WOOD, ALUMINIUM or UPVC

As a home owner or a builder the choice whether to use Wooden Windows and Doors versus Aluminium or UPVC can be rather taxing as there are advantages and disadvantages to all three materials. The more modern building lends itself to Aluminium or UPVC but the warmth that natural timber adds to a home is irreplaceable. Have a look…….

WOOD

In South Africa, the most commonly utilized timber for Joinery is Meranti, but Groundworks can work with exotic timbers such as Teak, Kiaat and Rose Wood – depending on budget and required finish.

GREAT

– Extremely good insulator of heat & noise.
– Final product is very energy efficient
-Custom made to achieve a variety of designs and finishes accordingly to desired effect
-Naturally warm thus adding warmth of the room – Wood is timeless & contemporary
– Smallest carbon footprint and is environmentally friendly

… Not so great

High maintenance – wood has to be treated correctly PRIOR to installation and needs to be maintained.

Installation of doors has to be done by SKILLED carpenters – this could be costly

Generally, glazing is installed after the items have been built into the item on site
– Needs to be treated for termites & rot on a regular basis

ALUMINIUM

Aluminium is the highest selling and utilized material for doors & windows in South Africa. Aluminium lends itself extremely well to the contemporary look of both residential and commercial buildings

GREAT

– Maintenance is minimal
– Cost effective option in SA
– Aluminium can be used to manufacture large format windows and doors with ease
– Available in a large spectrum of colours from matt white to woodgrain
– Weatherproof material that does not rust like steel would

… Not so great

– Limited designs and styles compared to wood
– Not a great insulating material so heat loss is high and dependant on glazing selected which may become costly
– Welding of Aluminium requires specialized equipment and training compared to standard welding of steel.
– Aluminium doors will oxidate.
– Welding of Aluminium requires specialized equipment and training – quality dependant on manufacturers skills
– With sustained exposure to the sun aluminium can start fading

UPVC

UPVC has been met with mixed reactions in the South Africa market and with reason; our harsh SA sun has not been kind to the original UPVC formulas used. However over the years the ingredients have been improved. REHAU has been working timelessly to bring a new and improved UPVC to this country – they have done this with much success

GREAT

– Maintenance is minimal
– Extremely good insulator of heat & noise.
– Final product is very energy efficient
– Weatherproof material that does not rust like steel would
-Huge variety of locking systems and glazing available
– More environmentally friendly than aluminium
– PVC, is a material which can endure any weather condition and changes.
– Extrusions can be recycled

… Not so great

– Limited designs and styles compared to wood
– Costly option in SA at the moment – this will however improve once UPVC is used more extensively
– Structural size limitations
– In SA UPVC windows and doors are only availabe in white.

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