Window frames come in three main types of material: wood, metal and uPVC. The one you choose for your new windows needs to be just right for your taste, budget and the style of your home.
One size doesn’t fit all, so here’s our handy guide to help you make the right choice.
uPVC Window Frames
The most commonly used frames in the UK are made fromuPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride). The molten PVC is cooled and easily cut to size. The frame also incorporates hollow pockets which can be filled with insulating foam. Aluminium or steel can also be inserted into the frame to increase strength and stability.
uPVC is UV resistant which protects the frame from corrosion and discolouration. Also, the internal cavities provide excellent insulation and, as the sections are welded securely together, they’re impervious to moisture. This also prevents cold air from sneaking in.
As a result, uPVC window frames are:
- Strong and durable.
- Great for security as they’re very difficult to damage.
- Energy-efficient which saves you money and makes your home comfy.
- Easy to maintain as they only need a quick wipe now and then.
- They come in a variety of colours.
Bear in mind that white uPVC frames can’t be painted, and they can discolour over time, but this isn’t a problem if you choose a coloured frame from the outset.
Aluminium Window Frames
These types of frames are increasing in popularity. They’re cheaper than they used to be and have some excellent features. Aluminium frames are thinner than uPVC versions so they allow for a larger area of glass. As a result, your home will feel lighter and more spacious.
Thinner frames are made possible by the impressive strength of the material. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that a frame composed only of metal isn’t the best idea. Metal doesn’t prevent heat from escaping and aluminium conducts heat. Fortunately, the latest aluminium frames are constructed with thermal breaks within the frame, which prevents the loss of heat.
As a result, aluminium frames are:
- Extremely strong which is great for security.
- They won’t warp or rot, as aluminium doesn’t corrode like other metals, so these are long-lasting frames.
- Stylish and colourful due to the large window area and a special powder-coated finish which enables the frames to be painted in a range of colours.
- They require very little maintenance and can be recycled.
Timber Window Frames
Wooden windows add a very special look and feel to your property. Wooden frames fit perfectly with the traditional style of a period property. Indeed, your local building regulations may insist upon it.
Of course, there’s no reason why timber can’t be used for modern homes as well, and the result can be a graceful blend of classical and contemporary. However, wood alone requires constant maintenance to prevent rotting, warping and discolouration.
Wood cladding offers a solution, whereby a fibreglass and aluminium frame is bonded to the timber one. This creates a sturdy frame that’s much easier than wood to maintain, won’t warp and can be treated to prevent fungus and rot.
As a result, wood cladding frames are:
- Strong and durable.
- Easy to craft into numerous shapes and sizes.
- Excellent insulation in winter and keep you cool in summer.
- Stylish in any setting.
- Environmentally friendly as they can be sourced from sustainable timber.
Make the Right Choice at The Window Centre
Our friendly experts will guide you through the whole process – whatever style you fancy.