Steel Windows vs Aluminium Windows

As many homeowners keep their steel windows for the aesthetics it gives to the house, the idea of changing these windows to anything else is a daunting thought to most. However, as modern day technology has advanced, the benefits of using metal framed windows has become more appealing. The use of steel against aluminium is at the forefront of the arguments as both offer great properties when considering to update your home. Both materials have their own great characteristics which cause arguments between which is best to replace your existing windows with.

Cost

Aluminium’s main advantage over steel would be how cost-effective the material and manufacturing process is, in comparison with using steel due to the complexity of manufacture that steel must go through in order to produce a window frame. The high cost of steel alone would factor into the overall outlay on your development project as it is a  considerably more expensive material.

Frames and Sightlines

Steels main advantage over aluminium would be its strength, as steel is 3 times stronger than aluminium and can offer smaller frame sightlines as steel can withhold heavier and stronger panes of glass. Although, with this being said the use of steel would make the frames and doors heavier in comparison to an aluminium frame requiring more effort to open and shut.

The use of steel would be beneficial to achieve the very thinnest sight lines in comparison with aluminium frames as less material is needed to hold the glass in place. Which can open up the house by creating wide panoramic views and inviting a vast amount of natural light into the property.

The aluminium manufacturing process is more simplified and refined, as the frames are crimped and have mechanical joints allowing the frames to be easily slotted and fixed together with ease in comparison to steel. Aluminium can also offer slim frames as the material is extremely robust and flexible allowing it to be easily framed to hold the glass with less material on show reducing the sightlines.

Cost

Aluminium’s main advantage over steel would be how cost-effective the material and manufacturing process is, in comparison with using steel due to the complexity of manufacture that steel must go through in order to produce a window frame. The high cost of steel alone would factor into the overall outlay on your development project as it is a  considerably more expensive material.

Frames and Sightlines

Steels main advantage over aluminium would be its strength, as steel is 3 times stronger than aluminium and can offer smaller frame sightlines as steel can withhold heavier and stronger panes of glass. Although, with this being said the use of steel would make the frames and doors heavier in comparison to an aluminium frame requiring more effort to open and shut.

The use of steel would be beneficial to achieve the very thinnest sight lines in comparison with aluminium frames as less material is needed to hold the glass in place. Which can open up the house by creating wide panoramic views and inviting a vast amount of natural light into the property.

The aluminium manufacturing process is more simplified and refined, as the frames are crimped and have mechanical joints allowing the frames to be easily slotted and fixed together with ease in comparison to steel. Aluminium can also offer slim frames as the material is extremely robust and flexible allowing it to be easily framed to hold the glass with less material on show reducing the sightlines.

Maintenance

Steel frames require a great amount of maintenance as they must be treated and checked regularly. This must be undertaken to prohibit the natural occurrence of rust and corrosion that steel can be plagued with if not kept protected.

Once aluminium has been powder coated and finished in the desired colour it will not require any further care. Other than being occasionally cleaned with minimal effort and products.

Thermal efficiency 

The majority of companies that manufacture and sell steel windows and doors do not create their frames with a thermal break. Which means if the frame is cold on the outside the cold would be drawn into the house and create condensation. This will lead to possible damage to fabrics and furnishings that are in close proximity to the windows.

All aluminium frames that are manufactured nowadays come fitted with modern thermal break technology that throws out the age-old argument that aluminium windows are not fit for purpose. With a thermal break installed the aluminium frames offer higher thermal insulation than can be achieved with the majority of steel frames.

Evaluation

The majority of homeowners are leaning more towards aluminium windows as a replacement for the existing old steel windows. That can be closely accredited to three main reasons of comparison.

Firstly, the sheer difference in cost between the two materials is a major discussion point. As the steel frames can cost more than double of what you would have to pay out for aluminium frames.

Secondly, the maintenance that steel requires is considerably more as steel can rust and corrode it must be treated every so often. On the other hand, once aluminium is treated it does not need further maintenance to protect the frames from the elements it would be subject to throughout the seasons.

Lastly, the thermal efficiency of the two materials has a considerable difference as most steel frame manufacturers do not have a thermal break installed as standard. This allows the frames to emit the cold on both sides of the frame. Whereas all aluminium frames are manufactured with a thermal break built in which ensures high thermal efficiency is achieved.

Evaluation

The majority of homeowners are leaning more towards aluminium windows as a replacement for the existing old steel windows. That can be closely accredited to three main reasons of comparison.

Firstly, the sheer difference in cost between the two materials is a major discussion point. As the steel frames can cost more than double of what you would have to pay out for aluminium frames.

Secondly, the maintenance that steel requires is considerably more as steel can rust and corrode it must be treated every so often. On the other hand, once aluminium is treated it does not need further maintenance to protect the frames from the elements it would be subject to throughout the seasons.

Lastly, the thermal efficiency of the two materials has a considerable difference as most steel frame manufacturers do not have a thermal break installed as standard. This allows the frames to emit the cold on both sides of the frame. Whereas all aluminium frames are manufactured with a thermal break built in which ensures high thermal efficiency is achieved.

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