When it comes to picking the best material for your windows to suit your home you really have 3 main options. 1) UPVC , 2) Wood, and 3) Aluminium. Undoubtedly all three options have their own merits. This article attempts to focus on the third option – Aluminium double glazed windows.
Once upon a time – the sight of silver aluminium windows inset into brown hardwood frame surrounds was an everyday occurrence. Indeed many homes in Birmingham especially still have these windows fitted even today. Anybody who has lived in a house with this type of window will tell you the two main disadvantages of old aluminium windows. 1) they offered little in terms of heat retention, 2) the hardwood surrounds were a pain to maintain. Fortunately, aluminium windows have come a long way since those days and are far better now than they have been in the past.
Another perceived disadvantage of aluminium windows is the aesthetics. Whereas a timber window has inherent beauty – (commonly now faithfully re-created by modern UPVC systems) an aluminium window is far more angular, has much harder lines and often jars visually when installed because it contrasts vividly with many traditional housing designs. Beauty is of course is in the eye of the beholder – some windows suit different homes and evidently there’s no right or wrong answer as to what is appropriate for your home. Your choice is entirely personal to you and the way you wish your home to look.
The main disadvantage of aluminium windows tends to be the cost. Aluminium is a far more expensive material to produce and purchase than UPVC and this is rightly reflected in the price of a finished aluminium window. The difference in price between Aluminium and UPVC double glazed windows can be very significant and is often the deciding factor when it comes to picking which material to invest in. When making your choice of material you will have to weigh up the advantages of each product and then decide if any of the perceived benefits are worth the extra cost that they carry.
In our opinion, we truly believe that UPVC double glazed windows win hands down when comparing the mix of important factors you need to consider. In terms of looks, durability, heat retention, security, cost and ease of maintenance we feel that UPVC offers the best solution for the vast majority of homes we are invited to work on.