Aluminium Windows 

Aluminium windows have always been a very popular choice for installations in commercial projects, but in recent years Aluminium windows have become a popular option for builders and homeowners in finishing modern homes and more increasingly in renovating period style properties. Aluminium windows first became popular in the 1980s, but in recent years they have advanced considerably in terms of design with features such as slim sightlines, multiple colour options, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency, so that they are now equally as popular as uPVC window frames. 

 

They are easily able to be adapted to suit unusually shaped or oversized windows and are often seen as large floor to ceiling windows in contemporary properties offering a panoramic view of surrounding scenery. There are also many different styles of Aluminium windows from casement to sash all of which will create real kerb appeal. To help you decide if Aluminium windows may be a good choice for you home, here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of Aluminium windows that may influence your purchasing decision:  

What are the advantages of Aluminium windows?

There are many advantages to opting for Aluminium frames over uPVC or timber window frames that may make Aluminium, the ideal choice for your new or replacement window frames:  

Strength and durability – aluminium is internally extremely strong and this means that it will not be affected by temperature changes in temperature and therefore will not twist, flex, expand or contract as can happen with other materials. For example, both uPVC and timber are susceptible to weather conditions causing warping. Timber window frames can warp if they are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods or prolonged moisture such as constant rain both of which could compromise the fitting of the window into its frame, inevitably causing issues with thermal efficiency and operation. In turn, uPVC window frames are also prone to warping in high temperatures which can cause the material to expand and contract, making the frames difficult to operate correctly. Due to its innate strength, Aluminium window frames are not  affected by these two factors, which makes them far more durable so that you will be able to enjoy your chosen Aluminium windows not only for years, but for many decades. Additionally this strength also means that manufacturers are able to make Aluminium windows to a larger than average size with no compromise to security levels, and also making the possibilities for design flexibility far greater with Aluminium windows so achieving greater light and less profile. 

There are many advantages to opting for Aluminium frames over uPVC or timber window frames that may make Aluminium, the ideal choice for your new or replacement window frames:  

Strength and durability – aluminium is internally extremely strong and this means that it will not be affected by temperature changes in temperature and therefore will not twist, flex, expand or contract as can happen with other materials. For example, both uPVC and timber are susceptible to weather conditions causing warping. Timber window frames can warp if they are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods or prolonged moisture such as constant rain both of which could compromise the fitting of the window into its frame, inevitably causing issues with thermal efficiency and operation. In turn, uPVC window frames are also prone to warping in high temperatures which can cause the material to expand and contract, making the frames difficult to operate correctly. Due to its innate strength, Aluminium window frames are not  affected by these two factors, which makes them far more durable so that you will be able to enjoy your chosen Aluminium windows not only for years, but for many decades. Additionally this strength also means that manufacturers are able to make Aluminium windows to a larger than average size with no compromise to security levels, and also making the possibilities for design flexibility far greater with Aluminium windows so achieving greater light and less profile. 

Greatly improved thermal efficiency to lower energy bills - provided that Aluminium window frames are fitted with a thermal break they are extremely thermal efficient as a thermal break prevents the conductive properties of metal transferring heat out of the property that they are fitted to. Whilst it could be argued that Timber window frames are as thermally efficient as Aluminium window frames, the main disadvantage of Timber is that it can contract in cold weather which creates tiny gaps between the casement and the frame and therefore will allow drafts to enter your home. With uPVC windows, the thermal efficiency varies greatly depending on the manufacturer.  As Aluminium windows are fitted with a thermal break, this will allow you to turn your heating down and energy lower energy bills.

Slim sightlines with little framework to create great views – one of the major benefits of aluminium windows is the exceptionally slim sightlines that can be achieved with this strong and sturdy material. So if your home has an impressive view that you naturally wish to enjoy to the max, the installation of Aluminium windows is a great choice. In addition, these slim sightlines with very little framework around the edge of the glass will let a greater amount of daylight into your home than the bulky frames of other types of windows frames, such as uPVC.

Security – as Aluminium is so robust it is one of the most secure materials that you can have installed as a window frame. Its superior strength will withstand any attempt to enter your property by force. 

Environmentally friendly – as Aluminium windows are extremely thermally efficient, your reliance on other heating sources will be reduced and this is a major benefit to being kind to the environment. Aluminium is also a sustainable material which can be 100% recycled without loss of quality, therefore leaving a minimal carbon footprint. This means that when your Aluminium windows eventually need replacing, the frames can be melted down and refabricated into something new. 

Low maintenance – Aluminium window frames are strong, durable and highly corrosion-resistant. Unlike timber, they don’t need painting or staining to keep them weather-proof, and they won’t rust or corrode. They will also never rot, peel or flake. All they will require is an occasional wipe over with a clean cloth to keep them looking at their best.

What are the disadvantages of Aluminium windows

Cost – perhaps the greatest disadvantage for many homeowners in relation to Aluminium windows is the cost. Aluminium windows tend to be most costly than PVCu, but overall more affordable than Timber. However, once that financial commitment has been made, Aluminium windows will provide your property with modern, durable and long lasting windows.

Aesthetics – this is of course dependent upon individual taste and the type of property that you own, but Aluminium is seen by some homeowners to be more suited to contemporary homes. And not aesthetically pleasing as Timber windows

Condensation – Aluminium windows are known to have high thermal conductivity, so they don’t hold heat very well and this can make them susceptible to the formation of condensation. Moisture can lead to the growth of fungi, leading to health issues, especially for allergy sufferers. This can be resolved with thermal breaks but only if they’re correctly installed.

 

When you have decided that Aluminium is the right material for your windows, there are many types of windows to consider including:

  • Casement windows which are attached to the frame by hinges at the side and open outwards.

  • Tilt and Turn which open inwardly either from the top downwards or from the side.

  • Sash windows which are made up of at least one moveable part that slides parallel to a stationary part.

  • Aluminium flush casement windows which are the ideal way to combine the traditional look of a window with the sleek, modern style of aluminium. These will give you Aluminium windows on the outdoors but the warm, homely feel of timber indoors.

  • Fixed panoramic which will maximise fabulous views from your property turning a wall into a panoramic view of the world outside with floor to ceiling panes of glass.

  • Parallel opening Aluminium windows open outwards to increase the ventilation of a room but prevent a draught. Once opened they rest parallel to the frame, to look as if they are sticking out from the wall.

Here at Welbeck Windows we pride ourselves on our high quality Aluminium windows so if you are considering having Aluminium windows installed in your property please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be delighted to discuss your window project in more detail, giving all the advice you need to help make the right choice for your home.

 

For more information on our range of Aluminium windows, call us today on 0203 583 3525 for our expert advice.

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