Are Aluminium Windows Better Than uPVC?

If you are looking to upgrade your windows, you are likely to be debating whether aluminium windows are better than uPVC. These two materials are fantastic for making home improvement products, but from afar, they do look similar.

In this article, we will explore the benefits that uPVC and aluminium can offer your home so you can decide which is best for you.

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium windows have sleek and durable frames, which can provide an elegant look for your property. Their thin frames and large glass area allow an optimum amount of natural light so the room can feel brighter for much longer.

Read below to find out more about their benefits.


Aluminium is a durable and robust material that will keep your home secure during harsh weather conditions. When installed with weather seals, it can help protect your home from rain or wind, so you are less likely to experience mould or dampness. No matter what the ever-changing British weather tries to bring, your new windows will keep your home protected.

Noise Reduction

As aluminium is so durable, it can help insulate the outside noise. This means you can relax comfortably in your home without being distracted by what is going on around you. This is perfect for homeowners based in a busy area of their city or if you want peace from your neighbours.

Thermal Efficiency

Along with noise insulation, aluminium windows also provide an excellent level of thermal efficiency. When paired with double glazing, aluminium windows can create a pocket of warm air in your home so no heat can escape and no cold draughts can get in. Your home will efficiently regulate the temperature around the room, so you feel at a comfortable temperature all year round.

uPVC Windows

On the other hand, uPVC windows can also transform your home. They can seamlessly blend into the property by coming in multiple styles and colours. Their reliable uPVC frames can provide a range of benefits, including increased appearance and versatility.

Read below to learn more about the benefits of uPVC windows.

Low Maintenance

uPVC windows are incredibly easy to maintain, which is perfect for any type of homeowner. Depending on the style and materials, how to best care for them will be determined. However, most only need to be cleaned occasionally with a damp cloth.

Eco-Conscious Choice

uPVC profiles are fully recyclable, so after their lifespan, you can recycle them into something new. As we become more aware of the impact we have on our environment, swapping for more environmentally friendly products can help us take a step in the right direction.


uPVC materials are flexible and versatile, so it is easy to make them into multiple styles. They can be made into different shapes and designs so they can seamlessly blend into your property’s current design. Customise them with various colours and finishes, and you have a bespoke window tailored to you.

Aluminium Windows and uPVC Windows Prices

Transform your home today with aluminium windows or uPVC windows. Depending on what benefits you are looking to add to your home or the type of window you are looking for, will determine which material will be best for your home.

If you are based in Essex and need help deciding, feel free to get in touch with our team today! You can use our online contact form or call us, and one of our team members will discuss your requirements. Alternatively, if you know what window you would like to order, use our online quoting engine for a free quote.

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Even with modern innovations in window technology, condensation continues to be a problem in homes across the country. The mild and humid climate we have here in the UK can often make condensation appear inevitable and can cause some worry when those little droplets start appearing on the windows regularly.

Condensation happens when the water vapours in the air come into contact with a lower temperature surface and leave droplets of water on the surface behind. Single glazed windows are the most prone to condensation as they don’t retain heat well, often becoming as cold as the air temperature outside. Problems can arise down the line as excessive condensation can lead to build-ups of black mould, which can harm the house’s occupant.

Double glazed and secondary glazed windows offer higher protection levels from condensation than single glazing but do so in different ways. A double glazed window has two panes of glass with a space between them. This space can be a vacuum or filled with a gas such as Argon. This space stops heat transfer between the two panes of glass from your house to the outside. On the other hand, secondary glazing involves installing a layer of glass on the inside of a single glazed window. The glass layer protects against the cold and keeps the heat from coming directly into contact with the pane of glass touching the cold air outside.

Both double glazing and secondary glazing offer adequate protection from condensation but determining which is better can be tricky.

Double Glazed Windows and Condensation Prevention

Double glazed windows tend to be considered the best option for insulating heat in your home. Most can cut down heat loss by 40-50%, with some even reaching as high as 65% if the gap between the two panes is filled with a thermally insulating gas. The resulting temperature of the inner pane compared to the outer pane is much higher. As a result, the water vapour in your house is not likely to deposit onto the inner pane of the window because the surface temperature is not lower than the air in your home. Compared to a single glazed window, the single pane is in contact with both the cold air outside and the warm air in your home. Any water vapour in the air in your home will come into contact with the cold surface of the single pane of glass and will deposit droplets through condensation. Therefore, water droplets are less likely to appear by having a warmer inner pane.

However, there are several key issues with double glazing that can make it an invalid option for preventing condensation. Firstly, if you don’t already have double glazed windows in your building, it can be incredibly difficult to have them installed as they require an entirely new unit to be built to house them. Furthermore, this can be a costly process that can take some time, especially if the occupant has to acquire certain permissions to change certain property elements. Finally, condensation can still occur on double glazed windows if poorly ventilated the building. Humans (and pets!) breathe out moisture throughout the day, and in spaces with little ventilation, particularly smaller ones, windows can appear to be steaming up. Water droplets can form from this steam, and condensation is happening regardless of how warm it is within the building.

Secondary Glazed Windows and Preventing Condensation

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Secondary glazing goes a long way to answering these key issues. As a fitting rather than a new installation, secondary glazing allows the occupant to retain the aesthetic of their home and not have to acquire permissions if their home requires it. In addition, secondary glazing can be fitted quickly and easily, circumventing the practical issues of installing double glazing cost-effectively. Secondary glazing provides adequate heat insulation for homes with single glazed windows installed. However, the main benefit of secondary glazing compared to double glazing is the level of ventilation for the property that isn’t achievable through double glazing. Ventilation is one of the most effective ways of preventing condensation because it allows the water vapour in the building to disperse outside. We are all breathing moisture into the air, and it helps to give that moisture somewhere to go instead of becoming trapped in the property with us.

Whilst double-glazing does cut down heat loss significantly, its lack of ventilation can hinder it from preventing condensation. As a cheaper and often more practical alternative, secondary glazing offers good levels of insulation, coupled with good levels of ventilation that go a long way to preventing condensation. Therefore, whilst both types of windows are excellent at reducing and preventing condensation, secondary glazing tends to win out when comparing the two.

If you’re interested in Oakland Home Improvements secondary glazing you can get in touch with our online form or you can check our double glazing quote engine and see how much your new window could cost today.

Secondary glazing is an effective solution for homeowners who want to improve the performance of windows and doors in their homes.
It’s the ideal answer for traditional homes that need an upgrade due to old, worn-out windows and doors that let in draughts and allow heat to escape.
The process is surprisingly straightforward. Our specialist fitters internally install a second window in front of the existing one. Essentially, secondary glazing creates a double window effect that doesn’t interfere with the property’s traditional windows.

Secondary Glazing, Essex

Perfect Solution For Traditional Homes

This technique is highly effective for owners of period homes under strict building regulations that prevent new features that change the appearance of the property’s exterior.
Secondary glazing is the perfect solution to improve a traditional home’s energy efficiency and retain the original charm of the façade. Oakland installers have a wealth of experience working in period properties with demanding restrictions. Our teams are highly skilled at beautifully integrating secondary glazing using hinges and rollers to protect the interior and exterior of the listed building. This careful technique takes great skill and concentration, and Oakland prides itself on ensuring our secondary glazing complements the existing window with subtle aesthetics and incredible performance.

Boost Performance

Traditional and listed buildings with old windows are infamous for poor energy efficiency. Outdated hardware doesn’t do a great job of preventing draughts and retaining heat. Single pane windows are one of the worst offenders for allowing heat to escape, even when fully shut. They lack modern sealing technology that is vital to keeping you warm inside. All this energy loss means you have to crank up the heating and keep it on for longer, costing you more money.

Secondary glazing provides innovative installation that is effective at transforming period homes into properties with modern-day performance capabilities.
Aside from improving an older home’s energy efficiency and reducing heating costs, secondary glazing makes the property quieter. The additional glazing unit provides an effective noise barrier that significantly reduces the number of sound waves entering through the window. You gain a more peaceful living space, greater comfort and a room where the outside world’s noise doesn’t disturb you.
Enhanced Security

Secondary glazing offers your precious home greater protection, not only from the elements but also from potential intruders. By adding Oakland’s high-quality secondary glazing, you gain an extra barrier that protects your property. Our advanced glass panes are expertly fitted to be robust and durable; they fully integrate into your existing build. This makes our secondary glazing incredibly hard to force open, transforming and upgrading your old windows with enhanced security.

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Brilliant Value

Secondary glazing is a highly cost-effective solution for traditional homes. Instead of completely replacing your old windows, which is an expensive process, secondary glazing is efficiently fitted within your existing property. Due to the nature of the installation, it’s a much faster solution to improving your windows’ performance. Also, it’s a more affordable alternative to new windows with double glazing.

Secondary glazing allows you to target which of your old windows require improvement. Moreover, the process gives you a seamless transition to advanced window technology that maintains the charm of your old windows. Essentially, it’s an ingenious way of enhancing your home’s energy efficiency and noise regulation at an affordable price that doesn’t ruin the classic aesthetic of your home.
At Oakland, we pride ourselves on providing market-leading secondary glazing at competitive prices that ensure your home benefits from our advanced window technology. Your period home will immediately perform better at keeping in heat and reducing noise, and you’ll suffer no hassle from building regulations or expensive costs. Secondary glazing is the ideal windows solution to make your beautiful home more comfortable and cost-effective.

Perfect Installation By Oakland

Here at Oakland, we appreciate how much your home means to you. That’s why our team of expert fitters take the utmost care in how they install your secondary glazing. We treat our customers in Essex and the surrounding area with complete respect and know your needs are our priority. As a local business, our principles are about delivering for customers and building trust in the community. We’ve built an excellent reputation over the years based on our high-quality work and first-rate window improvements. We only install the best solutions that match your needs.
Our experienced teams have fast lead times and always pay close attention to detail. You won’t find another Essex installer who can beat our secondary glazing prices.
Our secondary glazing offers incredible energy-efficiency performance, exceptional noise reduction, seamless integration, and amazing affordability. Oakland secondary glazing is the complete package that ensures you’ll love your traditional home even more.

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Secondary Glazing Prices

Oakland have made it easy for you to find out more and get personalised secondary glazing prices. Please use our online quoting engine to discover how our team can meet your exact needs and find a price that’s unique to you. Alternatively, you can call us on 01277 365 988, and we’ll be happy to help you identify the most effective secondary glazing solution for your Essex property.

Double Glazing Ongar

Double Glazing Ongar

Are you in desperate need of new double glazing for your Ongar home? Would you prefer an honest and family run double glazing company to carry out your home improvements? Look no further than Oakland Home Improvements to find the perfect windows and doors for your Ongar home. Our double glazing is designed to offer you the very best in security, thermal efficiency and durability.

We are a highly skilled and professional team that provides outstanding product ranges and installation services. With 30 years of experience in the double glazing industry, Oakland Home Improvements has developed a reputation in Ongar for high quality goods at competitive prices.

Read on to find out more about our incredible range of double glazing in Ongar, and the features and benefits it will bring to your home.

Double Glazing Ongar

Thermally Efficient Double Glazing in Ongar

At Oakland Home Improvements we fabricate our double glazing using incredible Eurocell uPVC profiles, to provide amazing thermal performance for your Ongar home. A thermally efficient home carries with it several benefits.

An incredible 10% to 20% of a home’s heat loss comes due to thermally inefficient windows and doors. Our double glazing is designed to trap warm air between the two glass panes while preventing cold air from getting into your Ongar home.

Our double glazing is likely to save you a considerable amount of money long-term as while you are warm and comfortable with your new, energy efficient windows and doors, there is no need to rely as heavily on your home’s central heating system. Ultimately this means that you will begin to see significant savings on your energy bill almost immediately.

A thermally efficient home is also a more eco-friendly home too, as while you will not be using your heating as often, your home’s carbon emissions will also start to decrease. In addition to this, uPVC is a widely recyclable material, which means that our practices are highly environmentally sustainable. At Oakland Home Improvements, our double glazing is as great for the environment as well as your wallet.

Double Glazing For Optimal Security

When looking for perfect double glazing for your Ongar home, one of the key areas you must consider is security. We as a reputable home improvement company, consider it our responsibility to provide you with windows and doors that are capable of the highest standards of security.

We use naturally sturdy uPVC profiles from Eurocell to ensure that your frames are appropriately resilient against physical attacks. Then we implement further security measures to ensure that your double glazing offers comprehensive home protection.

We use internally beaded glass to make sure that a potential burglar will not be able to remove the glass from the outside. Seeing as this is a relatively common way for intruders to break into a home, our internal beading acts as a great deterrent.

We then fit our products with incredible hook-shaped locks, which we embed into the frames of our windows and doors. Locking systems are encased inside the uPVC making it incredibly difficult for a burglar to tamper with them as they are unreachable when the door or window is shut.

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Durable and Low Maintenance Double Glazing

We pride ourselves on offering double glazing that is innately low maintenance. To keep your frames looking and performing at their best, all we recommend is washing them down occasionally with warm soapy water. Your new uPVC windows and doors will be completely scratch proof and will never require painting.

Double Glazing Prices in Ongar

If you would like a free and instant quote for our double glazing, with no obligation to buy, please use our online quoting engine. Requesting your quote couldn’t be easier, and we will have it ready for you within minutes. Get your bespoke, competitively priced quote with Oakland today!

On the other hand, if you would like to get in touch with one of our friendly and helpful team, please use our online contact form. Our team will be on hand to answer your queries, discuss your home improvements and provide you with any information you may need about our range of products. At Oakland we are even able to talk you through the whole installation process and provide you with estimated times of completion.