When you’re choosing new windows or doors, one of the decisions you’ll need to make is about which material is best for you. If you don’t know much about the options on offer, this can be difficult! So to help you understand the materials we work with, here’s a summary of the main differences between UPVC and aluminium.
Both UPVC and aluminium window and door frames can be cost-effective choices, but you might want to weigh up whether you want a low-cost outlay or to think more about the long-term return on investment.
UPVC: The cheapest outright cost on the market, UPVC frames are cheap and cheerful – but that’s not to say they’re low quality.
Aluminium: Aluminium can be an expensive choice, because this material is so strong, slim and durable.
Winner: UPVC . If budget is a concern for you, UPVC windows or doors are the best and cheapest option. Choosing high quality UPVC will ensure that your windows or doors are reasonably durable.
One of the key factors when buying new windows or doors for your home is what they will look like. You’ll want to consider whether they will suit the style of your home and whether you can get the style and colour you want.
UPVC: More elegant and stylish than it’s often given credit for, today’s UPVC windows and doors are available in a wide range of different colours – just pick your favourite! And if you are after a more natural style, you can also select a wood-style finish. Visitors will be hard pressed to tell the difference between your frames and real timber.
Aluminium: A strong and flexible metal, aluminium can easily be bent into any shape – so if you have an unusually shaped window, this might be the material you need. Aluminium also has a slimmer profile than UPVC, so you get more glass and less frame. Finally, aluminium can be sprayed any colour you like, so you can get exactly the look you are going for.
Winner: Draw. Perhaps surprisingly, the cheaper UPVC can hold its own against aluminium depending on your particular property and the aesthetic properties you are seeking.
What are the main differences between UPVC and aluminium when it comes to their green credentials? Here we take a look at how they both measure up in terms of eco friendliness.
Aluminium: With excellent thermal performance, aluminium windows and aluminium doors offer unrivalled energy efficiency. What’s more, aluminium is a highly durable material that will last for decades – so less energy will be wasted replacing it. Finally, when it does need replacing, aluminium is easily recyclable.
UPVC: While not quite as high performing as its rival, today’s UPVC is nevertheless a very energy efficient material. It’s also possible to recycle UPVC.
Winner: Aluminium. If being green is your main concern, we recommend you choose aluminium for your windows or doors.
Durability and security
UPVC: A great budget choice for the security conscious, UPVC is strong, durable and comes with integral locking systems to help you secure your home.
Aluminium: The superior choice for extra durability, aluminium is strong and designed to last.
Winner: Aluminium. There’s no stronger material for your windows and doors. Choose aluminium for durability every time.
We hope this guide has helped you to understand the main differences between UPVC and aluminium windows and doors. If you would like more help to decide what’s right for you, see our information on choosing materials, or contact us to discuss your requirements.