An often asked question is “what are the differences between aluminium and pvcu windows” or “what are the advantages of aluminium windows versus pvc” and similar questions.
Whilst Aluminium Trade Supply naturally promotes aluminium and is of the opinion that an aluminium is a far superior material, one massive advantage aluminium has over plastic is the aesthetics of joints and corners.
Aluminium simply looks better – the profiles are slimmer, the corners are cleaner. None of the unsightly often “hit or miss” welds found in plastic windows and doors and even worse welded mullions and transoms. Ultimately, pvc windows are simply plastic windows and I’ve yet to see a plastic window with the clean lines and joints of aluminium.
Aluminium windows are still a hand assembled crafted product and even today whilst there is very sophisticated machinery to enable cutting, machining, routing etc, the assembly of an aluminium window utilises similar skills to traditional carpentry and joinery. Aluminium window fabrication remains a craft in the assembly of its mitred corners and the window production as a whole still largely done by hand. The images in this article show how an aluminium window is just a more attractive product when you look at the corners and joints of an aluminium window vs a pvc window.
Whilst technology in the assembly of PVCu windows such as those offered by Residence 9 is excellent, most standard and mass produced PVCu windows cannot replicate the quality of mitre at the corners and where mullions and transoms meet the frame.