Most windows are made with one of three materials; aluminium, uPVC or timber. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages, however we’re confident that aluminium is the best.
Aluminium is an incredibly strong type of metal, but it’s comparatively light. Aluminium windows put less strain on the house's structure and offer superior security against intruders. They don’t rust and are less prone to weather-related damage. They're easy to clean too.
Plus, they’re aesthetically pleasing. The smooth metal finish makes a house look stylish and modern. When paired with double or triple glazing, aluminium windows give exceptional thermal efficiency and will save money on your heating and cooling bills in the long term.
Aluminium is also an environmentally friendly option. It’s one of the most abundant metals on the planet and widely recycled. Your aluminium windows have a potential lifespan of up to 45 years, but when they eventually need to be replaced, the metal can be re-used. It’s possible that the metal in your windows was once part of an aeroplane, an air conditioning unit, or drinks can.
In contrast, wooden windows can be cheaper than aluminium, but they have more shortcomings. When combined with double glazing, timber offers decent thermal efficiency, but it requires more maintenance than uPVC or aluminium and isn’t always as secure. It’s also more likely to suffer from condensation, mould and water damage issues.
Timber has been used in window construction for hundreds of years. It’s relatively old-fashioned but still widespread. Arguably, the biggest selling point for timber windows are the aesthetics; there’s a certain charm about the look and feel of wood. This can be replicated using other types of material though, so it is possible to get aluminium windows that are visually similar to wood.
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride windows, or uPVC for short, require less attention than wooden ones. They’re renowned for their energy-saving properties but have shorter lifespans and are prone to discolouration. The prices tend to be lower than aluminium, so they are a good choice for those working on a tighter budget. Aluminium is our preferred material, but uPVC is a decent second place.
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