Replacing your windows can dramatically transform your property not to mention add value. If your windows are poorly insulated, prone to condensation or no longer complement the building – then it’s time to have them replaced.
When it comes to replacing your windows there are so many choices of materials. One of the common questions is which is better, aluminium or uPVC windows?
Both aluminium and uPVC (un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride) windows make for excellent choices. If you currently have single-glazed windows you will notice a significant difference with either material especially when it comes to heat insulation and noise cancellation. There are however many differences between the two that might make one more suitable than the other.
In no particular order, here are the main differences between aluminium and uPVC windows:
The benefits of aluminium windows
- Stronger than uPVC: Aluminium windows are designed to withstand challenging conditions, making them much stronger than the average window.
- The larger surface area of glass: Allows more light to enter the room and can really open up a space. They are perfect for large open buildings such as offices, converted warehouses, barns etc.
- Slimmer appearance: The less bulky appearance of aluminium windows compared to uPVC makes their design slimline and stylish.
- Suitable for a wide range of uses: Including schools, offices and residential properties. Some residential areas do not allow uPVC due to conservation, so aluminium makes a great alternative.
- Better designed: Aluminium windows may be more sympathetic to the design of your building. They give a much more stylish finish and cater to a wide range of unusual window shapes including gothic arches.
- More colours available: While it’s not impossible to find coloured uPVC windows, it can be really tricky. Aluminium windows, on the other hand, are easily available in many different colours. Powder coating is one such way you can apply colour to your aluminium windows, helping to increase their longevity too.
- Are more expensive: Whilst they are a bigger upfront cost, aluminium windows are less likely to degrade over time compared with uPVC. In addition, they will add value to your property over time so are a great long-term investment.
- Better for the environment: Aluminium windows have a strong design to keep heat from escaping which will use less energy. Aluminium itself is also widely recyclable making it an environmentally-friendly choice.
- Thermal efficiency: The big misconception about aluminium windows is that they aren’t thermally efficient and leak heat. But, with the introduction of Aerogel, they’re becoming an ideal product. Many manufacturers use Aerogel within the aluminium window frame to reduce thermal leakage. It’s even used on the space shuttles to keep astronauts warm.
Benefits of uPVC windows
- Cheaper to buy: Their low cost is one of the main advantages. But their appearance might not suit the building or area they are in, and could negatively affect property prices if this is the case.
- Low maintenance: uPVC windows do not need regular painting and can be cleaned very easily.
- Prevents heat loss: The materials used in uPVC windows along with its tough construction helps prevent heat loss.
- Soundproofing: Double or triple-glazed uPVC windows offer a significant reduction of external noise.
- Fade-resistant: Unlike other materials, uPVC will not fade due to sun exposure so the colour will remain intact.
- Not temperature sensitive: uPVC windows will always open and close smoothly even in extreme heat or cold weather.
- Durable: They are not prone to rust or rot like other materials, and can withstand tough weather conditions.
Should you choose aluminium or uPVC?
Both aluminium and uPVC windows have their own pros and cons. It really depends on the type of building as well as your budget as to which one would be more suitable. That being said, there are some strong benefits to choosing aluminium over uPVC.
Aluminium gives a sleek and stylish design to any building, making them much more attractive than uPVC windows. In some areas, uPVC windows might actually be prohibited due to conservation, and could negatively affect property prices.
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In terms of custom window shapes, aluminium windows can be made to any dimension required. They are fully customisable to any colour and have a range of different finishes, meaning you can be sure they will suit your property.
Although aluminium windows are a bigger cost upfront they will add significant investment to your property overall. Upgrading your windows will prevent heat loss and reduce noise so are a worthwhile investment. They also allow for much more light to flood the room compared with uPVC which is why they are so ideal for offices and buildings as well as residential properties. ABS also supply aluminium doors to complete the look.
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