Vinyl and aluminum replacement windows are relatively inexpensive compared to other available options, and both types require little maintenance, making them a viable option for homeowners, notes Consumer Search. The price of windows depends on a number of factors, including the type, size and glass, so consumers should compare prices for their requirements before making a purchasing decision.
Vinyl windows are made of polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, which is a rigid and durable material, states Lowe's. Vinyl windows insulate well because they feature hollow spaces that help reduce heat loss and the build-up of condensation. Vinyl windows are not typically as strong as other window options, so they are typically thicker, which leaves a smaller area for the glass. Vinyl windows do not require as much regular maintenance as other types, and they are one of the most popular types available.
Aluminum windows are another relatively inexpensive option for homeowners, according to Consumer Search. Aluminum windows are durable and strong, but the material is also lightweight and does not require as much regular maintenance as other types. Aluminum, however, is poor for insulating, which is less than ideal for colder climates. Aluminum windows are also prone to a build-up of interior condensation, which can be avoided with windows with thermal breaks, which typically cost more.