very durable and long lasting. Plus, aluminum windows are much more affordable than wooden frames. This allows the consumer to achieve the look they want for a price they can afford.
Aluminum windows are very durable and require low maintenance, however there are some steps that you can take that will add to its life span and keep it looking better longer. You can either clean your windows yourself, or play it safe and have them professionally cleaned from time to time.
If you rather clean your windows yourself to save some money and time, there are plenty of guides available that give many tips and tricks on the best way to clean your aluminum windows. It is important that when cleaning you never use an abrasive material to clean them as it can scratch the surface and jeopardize their sleek appearance. It is best to use a soft cloth or sponge that isn’t too rough. To avoid erosion and deterioration, be sure to thoroughly dry the windows after wiping them with mild soap and water. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight and hot temperatures, this can leave spots and residue on the windows. Be sure to not over clean, cleaning them only once or twice a year. Mainly, be gentle and careful as you don’t want to damage them and cause their longevity to lessen.
If you are worried about causing damage to your windows by cleaning them yourself, have too many to clean, or do not want to do it yourself, there are companies that will do it for you. There are dozens in the California area, feel free to ask us about maintenance and we would be happy to help. The window cleaners would take absolute care to ensure that your windows are left greatly improved and in tact. As professionals, they will follow precise care procedures that are meant to preserve the longevity of the windows while also getting them as clean as possible. Prices vary from place to place, it is best to call for a quote and compare your options.
Elegant Windows & Doors is a family owned and operated business that strives to deliver the very best services that are affordable and professional. We are proud to be a highly rated window company that use the very best materials possible. Our customer’s satisfaction is our top priority and do whatever possible to ensure that our client’s are happy with our service and our product.
We are proud to serve the Los Angeles area and come to you when providing our services. If you live in the LA area, we will gladly come to your home or business to discuss your project and needs and create a seamless experience. After our initial consultation, we will give you a free estimate of the expected cost.
With a decade of knowledge, we can confidently say that we will provide top quality service using the very best materials. We are a knowledgeable team with expertise that will help us deliver the best experience and make your project exactly as you wish.