When it comes to choosing the kind of doors or windows and frames for home, the question is: PVC or aluminium?
Let’s compare PVC and aluminium products with same frames thickness and same kind of glass installed.
ACOUSTIC INSULATION: PVC IS MORE EFFICIENT
PVC most appreciated features are for sure its insulation performances outside in and inside out. PVC performs much better than aluminium in terms of acoustic insulation as it has insulating features which block out sound intensity coming both from the outside and the inside.
THERMAL INSULATION: PVC IS MORE EFFICIENT
Aluminium is not as efficient as PVC in terms of insulating capacity. Aluminium’s thermal transmission measures are much higher than PVC’s. We can state that PVC products have higher thermal insulation capacity than aluminium ones, even if made with thermal-break. A better thermal insulation means higher energy efficiency, less power consumption and energy saving.
VALUE FOR MONEY: PVC WINS
Concerning the value for money, PVC products are more convenient than aluminium ones.
Comparing two windows with same frames thickness and same kind of glass installed, besides guaranteeing better thermal and acoustic performances, the PVC one has also more favourable prices.
MAINTANANCE, FINISHINGS, DESIGN and DURABILITY: JOINT WINNERS
Thanks to research and development activities, PVC windows, doors and frames reached very high finishing and design levels in the recent years. Also aluminium ones are now aligned with the latest market trends, but the additional manufacturing is really expensive and the result is an increase in selling prices.
From the maintenance point of view, both materials are weather and chemical agents-resistant, therefore they don’t need any maintenance.
Regarding durability, we still have equal results: both solutions can guarantee a lifetime durability.