Trying to understand the difference between the two options & which is best for your commercial property can be an absolute headache. There are many websites providing information out there, and it can become flustering with both style and material. So we’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions to help you understand and make your decision.

What are aluminium windows?

Aluminium by default is both strong & durable. It’s versatility also speaks volumes; with manufacturing processes, frames can be made into virtually any shape or size & remain consistently strong. This allows for architects to have fun with projects. If your business requires unique sizing, measurements and designs, as well as the desire for strength & durability (offering security perks) this is most definitely the option for you.

Modern aluminum glass pattern on the architectural background

What are uPVC windows?

uPVC, short for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, is the most popular material when it comes to choosing for residential home owners. However commercial properties it would appear the opposite. Due to the nature of uPVC having a lower price tag than aluminium; they are often used on the vast majority of new build/homes.

White secure UPVC window with lockable handle. Closeup, selective focus

Is aluminium stronger than uPVC?

In short, the answer is yes. Aluminium is supplied via long solid lengths made from only the strongest materials, so therefor no need for any further reinforcement. Whereas uPVC often requires some form of reinforcement, be it via steel or aluminium, to allow it to have enough strength.

So what are the pros & cons of each choice?

uPVC windows are a great option if you’re looking for new double or triple glazing, here are some key features.

  • uPVC windows are generally easier to maintain, they only require a simple wipe down to maintain cleanliness.
  • uPVC is a naturally warm material & therefor serves a good purpose when insulation for the maintaining of heat
  • uPVC is a lightweight material, so in most cases framing is not strong enough for commercial use.
  • uPVC tends to be cheaper than aluminium.

Aluminium windows serve as a fantastic option for larger-scale/commercial properties or designs. As well as those after supply for large domestic projects.

  • Aluminium is almost always stronger than uPVC. Meaning aluminium can have slimmer appearances over larger surfaces, due to frame strength. This being the main factor in popularity for commercial & public buildings. Also beneficial for larger residential designs.
  • With powder-coated aluminium, your window durability will last a long time. Up to 20 years.
  • Aluminium remains environmentally friendly. With its unlimited potential for recyclability. Essentially, when recycling, it creates high quality new aluminium. Using only 5% of the initial energy needed for new metal.
  • Aluminium has greater design flexibility than uPVC – available for a complete RAL colour portfolio.
  • Aluminium windows are far more effective at surviving extreme conditions! Keep this in mind when making your decision!

Which one do you choose?

Aluminium vs uPVC will always be a hotly contested debate within the industry. It essentially breaks down to a few things;

Your personal preference of style, the budget allocated, and factors such as security that matter for your premises should be the determining factor; when making your decision. Thermal efficiency of course is also massive when taking into account eco-friendliness & saving on utility bills.

Ultimately, aluminium windows has advanced in far greater bounds over the recent years, in regards to its affordability & thermal efficiency.
With this growth, we expect it only to continue. However uPVC will always have its place in the market with its affordability.

If you wish to make an enquiry regarding aluminium products, feel free to get in touch with us today, we can discuss your project requirements and get a quotation within 48 hours. Alternatively if you are just looking to discuss the options in more details, feel free to get in touch and we’d be happy to help out!