When fitting new doors in your home, you will often need to decide between either an uPVC or Aluminium style. But apart from the way they look, what are the differences? In this article, we will compare both and hopefully answer some of your questions.
What are the advantages of uPVC?
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (otherwise known as uPVC) is a very popular window and door material. It’s commonly used in many homes, but what is it that makes it such a popular choice?
Probably the best-kept secret about uPVC is its environmental sustainability. In the manufacturing process, uPVC doors and windows have a much lower energy demand in comparison to other materials. Having this advantage reduces not only the price point but also its impact on the environment.
Have you ever heard a uPVC door creak? Even in terrible weather, the material doesn’t make much, if any, sound.
uPVC has always been known for its effective insulation. As the material does not conduct heat, it means that windows and doors make a great job of keeping heat inside your home rather than dissipating it.
If uPVC is so versatile, how does aluminium compare?
That is a good question, whilst uPVC is a great material, aluminium also has its advantages.
As we mentioned above, uPVC is quite sustainable in the manufacturing process but aluminium has far better lifetime usage. Typically, the material has a lifespan of around 40 – 45 years and can be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality. If you’re after a door that’ll last for a very long time, perhaps aluminium is the best choice for you.
Aluminium is also a very strong material, meaning that it’s possible to have larger glass panels in your door as it has the capabilities to hold more weight. If this is a design that you prefer, we’d recommend opting for an aluminium door.
Finally, the first thing you’ll notice about your new door is its aesthetic. Aluminium often offers a more modern and sleek look to your home and has become quite a trend over the last few years, particularly for people choosing the darker frame colours.
Which would work best for you?
With fantastic advantages to each, it’s best to think about what your house needs to decide on what material is best. If you need a door that requires little to no maintenance or does a really good job of insulating your home, uPVC is probably the best option. On the other hand, if you want larger areas of glass and a modern feel that will last the test of time, aluminium is a great choice.
For more advice or to request a quote on a new uPVC or aluminium door, call us on 01787 477231 today. Our team are always happy to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need!