Which window materials are best for your home and budget?

contemporary house with grey aluminium windows and vertical timber cladding
(Image credit: Matthew Smith Architectural Photography)

The window materials you choose can have just as much of an impact on the final appearance of your home as the style that you opt for. 

When it comes to how to choose window styles, you will need to think about all kinds of things, from their style and how that might fit in with your house, to how well they will perform from an energy efficiency point of view. There is also the not so insignificant matter of costs.

Mark Brinkley
Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.

Neil Ginger
Neil Ginger

Neil Ginger founded Origin in 2001 along with his Victoria Brocklesby, after they identified a gap in the market for high quality bi-folding doors

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.