Aluminium Vs uPVC Door Systems
Thu, Aug 24, 2023
We’re here to show you the key advantages and disadvantages of aluminium doors in comparison to uPVC, to help you make the most informed decision possible. Without further ado, let’s get started!
What are uPVC doors?
uPVC doors are made from a plastic material called unplasticised polyvinyl chloride and have become extremely popular within the construction industry due to their ease and cost-effective nature. Whilst they are very versatile in terms of application, are relatively low-cost and easy to install, they also come with a range of cons including:
- They are not recommended for south-facing properties as uPVC expands as it gets warm in direct sunlight. As a result, doors can become more and more difficult to open and close over time.
- uPVC can discolour when exposed to sunlight and harsh weather conditions.
- uPVC doors are often very brittle and fragile by the end of their lifespan and will ultimately need to be replaced.
Aluminium Vs uPVC
Aside from traditional alternatives such as wood, aluminium doors are a fantastic alternative to uPVC doors and offer a range of advantages in comparison:
Strength & Durability
Aluminium is stronger than uPVC, making it much more robust and able to withstand various conditions including harsh weather, heavy traffic and inevitable wear and tear. Due to its inherent durability, aluminium is less prone to cracking and warping as a result of temperature changes, making it a much more reliable material for door and window applications where it will be exposed to weather fluctuations.
uPVC and aluminium display similar corrosion resistance properties, making them both an excellent choice for windows and doors. Aluminium is naturally corrosion and rust resistant which, in combination to its strength and durability, makes it a superior material for outdoor applications.
As a result of aluminium’s strength and robust nature, door and window frames can be much slimmer than those made from uPVC. This offers an advantage as aluminium doors therefore have a more modern and sleek appearance which complements contemporary architectural designs. Making them an excellent choice for retail and commercial applications where a stylish look is desired. Due to the possibility of slimmer frames, aluminium doors and windows can also be used to maximise natural light and aid interior design choices.
Additionally, aluminium doors and windows are available in an array of colours and finishes; from mill and anodised finishes all the way to a plethora of powder coated colours.
Thanks to aluminium’s robust and durable nature, it does not require intensive maintenance and can last for decades. Aluminium doesn’t require consistent painting or staining (as would be necessary for wooden frames) and is very easy to clean.
Whilst the upfront cost of aluminium doors and windows is higher when compared to uPVC, aluminium is much more cost-effective in the long-run thanks to its incredible longevity.
We hope this article helps you in determining whether or not aluminium doors and windows are the right choice for your application. If you have any questions or simply need a helping hand, don’t hesitate to get in touch!