Facts about Aluminium Windows

Modern aluminium windows have advanced significantly in recent years. Gone are the days when an aluminium window was only used commercially. Today, the discerning homeowner is choosing aluminium as their product of choice.

Aluminium windows provide a complete home solution.

What you may not know is that there is an aluminium window for every type of home or customer requirement. There isn’t much that can’t be achieved with an aluminium window. Look at any architect designed home, contemporary property or any current home extension and you’ll often see aluminium used for the doors and for the windows as well.

Gone are the days when buyers of double glazing were limited to just a “basic” window or door. Previously aluminium windows were only available as a silver or a white colour and typically only with a hardwood subframe.

Our own range of modern aluminium windows can be used for a new extension, to replace old timber windows and we even offer slimline solutions that replicate the appearance of old metal windows as well.

When shopping around for new windows it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction. There are a lot of common myths surrounding aluminium windows and some PVCu companies may try to discourage you from buying them. What you should know is that today’s energy efficient and highly secure aluminium windows are not for factories and commercial buildings - they’re widely used in the home.

At Open Living we offer you a choice of both PVCu and aluminium windows. There is no good or bad product - each offers you different options depending on your budget, your home and your requirements generally. You may be aware of the many benefits PVCu windows provide but what about aluminium?

Aluminium windows are thermally efficient.

Study a PVCu window and you’ll see several chambers inside the profile. These are designed to not only give the frame strength but are also there for energy efficiency.

An aluminium window also has chambers but relies less on these. The structural strength of an aluminium window comes from the metal itself as it’s inherently strong. The thermal insulation comes from what’s called a ‘thermal break’. Thermal breaks are designed into aluminium windows to create a bridge between the inside and outside faces of the window. This is what insulates the frame of a window.

Just like PVCu and with our high specification glass you can now have aluminium windows with Window Energy Ratings of A, B or C.

Our Origin Twin Flush window as one example is a super energy efficient window and comes with an A rating. Enhance this window with the Aerogel option and the performance is even better.

Aluminium window are great for traditional properties.

One of the advantages of aluminium windows is that they come in a choice of frame depths. This makes them ideal for either new build homes, new extensions and of course for the replacement of old windows.

There are also many properties that have stone window surrounds, stone mullions or hardwood subframes. Often homeowners want to retain these as a feature of the home.

Aluminium windows can therefore be designed to work with all types of stone or hardwood surrounds. You not only benefit from a slimline aluminium window but also one that will blend in with any character property.

Our entire window range can be custom designed as a direct fix window, as an odd leg window for hardwood frames or designed to work in any stone mullion or stone surround.

Other advantages of aluminium windows.

By their very nature, aluminium windows are stronger yet thinner. This means an aluminium window can give you greater design options.

Perhaps you want to construct a modern home extension with large glass panels. As aluminium windows can be made larger than PVCu, this means you can create a large span window without needing mullions or transoms for support.

A large colour choice can be found in both PVCu and aluminium windows today. However aluminium windows lend themselves better to colour. Aluminium windows are powder coated and this process has been proven for nearly forty years to be far better than any wet paint process. Foiling of pvcu windows whilst of great quality doesn’t give the colour choice.

Aluminium also lends itself brilliantly should you require an authentic wood effect finish. Called ‘sublimation’ and found on our Origin range of windows, you can enjoy all the advantages of slimline, strong and thermally efficient aluminium with a highly authentic wood effect finish that is great to see and touch.

You can have a choice of over 200 colours, different colours inside and out, wood effects, metallic colours, textured granite or sandstone type finishes and much more.

Where we recommend aluminium windows can be better than pvcu.

An aluminium window will provide you with:

  • Huge colour choice
  • Larger windows
  • A solution for stone mullions or hardwood subframes
  • High security thanks to multi point locking
  • Excellent window energy ratings.

At Open Living we offer a complete range of aluminium windows that are enhanced by a great range of bifolding doors, sliding doors, lantern roofs and much more. If you’re currently in the market for new windows and would like more information, contact us for a no obligation quotation. Or why not visit our showroom?

01767 448 005