Aluminium or Vinyl (Upvc)?
Are aluminium windows better that vinyl and upvc alternatives?
Windows and doors allow light and airflow into your home helping to create a comfortable interior. Windows and doors also frame your view to the world outside. Why compromise that with poor quality windows, or windows that do not conform to your needs? One of the most important decisions you will make when choosing windows and doors is whether you select aluminium or vinyl (Upvc). Each option has its pros and cons, but you’re in the box seat and the final decision is yours to make.
We will review both vinyl and aluminium windows in depth to help you get a better understanding of what to expect when you invest in either option.
Aluminium windows generally come in thinner framing, which in turn provides your home with greater lights transmission and represents a more modern style. Vinyl windows have much wider frames and window Sashes. The majority of each window is made up of glass with very little external framework but the Upvc windows framing is far more visible. Unlike aluminium windows, vinyl windows have a welding join line at each of the corners, which may not be to some individuals liking. Vinyl window frames are typically rebated and grooved with thicker mitred joining than aluminium windows because they are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Many individuals find that aluminium windows are more modern and attractive because the framing is thinner. However, vinyl windows allow the ability to paint and recoat the frame, which is an option that many homeowners like. Aluminium window frames come in a metallic silver finish, which is not as attractive.
Aluminium window frames are available in two options powder coat or anodising. Powder coat is a very rigid surface paint finish that is highly desirable and extremely tough, weather-resistant and will stand the test for many years. Anodising is a different process by which the aluminium sections are dipped in acid and Charged so the aluminium is micronized to the Australian standard of 25MU microns. This also is a very rigid and weather-resistant finish however it is not a paint it is a matte aluminium metallic finish that is hugely desirable from architectural firms and mainly featured in commercial buildings This also is a very rigid and weather resistant finish however it is not a paint, it is a matte aluminium metallic finish that is hugely desirable from architectural firms and mainly featured in many commercial buildings. You can paint aluminium window frames, but generally speaking either anodised or Powder coat will last you such a very long time that painting would not be required.
Energy-Efficiency (Upvc & Thermally Broken Aluminium)
Vinyl windows that are on the market today are generally very well insulated energy-efficient products and provide the cost savings you expect when investing in new windows. Vinyl is energy-efficient is because it is designed to reduce any heat transfer that takes place between the outside and the inside of the home. UPVC windows also limit the amount of light penetration that shines through the window. Vinyl windows help regulate the internal temperature of the home, which allows the HVAC system to work less, thus reducing the overall bills in winter and summer combined rendering the vinyl windows energy-efficient.
Aluminium windows are not as energy-efficient unless thermally broken. This is because being an alloy eight metal frame they will very easily conduct electricity and heat from the external environment or the internal. During the warmer months they can actually conduct the external heat and transfer that through the frame into the home warming a room up. Since the aluminium conducts heat or cold, it allows more heat or cold to penetrate through the windows, causing the HVAC system to work harder to cool or warm the room. If the interior of the home is substantially cooler than the outside, condensation can form on the windows and lead to other issues such as mould and rust.
No matter which option you choose vinyl or aluminium, even the best energy-efficient windows can be less than effective or efficient if not installed properly.
Installation (Upvc & Aluminium)
Both aluminium and vinyl windows should be installed by professional installers. Each type of window can be an easy DIY project, but if you install one of your windows poorly, then You can potentially expose a weak link in your home which will allow heat in summer and cold in winter to penetrate the membrane of your home reducing the overall effectiveness of your windows. again we stretch the point it is definitely recommended to have windows installed professionally.
Vinyl Although heavier and harder to move without deflecting and bowing is a flexible material that contracts and expands easily. This flexibility makes installation simpler and faster than for aluminium windows. If the vinyl does not come already set, it will need to be placed into the frame once the window is installed.
Aluminium window installation can be simplified with adequate tolerances made while measuring to ensure the window fits directly into the stud work or brickwork it is being attached to. Once the aluminium window and frame are in place, they are simply nailed straight through the reveal or screwed straight through the aluminium frame into the brick all the stud and age find cork is applied externally to seal the window up against which ever membrane is external the architraves will go on internally hiding the gap between the plaster and the reveal all the aluminium frame this can be then finished off by painting and blogging. caulk is typically used to secure the window in place.
Costs (Upvc & Aluminium)
Comparing these window materials overall costing, vinyl can be an economical solution to both purchase and install. A 48-inch vinyl window will cost between $620 and $830, with installation for each costing around $350. This makes the total cost for each installed window between $870 and $1080.
Aluminium windows cost between $820 and $1030 for a 48-inch window, and installation costs are similar, around $450 for each window. This makes the final cost for each window installed between $1,080 and $1,290.
Noise Insulation (Aluminium)
Aluminium windows are very good and much better at stopping noise than vinyl windows. In fact, vinyl windows should not be chosen if the main concern is for noise insulation because they do not insulate very well due to less mass. While aluminium windows will not block out all noise You can upgrade the glass to sound stop options which are often more expensive but specifically target noise pollution overall they do a better job than vinyl windows. Aluminium windows are a better choice for homeowners who live near busy streets or loud areas such as parks and need some noise reduction.
Since vinyl is a flexible material, the windows cannot handle extreme temperature, in fact they will walk up and bend and in some cases they are not repairable. This can sometimes leave the vinyl stretched with a distorted look, which is expected considering the makeup of uPVC windows under extreme temperatures. Aluminium windows are extremely durable and do not bend or twist, even in the hottest or coldest temperatures and particularly apt to Australian temperatures, which is why many homeowners prefer them in Australia. Also, aluminium windows are one of the strongest and lightest materials available in the window market. The frame is made to withstand inclement weather, and the frames do not twist, warp, contract, or expand in extreme temperatures.
Corrosion is not an issue with vinyl or aluminium windows.
While vinyl windows are considered low maintenance, they require attention over time. As discussed they can warp in extreme temperatures, so it is vital that you caulk around them to prevent airflow coming into and out of them as much as possible. Vinyl windows that become damaged are not easily repaired.
Like vinyl windows, aluminium windows are easy to maintain and considered low maintenance. They require some care, especially when it comes Marine areas close to salt particularly to the track and runners of the window. You need to clean them periodically, or you can may find it nearly harder to open and close the windows and doors affected. In addition, Give the frames a thorough wash at least once a month soap and water is all that is required on either aluminium finish.
Environmental Concerns (Aluminium)
Vinyl windows are made from uPVC. Because of this, the windows are not biodegradable, and there is much debate concerning the harmful gases released during and after the production of Upvc windows. For this reason many people, who are environmentally conscious do not choose vinyl windows as a viable option for their home.
Aluminium is environmentally friendly because it can be recycled many times over. These windows are often removed from homes and then recycled or reused into new product development and sold back to the community. One thing to keep in mind is that aluminium, while environmentally friendly can also be energy-efficient, if coupled with the best glazing which may be a deal breaker for those who are conscious about keeping the environment clean and green.
Choosing windows is never an easy task but armed wit the right advice and education you can be in a better place to make the better choice to accommodate your needs.
We hope this information serves you well.