What Is The Difference Between UPVC Windows And Aluminium Windows?

Have you been looking at investing in some brand new double glazed windows or triple glazed windows for your home, and keep seeing different companies talking about uPVC and aluminium? It’s not always entirely clear what the difference is, is it? Well, that’s why we’ve put together this blog to lay out the benefits of each kind of window to help you make an informed choice.

What Are The Benefits Of UPVC Windows?

uPVC windows are a great option if you’re looking for new double or triple glazing to help insulate your home. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • uPVC windows are very easy to maintain and clean – they can be made like new with just the wipe of a damp cloth.
  • uPVC is a naturally warm material and the multi-chambered frames of uPVC are great for insulation, helping you keep your bills down during the winter. Windows made with uPVC are generally better thermal insulators than aluminium.
  • uPVC is a lightweight material, which makes uPVC double or triple glazed windows quick and easy to install.
  • uPVC can last up to 20 years in great condition, meaning your investment will be one that lasts. They will also not lose their colour or fade at all during their lifespan.
  • At Double glazing leed, we offer brilliant imitation wood effects meaning your windows can look amazing without high costs. There are also a wide variety of colour choices.
  • We guarantee all our uPVC windows for 10 years – they won’t rot, they won’t peel, they won’t warp.
  • uPVC tends to be cheaper than aluminium.

What Are The Benefits Of Aluminium Windows?

All that makes uPVC windows sound pretty brilliant doesn’t it? Well there are also some unique benefits to aluminium windows that are worth knowing about:

  • Aluminium tends to be stronger than uPVC. That means that aluminium windows can have a slimmer appearance, and a larger glass surface area due to the strength of the frames. For this reason they’re very popular with commercial and public buildings like schools, offices and government buildings. This can be a good benefit for a residential home too, if you’re looking for a particularly large design.
  • Powder-coated aluminium is extremely durable, which means whatever finish you choose will last for a very long time. Aluminium windows can last up to 20 years.
  • Aluminium windows are also environmentally friendly. Aluminium is indefinitely recyclable – when you recycle it, it creates very high quality new aluminium and the process only uses 5% of the energy needed to create the initial metal.
  • Aluminium has greater design flexibility than uPVC – the range of colours available (including dual colours) is amazing.
  • Aluminium windows are designed to withstand some pretty extreme conditions, and survive tests in severe exposure categories.

So there you have it. Both options have some great benefits, but whether they’re right for you depends on your unique needs. Get in touch with us now and we’ll arrange a design consultation where we will talk you through all the options available.