Aluminium windows are a popular replacement window choice for homes and businesses. They not only look smart they have many practical benefits over other materials.
Many homeowners think aluminium windows are suitable for modern properties only but that is a mistake; aluminium windows can look great on period homes too. Modern windows can even be used in listed properties and conservation areas.
Select Window Systems can supply and install aluminium windows throughout Cheshire. We have a huge range to choose from with a wide variety of colours and finishes.
There are many reasons to choose aluminium as the best material for a replacement window. As well as looking good they are robust but lightweight, resistant to corrosion, virtually maintenance free and guaranteed to last. Aluminium windows are also energy efficient with modern thermal break technology to ensure excellent insulation.
There are some issues to consider when choosing to install aluminium windows. First is the cost. They are more expensive to manufacture than uPVC windows but homeowners should take into account the durability and longevity of aluminium. Repairs cost is also an issue. Scratches, dents and other damage may need professional attention. They can also suffer damage from salt water, so seaside homeowners should consider windows with marine-grade powder coating, which adds to the cost.
Choosing aluminium for a replacement window in not a budget option. Although more affordable than hardwood they cost around 20% more than uPVC. But the upfront price has to be weighed against the long-term advantages. Aluminium windows tend to last longer than uPVC and timber, will add value to any property thanks to their aesthetic appeal, are virtually maintenance free and are guaranteed not to warp or flex over time. Unlike wooden windows they do not need painting and will not rot.
The quality of aluminium does vary among manufacturers. High quality producers use what are called 'prime billets' in manufacture while others use scrap metal to reduce production costs. Premium quality window products have a consistent, smooth finish with no rough surfaces or pitting, especially around the joints. Top quality manufacturers will polish the dies between batches to reduce contamination in the production process. There is some variation too in the way windows are assembled so it pays to use an accredited window installer such as Select Window Systems.
Natural aluminium has a silver-grey sheen that is very popular in itself but modern powder coating technology has introduced a huge range of colours and finishes. Many manufacturers now offer standard PAL colours and others offer their own range of colour finishes. Companies can also offer different finishes for inside and outside so you can match the window to your interior design. Most aluminium windows are powder-coated, a process that means spraying dry electrostatic powder onto the metal than baking it in special ovens. The result is a very high quality and smooth paint finish that is extremely hard wearing.
Aluminium has the advantage of being both lightweight and strong. This means that the visible elements of the window frame can be very slim allowing for unobstructed views and a sleek, minimalist appearance. Frames can also be built 'flush' so that frames do not protrude, adding to the sleek, slimline look and feel. Slim sightlines means better views of the garden and more natural light entering the property. The recent revival in Crittall-style windows has resulted in large glass planes that incorporate delicate astragal bars that emulate a classical look.
When choosing a window installer always make sure you understand what is included in the quoted installation price. This should include extras such a locks, handles and other fittings. Lead-in times for installation may often depend on the manufacturer, especially if you are ordering a non-standard size of frame. Industry standard delivery times are usually four to eight weeks, although this can vary and some manufacturers will offer shorter delivery times for a price. Also make sure than the installer is approved for the product you have chosen and, like Select Window Systems, is fully accredited with a nationally recognised agency such as FENSA.