Anyone who is looking to purchase new windows for their home has a number of different framing options they should consider. After all, windows are not just about the glazing that goes in them but their frames, too. When purchasing windows for a new build project or to replace your current set, what are the main options you have for frames, and how do they compare with one another?
One of the most popular framing options for new windows these days is uPVC. This is a type of plastic which is incredibly popular because it is relatively cheap and easy to maintain. In fact, you have to do virtually nothing to keep it in good working order. Just a wipe over with a damp cloth once in a while when you clean your glass is all that is needed. However, uPVC is not a great-looking material. It does not offer the same level of visual warmth in the way that wooden window frames do, for example. Although uPVC is strong enough to hold multiple layers of glazing, it can be damaged by sharp objects. That said, new windows made of uPVC will often last around 20 years or longer.
Wooden window frames are the classic option and well worth considering if you live in an older property which would benefit from something that is in keeping with the rest of the home's architecture. These days, wooden window frames are suitable for all types of new windows. This means that even if you want treble glazing, it will be possible to opt for wooden frames. Only the largest expanses of glazing need another type of framing material. One of the drawbacks of wood is that it does need to be maintained fairly regularly. In most cases, this simply means painting it once every few years.
Finally, it is worth mentioning how many Australian homes have aluminium windows fitted these days. Because aluminium has high tensile strength, you can have very large windows—even ones that extend from the floor to the ceiling—made with this sort of frame. They are particularly good with patio doors and bi-folding doors for this reason, too. One of the historic disadvantages of aluminium window frames was that they tended to allow lots of energy to transfer from the inside to the exterior. However, modern aluminium window manufacturers make their products with a thermal break technology inserted into the frame. This means that most new windows made of aluminium do not suffer from this drawback.
Reach out to window suppliers when you need new windows to learn about your options.