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How do I make a choice for windows and doors when choosing between aluminium and timber?

The most difficult part of any construction decisions for owners is the selection of windows and doors. In particular the base material to be used, that is aluminium or timber.

All projects will incur personal choices, difficult for others to recommend product.

The initial choices are:

Style of the house, aspect, and do you want slim line section profiles maximum glass area, look to aluminium, or heavy section profiles lean more to timber. Wanting slim line sections with the appearance of timber, why not select a wood grain finish in aluminium. Nothing though can match the warmth of a traditional timber look.

Do the windows need to complement the wall colour both internal and external?

Timber windows can have both internal and external faces painted in different light reflective colours. Aluminium windows come in only one colour, meaning a possible compromise on final colour.

If I select timber, how long will the paint finish last, paint companies state that paint or stain finishes should last minimum seven years before any re-painting required, dependant on the initial preparation being done in accordance with their recommendations. Aluminium windows come in powder coated and will last many more years with only minimal colour fade.

Note: Both product types however need to be cleaned periodically to remove contaminants from the atmosphere.

You are concerned about the added maintenance with timber. Apart from the re-finishing cost, hardware maintenance is similar to that of aluminium, both are tested for suitability and carry the same warranty. All products have a need for periodic maintenance to ensure long life wear.

Energy considerations, timber has a better initial thermal quality, although both aluminium and timber products can be improved using a wide range of Trend Thermashield glass options.

Pricing is comparative, the most critical decision to make is what suits the surrounding area and your project design, Cost is a short term consideration, and you have to live with the final choice for years to come.

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