Aluminum excels at not just standing up to the elements but continuing to maintain a fantastic appearance with minimal upkeep. Vinyl, probably the most widely used material in new windows and doors today, boasts excellent insulation abilities and functionality. Together, aluminum clad vinyl windows provide a premium, modern look for your facade, with great energy efficiency, virtually no maintenance and all at a low cost.
Aluclad Vinyl Systems
Why Choose Aluminum Clad Vinyl?
When the idea to combine aluminum cladding with vinyl (uPVC) window frames was first proposed, it was greeted with skepticism. Today, modern manufacturing technology combined with high quality materials has made aluminum clad vinyl not just a popular choice among homeowners, but an all-round high performance window. Trade-offs are typical when choosing between say performance and looks or between cost and quality. However, with the low cost and excellent insulation values of vinyl and the strength, weather resistance and good looks of aluminum, consumers can enjoy a premium product with across the board performance at a surprisingly low price.
The solid aluminum exterior shell provides long-term durability, added security against break-ins, minimal upkeep requirements and a sharp modern look. The multi-chambered vinyl frame allows for top energy efficiency while not breaking the bank. With a range of colors for both sides and excellent U-factors, aluminum clad uPVC is an excellent choice for those seeking energy efficiency, aesthetics and great value for their money.
Material and Construction
The comparatively low prices of aluminum vinyl windows compared to those of wooden windows should not distract from the fact that both unplasticized polyvinyl chloride as well as aluminum are processed using highly advanced methods of production before assembly. All high-quality aluminum or vinyl surfaces are anodized and powder coated to protect them against corrosion.
These surface treatment techniques guarantee window frames that combine a long lifespan with the highest possible security, even under adverse weather conditions. Additionally, they make sure that the exterior aluminum shell and the synthetic vinyl from which the interior frames are fashioned, look like new for a long time.
Security you can count on
For doors and windows, aluminum is still the most useful material when it comes to security, even surpassing wood. High-quality aluminum is almost indestructible without the use of power tools. It certainly cannot be easily destroyed within the time span an intruder usually has in a residential area and under normal circumstances. Not only does the exterior shell provide protection from the forces of nature, but it also adds significantly to the overall security of your home. Combined with additional features such as security glass or muntins, composite windows offer better security than those made solely from vinyl, and even exceed the burglary protection qualities of wooden frames without an exterior shell.
Familiarizing yourself with the available Products
Vinyl and aluminum composite windows come in a wide range of possible types and models, all of them offering their own advantages. The models of the TwinSet series, for example, are of particularly high quality, offering sophisticated 5- or 6-chamber profiles and three levels of seals, which is why they feature extremely favorable U-values between 0.73 and 0.87 W/m2K even with normal double glazing, meeting energy efficiency standards while limiting the installation depth required. The basic model of the TwinSet series - with its two mushroom cam systems, double security strike plates and activPilot hardware - offers a level of burglary protection equal to solid aluminum windows.
Do not use hard or abrasive materials such as steel wool when cleaning your windows, as their anodized or powder coated surfaces could become damaged and lose their protection against corrosion.
A Wide Range of Available Design Options
Both aluminum and vinyl windows can be easily lacquered in all shades of the RAL color range, offering enormous customization potential. The black and white seals typically fit perfectly with any choice of color. That being said, not only can you choose from a plethora of different shades, but also pick separate designs for the interior and exterior surfaces. This technique allows you to, for example, underline the very modern appearance of the exterior metal surface by choosing a muted shade while simultaneously brightening the vinyl interior using friendly pastels. If you value affordable products with excellent thermal insulation qualities but prefer the traditional look of wood, both sides can also be equipped with wood-grain decor foils.