It's something that is heavily discussed in our industry, what material is best for your windows UPVC, aluminium or timber? There are advantages to all but due to the cost, performance and insulating benefits of uPVC we would always recommend it as being the best choice of material for window frames. We're often asked if we install aluminium or timber windows and the reason that we don't is because we want to provide our customers the best possible product at the best possible price. UPVC double glazing is the most advanced form of double glazing fabrication in use today; it is the leading and most renowned material used for replacement windows.
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Timber double glazing
Wooden double glazing will generally cost you much more to install and provides an inferior performance when compared to UPVC. Timber used to be a popular choice for window frames but since the development of UPVC it is no longer perceived to be an appropriate option. Wooden frames require a lot of maintenance just to keep them in a somewhat reasonable condition. Timber windows will need to be maintained to prevent damage over time, as wood was once a living material it can warp and rot over time which leaves a property looking old and dull.
You probably don't want to install timbre frames if you have a phobia of insects as wood is vulnerable to attracting all kinds of bugs. The frames are also vulnerable to moisture and can expand and contract with changes in temperature causing real problems, including not being able to open or close the windows.
At Safestyle we understand that many people enjoy the aesthetic appeal of wooden windows but can't handle the large amount of maintenance they require. We specialise in high-grade uPVC, but we do actually have a range of realistic wood effects profiles, and these look just as good if not better than the real thing while requiring very little maintenance.
Aluminium double glazing
Aluminium is the original material used in double glazing manufacturing and it used to be very popular in the late 1960's until the early 80s. While aluminium is still a relatively common choice for window replacement it offers very little in terms of heat retention; it is good at conducting heat meaning that a large amount of your home's heat can be lost through aluminium window frames. This counteracts the benefits of double glazing and can even cost you more in energy bills.
Modern aluminium windows have thermal inserts to prevent heat loss, however the cost of aluminium window frames are far outweighed, compared to the energy savings you’ll make. This perhaps explains their decline in popularity as they don't provide an outstanding performance for that high price. It is commonly reported problem that aluminium double glazing frames can get a bit stiff and have a tendency to stick.
Benefits of uPVC double glazing
- Low cost - uPVC tends to be considerably better value than aluminium and timber and provides more benefits. Costs can vary depending on the quality and features of the windows but you can expect a much more affordable price by choosing a UPVC window.
- Low maintenance - The material tends to be so popular because it requires very little maintenance; other than cleaning in and around the frames a few times a year you can leave your windows to look after themselves. Unlike timber you will not see any signs of rot or weather damage due to the extremely durable nature of the material. UPVC is also really great at providing sound insulation and studies show it can reduce outside noise by as much as 70%.
- Great performance - uPVC windows are extremely energy efficient so installing them can really help to reduce heating costs and keep your property nice and warm. Due to its resilience, strength and robustness, uPVC is also very reliable when it comes to your home security.
They are also exceptionally durable, recyclable and provide the highest level of thermal comfort.
At Safestyle we believe in giving you the best value products and we believe our UPVC windows and doors are far superior in cost efficiency, quality, energy efficiency and durability. If you choose an aluminium or timer frame it can be a lot more expensive and they do not provide the same benefits that UPVC windows do. UPVC is the most popular window frame material in the UK and is the perfect choice for replacement windows and doors.