Traditional wood windows are still the favourites for many. But aluminium and UPVC are slowly gaining ground for various reasons. While aluminium windows are mainly preferred for practical reasons and cost is also a deciding factor.
UPVC on the other hand is a product the urbanites are choosing in spite of the cost because it’s maintenance-free and the looks are quite impressive. The dust and sound pollution in cities are mainly driving those who can afford to replace traditional windows even when they are in good shape. A cinema hall owner is going for a complete redo with UPVC windows unable to put up with dust and sound pollution.
“Over the last one year, the sale has gone up by 30 per cent,” says K.V. Ravi of Anil Enterprises, marketing associate of Fenesta.
Those who can afford the cost are going in for renovation. The customers are mainly urban-oriented and belong to the high-end category. Having sold 3,000 to 4,000 windows a year, he is upbeat about the prospects now.
To cater to the commercial category, new window series has been introduced. The “1000” and “1800” series comes at around Rs.500 an sft. Compared with the regular rates that go up to Rs.3,500 it is considered an affordable cost. They come with changes in the thickness of the profile and glass.
However, many builders now prefer it to in view of the advantages in maintenance and the value addition and look it adds to the overall appearance, adds Mr. Ravi. He estimates that with a little more cost than that of the wood windows, builders are getting several advantages including saving time in making the windows.