PVC (polyvinyl chloride – also called uPVC) and aluminium are two popular materials for doors in the UK, offering a variety of benefits including energy efficiency, durability, and security. According to a 2020 report by AMA Research, PVC doors hold over 50% of the entrance door market share in the UK, whilst aluminium doors account for 10-15%. Understanding the advantages of both door types can help homeowners make informed decisions for their unique homes.
PVC vs Aluminium Doors: The Advantages and Disadvantages
PVC doors have good insulation properties that help prevent heat loss and block out cold air, making them highly energy efficient.
They tend to be a more cost-effective choice compared to other materials on the market.
There is no need for either painting or staining with PVC doors, and their low-maintenance finish can be wiped easily to clean.
Available in a wide range of colours and styles, they complement any property style and aesthetic.
PVC is non-biodegradable and recycling it may not always be possible due to its plastic nature.
Hard to fix
Replacing damaged PVC doors can be costly as they are often difficult to repair.
Direct exposure to sunlight can cause fading, despite their overall durability.
Aluminium doors are robust and resistance to rust and corrosion, making them a strong and durable choice.
Thanks to aluminium frames with a multi-chambered profile with and thermal break, these doors achieve an impressive A+ rating for thermal efficiency to help lower energy bills.
Compliant with PAS24:2012 standards, their strong construction provides reliable home security and protection for added peace of mind.
The most sustainable choice on the market due to their 100 per cent recyclable material, making them the best option for homeowners that are conscious of their carbon footprint.
Select from 150+ RAL colours and a vast range of styles and finishes, including bespoke solutions, to ensure we meet your every need and preference.
These doors tend to come with a higher price point than other materials. However, their greater cost is offset by their durability and longevity.
In wetter areas, water stains may be more noticeable on Aluminium doors compared to other materials.
PVC vs Aluminium Doors: Environmental Impact
As the concern of climate change rises to critical levels, many homeowners are seeking more sustainable living solutions. As we touched on earlier, aluminium is one of the most recyclable materials in the world. In fact, it can be recycled time and time again without losing its quality. Up to 95 percent of energy is saved when aluminium is recycled instead of newly produced, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a lower carbon footprint.
On the other hand, PVC is recyclable, but not as widely recyclable as some other plastics since it requires specialised recycling centres. Even then, it may contain additives that will interfere with the recycling process. It is also non-biodegradable, so it can harm the environment if it is not correctly disposed of.
Installation and Maintenance
Both PVC and aluminium doors are fairly simple to install, although the process can vary depending on the door’s style and size. PVC doors are generally lighter in weight, making them more efficient to install. However, it will be most dependent on the installer’s level of expertise and the style complexity of the door.
When it comes to maintenance, PVC doors don’t require painting or staining and are easy to clean with a simple wipe-down. Aluminium doors, however, may need repainting over time but are more resistant to scratches and fading.
Are aluminium doors more expensive than PVC?
PVC doors are typically more cost-friendly than aluminium doors. And thanks to their straightforward installation process, PVC doors have potentially lower labour costs too. However, aluminium doors are more durable, meaning they are likely to last longer and require less frequent replacing, making them more cost-effective in the long term.
If you prioritise affordability, low maintenance and energy efficiency, PVC doors are a great choice. But if you are willing to spend more for a highly durable and long-lasting door, then Aluminium doors are the way to go.
Contact The Monmouthshire Window Company for more info
At The Monmouthshire Window Company, we specialise in a wide range of energy-efficient glazing products, including PVC and aluminium windows, and conservatories, as well as both PVC and aluminium doors discussed above. Whatever your double-glazing needs, if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us today!
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