Aluminium is a metal that is increasingly being used for conservatory frames. It used to be unpopular, as older designs had poor energy efficiency rates. But now most aluminium conservatories have good insulating qualities, and their popularity is on the up.
But is an aluminium conservatory right for you? We’ve come up with a list of pros and cons to help you decide.
Aluminium is long-lasting. If an aluminium conservatory is installed correctly it can easily last longer than a uPVC or wooden conservatory.
Aluminium is durable. It won’t get damaged by water, sun or extreme temperatures. This contrasts with wood, which can rot or warp.
Easy to maintain
Aluminium is easy to maintain. You don’t need to treat it with anything, and can clean it easily with a damp cloth.
Aluminium is flexible. Frame manufacturers can bend it to make circular or odd-shaped windows.
Strong and lightweight
Aluminium is strong and lightweight. This means that that your conservatory can be whatever height you like. It also means that its frames can be very thin. This will maximise your view outside.
Another advantage is security. The strength of aluminium means that aluminium conservatories are very difficult to break into.
Aluminium is 100% recyclable. You can either reuse conservatory framing, or send it away to be melted down to make something new.
Aluminium is expensive. An aluminium conservatory will cost you a lot more than a uPVC or wooden one.
Can be inefficient
Poor quality aluminium frames can be inefficient. Aluminium conducts heat, so poorly-made frames will let the heat out of your home.
So aluminium conservatories have several pros and cons. If you think an aluminium conservatory is right for you, fill in our online form. We’ll put you in touch up to 4 tradespeople in your local area. If you’re undecided, have a look at our information on uPVC and wooden conservatories.
Purchase and installation
From £2,000 to £2,500 per sq m
Approx. 2-12 weeks
Advantages and disadvantages
- Easy to maintain
- Long lasting – strong and durable
- Rot and warp resistant
- Flexible – it’s ideal for circular or irregularly-shaped windows
- Aluminium frames are more expensive than uPVC
- It’s not as energy efficient as other materials – aluminium conducts heat