Styling for contemporary Aluminium and UPVC windows colours.
Since the advent of secondary double glazing decades ago, and its’ evolution into a purpose built “all-in-one” window unit with the introduction of uPVC / PVCu window products (they are both the same thing!), the look of the “white plastic window” has been one aspect that held back some homeowners from fitting them.
For aluminium windows, it was even worse. Starting off as a silvery shade, over time they would lose their lustre. They also had a reputation for being cold to the touch and cheap looking. For those who wanted to have their windows look like they were made from timber, the only choice for a long time was to actually fit timber windows.
The industry made quite a few attempts over the years to emulate the look of a timber window, but in a lot of cases the “wood-effect” looked cheap & nasty.
Thankfully, things have changed for the better in a big way, and modern manufacturing techniques can now produce really attractive, long lasting products. Not only can you find superior wood-grain effect uPVC Sash Window units, the aluminium market is now producing high quality wood effect aluminium windows & doors.
Aluminium Vs UPVC Vs Composite wood grain surface finishes
A major difference between the two products is probably in the way the surface finish is applied.
For UPVC windows the grain is created by a process where a patterned foil or film is wrapped around the frames profiles. This foil is then “baked” onto it creating a strong bond. Whilst this is a very effective and long lasting surface, the way it’s applied often times means it does not cover the “unseen” surfaces. A typical UPVC window profile has many unseen surfaces such as slots, grooves & recesses.
For aluminium, the window frame profiles are first powder coat painted and then the complete profile is surrounded with a specialised “bag” containing the pattern which is then baked onto the powder coat at very high temperatures. During the baking, the pattern permeates the powder coat. In this way all the surfaces of the profile have wood-grain effect.
In their early days, both aluminium and UPVC had poor reviews in terms of looks. However, modern paints and fooling technique make it very difficult to visually distinguish them from their timber counterparts without close inspection.
Timber-grain surfaces work very well with composite windows and doors – the grain effect gives a superb natural-wood look to the surface.
The grain is imprinted into the surface of the composite material, rather than applied at a later stage. This effectively eliminates all cracking & peeling of the finished surface.
What range of colour choices are there for Aluminium and UPVC Windows?
Freedom of choice is the cornerstone of individuality, and now the level of choice in terms of colour is excellent.
If you are not a fan of white, then you can get more than 150 different shades in aluminium powder coats. UPVC can be found in up to 20 colours (not all suppliers may have the full range in stock).
You can also opt for duo coloured Aluminium and UPVC Windows. This is where the outside of the frame is one colour & the inside another. A common example of this is to have inner frames white and outer with a colour.
Are coloured Aluminium and UPVC windows worth buying?
Colouring or texturing your replacement windows is going to change the visual impact of your home considerably, however the effect is only cosmetic. Sadly, there is no added energy efficiency, increased security or longer lifespan gained from using coloured frames.
There is an additional cost for colouring or for adding a wood-grain surface to the window frames.
For example, using a “supply only” price guide for a single UPVC window 1200mm x 1200mm
- Plain White can cost around £150 to £170.
- Anthracite Grey can cost around £200 to £230.
- Cream Wood-grain can cost around £220 to £230
Coloured or textured Aluminium and UPVC windows are going to look good for many years and there is no technical reason that you can point out which says they are not worth buying.
So the decision about whether they are worth buying is going to depend on personal choice. If you think they make your home look better (or make it more desirable to others when you want to sell) then they are definitely worth buying.Compare Prices For Replacement Windows