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.
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.
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.
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.