Deciding on the right material for your window frames might not seem like the most exciting thing in the world, but there’s a world of difference between each option. People are often attracted to uPVC or timber, and both work well. That said, aluminium window frames also hold several compelling advantages, and here are just four.
- Thin Frames
One of the best things about using aluminium for your window frames is that you’ll barely even see it. Aluminium is an incredibly strong material, so frames can be made very thin without compromising support. uPVC and timber frames need to be made quite thick to ensure they can hold the weight of your windows.
- Unobstructed Views
Since aluminium window frames are so strong, you can use them to support very large glass panes without creating extremely thick edges – this is why aluminium frames are typically preferred for bi-fold doors and French sliding doors. Even if you only want them for a normal window, having one large pane of glass instead of several smaller ones is a fantastic way to fill your house with light while providing unbroken views.
- Long Life
Modern window frames should last for years to come without ever showing signs of wear and tear. The problem is, uPVC and timber frames often start to show their age, even when they work perfectly fine. Timber can chip and its paint can start to flake, while uPVC will fade and yellow under direct sunlight. Aluminium won’t fade, flake, or chip – in fact, it should look as good in five years’ time as it does today, and all without any maintenance.
- Neater Joins
The neatness of joins on your window frames might not be something you’ve taken the time to consider – if you have, you’ll have discovered another benefit of aluminium frames. Timber frame joins can start to swell a little, which leaves an unpleasant gap. uPVC window corners tend to be quite thick. In contrast, aluminium frame joins are very inconspicuous.