Aluminium windows have gained popularity in the later half of the 20th century. For many years they were perceived as only available in silver, surrounded by high maintenance hardwood subframes and above all prone to condensation.
This may have been the case once, but it’s certainly not the case any more. Aluminium door and window products have advanced significantly in recent years benefitting from new technology, advances in fabrication and with excellent thermal properties, available in A, B and C rated forms.
This material has many advantages over plastic, gaining an increased market share, particularly in recent years with many new developments of flats and contemporary houses. It is rare nowadays for such modern buildings to have plastic windows and rightly so.
In the modern architectural style, pvc profiles are too large and without having to use too many coupling and reinforcing profiles you cannot achieve the same look it can be argued.
Above all aluminium offers the slim sight lines so often required.
It can be comfortably argued that plastic window no longer has the advantage.
Aluminium provides not only greater strength and the desired slim sight lines but is also more resistant to the elements and thus not likely to warp or rot.
It is a material with a high strength-to-weight ratio that is easily formed into many shapes and configurations, remaining the most common commercial framing material.
- Its hard surface resists denting and weathering.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Ease of maintenance.
- Increased levels of security
- Meet the highest standard for air and water infiltration and structural integrity.
- Able to meet many architectural specifications that plastic windows can’t.
- Available in virtually any colour.
Traditional Aluminium window frames are also best suited for light or heavy commercial buildings such as schools, restaurants, and government buildings.
The introduction of polyamide technology in recent years take aluminium door and windows it to a new level – offering improvements in thermal insulation, increased strength and the opportunity for dual colour finish – different colours on the internal and external faces.
The real difference can be seen when you view the products side by side. Aluminium windows are “crafted” there are proper mitre cuts, there are joints, there is an overall look of a properly manufactured product. Look at the welded corners of a pvc product and you will immediately see the difference in quality of manufacture.
Doors more so – in my view a cheap plastic front door with an infill panel looks nothing like an aluminium door – again go see and compare.
The only advantage upvc has over aluminium is cost. By it’s nature aluminium is a more expensive material and realistically you are not comparing like for like. Cost issue aside, there is no advantage pvc has over aluminium.