30 January 2024

uPVC vs Aluminium Windows


uPVC vs Aluminium Windows

When you are employed as an installer for a home improvement project, there are often a million questions from the client – how long will it take? How much will it cost? Should I choose this window or that window? Well, we’ve put our heads together to come up with some thoughts for you! Of course, we can’t give a definitive answer as there are so many personal variables with each project, but there are some points that can be helpful to consider when choosing between uPVC or aluminium windows for home improvement projects. 

There are merits to both uPVC and aluminium as materials for crafting window profiles. That being said, there are points where they can outshine each other. Ultimately, it really depends on what your client’s priorities and preferences are – but here are some helpful factors to consider when making the decision. 

Benefits of uPVC Windows

uPVC has remained a popular choice when it comes to crafting windows – and with good reason! Technical innovations over the years have resulted in uPVC window profiles being well insulated to support the energy efficiency of the home. They are often a preferred choice for large commercial projects due to being a more economical option, whilst still performing to a high standard. 

Typically most uPVC windows will come in white. However, developments in the manufacturing process have meant homeowners are no longer limited to this, and can enjoy a range of customisable configurations, colours and effects such as wood grain. Windows & doors made from uPVC can last for decades without any sign of weathering, the only upkeep required being a quick wipe with soapy water to prevent staining and remove loose grime or dirt.

uPVC is a strong material that is well up to the task of protecting the home against both intruders and inclement weather. uPVC can last for many years without suffering decay as a result of rust or wind damage, unlike natural materials such as timber and aluminium. You can be confident that, when you install high quality uPVC from Hanley Trade Frames, you are installing long lasting pieces that will stand the test of time. 

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Benefits of Aluminium Windows 

The natural qualities of aluminium, especially when used in an alloy, make it incredibly strong. Aluminium is a low density metal and is very lightweight, which makes it very strong and durable. This is obviously an asset as a material to craft windows, as it keeps homes incredibly secure. Aluminium window profiles are longer-lasting than uPVC, as they do not warp or decay as a result of wear or weather. Your clients can be confident that their homes are protected against external force and know that their new windows will stand the test of time. The windows we supply have integrated multipoint locking systems which further protect the home against potential intruders for complete peace of mind. 

Aluminium is a natural thermal insulator due to being a low density material. We craft aluminium window profiles with a polyamide thermal break in the frame – designed to trap small pockets of warm air and prevent heat loss by convection. Heat is better retained in the home, eliminating frustrating temperature fluctuations and reducing the need for central heating to maintain a comfortable temperature. 

By making a home more energy efficient, these windows also contribute to the environment as they limit the carbon emissions from the property. Your clients will be pleased to see their energy bills lower and know that their carbon footprint is diminishing when you fit their home with premium aluminium window frames from Hanley Trade Frames

Aluminium window profiles boast some of the slimmest frames on the market. This is fantastic for keeping up with the minimalistic aesthetics that are so popular and timeless, with slender profiles allowing for more natural light and unobstructed views to create a brighter and more welcoming home. Slimline window profiles are an excellent way to illuminate and revitalise a previously dim and shadowy space and aluminium has the inherent qualities to be able to support this design without unsightly reinforcements. High quality aluminium windows are also very attractive to prospective buyers, and can increase the kerb appeal and value of a property. 

Maximise the aesthetic appeal of your projects with aluminium window profiles, and contact our team to discuss design and configuration ideas. 


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Contact Hanley Trade Frames today to discuss your energy efficiency goals and receive a free quote for both uPVC and aluminium windows to take the first steps towards a warmer and safer home. Our team of experts is here to help you make informed decisions and create a more sustainable and cost-effective living environment. To request a quote, simply try out our handy quoting engine now, or contact us today to discuss your upcoming project and the merits of uPVC vs aluminium windows! 

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