Aluminium Windows are experiencing remarkable growth and popularity with aluminium window sales increasing substantially over recent years.
In the last 5 years more and more double glazing firms have expanded their product range to now include aluminium windows, but what products, types, options and styles are available?
If you are a homeowner do not believe any window company not selling aluminium that tries to convince you that aluminium is somehow inferior to PVCu in any way. The subjective issue of cost aside, today’s modern aluminium windows will do everything a plastic window can and much more.
Aluminium Systems Companies
These are the designers of the aluminium windows and doors and that create the raw product to be manufactured and installed by window companies. Click here for more information on the role of the Aluminium Systems Company.
Aluminium by it’s very nature is stronger and slimmer than PVCu. For this reason, any style can be created in aluminium and often aluminium lends itself better to the more complicated window styles. Additionally aluminium windows can be made wider and taller than their PVCu counterparts as well as being available in shapes or curves, bays or bows. There is virtually no window style that cannot be created in aluminium.
Aluminium windows are available as top hung or side hung casements, tilt and turns, pivot windows and reversible, horizontal and vertical sliders, parallel opening, automatic opening windows and much more.
Aluminium windows are available in a wide variety of outer frames and styles.
Flat, profiled, ovolo, chamfered, deep or slim outer frames are all available including those to match the replacement of older Crittall windows, Scola systems used in many 1960’s schools and much more.
Vent or Opening Sash Options
Similar to the wide range of outer frame available, typically opening sashes are available, square, flat, ovolo, chamfered, slim Crittall look, heavy duty (to create very large opening sashes) and many more configurations.
Externally beaded vs Internally Beaded
The debate as to what is more secure, internally or externally beaded has been ongoing for many years. Click here for further information about internally beaded vs externally beaded aluminium windows. Further information can also be found here.
Aluminium windows will accept single glazing for shopfronts, doors and internal room dividers as well as the full range of double glazed or triple glazed glass currently available today.
Locking Systems and Security
By its very nature, aluminium is a much stronger material than PVCu. It is for this reason that all quality plastic windows are either multi chambered or reinforced with aluminium or steel. Strength of material aside, aluminium windows are available with virtually any choice of high security locking including multipoint or shootbolt.
Colours and Finishes
This where aluminium has an advantage over plastic window wet paints and applied foils. The powder coated process is well known in fenestration for it’s wide colour choice and longevity of finish. There are over 300 different colours available in aluminium windows as well as metallic, granite textured finishes and authentic wood effect with far more advantages than foils
Why Choose Aluminium?
Ultimately the choice of aluminium windows will rest with the customer. The experience of this independent website over 25 years in the door and window sector is that the window companies that supply, aluminium as well as plastic windows are able to demonstrate to the customer the many benefits of aluminium windows. Those window companies that sell only PVCu windows and do not understand aluminium will often try to discredit it, citing the decades old and no longer relevant arguments that aluminium condensates and is only available in white or silver with a hardwood subframe.
An experienced manufacturer and installer of aluminium should be able to demonstrate with confidence and knowledge the advantages of each window material and give the customer the right information to make an informed choice.