The everlasting question: PVC or aluminium? When remodelling our home, replacing windows and enclosures is without a doubt one of the most important parts of the budget and, honestly said, also one that makes all our clients doubt about. The decision is quite important, as both thermal and acoustic comfort of our home will depend on it.
For many people, price is the overriding concern when making a big purchase like this. Due to higher material and manufacturing costs, aluminium windows are always more expensive than PVC. But in the long term, aluminium can prove more cost-effective being of more robust material than PVC. The PVC windows are cheaper, but also offer a superb solution because they’re highly resistant to rot with a long lifespan. For a typical sized home, the price difference when comparing aluminium to PVC would probably be thousands rather than hundreds of leva.
Since the 1980s. PVC has been a popular choice for window frames. It’s a very durable material and resistant to rot, which means it has a long lifespan and requires very little maintenance. However, PVC frames can degrade over the years and tend to require replacement after 20 to 30 years.
Aluminium is also a highly durable material, and high-quality aluminium windows can last up to 45 years because they don’t degrade in the same way that PVC can. Unlike other metals, aluminium will not rust, so you don’t have to worry about your window frames sustaining unsightly patches of rust in the future.
One of the advantages of PVC windows over aluminium is that they tend to offer slightly better soundproofing. Anyway, when it comes to noise reduction the most important part of the window is the glazing. Thicker, the better-designed glass will prevent unwanted sounds from getting into your home or office.