Aluminium clad windows, also known as Aluclad windows are growing in popularity throughout the UK and are already well used in areas of Europe that have typically cold climates. This is because their design is specifically created, not just to look great, but to insulate the house against cold or harsh climates.
What is an Aluclad Window?
Aluminium windows have frames made of timber, so from the interior of the home, you’ll find the traditional wood effect. However, on the outside, they’re coated with a layer of aluminium so you’ll generally get a more modern, metal-looking exterior.
This gives the exterior that extra strength against the harsh elements of wind, rain or snow, but it’s frame also insulates your home with the thick wood from the inside, keeping out the cold.
The Benefits of Aluminium Clad Windows
Protection from Cold Climates
The frames use of two different materials is the ideal way to keep out the cold and insulate the home by keeping the warm air in. Unlike fully wooden frames, which insulate well, but can get damp, the aluminium layer on the outside stops the wood getting wet and allows the wood to continue to do its job for longer.
Longevity for Coastal Regions
Coastal regions, especially in the UK, are known for being windier than locations more in-land, with harsher climates in the winter. Aluminium framed windows add strength to the window and won’t bend or warp with the constant effects of water and wind blowing in from the same direction. While wooden frames may bend and warp over time, aluminium will stay stronger for much longer.
Fully wooden frames need maintenance every couple of years to ensure that they don’t rot in the damp weather. It’s also difficult to keep them looking new and they’ll need to be painted or varnished fairly often too.
PVC frames also tend to turn slightly yellow over time if they’re in an area where the sun hits daily.
Aluclad frames don’t require any of this extra maintenance, however. They’ll stay strong throughout any weather changes, and won’t age. Their modern looking style is also a benefit here, as they have remained a stylish choice over the years. Once you’ve decided on aluclad windows, you’re set for years to come.
Water damage is one of the most common reasons for needing to replace windows. With wooden frames, the wood will rot and warp over time unless it’s treated and carefully maintained.
PVC frames don’t warp with the rain, but they do still have problems with the sealant around the edges in warm weather. If the PVC is exposed to hot temperatures, it can start to change shape, expanding slightly. This pulls away the plastic from the sealant around the edges which supports the glass and creates gaps where rainwater can get in. Over time you might notice condensation between the panes if you have double or triple glazing.
Because aluclad window frames have the support of two different materials, the glass stays firmly in place and the aluminium doesn’t change shape with the heat. No risk of a rotting frame or condensation in the glass.
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