There are many different factors to consider when you are replacing your windows and doors; colour, style, design and, of course, material! Material can change the whole look and feel of your home, let alone the windows and doors themselves, this is why we understand how hard it can be to make that choice – which is exactly why we have written this blog…to help you decide.
There are three material options when you purchase windows and doors from Kloeber; timber, aluminium and alu-clad (composite). We have previously compared timber and aluminium and their advantages and disadvantages and why each may or may not be best suited to your self-build, home renovation or improvement project, so let’s now compare timber and alu-clad…
Let’s start with a quick recap of timber…
Timber vs Alu-clad: Benefits of Timber
Firstly, let’s address the potential elephant in the room…our timber will not warp and it is low-maintenance! Many of our customers worry about timber being high-maintenance and their windows and doors warping with the forever changing UK weather but this is just not the case and our multi-coat microporous paint is just one of the reasons why – as it stops you from needing to re-paint your windows and doors annually.
Other benefits include…
- Engineered timber – at Kloeber we use an engineered timber – it is stronger and more stable than normal timber and it does not warp!
- Versatility – timber doors and windows are suited to both modern and traditional properties
- Low U-values – timber is more energy-efficient, perfect if you are looking for a more eco-friendly choice that will also help to reduce your carbon footprint
- Naturally insulating – it’s great at keeping the warm air in and the cold air out
- Warmth and depth – timber brings a softer appearance and naturally adds warmth to your property
- Sustainability – the most sustainable material choice! All of our timber is sourced from FSC certified forests
- Aesthetic appeal – timber doors and windows are great at creating a visual connection between your home and garden, bringing the outside in
- Choice of colours – you can choose from *ANY* RAL colour and a wide choice of stains with our timber so you can go big, bright and bold or stick to natural-looking wood like with this customer’s KustomFold bifold doors
- Suitability – the only real issue with timber is whether it’s suited to the style of windows or doors you’re looking for. As sliding doors naturally have larger amounts of glass, the overall weight is a lot heavier than say bifold doors so our sliding doors are better suited to an aluminium frame. Therefore, if you prefer the style of a sliding door, timber may not be the right option for you.
Our wide range of timber windows and doors are a great choice and are ideal if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, sustainable choice for your self-build, home renovation or improvement project.
Let’s now take a look at alu-clad…
Timber vs Alu-clad: Benefits of Alu-clad
The main benefit of alu-clad (you might also know this material as composite) is it offers the best of both worlds!
With timber on the inside, you’ll benefit from…
- Warmth and depth – a softer appearance, the timber inner will naturally add warmth to the inside of your property
- Aesthetic appeal – from the inside of your property you’ll see a visual connection between your home and garden
- Engineered timber – stronger and more stable than normal timber, it does NOT warp, making the inside of your doors super strong
With aluminium on the outside, you’ll benefit from…
- Stronger – we know timber restricts our style choice but when combined with an aluminium outer, you can choose sliding doors thanks to aluminium being particularly strong
- Modern aesthetic – aluminium is perfectly suited to contemporary properties but this doesn’t stop you from adding a modern twist to a more traditional home and alu-clad will allow you to do this whilst still being in keeping with your (possible) traditional interior
Other benefits (due to this combination of materials) are…
- Sustainable and recyclable – with a timber inner – the most sustainable material choice – this will be made from FSC certified timber, sourced from FSC certified forests and with an aluminium outer, this is fully recyclable and won’t sit in a landfill forevermore, minimising your carbon footprint
- Versatility – some would argue the combination of timber and aluminium makes this material the most versatile
- High performance – thanks to new technologies, the aluminium outer is now just as great as an insulator as the naturally insulating timber inner – keeping the cold air out and the warm air in
- Low-maintenance – both the inside and out will require very little maintenance thanks to our paint technologies, the aluminium outer won’t peel, rust or discolour and the timber inner will not need repainting annually
- Choice of colours – choose from any RAL colour for the outer and any RAL colour or wood stain for the inner, matching your windows and doors with both the interior and exterior of your property, as with this customer’s alu-clad French doors
- Ability to repaint – it’s not advised to re-paint aluminium – you can re-paint your timber if you fancy a change of colour
Although our bifold and front doors are not available in our alu-clad material, along with their timber options (mentioned above) they are available in aluminium too…
Timber vs Alu-clad: The Conclusion
As you can see, when it comes to making a decision about whether to choose timber or alu-clad, it is mainly down to the style of doors or windows you like as both materials boast the same high-performance, low-maintenance benefits. If you’re still not sure what windows and doors to choose, why not speak to a member of our team? Get in touch to discuss your project, we’d love to help.
Or you may also find the following blogs or our FAQs section helpful…