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Check out the Different Types of Window Frames

Posted at 9:29 AM, December 7, 2023 by AIS Windows / Category: French doors
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Looking for new windows? One of the most important yet often overlooked components is the window frame. It makes a difference! We all know windows can sometimes seem like a tedious home improvement project – but frames impact the look, functionality, and even energy efficiency of your windows. So don’t snooze through this decision! In this article, we’ll explore three of the most popular options – uPVC window frames, sleek aluminium frames, and high-end AIS Regal Selects. 

In the section below, you’ll understand what makes each frame unique so you can determine the best fit for your home aesthetic and needs. Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary or state-of-the-art, there’s a frame style ideal for you. Let’s check out different types of window frames:

1. UPVC Frames 

uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) window frames are economical vinyl frames that resist weathering and require little maintenance over their lifetime. They have surged in popularity as a versatile, affordable frame option well-suited to various home styles. uPVC is a durable, weather-resistant plastic that offers the following benefits:

  • Affordability – uPVC window frames are economical compared to wood or metal alternatives. This makes them a budget-friendly option.
  • Low Maintenance – The vinyl material resists fading, rotting, cracking, and insect damage. uPVC needs very little ongoing care.
  • Energy Efficient – Vinyl frames provide excellent thermal insulation. Multi-chambered frame profiles assist with energy savings.
  • Customization – uPVC frames come in a wide range of colours and finishes. You can match your décor or opt for white frames for a classic look.
  • Strength and Durability – Modern uPVC formulations allow for slim yet sturdy window frames. They are durable enough for long-term use.

2. Aluminium Window Frames

Known for their slimline profiles and durable aluminium construction, these window frames allow ample light into modern homes while offering abundant style options through colour finishes. Key benefits of aluminium window frames include:

  • Slimline Design – Aluminium window frames have a narrower profile than uPVC and wood. This allows more light into the home.
  • Material Strength – Extruded aluminium resists warping, sagging or flexing over time. It maintains the structural integrity of windows.
  • Custom Styling – Aluminium takes paints and powder coating nicely. You can choose from multiple colour options for personalized windows.
  • Workflow Efficiency – Aluminium is easier to work with than wood. Frame fabrication and window installation tend to be simpler processes.
  • Affordability – While more expensive than vinyl, aluminium is more affordable than wood. It makes an attractive metal choice.

3. AIS Regal Select

AIS Regal Select windows represent a new generation of window technology focused on heightened security, maximum views, and sleek aesthetics. They give homeowners:  

  • Enhanced Safety Features – Concealed beading and locking solid mechanisms protect against forced entry. Laminated glass provides additional strength.
  • Larger Openings – Units can accommodate vast expanses of glass over 3 meters high. This invites more light and outdoor views indoors.  
  • Slimmer Frames – Interlock and meeting stile widths under 65mm ensure you see more glass and less frame from interior living spaces.
  • Flush Sashes – Flush closing sashes between fixed and opening parts give the impression of a single glass plane. 
  • Noise Reduction – Weatherstrips, specialized seals, improved construction and laminated glazing reduce outdoor noise transmission.


With maximized views, strengthened security, and narrow sightlines, these window frames combine form with function. The expansive use of glass gives a modern, almost monolithic aesthetic. If your project calls for pushing the boundaries of windows as architectural elements, the AIS Regal Select by AIS Windows warrants consideration.

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