One very common dilemma our Weybridge clients face is – “is aluminium or uPVC the best choice for my windows and doors?” As the area’s trusted fitter of everything from uPVC windows to aluminium bifold doors, we’re able to help clients figure out the right choice for their individual needs, without exercising bias; some competing companies fit only one material or the other, so are less likely to be impartial. On this page, we’ve looked to face the two off against each other, comparing them in a number of important categories.
If you’re more interested in getting a quote for a new front door, or brand new double glazing fitted throughout your Weybridge property, then pick up the phone and call us on 0208 2888893. A friendly member of the Pro-Fit Ltd team will be on hand to discuss your requirements and exactly how we can help.
Cost – If you’ve heard that aluminium bifold doors and windows are the premium option when it comes to price, you’ve heard right. They are more expensive to manufacture than uPVC windows or a uPVC front door, and this additional cost is accounted for in the final price tag. Woking clients on a strict budget will find a lot of bang for their buck with uPVC, which is known for its affordability.
Environmental – Whether it’s uPVC windows or a uPVC front door, the chambered design is great at retaining heat and thus reducing the energy bills of your Woking household, and subsequently its total carbon emissions. But aluminium bifold doors and similar fixtures have a slight edge over their cheaper cousins, as they tend to be a bit more thermally efficient, while lasting longer and being recyclable when their life cycle comes to an end. Whichever choice you make, fit in well-rated double glazing to bump up your property’s energy efficiency a couple of notches.
Security – As with the aforementioned environmental factor, the main thing for uPVC windows and aluminium bifold doors is to have quality double glazing fitted. This makes the pane of glass itself far harder to break through (the same goes for potential access points in your front door). But when it comes to the unit itself…. Aluminium wins hands down.
While uPVC windows or a uPVC front door are certainly no slouch in the security and durability department, aluminium is the strongest material on the market. It’s incredibly tough, and still lightweight. This is one of the reasons why aluminium bifold doors are so popular, because the rear of the property and a large expanse of double glazing could look like an attractive access point for one of Woking’s opportunistic thieves.
Aesthetic – It’s very difficult to find a clear winner in this category, as it’s so subjective. Some adore the look that aluminium bifold doors offer, whiles others are quite happy with uPVC models. The same goes for windows. While many Woking property owners believe that aluminium windows are top tier when it comes to style and aesthetic, others find themselves surprised how attractive the latest uPVC windows can be. As such we’ll have to call this a tie.
Still unsure which option will best suit your individual requirements? Give us a call! We can advise you on different options within the categories of uPVC windows, aluminium bifold doors, double glazing and everything else we supply and install for Woking property owners.