So the eternal question resurfaces-Which is the best material for shutters? Well, before deciding the material which deserves the first place, it is important to look into the history of the materials. If we go down the memory lane, we will find that initially windows were made of wood and wooden frames. The early twentieth century saw the usage of steel windows. The postwar period saw the rise in the use of aluminum windows. During the 1980s, the material uPVC rose to be the most common material for windows. Whatever you choose, your windows should be secure and offer the qualities of effectiveness and durability. You may use them either for domestic purposes or happily use them for shopfronts. Let’s have a look at the various advantages the diverse materials have to offer-
They offer ultimate warmth. Although it is a costly affair, what it offers is not easy to come by. Nothing can give the classy looks it gives. Its heat insulating properties offer the ultimate protection from the weather. The flip side lies in the fact that they need quite a bit of looking after. So you will have to put in some effort to maintain its alluring appearance. Timber can be procured from both softwood and hardwood. Although the timber of yesteryear required much more maintenance, present-day timber is more customer friendly. They are much more resistant to fungus and not likely to give into decaying early. They also tend to twist or bow.
They stand for durability and optimum performance at a medium cost.uPVC frames present frames that constitute sharp casings which are inherently resistant to corrosion, spoiling and flaking. They have an excellent double coating which adds up to efficient energy conservation. Although it might not be as competent in the looks department, it offers high financial benefits. It is now available in a lead-free avatar, which is much more environment-friendly, and will be a better option according to your well being and the carbon footprint of mankind.
If you are looking for stylish exteriors and structural glazing, its aluminum all the way. If we go down to the scientific basics it lets the heat pass easily. But due to the latest scientific innovation, aluminum has become as good as uPVC material as far as heat insulation is concerned. Add weather-proofing and low maintenance requirement and you should know why aluminum scores high on the suitable material list.
What is the conclusion, then?
Well, we are as perplexed as you are. Although we have listed all the finer points of all the materials, we agree that it is impossible to arrive at a definite choice considering the innumerable qualities every material is offering. If its value for money you are looking for, its best to opt for uPVC.As mentioned above, they offer optimum energy conservation. They are less prone to decay and don’t require much maintenance. But if it is environment friendliness, flexibility, durability and resistance to weather conditions you are looking for, then aluminum will suit the bill. If you are not willing to compromise on the looks and the classic appeal, then wood is just the right choice. Of course, you will have to put in extra efforts to keep it looking good and feeling great but it will be worth the effort.