Are Aluminium Windows Better Than uPVC?
Investing in new windows for your home can be a significant outlay, so making sure you find the right material for your window frames will be one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make. Your final choice will depend on your taste, how the windows will look in your home, and the qualities they can bring. But are aluminium windows better than uPVC?
Aluminium or uPVC windows?
Both aluminium and uPVC windows have distinct features and unique benefits which is why they’re both a popular – as well as common – frame choice for homeowners up and down the country. But perhaps because of these distinct features and benefits, it can be difficult to know which material will be best suited to your home.
As Majestic Designs’ technology has, and continues to evolve, there’s no doubt that both our aluminium and uPVC frames give you more choice for superior, energy-efficient windows than ever before. But we’ve taken the benefits of each material and broken them down into some bite-sized chunks to help you make a better and more informed decision.
The benefits of uPVC windows
When you’re looking to replace the windows in your home, your first thoughts might go towards uPVC frames before anything else. With exceptional energy-efficiency and classic good looks, it’s not hard to understand why. But here are some additional benefits to why uPVC windows might be the right choice for you.
uPVC double glazed window frames have a solid working life of up to 20 years, giving you a sound return on your investment. Without the downsides of rotting, warping, or swelling in extreme weather like wooden frames, uPVC is durable and needs very little maintenance – other than a quick clean and some lubrication on the hinges from time to time.
While white was once the only colour option for uPVC windows, now you have a wide choice of hard-wearing frame colours to suit your property and your taste. There are even wood grain finishes for a touch of classic authenticity. Best of all, the colours and finishes are resilient, so won’t crack, peel, or fade over time.
uPVC is a naturally warm frame material and insulator, and together with a five-chamber internal profile, uPVC helps increase thermal performance. So while that helps you to keep heat inside and reduce your energy bills, it also helps reduce outside noise too.
Together with being thermally efficient, uPVC is also a lightweight frame material for window frames, making them easy and quick to install. It’s also a sustainable material, so your older frames can be recycled many times over without any molecular degradation.
Every uPVC window from Majestic Designs comes with a full 100% guarantee for 10-years, giving you long-term peace of mind that, should anything go wrong, we’ll replace or repair any window without costing you a penny.
With the material cost of uPVC less prone to price fluctuation, choosing uPVC can give you a considerable cost saving compared to aluminium frames. That could be something to bear in mind if you’re working to a budget or need more windows fitted.
The benefits of aluminium windows
With all the good things going for uPVC, you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s no contest between that and aluminium. But aluminium frames also come with a whole set of amazing benefits. Alongside their increasing popularity, their long-lasting stability, durability, and style, as an option, aluminium can always make you look twice.
As a base material, aluminium frames have a much higher much compound strength than uPVC. This means they can give you the option of having larger windows but with a slimmer profile. Fantastic for a larger ‘wall of glass’ for uninterrupted views outside.
Whether your aluminium frames are black or you choose a specific colour, having them coated with a layer of dry powder before they’re heat-treated will give them a hard-wearing and long-lasting finish that’s scratch-resistant, non-fading, and low maintenance.
Aluminium is a relatively low-cost material, but it’s also one of the most environmentally-friendly metals available. Plus, as the most recyclable of industrial metals, it can be recycled to create new aluminium without any breakdown of strength.
Aluminium frames come pre-fitted with a polyamide ‘thermal break’ which is additional insulation inside the frame. This helps reduce both condensation and the transfer of heat energy, so less heat is lost and you save money on your energy bills.
The life of aluminium window frames can be up to 30 years. Thanks to the stability and durability of the material, aluminium frames are incredibly tough and long-lasting, making them capable of withstanding even the most extreme of weathers and temperatures.
Though aluminium frames can be more expensive than uPVC and be at the top end of your budget, their credentials speak for themselves. Perfect for more contemporary, modern homes, the investment in aluminium frames can more than pay off in the long-term.
Let Majestic Designs help you decide
So with plenty of benefits for both frame materials, choosing between them can be harder than you think, depending on your taste, budget, and needs.
But Majestic Designs can make it easier for you to decide. With our 18 years of continuous trading, we’ve helped thousands of people make the right choice of window frames for their homes all across Somerset and the south-west, leaving us incredible ratings and reviews along the way.
All our premium range of both uPVC and aluminium, energy-efficient windows can be designed to your exact specifications and will be manufactured in our state of the art factories in Somerset by our experienced team. And they’ll also be fitted with care and precision by our own professional installers.
So when it comes to making that choice, let our customer service team help you make the right one. Call us today on 01934 741 294 or leave us a message on our contact form and get the help, advice, and information you really need.