Maintaining the traditional look of your home using aluminium doors and windows

Aluminium doors and windows continue to enjoy steady popularity with customers, offering many benefits compared to traditional frames – from durability and stylishness to superb thermal efficiency.

With all these distinctly modern perks associated with aluminium products, it’s perhaps no surprise that many people think of them mainly in a contemporary design context. Despite this perceived link, aluminium frames possess great flexibility to be used in older, more traditional homes and properties.

This quick guide explains how the benefits of aluminium doors and windows – in aesthetics, energy performance and more – can be realised to enhance older buildings, both residential and commercial.

Colour finish

The idea that aluminium doors or window frames can’t be coloured is a common misunderstanding that continues to survive, despite the opposite being true. Aluminium is a very versatile metal, with a stunning range of finish options available to help achieve the perfect visuals. With the right choice of finish in the final installation, new frames can be easily made to complement or match your property’s traditional style.


Most aluminium doors are coloured with powder coating, available in over 150 different hues. So even if your property’s traditional timber frames are covered in a very particular or peculiar shade of paint, there’s a minimal chance you won’t find an aluminium coating to complete the colour scheme. If you need advice on getting the best colour for a particular job, you can always call our team for more information.

Imitation finish

Offering more than block colours, aluminium frames can also be specified in styles that mimic the grain and texture of wood products. It’s understandable that, if you’re living in a more old-fashioned home, you’re a fan of the classic style that natural materials can provide. However, only aluminium products can deliver that elegant aesthetic combined with the low maintenance requirements and enhanced performance afforded by current manufacturing processes.

Natural finish

Used more often in industrial contexts, a ‘natural’ finish effectively leaves the aluminium metal exposed. Although unlikely to blend in with an old home, in the right context – such as a converted warehouse or renovated barn – plain metal can create a classic look that pays homage to a building’s original construction.

Thin frames

A big factor in aluminium frames’ popularity during recent times is their capability to support much larger panes of glass. Requiring much thinner frames to do so, they are far stronger than uPVC or wooden frames in this regard. And remember, the frame is easily the most obstructive part of any door or window unit by far.

This can be a boon for customers desiring wider external views in their traditionally-styled home, where thick uPVC frames can easily conflict with the existing aesthetic. Aluminium, meanwhile, can offer large glass panes in frames which are practically invisible to the naked eye, specified with a wood-style finish. This look is seen often in log cabin style holiday resorts, utilising traditional wood-themed visuals with windows offering panoramic views of the local area.

Glazing styles

Aluminium frames also benefit from the availability of a wide range of glazing options. The flexibility of frames to be customised with a greater number of panes, for example, can make an aluminium window a perfect addition to even a traditional Georgian home. Working with an experienced designer of bespoke aluminium products, you can guarantee your property will benefit from all the perks of modern aluminium without marring its defining looks.

Get in touch

The Livingwood team is experienced with installing aluminium doors and windows in a wide range of settings, including traditional homes and properties. If you’re working on a renovation or design project and would like to know more about how aluminium can enhance your house’s aesthetics and energy performance, simply get in touch online or call us on 01284 764045 and we’ll be eager to help.