When it comes to getting new windows installed, there is that constant battle trying to find the right choice for your home.
There are so many different types of windows and window frames, that what at first seemed to be a simple job, can turn into a headache, taking hours to make a decision.
If you are struggling to decide between UPVC and aluminium, we have come up with a list of pros and cons to help make your life easier.
Aluminium Windows Advantages
Light: Slimline aluminium window frames allow more light into your property, as the frames can be made thinner due to the strength of aluminium, meaning that you receive a larger surface area of glass.
Window Styles: Bespoke aluminium frames are also a popular choice to use among architects, as they are more flexible, which means they can suit a larger range of window styles and shapes.
Colour: Aluminium window frames can also come in a wider variety of colours in comparison to UPVC.
Recyclable: Aluminium is environmentally friendly and can continuously be recycled.
Security: When it comes to security for your home, aluminium is thought to have the same amount of security, if not more, compared to UPVC because of the strength of the metal.
UPVC Windows Advantages
Low Maintenance: One of the main advantages of UPVC windows over aluminium, is that it is a low maintenance house improvement. A simple wipe with a cloth and it looks as good as new.
Appearance: UPVC windows made to measure, look neat and tidy and are a popular choice in many new build and modern homes.
Insulation: A huge advantage that UPVC has in comparison to aluminium is its insulating properties. UPVC was originally designed to have insulating aspects which is why it beats aluminium at soundproofing peoples homes and helping to keep the warm air in. This ultimately also helps you to save money on heating bills.
Security: UPVC windows are extremely secure, making it hard for intruders to enter your home.
Aluminium Windows Disadvantages
Price: While slim profile aluminium windows come with many benefits, one thing that can often put people off from buying this product is the price, since it is more expensive than UPVC window frames.
Popularity: Another reason as to why people may not install windows with an aluminium frame is because aluminium window frames don’t get discussed as often as UPVC, so people may not be sure how good the quality of this product is.
UPVC Windows Disadvantages
Degrading: While UPVC windows can last for a long time, they do eventually degrade and don’t last as long compared to aluminium frames.
Temperature: UPVC window frames can also swell in high levels of heat and contract in extreme low temperature levels, unlike aluminium which will remain the same throughout the entire year.
Aluminium vs UPVC Cost
When it comes to the difference in cost between aluminium windows and UPVC windows, UPVC is the cheaper option since aluminium is more expensive to make and use. This is also because of the fact that UPVC has been out for longer, so the rush of customers paying to have this installed has now calmed down.
For further advice and quotes on quality windows and bespoke home improvements, give Grovewood of Essex a call today at 01268 578118.