Aluminium windows & doors: What are the advantages?

If you’re looking to invest in a new set of aluminium windows or doors, you’ll no doubt want to be fully aware of the advantages of aluminium; and also which type of window to choose.

Swapping out your existing windows for a new set can bring a host of advantages: it’ll make your house more eco-friendly, save you money on your bills long-term and – of course – make your home look even more beautiful.

In this article, we look at the benefits of aluminium windows and also give you some advice on how to choose the right look for your home.

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Aluminium windows and doors have really gained in popularity in the last couple of decades. For a number of years there was a perception among consumers that aluminium window frames were only available in silver, with hardwood subframes for company.

Buttimes have changed and advances in technology have moved the industry forward significantly, offering a whole host of advantages over plastic or PVC glazing.

Livingwood has invested heavily in state-of-the-art manufacturing systems, which improve the flexibility of manufacture and allow a seamless production process.

Minimal framework

Modern architecture dictates that PVC profiles are becoming too bulky and cumbersome; aluminium glazing affords customers minimal, slim profiles that maximise external views – ideal for those wishing to make the most of their countryside landscape, for instance.

The slim sight lines also allow for greater flexibility for all types of window frames as the aluminium can be worked into and around the slimmest of framework.

For many choosing between PVC and aluminium windows for their property, the deciding factor will invariably be durability and longevity; which will give you the most value for money?

Aluminium vs uPVC windows

UPVC or PVCU has a life span of around 15-20 years, although there is a tendency for it to begin to look somewhat tired after only four or five years of use. Meanwhile aluminium glazing has a much longer life span and should last 20-30 years. Aluminium is considerably more resistant to the outside elements and is much less likely to warp or rot as a result; nor is it likely to dent easily due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.

There are significantly more benefits that we discuss in more detail in our PVCU vs Aluminium doors and windows article here.

The design flexibility of aluminium framed windows and doors

Traditionally, aluminium window frames have been viewed as best suited for light or heavy commercial buildings (local government, schools etc.). However, their pleasing aesthetics – with the ability to have framework in virtually any colour and even different colours on internal and external faces – and the low-maintenance material is becoming a staple choice for residential end users too.

There are many options when choosing the type of window that best suits your home, these include:

  • Fixed panoramic windows
  • Aluminium casement windows
  • Aluminium louvre windows
  • Aluminium tilt and turn windows
  • Slim, ultra-thin windows

For more information on choosing the right frame for your home, read our Which window is best for you guide.

Energy efficient

The introduction of polyamide technology has taken the energy performance of aluminium glazing to entirely new levels too; a pertinent issue for homeowners and business owners alike seeking to keep a lid on energy bills. Aluminium windows can easily achieve improvements in heat gain and heat loss through windows by as much as 60 per cent when combined with a thermal break, rivalling more expensive timber and uPVC equivalents.

Environmentally friendly

Aluminium is also a fully sustainable product. It’s 100% recyclable and non-toxic, leaving a minimal ecological footprint. Recycling aluminium itself requires just five per cent of the initial energy consumed to create it.

At Livingwood you’ll find our entire range of aluminium windows offer a fantastic combination of strength and durability, allowing you to choose very large windows more than three metres high - maximising the amount of life-changing natural light into your building.