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Windows play an important part in your home’s defence against the elements. They keep you safe, dry and warm. They also play a large role in the aesthetics of your home. Installing the right type of window will add value to your property, increase your home’s energy efficiency and deliver a stylish look to your home. The three most commonly chosen window types are aluminium, uPVC and wooden windows. Each window material has its own pros and cons, which material is best to suit your needs? It’s up to you to decide!
- Durability, strength and long life
Aluminium windows are able to last up to 50 years and mor
- Minimal maintenance
- Resistant to rot and warping
Aluminium can be shaped into many different designs. and it is available in a large range of colours. It can be finished to resemble other materials, such as timber.
- Recyclable and sustainable.
Aluminium is an environmentally friendly material, it is a recyclable and sustainable material.
- Poor thermal insulation
Aluminium windows are the least energy efficient of the different window types.
- Prone To Condensation
Condensation can lead to a variety of problems and is common in cold climate areas.
- Corrosion in locations near the sea
Salt and water in the air, in coastal areas, cause aluminium windows to corrode and significantly reduces their durability and life span.
uPVC windows are the popular choice for homeowners on a budget.
- Minimal maintenance
- Energy efficient
uPVC windows have better insulating properties compared to both aluminium windows and wooden windows.
- Resistant to rot and corrosion.
The chemical nature of uPVC means that micro-organisms cannot grow and cause rot and that no other chemicals can cause it to corrode.
- Available in a variety of finishes
uPVC windows are available in a variety of designs, colours and finishes.
- Not as strong or durable as other materials
- Not environmentally friendly
uPVC is produced from crude oil and so it is not sustainable or friendly to the environment.
- Warps over time
During warmer months uPVC windows warp and become misshaped. This can lead to serious issues with the windows including leaks.
- Highly popular and versatile
Wooden windows have been the top trend for decades, they have been popular in fact for centuries. They can be customised to match any decor.
- Strong, durable and long-lasting
Wooden windows can last for a century with the right maintenance.
- Energy efficiency
Wood has excellent thermal insulation properties and will make your home energy efficient.
- Increase the value of your property
The presence of wooden windows will increase the value of your property if you choose to sell.
- Eco-friendly and sustainable
Timber is a sustainable resource.
- Needs maintenance
Wooden windows require regular maintenance, they need to be painted or varnished in order to seal the wood
- More costly compared to other window types
- Susceptible to rot and insect infestation
Wooden windows can rot if they are not maintained properly and can also be infested with insects.