PVC vs Aluminium. Which solution is better?

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Window joinery in modern buildings – PVC vs Aluminium

The first decision we have to make when buying windows is the type of joinery, i.e. the material from which the windows will be made. This is a decision that lasts for many years and nobody wants to make it rashly. PVC or aluminium, which is better? How to choose the material so that the windows fulfil both aesthetic and functional functions? Is there an ideal solution?

PVC windows

PVC windows are a solution that has been very popular with customers for many years. Their success is obviously the result of many advantages that characterise this type of window joinery. They attract customers with their availability, functionality and attractive prices. PVC windows are cheaper than aluminium windows. At the same time, they are highly resistant to moisture and weather conditions.

PVC joinery is an energy-efficient solution. The use of specially selected glass packs and multi-chamber profiles makes it possible to achieve high thermal insulation parameters. With proper installation, heat loss can be significantly reduced, resulting in lower heating bills.

PVC windows are also easy to maintain with the use of mild detergents and a soft cloth.

We can choose from a wide range of colours, which gives almost unlimited design possibilities and allows you to easily match the colour of the woodwork to your own needs.

Summary of the most important advantages of plastic windows:

  • good durability and functionality
  • high resistance to weather conditions
  • ease of maintenance
  • wide selection of solutions
  • wide range of colours

Aluminium windows

Aluminium windows look great in modern buildings. They are a perfect alternative for people who value large windows and the comfort of use. Aluminium is very durable and resistant to weather and light. Made-to-measure aluminium windows can be individually adapted to the character of our building. In the case of aluminium windows, we often can bend the profiles, which allows us to create window structures of various shapes.

The dimensions of aluminium windows can be larger than those of plastic windows, as the durable aluminium can carry heavy loads without damaging the frame.

Aluminium windows are also much lighter than plastic windows, so they offer better functionality in the case of large glazing – they open and slide more easily.

You may be convinced that aluminium windows do not have as good thermal insulation as PVC windows, but nowadays they are made of high-quality insulating materials, thanks to which they are not inferior to plastic joinery.
Another important advantage of aluminium joinery is its resistance to atmospheric conditions: wind, rain and snow, humidity or UV rays.

Summary of the most important advantages of aluminium windows:

  • high durability and strength
  • resistance to atmospheric conditions
  • susceptibility (possibility to obtain various shapes)
  • effective appearance
  • lightweight construction
  • wide range of colours

Which solution to choose?

When making the final choice, we should focus on our preferences and requirements. If we want a solid solution that satisfies us but does not stretch our budget unnecessarily, PVC windows are a better choice.
On the other hand, if we dream of large and non-standard glazing and the budget is not the first fiddle, it is worth choosing aluminium.

Customers often choose to mix the two solutions. They choose PVC for smaller windows and aluminium only for large patio doors.

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