Installing new windows and doors in your home is one of the biggest home improvement decisions you’ll make, so it’s important to consider your options before making your choice. In particular, deciding between UPVC and aluminium frames is a matter of weighing up the pros and cons carefully.
Comparing the cost
UPVC frames are usually cheaper to install than aluminium frames, making them a popular choice for those seeking an affordable option. However, aluminium frames are the clear winner in terms of durability, as they can maintain their integrity for up to 30 years. The life span of UPVC frames is between 15 and 20 years.
The simple white appearance of UPVC attracts many customers, although nowadays it’s also possible to find UPVC frames in a variety of colours. However, aluminium frames can look equally as pleasing, and are often preferred for older buildings or those where individual planning regulations are in place (e.g. a conservation area).
UPVC is easy to keep clean – simply wipe with a damp cloth, and perhaps some proprietary cleaner, to keep it in good condition. Some aluminium frames may suffer from rust and flaking eventually, requiring more in terms of ongoing maintenance.
In the longer term, UPVC frames can sometimes begin to appear a little tired, whereas aluminium windows maintain their good looks for longer.
It’s also important to remember that the sealed units inside the windows and doors may need to be replaced on an individual basis from time to time, but this is a simple process and can be done at a reasonable cost.
Double-glazed windows and doors are renowned for their ability to provide effective insulation against the cold and against noise. Both aluminium and UPVC are good choices, but UPVC is considered to have superior insulating qualities.
Safety and security
You’ll also want your frames to be secure and here there’s little to choose between either material. Both are considered extremely strong, meaning that your home is secure, because it’s almost impossible to break or damage either material.
Naturally, you’ll be keen to pick a design that matches perfectly with your existing décor, and there are plenty of different options, in both UPVC and aluminium, to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something clean and contemporary, or classic and traditional, you’re bound to find frames that are perfect for your home here at Countryside Windows.