Frame-by-frame: the best material for windows

Frame-by-frame: the best material for windows

What is the best choice of material for windows: uPVC or aluminium? This is a question we get asked regularly by window shoppers (excuse the pun).

My answer? I’d say aluminium (but I do work for an aluminium manufacturer). So the answer is…..there is no right answer. It all depends on what is important to you.

 

Aluminium windows

Aluminium windows

For me budget is the biggest concern with a renovation project. I still want it to look great, but if I can’t afford the more expensive material (and aluminium generally costs more) then it’s a no-brainer.

 

Aluminium windows

 

The major differences are price and thickness of frame but the texture of the frame finish, environmental impact / recyclability and durability are other factors. Aluminium wins in all of these, but, as I’ve mentioned, your bank balance will take a bigger hit.

My advice? Go to a homebuilder’s exhibition or a window supplier that sells both and see what you like. There is something for everyone.

 

Price is the main difference between pvc and aluminium windows

 

 

Fit Show 2017 Howells Glazing stand CAB04

Upcoming exhibitions include Future Build at the Excel – London, Ideal Home Show – London and Glasgow, Homebuilding & Renovating Show – NEC Birmingham, Surrey, Edinburgh & Somerset, Grand Designs – Birmingham & London to list a few.

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