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Windows in wood or aluminium? Which material is best?

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Choosing new windows and patio doors is a decision that needs to be thought through carefully. Such a big investment will characterize the appearance and character of the building for a long time to come.  

 

 

Most people choose based on price and energy efficiency. We know that conditions such as the aesthetics, maintenance and lifetime of windows and patio doors should also be taken into consideration. The most important thing is that you choose windows and patio doors that you will be happy with in the long term.
Most people choose based on price and energy efficiency. We know that conditions such as the aesthetics, maintenance and lifetime of windows and patio doors should also be taken into consideration. The most important thing is that you choose windows and patio doors that you will be happy with in the long term.
Material choice for windows and patio doors

The choice of windows will impact generations to come, so you should choose a material that will withstand the ravages of time. The choice of materials will also impact access to daylight, the need for sun shades, and maintenance and cleaning options. 

When it comes to the difference between wood and aluminium, there are three types of windows to choose from: 

 

  • Wooden windows: Standard wooden windows consist completely of wood, painted on the inside and outside. Wooden windows are the traditional and cost-effective choice, suitable for homes being renovated and needing the real, classic and “old fashioned” look. Wooden windows generally require lots of maintenance, especially if they are in areas exposed to the weather on the coast or in the mountains.  
  • Wooden windows with external aluminium cladding: These are wooden windows with an external weather shield made of aluminium. The weather shield reduces maintenance, because aluminium is not decomposed by sunlight and water in the same way that painted wood is. The wooden frame inside the window must be maintained just like a regular wooden window.
  • Windows in aluminium: Windows in pure aluminium require little maintenance except for cleaning with soap and water. These windows last almost twice as long as a corresponding wooden window: Wooden windows have an estimated lifetime of approx. 25 years, while windows in aluminium last for almost 40 years.  

 

Windows in aluminium are sustainable

In principle, once a window in aluminium has reached the end of its useful life, the aluminium can be endlessly recycled. Aluminium is a material with a long life, high level of recycling and good thermal insulation properties, and to a large extent can be seen as a sustainable choice. The investment costs for an aluminium window, however, will be much greater than for wood, but this must be weighed against energy efficiency and zero maintenance costs over time.
In principle, once a window in aluminium has reached the end of its useful life, the aluminium can be endlessly recycled. Aluminium is a material with a long life, high level of recycling and good thermal insulation properties, and to a large extent can be seen as a sustainable choice. The investment costs for an aluminium window, however, will be much greater than for wood, but this must be weighed against energy efficiency and zero maintenance costs over time.
Anodized aluminium is perfect for Nordic conditions

Aluminium is a good solution for the climate in Scandinavia. We need materials here that can withstand water, wind, snow and cold. In line with accelerating climate change, we will also see a wetter climate, in which water and moisture will be a bigger threat to the materials used in our building stock.  

Wood that is not maintained will attract water, which is not the case with aluminium. With Sapa Selection, we supply windows and patio doors with aluminium that has undergone an additional process to withstand both climate change and the harsh Nordic climate.  

Anodizing is a surface treatment that improves a metal’s resistance to corrosion. It is the strongest surface treatment available for aluminium profiles. It is an electrolytic process that builds up an oxide layer. This oxide layer strengthens the surface so it can better withstand mechanical wear, UV light and the effects of demanding environments.  

Windows and patio doors in anodized aluminium can last for generations, despite the different stresses and strains from the elements.  

The aesthetic benefits of aluminium profiles in windows

For many people, one of the most decisive reasons for choosing aluminium will be how the material impacts the building’s visual appearance. Slim frames or profiles in aluminium can be surface treated in different colours and anodized so that they are in harmony with the rest of the facade cladding.  

Windows or patio doors in aluminium must be customised. This provides the opportunity for flexible solutions, such as opening out to outside areas or creating large glass panels that let in lots of light. This is how living quality is improved. You can tailor your own solution at no extra cost. 

Since you have the opportunity to make individual adjustments and design choices, windows and doors with aluminium profiles can become an important part of the home’s aesthetic, both indoors and outdoors. This will give your home a tasteful overall impression that you will enjoy for many years to come.  

 

 

 

 

 

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