With winter approaching and the nights drawing in, Autumn is the perfect time of year to tackle a few maintenance jobs and prepare your home for winter. It’s also the ideal season to think about upgrading your windows to make your home warm and cosy in time for the cold spell.
We’re often asked by homeowners if installing aluminium windows will make their house cold and encourage condensation, so in this blog, we’ll be talking about energy efficiency and explaining why aluminium windows can actually make your house warmer.
And we promise, no jargon…
For those of you who remember aluminium windows of the 1980s, you’ll no doubt recall those anodised metal frames that were often dripping with condensation and felt pretty cold to the touch. Not surprisingly, aluminium fell out of favour among homeowners and many of them opted for PVCu windows instead of metal windows because they provided much better thermal performance than aluminium to keep homes warm and reduce damp.
So, what are the benefits of aluminium windows? Well, aluminium is the ideal material for windows because it’s incredibly light, strong, weather resistant and maintenance-free as they won’t need painting. And, over recent years, aluminium windows have enjoyed a comeback - they’ve really advanced in terms of design and energy efficiency and they perform much better now because of the way they’re insulated.
Modern aluminium windows, like the ones from REAL Aluminium, are very effective in reducing heat loss and helping to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
To do this, we use what’s known as a ‘thermal break’ – a non-heat conductive piece of material, which is designed specifically to prevent heat transfer through the frame. Made from high strength polyamide, it separates the internal and external sections of the aluminium frame to create a barrier to slow down the transfer of hot and cold air and reduce energy loss. This enhances the overall Window Energy Rating (WER) U-value (a measurement of thermal and energy efficiency) of the window and ensures that the cold stays out and the warm stays in.
The thermal break is sandwiched between the inner and outer sections of the aluminium frame to maintain its strength and stability and, because the break is wider, it means that the heat insulation, thermal performance and overall U-value is far greater than before. There’s an added bonus too because the break also dampens the vibrations between the outer and the inner frame, which helps to makes homes more soundproof.
Are you ready for winter? If you think your windows could be more energy efficient by keeping your home warmer and reducing bills, then take a look at the range of high-performance aluminium windows and aluminium doors from REAL.
Find your nearest REAL Aluminium installer here for advice and a quotation.