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How to choose the best window and door frame material for your home

The window frame material you choose for your home is an important decision. You need to think about the benefits and drawbacks of each window frame material, before deciding which one to go with. This article will compare uPVC, aluminium, timber and steel window frames in detail, so that you can make a more informed choice when it comes to replacing your windows.

What to consider when choosing a window frame material

When choosing the type of windows to install in your home, there are some important questions to ask yourself, which will help you decide what material is right for you.

These questions include:

• What are the benefits and drawbacks of each window frame material?

• Do I live in an exposed location that could require more external insulation?

• Do I want windows that will last a long time - or ones that will be cheaper to replace if something goes wrong?

• Will my home’s exterior look better with this type of window frame material?

• Will the material provide the flexibility of colour and style that I’m looking for?

All of these are important considerations. Let’s take a look at each window frame material in turn.

uPVC window and door frames

uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) is a synthetic plastic material, used in a variety of windows. It comes in various different colours and can be shaped into any contour required to fit the space it is being used for.

The main benefit is that uPVC windows are cost effective and easier to install. Plus they don’t require the same level of maintenance as timber windows – cleaning uPVC windows is a straightforward task. The material is more fire resistant than other window frames, and it provides better security with its shatterproof properties.

Flush PVC windows

Aluminium window and door frames

Aluminium window frames are popular because they are lightweight, effective and durable. They are also strong and offer excellent insulation, especially when they have an efficient thermal break. The aluminium can be spray coated in almost any colour.


Aluminium window frames are normally available with either aluminium or timber sashes. The wood may need to be replaced after around 10 years if there is no maintenance done to it.

Aluminium window frames come in a variety of styles to complement your home, however they are considerably more expensive than uPVC windows.



Aluminium French doors & side panels

Timber window and door frames

When choosing timber for your window frame material, it is important to note that there are several variations available, including hardwoods like oak or softwoods like pine. These types of woods are also sometimes finished with a kind of preservative that can help keep them from rotting or warping. One downside to this type of window frame would be susceptibility to fire damage because of the material.

They also demand more maintenance than other window frame materials, to help increase their longevity and are not always as straightforward to clean.

Timber window frames are best suited to those homes that want an authentic look and feel, but don’t mind the extra maintenance required for this type of window. Timber window frames are often required in listed buildings



Timber window & door

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