There’s so much information available about the benefits of replacing your windows, including improved insulation, energy efficiency and security. However, it can be difficult to know which products to choose. Two of the highest performing materials for new windows are uPVC and aluminium, but property owners often find they’re not sure which is best for them. If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of aluminium and uPVC windows or doors, here are some key points to consider to make your life easier.
Why Choose UPVC Frames?
UPVC windows are one of the most frequently chosen and well-known materials when it comes to window frames, and with good reason. It’s a cost-effective option, so great if you’ve got a tighter budget to stick to without compromising on the number of styles available. With a plethora of designs, it’s easy to customise the frames, including woodgrain colour options for timber and other wood effects. UPVC is a really popular choice with homeowners thanks to its reliability, weather resistance and the clean look of the frames.
Why Choose Aluminium Frames?
One of the main reasons property owners choose aluminium windows is that they offer a slimmer profile than uPVC. The slimline frames are possible thanks to aluminium’s strength, meaning they produce a ‘less frame, more glass’ design without compromising on durability or quality. Therefore, they’re often used where the aim is to achieve maximum levels of natural light coming into a space. For this reason, they’re ideal if considering sliding doors, bifolds or windows for larger spaces, allowing for expansive panes of glass to be installed. This creates impressive views with minimal sightlines. Aluminium windows and doors are also used in commercial buildings and for a ‘glass wall’ effect.
Another benefit of choosing aluminium frames is the sheer range of colours available for greater flexibility in design, and their powder-coated finish lasts longer. They often produce a more contemporary look than uPVC frames, although this can look attractive in both modern and traditional spaces.
Does It Matter?
While uPVC and aluminium can cater to different needs, there are some similarities. Most homeowners choosing new windows want to know they are A-rated or above, have robust security features, they’re easy to operate and of good quality. Realistically, you will get all of these benefits with either of the materials on offer. Both aluminium and uPVC windows are also low maintenance, meaning it’s easier to keep them looking as good as new. If you’re struggling to make a decision, the simplest option is to list out which outcomes are the most important to you and the aesthetics you want to achieve. For example, those looking to create expansive views of their garden with slimline sliding doors will probably choose aluminium. However, those looking to replace traditional windows, may decide a composite uPVC, timber look window is the best alternative.
Merton Windows offers a great selection of windows and doors across London and Surrey (including Chessington, Richmond and Morden). If you’d like to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation and quote with a friendly windows expert, call now on 020 8542 2233.