Are you thinking about refreshing the window frames in your home? If you’ve had the same window frames for longer than you can remember, or you’re excited to upgrade your single glazing into double glazing, now might be the time. The benefits of double glazing are undeniable, but the frames can also have a great impact within your home. Keep reading to find out why replacing your windows with either aluminium or uPVC frames could be the best decision this year…

The price

If you’re on a budget, how much your windows cost could be what makes your decision. The prices of uPVC and aluminium window frames differ…

Aluminium frames

Aluminium frames are slightly more expensive than uPVC ones due to the cost of manufacturing and materials. Metal is generally more expensive than plastic, so window frames reflect this difference. The metal frames are top quality and are extremely durable, making them worth the cost over time.

uPVC frames

Due to plastic being less costly to manufacture, uPVC frames are better for homes that are on a slight budget. uPVC frames are by no means the lesser option but if you’re looking for cost-effective, high-quality frames, these could be the ones for you.

The lifespan

As with anything, if the lifespan of the product you’re investing in is not worth the cost and the effort, it may be time to rethink! Both uPVC and aluminium window frames are impressive in terms of their guarantees – let’s get into the details.

Aluminium frames

Aluminium is an extremely durable material and it has a long lifespan, which is very handy when they’re holding your glass panes securely! The metal won’t warp or twist, meaning that your windows will operate smoothly and stay in place.

uPVC frames

uPVC is brilliant in that it is highly resistant to rot, so it will last in your home for a long time without needing replacement. These frames have a slightly decreased lifespan compared to aluminium, but will still provide your home with benefits rivalling aluminium frames.

The thermal efficiency

There is a common myth that aluminium frames do not offer good thermal efficiency. This is wrong! Aluminium frames now have thermal breaks which creates a barrier between the cold outdoors and the cosiness of your home. Retain the heat in your home with the introduction of aluminium window frames! The same can be said for uPVC – plastic is an insulating material and is capable of increasing your home’s thermal efficiency. Both of these materials can offer your home a warm environment and increased energy efficiency.

The aesthetic style

Ask yourself what window style you’d like to have. It probably has to fit in with the rest of your home, so the rest of your property will factor into this decision.

Aluminium frames

Aluminium frames look dazzling in homes that are modern and sleek. Due to their shiny and sophisticated finish that can be personalised in a range of colours, they lend themselves towards new homes and a contemporary aesthetic. It is possible to play around with the finishes and change the style – have fun with it!

uPVC frames

Due to the versatility of uPVC frames, they will work well in older homes and perhaps even listed buildings. There are plastic finishes available that mimic the look of wood grain, meaning you can install uPVC sash windows that fit in with the style of your existing, older property.

Do you need some advice on which type of window frame will be the most beneficial for your home? Not to worry, here at Channel Windows our experts can help you decide on the best choice. Give us a call on 01304 379991 or email