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Aluminium or uPVC Windows - Which are the best?

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upvc windows or aluminium which are the best?

When it comes to selecting window materials for your home, it can be difficult deciding between uPVC or  aluminium windows. Each material has plenty of benefits  — so how do you decide?  Optimus is here to help you make your decision and find the best choice for your property. 

to BE OR not to be upvc? That is the question

uPVC windows are a great way to add character and style to any Plymouth or South Devon home. With the seemingly endless range of colour options, you can find something that meets all your requirements. For those looking for truly unique solutions, uPVC allows you not only select from many different styles but to also customise colour and the finish. 

Affordable and Practical windows

For a window solution that won’t break the bank, uPVC could be the right choice – an affordable and also practical choice that offers great security, dependable thermal efficiency, style and versatility. Installation is cost-effective and speedy too with most installations complete in a day or two. Windows made of uPVC require minimal maintenance over their long life span of up to 35 years. They are also perfect for the unpredictable British weather and therefore particularly suited to its coastal regions. Furthermore when they reach the end of their lifespan they’re almost 100% recyclable making them also an environmentally friendly choice of window. 

Environmentally Friendly uPVC windows

The rising energy costs and a growing need to reduce our environmental footprint, uPVC is becoming more popular than ever because of its effective insulation capabilities. Not only does it keep your home warm, but draughts are also kept at bay – making this material incredibly desirable for those living near noisy roads or areas with high levels of traffic. Modern uPVC windows are almost 100% recyclable, only the window sealant is not yet recyclable. Old upVC windows can be ground down into plastic chips and made into new windows of uPVC decking.

Agate Grey flush sash window
  • Easy to clean

    uPVC windows are easy to maintain and require only soapy water and soft sponge to keep them in tip-top condition

  • A rated

    Our uPVC windows have an A energy rating and are thermally efficient

  • Beautifully designed

    Traditional and classic or modern styles, all completely customisable

  • Durable

    Weatherproof and durable, they will stand up to the worst of British weather and last a long time.

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When comparing upvc and alumnium windows, are there any disadvantages to uPVC windows?

In the battle between Aluminium and uPVC windows not all homeowners like uPVC windows as they don’t have the slender slight lines of Aluminium windows therefore they don’t suit all properties. They are not as strong as Aluminium and although they come in plenty of different options, uPVC cannot be fashioned into unusual shapes as Aluminium can. uPVC windows are customisable and come in a wide variety of colours but not as many as Aluminium windows.


When is comes to choosing between upvc or aluminium windows, aluminium is usually the first choice of Architects and is often used in commercial projects. It has gained popularity in recent years owing to renovation programmes on television. There are no limits to the shapes that Aluminium Windows can be made in, and the range of colours is vast, too; they also have slim sightlines meaning there is more glass and more light that comes flooding in. Aluminium windows have beautiful aesthetics, last a very long time, and are low maintenance and high performing.

Durable and Robust windows

They come in many options, from flush casement and tilt and turn to sliding sash windows are durable and robust yet elegant at the same time. Aluminium windows are also low maintenance and only require a routine wipe clean to keep them looking their best. There is no requirement to repaint, and they will never rust, fade or deteriorate. Our aluminium windows have outstanding performance and achieve a minimum of “A” Window Energy Rating.

Windows made of Aluminium are undoubtedly the most expensive, but for your money, you get excellent security, high performance, longevity, durability and a design exactly as you want it.

Grey Aluminium Bow Window
  • Easy to clean

    Aluminium windows are easily maintained and can be wiped clean with a soft cloth.

  • A rated

    Minimum A rating - can be higher depending on the choice of glazing.

  • Designed to fit all properties

    Any design from Flush casement through to completely bespoke.

  • Durable

    Completely durable, reliable and weather proof.

are there any disadvantages to Aluminium windows?

Where comparing aluminium or uPVC windows, the only disadvantage we could think of is that Aluminium windows don’t fit everyone’s budget. We do however offer a range of payment options to make Aluminium windows more accessible to all. We also have a team of professionals who are available 24/7 to help with any queries you may have regarding our Aluminium Windows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any assistance! Thank you for considering us for your window needs!The only disadvantage we could think of is that Aluminium windows don’t fit everyone’s budget

So, which will you choose? Aluminium or uPVC windows?

If you’re considering purchasing new windows, uPVC and aluminium are excellent options. uPVC is well known for its insulation properties. Meanwhile, aluminium is a perfect option if you’re looking for something sturdy and lighter that’s low maintenance. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either uPVC or Aluminium windows. They both bring unique qualities to your home that will last for years. With so many possibilities, now’s the time to find out more. Contact us today for a free consultation and no-obligation quotation, and let’s get started finding the perfect windows for your home.

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