Choosing the right double glazing for your home is a crucial decision that involves weighing various factors, including energy efficiency, aesthetics and, of course, cost.
Aluminium double glazing has gained popularity in recent years for its sleek appearance and durability, but the burning question remains: is it more expensive than other types of double glazing? The short answer is, yes, aluminium double glazing tends to have a higher initial cost when compared to PVC-U windows.
However, when it comes to upgrading your home’s windows, it’s worth considering other factors as well as cost. Your choice of windows can have a lasting impact on your home’s aesthetics, energy efficiency and overall comfort. The right choice can make a real difference.
In this blog we will delve into the world of window solutions to uncover the truth behind the pricing of aluminium double glazing compared to other options like PVC-U.
The thermal efficiency benefits of aluminium double glazing
While PVC-U windows were traditionally more thermally efficient than aluminium windows, that is no longer the case. The best aluminium windows offer exceptional thermal efficiency.
Remember too that all windows need to meet minimum legal requirements for thermal efficiency. Whichever material you choose, you’ll be protected by the legislation.
The strength and durability benefits of aluminium double glazing
Aluminium is known for its strength and durability, which help to give aluminium windows an impressive lifespan of 30 years or more. One of the key advantages of aluminium windows is their low maintenance requirements. They are corrosion resistant and won’t warp or rot, which can an issue for timber windows over time.
The premium aesthetics of aluminium double glazing
Aluminium windows are known for their sleek and slim profiles, making them an ideal choice for modern and contemporary home designs but also sit perfectly well in more traditional ‘heritage’ properties too. They also offer a wide range of customisation options, including different finishes and colours. For these reasons and more, aluminium windows have long been a favourite choice of architects and designers.
The long-term return on investment of aluminium double glazing
In the realm of double glazing, the question of whether aluminium is more expensive than other options is multifaceted. While the initial cost of aluminium double glazing may be higher, its durability, energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal, and low maintenance requirements contribute to a compelling overall value proposition. It’s crucial to assess your priorities and consider the long-term benefits when making a decision. In many cases, the slightly higher upfront investment in aluminium double glazing may prove to be a wise and cost-effective choice for the discerning homeowner. Having said that, PVC-U windows have their own advantages too, particularly when it comes to upfront affordability.
Ultimately, the choice between aluminium and PVC-U windows should be based on your specific needs, preferences, and budget. It’s essential to weigh the initial cost against long-term benefits and consider factors such as aesthetics, maintenance and thermal efficiency.
At Capital Windows, we offer a range of high-quality aluminium and PVC-U windows to suit your unique requirements. Our 40 years’ experience in the industry means we can help you make the choice of frame material that’s best for you and your home. Whichever material you choose, your windows will be manufactured to order by our skilled workers at our Uxbridge factory and installed with care by our expert installation teams.
When it comes to our range of aluminium windows, check out our Evoke Aluminium Windows. No matter the style, age or scale of your property or project, Evoke Aluminium Windows successfully offer the contemporary aesthetics needed to completely reinvent the space. Then there’s our Evoke Flush Aluminium Windows, which are designed for high performance. The frames are also 30% slimmer than their main competitors, delivering the best sightlines for the bright, light look everyone wants. You can also explore our full range of aluminium windows here.
To discuss new windows for your home, get in touch today.