Milgard Aluminum Windows
Milgard aluminum window frames are light but strong. They can be configured to fit perfectly into an array of opening sizes and shapes. Because the frame construction is narrow and sleek, we can fit more glass into the same opening size, as opposed to using frames constructed of other materials. That being said, a good example of using aluminum windows might be for openings offering beautiful views.
Milgard aluminum frames are available in anodized or baked-on finishes for long lasting color. Sealed, mechanically joined corners stay square and true over years of use.
Milgard aluminum windows are not recommended in beach homes. Although the material is water resistant, it can suffer corrosion from salt water and salt air. The corrosion affects hardware operation and frame performance.
Compared with vinyl, fiberglass and wood frames, aluminum conducts heat and cold the least well. To reduce heat flow, Milgard offers a Thermally Improved Aluminum frame in select regions. Thermally Improved Aluminum windows are equipped with thermal breaks to separate the interior and exterior surfaces and improve energy efficiency.
Milgard Aluminum Window Advantages
Although aluminum might not be the most trendy choice for window frames, there are definite advantages. Because of their versatility and style choices, aluminum windows are often specified by home builders and architects. Milgard aluminum windows cost more than vinyl but less than wood, so about the middle of the road. The advantages of using aluminum windows are as follows:
- Slim Profile
- Narrow sight lines
- Low Maintenance
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What About Energy Savings and Climate Conditions?
As long as you don’t use aluminum windows in a moist and/or salty climate, there should be little problems with corrosion. Typically aluminum windows are not good for saving energy, however Milgard does provide an option. Check the zone where you live within the US or Canada:
Depending on your region, you might consider choosing Milgard Thermally Improved Aluminum windows.
Milgard uses thermal barriers in aluminum framed windows which vastly improves insulating ability. Polyurethane is placed between the frame to create a thermal barrier and reduce the flow to heat. Milgard Thermally Improved Aluminum windows are equipped with this thermal break and as a result, are more energy efficient.
Milgard Aluminum Windows Operating Styles
Milgard aluminum windows are available in 10 different operating styles and four versatile colors including Clear Anodized and Bronze Anodized frames. The operating styles are as follows:
- Single Hung
- Bay Windows
- Bow Windows
- Horizontal Sliders (Old Dependables)
- Casement Windows
- Awning Windows
- Picture Windows
- Radius Windows
- Thermally Approved Aluminum Skylight
- Aluminum Skylight