Facts about Aluminium Windows

What are some facts about aluminium windows? Firstly of all, modern aluminium windows have advanced significantly in recent years. Gone are the days when an aluminium window suited only commercial buildings. Therefore today, the discerning homeowner has a choice of materials for their windows.

Facts about Aluminium Windows showing a Gloucester detached house

Aluminium windows provide a complete home solution.

What you may not know is that there is an aluminium window for every type of home.  Aluminium windows meet every kind of design, shape and style.  Look at any architect-designed home, contemporary property or any current home extension.  All these modern buildings often use aluminium for windows and doors.

Gone are the days when buyers of double glazing had limited choices. Previously aluminium windows came with a silver or a white colour and typically only with a hardwood subframe.

Our range of modern aluminium windows suits a new extension. Furthermore, they replace old timber windows and even offer slimline solutions, also replicating old metal windows.

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.

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 chambers give the frame strength but also 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 windows 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 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 is custom designed.  Choose from a direct fix window, as an odd leg window for hardwood frames or intended to work in any stone mullion or stone surround.

Other facts about aluminium windows.

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

Perhaps you want to construct a modern home extension with large glass panels. As aluminium windows come larger than PVCu, this means you 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. The foiling of pvcu windows while of great quality doesn’t give as big a 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.

An aluminium window will provide you with:

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

At Open Living, we offer a complete range of aluminium windows, complemented by a vast array 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?

Published on November 21, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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