Not all windows are created equal! Double glazing can be offered in a variety of frame types. Depending on your budget, personal preference and property type, one material might be more suitable than the other.
- Aluminium - Aluminium windows create a stunning focal point in your home. They have a minimal frame space which is sleek and modern. However, aluminium windows are expensive. They’ll also require painting or powder coating to avoid corrosion. Aluminium window frames can be used in a residential setting, but are mostly used in commercial buildings such as offices.
- Fibreglass - Fibreglass windows are a rare type of window frame. Fibreglass has similar properties to aluminium but is stronger and more thermally efficient. As fibreglass windows are fairly new to the market, they are not as widely available compared with other frame types.
- uPVC - uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It’s most commonly associated with double glazed windows, as well as door frames. The advantage of uPVC is that it’s more affordable than other window types. It can be easily moulded to create different shapes, making it an extremely popular material for window installers.
- Wood - It’s also possible to have double glazing that sits within a wooden frame. Wooden windows are typically made from oak or timber. They can be used in most scenarios, but are most favoured in period properties. One downside is that wooden windows have to be regularly maintained to avoid the frame rotting. They are also prone to swelling and contracting according to the weather.