Anyone who is thinking about changing their windows already know that this is a sizeable investment. It’s certainly something that you want to get right first time so you don’t waste money.
The great news is that there are lot more choices available nowadays than just a decade or so ago.
If you are searching for windows that have high energy efficiency and really look great in your home, you may have to make a choice between uPVC or aluminium.
Which is best and what are the pros and cons of each? We take a closer look.
These are probably seen as the industry standard nowadays. Walk down any high street and you’ll see many homes that have uPVC (or polyvinyl chloride) frames. They are a pretty strong option which should last your home a good few years and have great thermal properties. That means they are ideal for keeping your home cosy and warm and are a good budget option.
Lighter and thinner than uPVC, aluminium is actually a good choice for window frames. There is a much better selection when it comes to these types of frames and they are also strong and highly durable. If you’re looking for something that has more aesthetic appeal, this style may well be worth a much closer look.
While uPVC has been around since the 80s, aluminium windows were more often used for commercial properties until fairly recently. Their increasing popularity, however, has meant that many home owners are now enjoying high quality windows that are built to last.
Should You Choose uPVC or Aluminium?
The big question is which is best for your home. A lot is going to depend on what you are looking to achieve and how much you want to spend.
The first issue, of course, is going to be the cost. Aluminium frames are more expensive than uPVC, although prices have come down in recent years. The increasing demand has help reduce the manufacturing costs but there is a difference and this may impact on which you want to choose depending on your budget.
When it comes to durability, however, aluminium beats uPVC quite easily. That doesn’t mean uPVC isn’t designed to last a long time, but the alternative is certainly going to give you a longer shelf-life.
Energy efficiency will be a primary concern for many home owners. This has improved dramatically for both uPVC and aluminium windows and doors and you can expect good levels for both. The reason why many people are looking to update older windows is that the first uPVC frames weren’t that energy efficient.
Aluminium uses a polyamide thermal break that makes them just as good as uPVC, helping to keep your home warm and airtight in the winter. Both types of window are easy to maintain and provide a good level of sound proofing.
The big plus for aluminium windows is their greater aesthetic appeal. They are thinner and lighter than uPVC frames and can come in a wider range of styles. They are a great material not only for standard windows but for skylights and bi-fold doors.
A lot is going to come down to personal preference when it comes to choosing between the two. uPVC is often seen as the standard budget option. But if you have a little more money to spare, aluminium can give you a good few more design options and great aesthetic appeal that lasts a long time.