Double Glazing Materials

There are three main types of materials used to construct the frames of double glazing and by far the most popular is uPVC.

UPVC double glazing is typically favoured because it looks good, requires the least amount of maintenance and is the most durable of all three materials. It is also recyclable, resistant to fading and is the cheapest double glazing material in today’s market.

Wooden double glazing frames are considered the most ascetically pleasing and are often preferred in conservation areas and listed buildings. However they require considerable and regular maintenance.

Aluminium double glazing is often thought as the strongest. They are extremely durable and warp resistant, but of all double glazing materials they lose the most heat and can be particularly prone to condensation. Some companies will offer composite or vinyl-clad frames which consist of inner timber inner frames coated in aluminium or plastic. Designed to offer the best of both worlds; weatherproof and with lower maintenance than wooden frames, they are also the most expensive option.

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