With summer on the horizon, there is no better time to stay thinking about upgrading your windows. Having new aluminium windows fitted during the warmer months means your home won’t get cold while the work is being done and that your windows will be ready to keep the cold chills out once autumn and winter come around. In this article, we’ll give you a quick guide on how to choose aluminium windows and the benefits they have to offer.
When considering aluminium windows, it’s important to choose a style and configuration that complements your home and which allows plenty of natural light to flood into every room. We recommend that you avoid using too many different styles of window around your home as this can look a little odd. While every window will be slightly different from the last, you can ensure a fluid look by choosing styles that complement each other. The most popular style of aluminium window is the casement window. These outward opening windows are available in a number of styles, colours and designs and can be hinged at the top, hinged at the bottom or side hung.
Windows are typically made in one of three materials: uPVC, timber or aluminium. It’s always a good idea to match the materials your windows are made from for a unified look. If you are looking for an alternative to timber or uPVC that will suit both contemporary and heritage properties and which will stay looking great for many years with minimal maintenance, aluminium is a solid choice. Strong, durable and able to support large glazing units without a bulky frame, aluminium windows are a sound investment that will transform the exterior of your home.
When it comes to making your home more energy-efficient, your windows play an important role. We would be delighted to tell you more about the thermal performance of our windows and the difference they could make to both your comfort and your energy bills.
Windows come with a Window Energy Rating (WER) that tells you how energy efficient your windows are. This ‘rainbow’ sticker is very similar to those found on some appliances such as fridges. The rating runs on a sliding scale with A being the most efficient and E being the least efficient. You may have also heard of the U-value. This is the measure that is used to determine heat loss. It is expressed in W/m2K. The lower the U-value, the better the insulation capabilities.
When breaking into a property, most burglars will gain access using the windows or doors. One of the most beneficial aspects of aluminium windows is their security features. When it comes to external attacks, aluminium windows are some of the most robust on the market. Unlike many uPVC frames, aluminium window frames will not crack when forced with a sharp object and cannot be sawn or cut like timber frames can.
The last thing you want to do is invest in new windows only to spend time and money looking after them. The good news is that aluminium windows require little to no maintenance during their lifetime. Compares to white uPVC and stained timber frames that require a certain amount of upkeep, aluminium windows look after themselves.
When it comes to investing in new windows, it really is a case of you get what you pay for. That’s why it’s important to weigh up all the benefits before you make a decision. While aluminium might be more expensive than uPVC, it can be customised in a wide range of colours, and creates a seamless effect thanks to its slim profile. Also, aluminium windows will last for 40 years or more whereas the service life of uPVC windows is around 25 years.
To find out more about our range of aluminium windows, speak to our team. We’d be delighted to tell you more and to arrange a free quote.