Are you thinking about giving your house a makeover? New windows can make all the difference, providing a fresh new look to your home. With so many options available, you might be weighing up what’s best for you in terms of style and design, but it’s not just the aesthetic you need to think about. Research is key, and as well as making sure you select the perfect design (will it be classic or contemporary?) for your home, you will also need to consider the thermal performance, material (timber, aluminium or alu-clad?), cost and lead time. You want to make the right choice, after-all, purchasing quality windows is an investment and you shouldn’t cut corners. It will only lead to disappointment!
So, let’s weigh up the options and break-down the various materials to select from when choosing your new windows…
Benefits of timber windows
If you want to add warmth to your property, timber can’t be beaten! Offering an unrivalled connection between the home and garden, timber is the perfect material if you’re seeking something that flows seamlessly with nature.
Not sure whether timber is for you? Here’s why timber makes a great material of choice…
- It has great insulation properties
Windows can contribute significantly to heat loss around your home, hiking up your energy bills and increasing your carbon footprint. Timber is a naturally insulating material, and works hard to keep the warm air in, and the cold out! Upgrading your windows with a thermally efficient design will not only save you money, you’ll also enjoy a draught-free home with reduced noise pollution too.
- It’s a sustainable choice
Timber is still the reigning champion when it comes to sustainability, but you’ll need to be mindful of where you’re purchasing your timber windows from. Here at Klöeber, all of our wood is FSC certified, this ensures responsible practices and essentially protects the world’s forests. Look for the tree tick logo to ensure any timber you’re buying comes from a sustainable source.
- It’s a low-maintenance material (well, ours is)
Timber has often been viewed as a bit of a pain due to the annual re-painting requirements. Thankfully, this is a thing of the past. With our Timber windows, you no longer need to worry about the paint flaking and having to make good of your frames after harsh winters. Thanks to our microporous paint system, you won’t be reaching for the paintbrush anytime soon.
- It’s durable
Durability is a key performance factor and major consideration when it comes to choosing the right windows. At Klöeber, we use engineered timber which is stronger and more stable than regular timber.
Did you know, you can also choose from any RAL colour and a choice of stains for your timber windows at Klöeber?
Benefits of aluminium windows
If timber isn’t for you, you might be considering aluminium as a suitable and equally fabulous alternative. Aluminium is extremely popular with contemporary homes thanks to the slick design and visual appeal.
Is aluminium the right material for you? Here’s why aluminium makes a great material…
- It’s a recyclable material
Whilst timber is the sustainable champion, aluminium isn’t far behind thanks to the fact it’s a fully recyclable material and won’t end up sitting in landfill for years to come. This is why it’s often referred to as the ‘green metal’, because the recycling ability saves a huge amount of energy and resources that would otherwise be required to produce aluminium from raw materials.
- It’s a stronger choice
Whereas timber does have its limitations in this area, aluminium is a very strong material, making it long-lasting. If you’re looking for doors too, it is also suitable for slimmer designs of frames such as our Überslide slimline sliding door.Perfect for our clients with modern homes who are looking for an architecturally contemporary ‘barely-there’ design.
- It’s thermally efficient
There’s a common misconception that aluminium windows are poor insulators. This may have been the case years ago, but aluminium no longer lags behind timber in terms of thermal performance thanks to new technology.
- It requires no maintenance
Thanks to our fantastic special powder-coated finish, our aluminium windows are durable and do not peel, rust or discolour! They’ll last for many years to come, and make a stylish addition to your home.
As with our timber windows, you can also select from any RAL colour!
Benefits of all-clad windows
Struggling to decide? Want to enjoy the best of both worlds? Then perhaps our alu-clad composite windows are the ideal solution for you. Combining all the benefits of timber and aluminium, this high-performance product ticks all of the boxes.
Is alu-clad/composite the best material for you?
- It offers the best of both timber and aluminium
Alu-clad/composite windows are a hybrid that combine aluminium and timber to create a product that’s durable, long-lasting, thermally efficient and attractive. Growing in popularity, this material enjoys the slick external appearance of aluminium, whilst reaping the rewards of an internal timber structure, so you can’t go wrong!
And added bonus with our alu-clad/composite products…they can be dual coloured so they can match the interior of your home whilst offering a different look to the outside world.
If you need an extra helping hand when it comes to choosing the best windows for your project or self-build, get in touch and a member of our team will gladly assist!