As a real estate developer, you are probably already familiar with aluminum windows. They can turn any room into a stunning viewing point, plus they make views of the landscape surrounding your property even more breathtaking. Not only that, but they give a sleek and model finish to any development, bringing the whole project right up to date.
However, it’s important to understand the performance limitations of aluminum, as similar to other materials you can use for your windows (such as timber or uPVC), each has its own set of pros and cons, that might make it more or less suitable than the other.
For example, when it comes to heat insulation, aluminum windows aren’t great for this. So, they might not be suitable for use in colder states. On the flip side, if your development is located in a warmer state such as Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii or even California - this could actually work in your favor, as it will keep the room cool, as opposed to keeping the heat in. In fact, keeping the heat out is exactly what homeowners are looking to achieve if your development is located in a warmer state.
Aluminum windows can be prone to corrosion if exposed to saltwater or air. Therefore, it makes sense to avoid using aluminum windows too close to the ocean. But, all is not lost if you want to use aluminum windows on a beach condo you are developing, in say Santa Monica or even Florida Keys. That’s because aluminum windows can be given a special powder coating, which protects them from corrosion.
If you do go ahead and get your aluminum windows powder coated, they will not require painting. This is yet another job that will be taken care of in the development, without you having to hire someone to come in and do it for you.
Despite the potential performance limitations on aluminum windows, their lightweight and stylish appearance is a sure way to win over potential buyers or tenants for your property. With a wide range of styles providing undisturbed views of the surrounding landscape, aluminum windows can really give your development the ‘wow factor’.
Plus, aluminum windows are less expensive than timber or uPVC windows. As a real estate developer, that means a reduced spend on the build, for more profit. What’s more, you won’t have to compromise on the overall look and feel of the windows, as you’ll be getting the most modern design too. In fact, in many cases, it’s been shown that aluminum windows actually increase real estate prices.
All in all, the main performance limitations of aluminum windows are that they are not great at insulating in colder environments, plus they need power coating for optimum lifespan. In the grand scheme of things, these are only minor points unless your development is in a cold area. Even still, you could compensate by making the rest of the development well-insulated. With the incredible finish they give to any real estate development, it’s easy to see why aluminum windows remain an incredibly popular choice.
Author Bio: Valley Windows are based in Victoria, Australia and have over 35 years of experience in creating made to order windows for our clients. We provide a stunning array of both aluminum and timber windows that have been used in real estate developments across Australia.