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Composite Windows – Costs & Benefits

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Composite windows combine an exterior cladding, usually aluminium for strength and rigidity, with a timber interior for aesthetics and enhanced insulation – resulting in a durable window with a low maintenance finish that still offers the charm of wood internally.

If you are looking for high performance windows, composite frames could be the answer.

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The hybrid nature of composite windows gives you the best of both worlds in terms of performance, reliability, aesthetics and thermal properties. The aluminium cladding offers durability and requires lower maintenance than traditional full timber windows. They have a much longer lifetime than standard windows, a lifecycle of 40 years has been suggested which easily beats the widely recognised 25-35 year lifespan of uPVC units.

The thermal properties of the windows also increases the performance and eco friendliness of the window and as a result also saves you on your heating bills in the long run.

Types of composite windows

Composite windows are available in a wide range of colours and styles making it easy for homeowners to find the perfect windows for their home.

Most manufacturers offer a RAL colour matching service for Aluminium-clad composite windows, so you can choose from a bold colour to make your windows stand out as a key feature of the façade or a more muted shade to blend in. Gloss, matt and satin powder-coated finishes are all available including anodised aluminium. Internally, the wood can be stained, lacquered or painted to suit your tastes.

A composite window caters for all type of opening formats including casement and tilt and turn.

Cost of composite windows

Composite windows in general occupy the upper end of the pricing spectrum as they are essentially timber windows with an additional weatherproof cladding. Studies have shown that Aluminium clad wooden windows will cost 23-25% less than uPVC over a 60 year life span owing to their durability and no maintenance.

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