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Timber, uPVC or Aluminium – which material is right for you?

So many materials for use in a range of home applications

The debate as to which window material is best for the home has been ongoing for a while now, and the truth is that every home is different and therefore there is no right answer. Depending on the specific home improvement you want to factor into your property and the features you want to add, it might be the case that timber, uPVC and aluminium all might act as a great choice so we’re making it our mission to fully layout the pros and cons of each.

Despite common beliefs uPVC no longer represents low quality, timber windows are not as costly and aluminium windows are now available in hundreds of powder coated colours. If you’re a homeowner looking for the ideal window style to help enhance the home, take a look at our handy guide to make an informed decision what best suits your needs.

Porch and windows uPVC


The most popular window material currently utilised in the UK market today, uPVC windows are exceedingly high performance unlike their 1980’s counterparts. Their main benefit is that they require hardly any looking after at all, simply needing a wipe down if they should ever become dirtied. On top of this, they act as an extremely affordable option for those wanting a cost-effective way to improve home insulation thanks to multi-chambered frames.


  • Highly affordable
  • Hassle-free with low maintenance
  • Multi-chambered for increased insulation


  • Thick frames
  • An unsustainable resource



Opting for timber windows act as an ideal way to add a welcomed sense of charm and elegance for traditional properties, especially when provided in the sash window style of yester-year. Timber is a naturally insulating material meaning that it is the most effective option for those hoping to keep warm in the home, yet they might require the odd coat of varnish every 6-8 years. A small price to pay for truly beautiful aesthetics.


  • Authentically beautiful aesthetics
  • A naturally insulator for a warmer home
  • Easily customisable with re=varnishing and painting


  • Higher maintenance – requires more TLC
  • Slightly costlier than other materials



Slowly gaining substantial popularity in the latter half of the 20th century, aluminium windows provide homeowners incredibly slim sightlines so as never to interrupt the natural view of your outside. As the material is the strongest out of the three, they can also accommodate larger panes of glass – perfect for homes with large apertures. They can be tailored to virtually any colour you require but are slightly costlier than uPVC.


  • Highly durable with increased strength
  • Reduces your home’s carbon footprint
  • Extensive range of colour choices
  • An exceptional lifespan for great value


  • More prone to condensation
  • Not preferred for traditional-style properties

High performance products in all materials from Albion

Whatever material you decide to choose for your new replacement windows, each provide a whole range of benefits suitable to aid a specific house or homeowner. If you’re still unsure about which material to go for or need some additional information we may have missed, Albion Windows are well equipped to work with you on making the ideal choice. Call us on 0500 344 028 or enquire online.

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