Perhaps you are looking to replace your existing windows or doors as part of a home renovation or improvements project, or you’re a self-builder looking for the perfect windows and doors to add to the overall aesthetic of your build? If you are unsure about which frame material is right for your project, fortunately you are in the right place! Read on as we compare aluminium and alu-clad below. We also have articles on timber vs aluminium and timber vs alu-clad that you can read too!
Let’s start with aluminium…
Aluminium vs Composite/Alu-clad – Benefits of Aluminium
When you think of aluminium you probably think of contemporary and non-traditional and you’re right! Many of our clients looking to match their modern style often choose aluminium as their frame material. It is also regularly used for commercial buildings because it’s durable and requires little or no maintenance. This doesn’t mean it’s not suitable for more classic homes though, it can create a wonderful contrasting look and feel to traditional style properties. Durability, low-maintenance and its ability to suit all types of homes are just a few of the benefits of aluminium:
- Stronger – you can choose from all of our window and door designs – including our sleek slimline sliding doors, our bifolds, French and front doors – thanks to aluminium being extremely strong
- Recyclable – aluminium is fully recyclable and won’t sit in a landfill forevermore, keeping your carbon footprint low
- Choice of Colours – you can choose any RAL colour for your aluminium doors and windows – there are lots for you to choose from
- Thermal Performance – thanks to new technologies, aluminium doors and windows can now compete with timber and are excellent at keeping the warm in and the cold out
- Durability – due to our special powder-coated finish, our aluminium doesn’t peel, rust or discolour making it practically maintenance-free and extremely durable
- Modern Aesthetic – our aluminium windows and doors will compliment a contemporary home or add a modern twist to a traditional one, like the aluminium casement windows on this very traditional home
- Style of Property – we don’t see it as being a big drawback as it can add the modern twist but generally aluminium is a more popular choice for contemporary properties and if you’re looking for something very traditional in design, it’s likely timber is going to be your first choice
- Ability to Repaint – it’s not advised to re-paint aluminium but timber can be easily re-painted if you change your mind and want to update the colour
Aluminium vs Composite/Alu-clad – Benefits of Alu-clad
You may also know alu-clad as composite and with aluminium on the outside and timber on the inside, you get the benefit of both materials!
With timber on the inside, your windows and doors would benefit from…
- Warmth and depth – providing a softer appearance for the inside of your home, the timber inner will naturally bring warmth
- Aesthetic appeal – when standing inside your home, you’ll feel a connection to your outside space due to the natural look of the timber
- Engineered timber – engineered timber is stronger and more stable than normal timber so our engineered timber frames will NOT warp
With aluminium on the outside, your windows and doors would benefit from…
- Stronger – timber restricts your style choice as it cannot withstand large pieces of glass, such as that found in sliding doors, but when you choose alu-clad, you can choose sliding doors thanks to the aluminium outer being particularly strong
- Modern aesthetic – as we’ve mentioned above, aluminium is ideally suited to contemporary properties and it also adds a beautiful modern twist to a more traditional home. Alu-clad will also allow you to do this whilst letting you stay in keeping with your home’s interior – especially if it is more traditional
Other benefits of alu-clad are…
- Sustainable and recyclable – with the most sustainable material choice, timber, as the inner of your windows and doors (all of our timber is FSC certified) and a fully recyclable material, aluminium, as the outer, your carbon footprint will definitely be kept as low as possible
- Versatility – with the combination of these two materials; timber and aluminium, many would argue this material is the most versatile
- High performance – aluminium is high performing, thanks to new technologies, so your home will be energy efficient with the combination of the two materials
- Low-maintenance – thanks to our paint technologies, the inner and outer will require very little to no maintenance. The aluminium outer won’t peel, rust or discolour and the timber inner will not need repainting annually – how brilliant!
- Choice of colours – match the exterior and interior design choices of your home by choosing from any RAL colour for the outer and any RAL colour or wood stain for the inner, just like with this customer’s alu-clad sliding doors
- Ability to repaint – as it has an aluminium outer the consideration is the same, you shouldn’t re-paint
- We don’t currently supply and install alu-clad front doors or bifold doors so you could say this is the final consideration but why not browse our other alu-clad options.
Aluminium vs Composite/Alu-clad: The Conclusion
When it comes to deciding between these two material options, it mainly comes down to the style of doors and windows currently available and whether you want to match or contrast the interior of your home. We think both of these materials will be the perfect match for any home improvement, renovation or self-build project but if you need a little more help, why not speak to a member of our team? Get in touch to discuss your project, we can’t wait to hear all about it.
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