Aluminium Windows

Benefits of aluminium windows

Aluminium windows generally come in the form of sash or case, but there are other styles too, one of the other good uses is tilt and turn. But with the applications of an aluminium understood, why would you choose one?

Possible the biggest decisions that anyone has to make regarding their new windows and doors is the type of material that will be used for the frames. For some people, the decision is made easier by factors such as budget, or the type of home they live in, but for most it is a difficult choice.

Aluminium windows are growing in popularity. The sleek profile and look at they give your home is ideal for people wanting to portray a more modern style and although more expensive than uPVC windows, they give an air of style you just can’t get from plastic. These streamlined frames also give the added benefit of letting more light pass through into the home, especially through smaller windows, and also allowing you to take advantage of any views you may have from your home. This is especially true for sash windows where thicker frames might reduce these advantages and you would need hardwood windows to get anywhere near the quality and strength of profile provided by aluminium and if you go for some serious glazing, aluminium will be able to take the weight.

Aluminium is a malleable material that can be manipulated into various shapes quite easily, so it is often the go to frame material for unusually shaped windows. Another thing that makes aluminium windows is their customisation options. There are so many different colours and finishes available in this material that it is impossible to list them all here.

Aluminium Windows
Aluminium Windows

Aluminium clad windows

Aluminium clad windows are another option that you might be interested in. They consist of wooden frames that have an aluminium cladding on the outside of them.

That means you get the nice wooden looking finish and heat trapping qualities of timber inside your home, but the sleek modern finish of aluminium on the exterior. Having the outside clad in aluminium also reduces the amount of maintenance required which is something that can put people off timber window frames. You will still have to stain or paint the interior of the frame but you won’t have to worry about damage from the elements on the outside which is where most of the problem lies.

New Aluminium windows cost comparison

So, how much do new aluminium windows cost? And how does that price compare to both uPVC and wooden windows? Double glazing costs for aluminium tend to be fairly high compared to the other materials available, withstanding hardwood which is the most expensive.

Here we will take a brief look at the difference in price to give you a better understanding of it all. Let’s start with the factors that affect the price of any window regardless of material. Things like the size of the window, how many window panels there are, the number of openers, where the window(s), and you home, is located, transport costs, and many other things come into play when considering the cost of replacing old windows with new ones.

Aluminium Double Glazing Cost
Material Size (width * height mm) Openers Cost
Aluminium 600 * 1200 1 £400-£500
1200 * 1200 1 £450-£650
1200 * 1200 2 £500-£700
1800 * 1200 1 £600-£800
1800 * 1200 2 £650-£850
1800 * 1200 3 £700-£900
2400 * 1200 1 £1000-£1250
2400 * 1200 2 £1100-£1350
2400 * 1200 3 £1200-£1400
2400 * 1200 4 £1250-£1450

However, just as a rough estimate and price guide, we will quickly compare the price of a 1800mm x 1200mm window with 2 openers in the three main materials available- uPVC, aluminium, and wood. An 1800mm x 1200mm uPVC window with 2 openers should cost somewhere between £450-£650 depending on some of the factors we mentioned above.

The same window with full aluminium frames will set you back somewhere in the range of £750-£1050, while opting for softwood or hardwood windows should cost you approximately £1200-£1500 and £1500-£1800, respectively.

Aluminium Window
Aluminium Window

Of course this is only a rough price guide to your window prices and it is possible to get lesser known brands of windows of each of these materials that would make them cheaper than others, but quality is not always assured when cutting costs this way. You might also opt for triple glazing which would considerably increase the costs.

That being said, there are cheapo brands out there that still have high standards and your local suppliers should know all about them. If you would like some free help attaining quotes from the best suppliers operating in your local area, you can use our online form to send your details to multiple companies all at the same time with a click of a button. In return you will receive no obligation quotes on the windows you wish to know more about.

Misconceptions about modern aluminium windows

Aluminium is a highly conductive material. Most of us will probably still remember learning this is in high school as part of our science lessons.

So, how does aluminium make for a good material when it comes to window frames? Surely insulation is effected right?

Well, it used to be the case that aluminium frames were less energy efficient than other available materials such as uPVC and timber. The older models sometimes used to have problems with condensation build up which then led to dampness issues and all the things that come with it. This was caused by the old frame’s inability to keep the cold air out and warm air in.

Thankfully this is no longer an issue with aluminium windows. Newer models have benefited from innovative designers and new technological breakthroughs and are now just as thermally efficient as their competing materials.

Things like a vinyl layer built into the frame, also known as a thermal break, or space age materials such as aerogel have been used to eradicate any previous inadequacies aluminium windows may have had in the past.

Aluminium Windows

Saving money on you aluminium windows

There are a number of ways to save yourself more than just a few pennies when replacing your old windows with your shiny new aluminium windows.

Some of these are short term savings such as choosing to go with a local supplier so that transport costs will be kept to a minimum, or choosing a cheaper material. These will keep the initial cost to you down, sometimes considerably so, but there are also ways to save in the long run.

Installing good quality windows will save you money on heating bills because of the improved thermal dynamics in your home. There are ways to maximise this potential that could save you a lot of money of the long term and you should ask your local windows companies about this subject.

Things like choosing casement windows over sash windows can improve your home’s insulation because the reduced number of panes of glass means that there are fewer seals for air to escape from. This is just a simple example of how a little knowledge of such things can lead to big savings over time.