How to Customize Aluminum Windows

How to Customize Aluminum Windows

Whether you want to add a welcome splash of color to your aluminum windows, or create a cohesive exterior, customizing your window will make it uniquely yours. The best part is that you're always in control. So if you're remodeling or building from scratch, you can always pick colors, styles, and designs that best match your personal needs.

How to Customize Aluminum Windows

Before you start, you'll need to determine whether to work with a window consultant. Aluminum windows come in numerous customizable options, so it's normal to confuse the design, style, or color best for your décor. If you live in North Texas and aren't sure where to start, you can find an expert at Brennan Enterprises ready to help. 

You can also find custom windows from various brands. However, the customization options vary from one manufacturer to the other. For example, choosing between paint colors and hardware colors may not be easy, or wood species and grilles. But if you're looking for aluminum-clad windows that are effortless to customize, Andersen has the best options.

Types of Aluminum Windows

The first step is picking the right aluminum window that matches your DIY needs. Basically, customizable aluminum windows come in two types, namely:

Full Aluminum Windows

Full aluminum windows are the most common and typically have a metal-to-metal contact, which means less energy efficiency. Ensure the window you pick is engineered with a thermal break to maximize energy efficiency.

Aluminum Clad Windows

Aluminum-clad windows provide the attractive aesthetic of real wood on the interior while protecting that wood from exposure to harsh weather elements. Choose extruded aluminum cladding rather than rolled aluminum because it won't dent as easily when installing or cleaning glass and screens.

Aluminum Exterior Finishes

The second step is choosing an exterior finish that will bring the best out of your home's exterior décor and theme. At this stage, you have three choices, namely:

Powder-coated vs anodized aluminum

Both powder coating and anodized aluminum can make exemplary finishes. Yet, if you want a custom finish that offers excellent durability, resilience against scratching and corrosion, and a wide selection of colors, go for powder-coating. Anodizing does not come in color options, but it creates a durable and protective layer on all aluminum surfaces.

Color options

Your home's styles, exterior decoration, and personal tastes are critical considerations. For example, while classic colors work well for Victorian styles, you need bold or more subtle colors for modern styles.

Paint or stain for wooden aluminum-clad windows

If you intend to customize an aluminum-clad window with colors, paint or stain is the right place to begin your search. Only one thing; you must choose between a solid color paint or a semi-transparent stain. Solid color paint will completely change the look of your window and hide any wood grain. On the flip side, semi-transparent stain maintains the look of the window while still showing the wood grain.

How Big Can Aluminum Windows Be Made?

Do you want to customize something as small as a bathroom window or as large as a floor-to-ceiling picture window? Well, aluminum is a versatile material that can be manufactured to fit various styles or design creatively shaped windows. You also don't have to worry about structural or performance problems since the material is perfectly malleable.

Aluminum Window Operational Styles

Traditional aluminum windows are available in single-hung, double-hung, awning and casement styles. Modern aluminum windows can accommodate any shape, such as circles and arches, with fewer framing members than wood or vinyl windows. In addition, you can choose from hardware colors to accent your window frames.

Custom Aluminum Window Manufacturers

Below is a list of popular brands where you can find aluminum windows with customizable options:

Andersen Windows

Andersen is one of the most trusted window brands in the country. Although they don't offer a full aluminum window their aluminum clad wood windows are extremely popular among our customers. Andersen's aluminum clad windows are made with a strong extruded aluminum available in over 50 exterior finishes.

Don Young Windows North Texas 

Don Young Windows are popular for their optional insulating foam core that prevents heat transfer and reduces noise. You can also choose between single pane or dual pane glass to reduce UV damage to your furniture and carpets, as well as enhance energy efficiency. The brand also offers a variety of customization options, including color, size, style and grille pattern.

Marvin Window

Marvin Window offers casement, awning, double-hung, single-hung, and pictures windows. Their innovation is second to none, as evidenced by their Ultimate Casement Windows, which offer superior performance, durability and beauty. Marvin's aluminum windows are designed to handle extreme weather conditions like heavy rain and strong winds.

Western Window Systems

Western Window Systems is a major manufacturer of high-end custom aluminum windows for luxury homes and commercial properties. The company is known for its durable commercial-grade products with sleek modern designs that make them particularly perfect for classic styles. Here, you can find any DIY project's color, design, and shape.

Conclusion

Customizing your aluminum window is a worthwhile investment, especially if you're looking to increase the value of your home. You can opt for a fully customized window or choose from a wide range of pre-designed options. 

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