Today’s modern Aluminium windows share little with the early aluminium windows which were often criticised for being prone to condensation. These early windows were limited to white or silver in colour and often within a hardwood subframe that often required maintenance.
The aluminium windows you can buy today have evolved to become not only highly thermally efficient and secure, but can be fixed directly to the structure with no subframes and are double or triple glazed.
What’s more, there is a huge choice of colours available and many frame and sash options such square, profiled, ovolo, chamfered, slim or wide frames to suit any type of home. If money is no object you can even have a bespoke window created.
Aluminium Windows remain the first choice where aesthetics are important.
Where you are looking for slim windows such as replacing old steel windows or where you are looking for maximum glass area, aluminium windows are slimmer than any PVCu window.
With so much choice in aluminium window styles and designs, a reputable installer who is experienced in aluminium windows can advise you on the most suitable product to suit any dwelling or commercial building.
The main advantage aluminium windows have over their pvcu counterparts is aesthetics. It is aluminium that is regarded as the most suitable replacement for steel windows and for where maximum glass area is desired.
For your home, there are choices on the style and type of opening windows, glass and other factors. The majority of windows within a commercial environment will be opening out casement windows.
There are other options such as tilt and turn, pivot or top-swing reversible. The same will apply in many cases for domestic properties where domestic versions of these windows are available.
Aluminium Window Brands and Systems.
The range of aluminium windows is large and features both established window systems and new innovations in window technology and performance. Some of the best-known systems for the home are:
Origin offer their Twin Flush Windows that benefit from a 20-year guarantee, a superb flush sash arrangement and a host of innovations and security features.
Warmcore aluminium windows are one of the most recent windows to hit the market. They feature a pvcu thermal core, aluminium exterior and are aesthetically excellent with impressive U Values.
SAPA Crown windows come from one of the longest established systems companies in the UK. They’re also the windows best used to add to or replace original Monarch Monaframe Windows.
The range of Schuco windows available is diverse. Schuco are world renowned for offering some of the finest aluminium windows you can buy.
Reynaers are a global company with a superior range of highly engineered and innovative aluminium window solutions.
Kawneer are a multi-faceted company providing their highly sophisticated aluminium windows to some of the finest buildings in the world. From a simple window to the most complex of specifications and designs, Kawneer can provide a window to suit. For residential property, Kawneer windows are often installed in new build homes and apartments. They also have an excellent steel replacement window with some innovative design features.
Senior Architectural Aluminium are not often seen in the retail showrooms but they’re well worth investigating. On offer from Senior Systems are some of the most technologically advanced aluminium windows you can buy today, such as the exceptional PURe aluminium range and others.
AluK are one of the best selling aluminium windows in the UK today. Widely used in commercial and residential projects, they feature a wide range of aluminium windows including steel replacement, thermally efficient and high-performance products.
Smart systems are one of the biggest aluminium systems companies in the UK. They provide a wide product portfolio of traditional and contemporary windows, Heritage style windows for steel replacements and a selection of windows for commercial use.
Commercially, there is a huge portfolio of aluminium windows for the commercial market offered by the above systems companies and others. Smart Systems now offer a brand new flush casement window called the Alitherm 500.
Aluminium Windows are ideal for older Listed and cherished properties.
Homeowners with a Listed property or those with a home in a Conservation Area and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will in many cases, find that their local Planning Authority or Conservation Officer is happy to approve the use of most slim aluminium windows due to their design.
With regard to the opening method for casement windows there are several types available which may not differ significantly from windows installed in dwellings. Usually, windows in a commercial environment may have heavier duty vent sections, larger mullions and transoms and have a more square-line appearance.
All aluminium windows can be glazed and finished with a choice of glass. Whether it is simple glazing or Georgian, leaded, patterned or stained it will complement the aluminium windows perfectly to add distinction and character.
Aluminium Windows are generally not required to have the complex functions of entrance or exit doors and should be provided as a fit for purpose product, within the parameters of the system for width and height and meeting the appropriate safety glazing requirements where applicable.
It is rare for an architect or designer to specify PVCu windows.
This is why you will often see aluminium windows installed in more expensive homes and developments of quality apartments.
Think about TV shows such as Grand Designs for example. Properties with design at the forefront and those created with a vision in mind will rarely be fitted with PVCu. Aluminium windows are a higher end product. Fact.
The inherent strength of aluminium means whilst aluminium windows are slimmer it enables larger windows, bigger opening vents and a large visible glass area than is possible with PVCu.
When it comes to colours and finishes, powder coating is the superior choice of finishing.
There are over 400 colours for you to consider with choices ranging from neutral tones to metallic or textured finishes. You can opt for the same colour throughout, or choose different colours for the inside or outside as well as different colour frames and sashes.
Furthermore did you know that you can have polyester powder specially manufactured to match specialist paints such as Farrow and Ball or Laura Ashley? The finishing on powder coated aluminium windows is also well-known for retaining its “new look” far longer than plastic windows and has a life expectancy of 25 years or more.
The low maintenance qualities of polyester powder coated aluminium windows means that it will only need an occasional wipe down with mild soapy water to keep windows looking good as new for many years to come.
Whatever the customer’s specifications, aluminium windows are likely to be the ideal choice. There are many types and styles of aluminium windows available, including:
- Casement windows
- Tilt and Turn and Pivot Windows
- Top swing reversible aluminium windows
- Parallel Opening Windows
- Horizontal and Vertical Sliding Windows
- Windows comprising a combination of the above styles.
- Internally or externally beaded
- Aluminium Windows for Security.
The greater strength of aluminium as a material cannot be compared to a plastic window. All current standards for security and safety are met by aluminium windows including Secured by Design, BS7950, and Kitemark Standards.
Aluminium windows can even replicate wood. Where plastic wood grain windows are available with a foil coating to create the effect of wood, they have the disadvantage of only being coated on the primary surfaces leaving exposed plastic seen when the windows are open.
By contrast, aluminium windows use sophisticated sublimation technology that enables the every face of the window to look the same and is of a far more authentic appearance than plastic windows.
It is all the above features and more that have contributed to the huge growth in aluminium windows in recent years, with more and more window installers choosing to supply the products.