New double glazing will enhance your home’s aesthetics, energy efficiency and security. But which frame material should you choose – aluminium or UPVC? Which is better? Both materials offer outstanding benefits, so the important decision to make is which one is right for you and for your home improvement. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of aluminium double glazing over UPVC to help you decide.
When is aluminium double glazing better than UPVC?
Aluminium windows are often the favourite choice for architects because of their appearance. By design, aluminium windows have versatile, slimline aesthetics which offer clean lines and more glass area which make them an attractive option. They can be used to replace original steel windows in heritage or mid-century homes whilst bringing contemporary styling to modern homes too. This versatility means that in most cases, there is an aluminium solution to support all housing styles.
Aluminium windows are very durable. They are resistant to weather, corrosion and rot, which makes them a reliable choice for many years to come. In fact, they have a lifespan of 30 years or more, which makes them a good investment.
The long lifespan of aluminium windows is one of the reasons they can be an environmentally responsible choice. Another reason is that aluminium is endlessly recyclable. In fact, nearly 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
When isn’t aluminium double glazing better than UPVC?
Aluminium windows have many advantages. However, they can be more expensive than UPVC. This can be a significant factor for budget-conscious homeowners. Having said that, it is worth bearing in mind that because aluminium windows have a long lifespan, the initial investment may be worth it over time.
Traditionally, aluminium windows were less thermally efficient than UPVC windows. However, modern aluminium window systems provide impressive thermal performance, so it’s less of an issue these days.
The benefits of aluminium and UPVC windows
On lots of factors, there isn’t much to choose between aluminium and UPVC windows.
All new windows have to meet minimum legal requirements for security. Both types of windows will have options to upgrade security features if this is a particular concern.
Both aluminium and UPVC windows are easy to maintain. They don’t require specialist cleaning and they will never need to be repainted.
Aluminium and UPVC windows are available in a wealth of colour options, so it is easy to find a shade that suits your home and personal tastes. Dual colour options mean you can have a statement shade on the external surface and a neutral shade for the interior.
All windows are made to order to fit the precise dimensions of your home or project. The design is very versatile too, so there are generally few restrictions on what you can and can’t have. You’ll have input into the type of glass you use, the size and number of opening sashes and more. Ultimately, whether you choose aluminium or UPVC, your windows can be tailored to your precise requirements for a perfect home upgrade.
The benefits of Capital Windows
Whether you choose aluminium windows or UPVC windows, Capital Windows will always be the right choice. We’ve been providing the biggest choice of home improvement products for over 40 years.
We can also help you choose the right windows and doors, whether you live in a heritage home or a modern dwelling. We make all our products in our state-of-the-art manufacturing premises, and they’re fitted by expert teams. It means you can be assured of quality at every stage.
So if you’re looking to start your home improvement project Get in touch to find out more.