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bob marley

A&L, you neglect to mention that the upkeep of ally windows like replacing frayed dried out leaking rubbers and replacing plastic wheel runners that were designed to wear our quickly to save the running tracks from destruction along with short life span of powder coating finishes in our harsh climate mean there is no real difference long term in upkeep betwen timber and ally windows.

Which only leaves the look and the cost and the environmental concerns from each material to consider, I would still consider timber a winner on all these points.

But of course choosing the correct timber to start with ,not the cheapest most profitable option like industry does makes a world of difference in timber window life span and maintenance.

From experience in my latest house I would be looking to replace my ally sliding doors with timber alternatives in the next house project as the powder coat paint is all worn on the runner step and I have had to replace the runners after only 3years and I cannot see the rubbers lasting many more summers, whereas my hardwood windows only need to be lightly sanded and recoat with varnish every 2-3 years.....a $70 job I can do myself.

Sometimes the low maintenance option you are first sold is a higher expense option that you cannot maintain yourself.

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Maryanne Sweet
the pics are largely architectural lines which rarely have the cheap fittings mentioned. I prefer UPVC fora multitide of reasons and found both builders, glaziers and glass retailers rarely haveexperience or understanding withthe products available.
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My house was built in the early 60s with cheap aluminium sliding glass (horizontal sliding) windows. There are gaps between the sliding windows and so they lose LOTS of heat in the winter and lose cool air in the summer when air conditioning. Are there some sliding windows ( perhaps vertical?) that are actually reasonably airtight when closed?

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