As more people realize the benefits of vinyl replacement windows, we are now seeing a greater selection of vinyl window types. The most popular are the UPVC and the aluminium. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, vinyl can be installed with ease, is easy to maintain and can be considered more energy efficient than other materials such as aluminium. The only real disadvantage of using vinyl is that it is now so popular that there is now a vast range of products produced using vinyl. The reason for this is because it is cheap to produce, durable and is widely available. There is a misconception that only the rich and famous install vinyl or even that it is a waste of money. This is simply not true. Aluminium is probably the best-known material for DIY project windows, but a PVC or aluminium window can also be purchased ready made and fitted for a great deal less than a comparable aluminium one. One of the key things to remember about replacement windows however is that it is a rigid material. It is therefore better to use a high quality vinyl and ensure that it has been cut properly and sanded to a proper degree of thickness. Also check that the cut edges have been squared off to ensure they are straight and that the seams are accurately sewn. A little care will go a long way in ensuring that your installation is a success and that you have purchased a product that will last for years to come. Many suppliers offer a lifetime guarantee on their products as part of their standard contract. Another thing to bear in mind when comparing vinyl and aluminium is that both require a certain amount of cleaning. When dealing with aluminium you will need to use a primer before painting or treating it with any liquid as this will significantly reduce the chemical component of the finish. Similarly, a simple wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust will do the job. If you are using a vinyl window treatment, simply wiping it down with a clean cloth will remove the majority of dust and dirt. Another key factor when comparing aluminium and vinyl is that both are prone to flammability. Vinyl is actually far more flammable than its aluminium counterpart and it is important to consider this when installing. If you are having work carried out on an air source heating system, vinyl may actually increase the risk of damage. Aluminium though is relatively less likely to ignite when exposed to fire. As with all types of installation, it is always best to seek professional advice before commencing. This ensures that you are choosing the best materials for your particular application and that your chosen company has the knowledge and expertise to deal with the task. Never undertake a DIY project without the necessary tools and equipment. As with all DIY projects, it is also important to take into account weather conditions and other factors which may affect the success of your window replacement. So whether you are looking to replace an entire window, a section or a single wall it is important to get all the facts from your chosen company so that your installation is a success.