For many people, a choice of window frame is just an afterthought, but it really shouldn't be. One of the outstanding things about high-quality aluminium windows is that the have the potential to exceed energy efficiency standards. In fact, by using aluminium windows (and doors), you can expect to see thermal efficiency rise dramatically when compared to the costlier uPVC and timber equivalents. In simple terms, this means that your house will be better insulated, allowing your house to retain heat better for those cold winter months.
Therefore, the actual windows themselves aren't just cheaper – they can also save you money in the long run by minimising the power you consume. Money aside, you're also helping to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. However, if you're concerned about the durability of aluminium windows, fear not! The corrosion-resistant nature of aluminium means that you will get a low maintenance frame that can withstand even the most extreme climates. Additionally, aluminium windows – unlike timber frames – will not split, crack, swell, or warp over time; this means that you will also save money by not having to repair or replace your windows due to the ravages of time.
Plus, if you're concerned about the colour of your frames not fitting in with the rest of your home, you'll be pleased to know that aluminium can be decorated and further protected if it is painted or anodised. An anodising treatment can give your windows a corrosion-resistant finish with the option to choose from an extensive colour palette. Best of all, anodising finishes are frequently used for both interior and exterior applications. Additionally, a powder coating can provide an attractive finishing coat to your aluminium frames; moreover, once coated, aluminium windows that are powered do not require repainting.
Aluminium itself has one of the best recycle rates of any metal, which makes it very environmentally friendly; in fact, recycling aluminium only requires a fraction of the original amount of energy that was expended to create it in the first place. Because Aluminium windows are lightweight and easily malleable when machined, it is little wonder that aluminium windows have become a very popular and economical choice for home designers. Also, to further increase your windows' thermal effectiveness, thermally enhanced frames have an interior and exterior frame that work together to maximise your windows's thermal efficiency; however, this does come at a higher initial cost.