Comparing aluminium and PVCu windows.

If you are looking to replace the windows and the doors in your home, one of the things you will be thinking about is whether to have aluminium or PVCu.

Today’s modern PVCu and aluminium windows are excellent offering high security, great thermal performance and big colour choice? However, how do you choose the best material for your home? In this article, we give you some facts about both types of windows and why you should consider them for your home.

What is better? Aluminium or PVCu?

House with aluminium and PVCu windows.

Aluminium and PVCu are both great windows. Shown here, aluminium bifolds and PVCu sliding sash windows.

The choice of material comes down to several important factors, and one of those is the price. Aluminium usually costs more than PVCu, but that is because the raw material and the manufacturing costs are entirely different from PVCu.

Aluminium windows are always coloured to protect the bare aluminium, whereas standard white PVCu windows are not coloured after they are produced. PVCu windows tend to be more automated in their production, whereas aluminium windows are still mainly made by hand. These are the main reasons why you will find PVCu cheaper than aluminium, although there are some exceptions.

Where PVCu and aluminium are the same.

There are some areas where PVCu and aluminium can be the same, and that is down to security, design and weather performance.

With both PVCu and aluminium windows, you benefit from the latest multipoint locking systems, sealed and secure windows and protection from the weather.

When it comes to thermal insulation, PVCu is better than aluminium as an insulator, but both Aluminium and PVCu windows are available with an A rating, you just need to make sure you choose the right glass specification.

Broadly speaking all PVCu windows are A rated and aluminium windows are B or C rated, although A rated is available as well with some systems.

Both aluminium and PVCu windows provide a low maintenance easy to look after window that will last for many years.

Reasons to choose aluminium windows.

Here are our top reasons to choose aluminium.

  • Slimmer and stronger than PVCu.
  • Aluminium windows and doors can be made bigger than PVCu.
  • Aluminium provides more colour choices.
  • Aluminium is more contemporary looking.

Reasons to choose PVCu windows.

Here are our top reasons to choose PVCu windows.

  • PVCu windows are more affordable.
  • PVCu windows offer an excellent choice of timber look and wood effect windows.
  • PVCu sliding sash windows are very authentic in appearance.
  • PVCu windows have the best energy saving properties.

If you are thinking about replacement or new windows for your home, at The London Glazing Group, we offer market leading PVCu and aluminium windows and doors from the top brands. Contact us today for a free no obligation quotation.