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This is your hub for knowledge and information on windows and doors. Over the years, Fenesta has developed a unique understanding of how they work. This knowledge is shared through this section to help you learn what features and materials enable windows and doors to contribute to your home's comfort

UPVC vs Wood vs Aluminium

UPVC is one of the most preferred window framing materials across the world and is now gaining popularity in Indian market as well due to its highly-efficient performance ratings.

So if you are renovating your home or building a new one please look at the table below for comparisons with traditional wood and aluminium. This will help guide you to make your decision

  UPVC Windows Aluminium Windows Wooden Windows
Expansion & Contraction of Window profiles can lead to product deformation

Fenesta UPVC windows is manufactured from tropical formulation which makes it durable with minimal expansion and contraction

Aluminium has very high thermal expansion coefficient as compared to UPVC, leading to product distortion if not manufactured and installed appropriately.

Wood has inherent property to breathe / absorb moisture / expand & contract, eventually leading to distortion and gaps
Insulation from Heat

Fenesta UPVC windows provides superior insulation to your home from outside heat as UPVC is a poor conductor of heat

Aluminium (being a metal) is a good conductor of heat and therefore cannot provide insulation from heat

Wood is a poor conductor of heat, however improper sealing & bending can allow heat to pass
Low Maintenance

Fenesta UPVC windows and doors require no painting, only routine cleaning

Aluminium windows and doors may require periodic maintenance over long periods of usage

Wooden windows need regular painting and polishing
Low Embedded Energy

Fenesta UPVC Windows and doors are environment friendly as they require very less energy to convert from raw material to finished good.

Aluminium window and door frames use large amount of energy in conversion

Wooden windows and doors use tropical hardwoods.
Termite Resistance

Fenesta UPVC Windows and doors are not prone to termites

Aluminium windows and doors do not attract termites

Wooden windows and doors are prone to termites
Resistance to Corrosion

Fenesta UPVC Windows do not rust or corrode due to inherent material characteristics

Aluminium windows are prone to corrosion

Wooden windows do not rust / corrode
Fade Resistant/UV Resistant

Fenesta UPVC Windows and doors are made of special UV resistant blend and therefore do not fade even after prolonged exposure to sun

Aluminium windows are typically powder coated or anodized. The powder coating, If not of high UV resistance, shall discolour quickly.

Wooden windows and doors start fading very soon ; require constant repolishing/finishing
Fire

Fenesta UPVC windows are Self Extinguishing and do not propagate fire

Aluminium windows have very high melting temperature

Wooden windows can catch fire easily
Fire Escape

UPVC windows can allow easy escape in case of fire; due to its lower softening temperature glass can be pushed out of the frame easily

Aluminium & glass both have high MP and therefore does not assist in easy break away.

Wood itself can catch fire very easily

A pioneer in Indian UPVC Window market, Fenesta's proprietary uPVC formulation and extrusion process make window frames that deliver superior performance, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Aluminium windows considered here are the general / local system being used by most of the suppliers. High end designed system are not considered here for comparison.