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Modern windows are an incredible addition to any home. From conservatories to bathrooms and everything in between, updating your windows to the latest and greatest in high tech, high spec design is one of the best home improvements you can make. But while it’s easy to see why windows are important, it’s a little bit harder to decide on what windows to get. Two of the most popular options are uPVC or aluminium and for good reason.

They both have a range of benefits and overlap in several ways, which can often cause a bit of head-scratching. We’re here to show you how the two types of windows match up, where they share benefits and where they differ. So without further ado, it’s time to let the light in and see how uPVC windows match up to aluminium windows.

The Best of Both

While they may seem different, there are a few similarities that both uPVC and aluminium windows share. First and foremost, they both offer robust security. At Stormclad, we ensure every component is of the highest quality from the advanced locking system down to the handles, frames and glass panes.

Conservatories and Glazed Extensions Image

Another benefit of both aluminium and uPVC windows is their insulating qualities. Each and every window is fitted with thermal breaks to reduce airflow. This makes for phenomenally thermal efficient windows, that are good for the environment and your bank balance. Each home and window is rated according to the Energy Saving Trust and it is estimated that a typical detached house with A+ rated double glazing can save up to £110 a year on bills. That’s a massive saving that improves year on year.

Looking out of a classic white uPVC window.

We understand that life can be busy, so the last thing anyone wants to do is have to spend every day cleaning their windows. Aluminium and uPVC are incredibly hard-wearing materials designed to be low maintenance, durable and weatherproof. This means less upkeep with occasional TLC, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine with some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

What are the benefits of uPVC Windows?

Arched aluminium grey windows at the pub.

Now, while both types of windows have a lot in common, they also have a few differences. uPVC has advanced over the past few decades and are no longer the old-fashioned white frames you remember. Stormclad tailor-make every window to match the home and aesthetic of your design. From woodgrain to primary colours, uPVC windows are at home on all properties.

White uPVC window in bathroom.

uPVC has another benefit compared to aluminium. Soundproofing. uPVC windows are usually set within a casement and filled with double glazing. This means traffic and other noises are muffled, creating a sense of serenity and calm in your home.

Whatever your uPVC needs, Stormclad offer complete turnkey solutions. This means our experts can help you decide on everything from materials to finishes. This material is a must for the modern home and well worth considering when updating your home.

What are the benefits of Aluminium windows?

Inside the Roebuck Inn with large aluminium window.

Aluminium is an incredible material renowned for its lightness. Aluminium windows also tend to be stronger than uPVC windows. This makes aluminium windows ideal for a home requiring a slim and aesthetically pleasing window rather than uPVC windows that tend to be thicker. Aluminium window frames can support large panes of glass without the need for large casements or frames, making for sleek designs that suit modern and traditional homes.

Inside one of the Roebuck Inn rooms.

Aluminium is versatile with loads of finishing options to match your home or design. At Stormclad, we’ve worked tirelessly to source some of the most sought after paints and finishes to ensure our clients find the perfect shade for their home.

White glass gable.

Last but not least, aluminium is affordable, widely available, strong and requires minimal maintenance. This means that even after installation aluminium windows can save you time and money.

Aluminium Windows vs uPVC Windows Key Points

  • uPVC windows generally provide better insulation than aluminium windows
  • Aluminium window frames tend to be stronger than uPVC so you can have thinner frames and more space for the glass.
  • Aluminium frames can last longer than uPVC windows depending on the conditions
  • uPVC windows are often cheaper than aluminium ones.
  • Depending on the glazing used uPVC often provides slightly better soundproofing than aluminium windows.


As you can see, there is a lot to consider when choosing windows for your home or property. Why not call one of our friendly experts and let them help you find the perfect addition to your home? For more information, contact us online at https://www.stormclad.co.uk/contact/ or call 0115 871 2669. If you’d like to see your options in the flesh then why not visit one of our stunning showrooms to see how they match up?