Metal framed windows - A modern and high security option for your home

Metal Framed Window

The two main metal types of windows are aluminium and steel. Metal framed windows have one major asset and that is strength. They are more flexible than wood and aluminium can be worked into slim frames.

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Older homes, for example Grade two listed period properties, may have metal windows constructed from steel, cast iron or wrought iron. Windows which feature un-galvanised steel can rust quite easily, especially if they haven’t been properly maintained. Compared to timber framed windows, modern metal windows are far more resistant to the elements.

But that is just one of the advantages a metal window has over other type of windows. Steel and aluminium windows both have a high strength-to-weight ratio that is easily formed into any custom shape. The hard surface resists denting and weathering, and, particularly in the case of aluminium, can be painted in virtually any colour, including historic window colours, providing long-lasting aesthetic appeal.

Metal window systems also offer a higher level of security than timber-framed windows and some argue that installing steel and aluminium windows is actually a bigger deterrent than uPVC windows.

Metal window suppliers and manufacturers

Metal frame window firms stock a wide range of choices, from casement aluminium windows to sliding aluminium windows. With different styling options, you will have a choice to make on metal framed windows, which may be restricted by the period of the property. Most consumers have an idea of the style they want, and with metal frame window firms stocking a wide range of choices, homeowners should be able to find exactly what they are looking for.

Many of these companies offering package deals combining the supply and installation of metal framed windows, and you're likely to get a better deal by buying the windows from the same firm that installs them for you. However you should be able to purchase the products themselves without the fitting service included. But with most firms offering discounted prices for the supply and fitting of your windows, such as buy-one-window-get-one-free, a package deal may be the most cost effective option.

Metal framed windows have their advantages

uPVC window replacements are the most popular choice. But while metal framed windows may not be as widely installed compared to uPVC windows, aluminium and steel windows have numerous advantages as a type of window:

  • Metal frames are easy to maintain and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • They are available in a wide range of finishes.
  • Aluminium window frames are known for their strength and durability.
  • Aluminium particularly can be moulded into any shape, so as a material it offer versatility.
  • They have a long life and modern metal windows are galvanised and won’t corrode or warp.

Repairing and refurbishing metal windows

Why replace when you can repair? In most instances the cost of repairs will be much less (in some cases less than 50%) than the cost of a replacement window. Specialist window repair companies will be able to offer a complete repair service to aluminium and steel window systems, replacing corroded or rusted sections, hinges, brackets and handles.

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