Material Options for Slim Doors and Windows
A common material in slimline doors and replacement windows is uPVC, or Un-Plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride. It is a popular choice and often the recommended material with double glazed products. A suitable alternative to aluminium, uPVC has a few advantages, including cost effectiveness.
- Pricing. One of the least expensive materials, uPVC can add savings to any home improvement project.
- Low maintenance. While aluminium is easy to maintain, this material does not rust, fade, rot, or flake so slimline doors will last in any environment, and all you need is a cloth to wipe them clean.
- Durability. The strength of uPVC allows them to potentially last for decades. When ordered with double glazing, companies may offer 10 year guarantees.
- Security. Frames are damage-resistant and tough to break. Forced entry is much more difficult so uPVC doors add security. Aluminium folding sliding doors offer a similar level of security.
- Insulation. Slim glass doors are able to provide heat and sound insulation, even better than aluminium. Homes therefore benefit because sound is kept out and heat is kept in.
In addition, the options for colours and styles manufacturers offer more than makes up for aluminium’s bland look. Aesthetics are usually important for homeowners and a uPVC door is typically the right choice, although certain types of homes may warrant alternatives.
The majority of homeowners find uPVC an affordable and durable option. It is ideal for patio doors and folding varieties. Aluminium too can last a long time, as much as 30 years, but it all depends on the individual product and installation. The ultimate choice of material depends on the customer’s expectations.