When replacing your doors and windows, you’ll be faced with a choice of not only various different designs, but materials too. Knowing which material is best for your bifold doors, French doors, sliding doors, front door or windows can leave you feeling confused and unsure what option is most suited for your project, so let’s talk through it. The three main options to consider are timber, aluminium and alu-clad (but we’ll look at alu-clad another time!). Each material has distinct advantages, and design considerations to weigh up, and there are many factors to determine whether timber or aluminium is better suited to you.

Let’s start by looking at timber…

Timber vs Aluminium: Benefits of Timber

There are major misconceptions when it comes to timber, with many of our clients voicing concerns regarding the maintenance required to keep wooden doors looking in tip-top condition. We’ve got good news for you, thanks to our multi-coat microporous paint system, our timber doors and windows do NOT require annual re-painting – they’re a low-maintenance choice, and could be the perfect solution for your home or self-build project.

And that’s not all…

  • Aesthetic appeal – our timber doors and windows integrate nature within your home, and create a visual connect between your home and garden. Just check out this property that features our timber bifold doors. They’re an ideal choice for both contemporary and period homes.
  • Sustainability – timber is the most sustainable material choice! All of our wood is sourced from FSC certified forests. FSC helps take care of the worlds forests and wildlife to ensure responsible practices and forest management.
  • Warmth & Depth – if you’re looking for a softer appearance, timber is the ideal choice for your home.
  • Naturally Insulating – a huge benefit to timber is the natural insulation properties, it’s great at keeping the warm air in, and the cold air out!
  • Low U Values – timber is a more energy efficient material, making it fantastic for new builds and homes that are seeking to be more eco-friendly and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Engineered Timber – at Klöeber we use an engineered timber which is stronger and more stable than normal timber.
  • Choice of Colours – Did you know you can choose from *ANY* RAL colour and a choice of stains? The world is your oyster when it comes to selecting a shade for your new front door or windows.
  • Low Maintenance – as we’ve already mentioned, our multi-coat, microporous paint system ensures a low-maintenance finish, so don’t worry, you won’t be picking up a paintbrush every summer.
  • Versatility – timber doors and windows look fantastic on both modern and traditional styles of properties making them a versatile choice for homeowners.

 Timber Considerations

  • Suitability – the main issue with timber is the suitability when it comes to the style of door you want to go for. Due to the weight of the glass and support needed, our sliding doors are best suited to an aluminium frame. Therefore, if you’re looking for a slick, slimline door, timber may not be the best option for you.

Our range of timber doors and windows are a solid choice, and ideal for customers looking for an eco-friendly, sustainable choice for their home.

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timber vs aluminium doors

The benefits of timber make this material a great option for your next glazing project. But let’s take a look at aluminium…

Timber vs Aluminium: Benefits of Aluminium

 Aluminium is a popular choice among our clients seeking a modern and contemporary material for their home or self-build. It’s also frequently used in commercial settings thanks to its durability and low-maintenance.

  • Durability – due to our special powder-coated finish, our aluminium is durable and doesn’t peel, rust or discolour making it practically maintenance-free.
  • Stronger – whereas you’re slightly restricted when it comes to timber, you can choose from all of our door designs in aluminium – including our sleek slimline sliding doors, thanks to aluminium being particularly strong!
  • Modern Aesthetic – our aluminium product range is popular with those looking for a contemporary, architecturally modern design.
  • Recyclable – whilst timber is our most sustainable option, aluminium is fully recyclable and won’t sit in landfill forever more, minimising your carbon footprint.
  • Choice of Colours – you can choose any RAL colour for your aluminium doors and windows.
  • Thermal Performance – in the past, aluminium doors and windows could not quite compete with the thermal performance of timber, this is no longer the case thanks to new technologies.

Aluminium Considerations

  • Style of Property – generally, aluminium is a popular choice for more modern, contemporary styles of properties.
  • Ability to Repaint – it’s not advised to re-paint aluminium, whereas you can easily re-paint your timber bifolds if you fancy a change of colour.

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Discover our aluminium front doors

Discover our aluminium sliding doors

Discover our aluminium windows 

Timber vs Aluminium: The Conclusion

When it comes to deciding between timber or aluminium, it’s largely down to aesthetics. With both materials boasting high-performance and little maintenance, the final choice may come down to factors such as; the style of your home, the design of door you’re after, and how big of a factor sustainability is for you. If you’re still torn, why not speak to a member of our team? Get in touch to discuss your project, we’d love to help.

Find out more about our windows, bifold, front and French doors in our latest brochure!

Posted: January 15, 2020

Category: Materials

Tagged: aluminium, bifold doors, front door, timber, windows