Investing in brand new double-glazed windows isn’t always as simple as just shelling out for the right number of windows for your home.
You will actually have a surprising amount of decisions to make: double or triple glazing? Which colour to pick for the frames? UPVC or aluminium?
Any trawl through a double-glazing installation contractor will have flagged the need to choose between different materials for your window frames. It can be a dizzying choice to make if you have no idea which material is best.
If you are currently weighing up your options, then here are some careful considerations to make.
Aluminium is often seen as a better option for larger windows because of how robust it is. In fact, its durability is something that aluminium can certainly claim to have as one of its most appealing features.
Large window panels may be better suited to this material. If you have a large feature window or bigger top-to-bottom windows, then aluminium might just trump UPVC.
Expansion and contraction
If you live in an older property, you will know that older frames such as wood will have a tendency to swell in the summer (and sometimes when there’s moisture) and be easier to open in the cold.
Aluminium will not do this to the same extent, and so it is incredibly weather resilient. However, it is worth bearing in mind that most modern materials (such as UPVC) don’t really shrink or expand either.
Modern double-glazed windows are built to withstand dramatic changes in temperature and indeed are designed to adapt to fluctuations.
It is a fact of life that metal will always be a brilliant conductor of hot and cold. This is incredibly useful on some occasions but counterproductive in others.
While aluminium’s ability to conduct cold temperatures isn’t devastatingly bad, it will still conduct them better than something like UPVC. It’s for this reason that, if you live in a colder part of the world, aluminium might not be the superior option.
You will, after all, be paying slightly more for aluminium than you would for a plastic-based frame.
If you live by the seaside, then you should be aware that aluminium does not react particularly well with high levels of sodium.
In fact, anything containing sodium will gradually erode away at aluminium over time, which means that seaside properties will be very susceptible to window frame erosion.
So, if you live within close proximity to the sea, and are looking to replace your double-glazing, then UPVC could be a preferable option for you.
Treated wood would be fine, but do be aware that this will require upkeep and maintenance, and is not as durable against the wet and cold.
If you’re weighing up your options for new double-glazed windows, aluminium may just be the perfect material for you.
If you have a particular aesthetic you want to match, or if you have particularly large windows in your home, this metal might be the perfect match.
However, if you live by the beach or reside somewhere cold in the northern regions, then you may want to consider a material such as UPVC. The differences between the two may just be enough to sway your decision.