Aluminium is an extremely abundant material, and it has a fantastic wealth of advantages as a building material. In the 1920s Aluminium became extremely popular for finishing roofs and domes and for use in drains and wall panels, as well as for decorative purposes.
Its application in construction and architecture slowed in the 1940s, as the metal was predominantly used for producing planes. But again became increasingly popular in the development of high-rise buildings and bridges.
Today, aluminium is used for roofs, window and door frames, staircases, air conditioning systems, solar protection, heating systems, furniture, and many other things.
Aluminium Windows Performance
By choosing aluminium windows and doors, you’re choosing durability and strength. Doors and windows made of aluminium are incredibly reliable. The corrosion resistant qualities of aluminium provide a low maintenance frame and are resistant to weathering under a range of harsh environmental conditions such as the summer heat in Perth. Unlike many other materials, it will not swell, crack, split or warp over time; ensuring an extended product life.
Aluminium has good thermal performance. High-performance aluminium windows can meet or exceed energy efficiency standards. Payback periods on high-performance aluminium windows are typically far shorter than for other alternatives.
The efficiency of thermal performance in aluminium is comparatively higher than timber or PVC. In the case of an average gas-heated home in Perth, the use of aluminium double-glazed windows delivers almost three times the equivalent savings as it takes to manufacture them within the first year.
Not only are they economical compared to timber, but they can also reduce maintenance costs as they hardly need repairs and they can be cleaned quickly and with ease.
Aluminium Frames Finishing
The strength and flexibility of aluminium during manufacturing means very few limitations when it comes to application and design. Aluminium can be left in its finished condition or for additional protection it can be anodised or powder coated.
The powder coating is an excellent choice as it comes in a wide range of colours, allowing you to have the exact appearance that matches your home and taste. Anodizing includes a number of electrochemical processes for metal surface preparation which may then be painted in any colour.
Your specifications can be matched in regards colour, shape, size to suit your style and home design seamlessly making this material to be the best choice for custom designing and specifications.
Aluminium Frame Types in Use
Aluminium framed glazing is used extensively through building domestically and commercially. Based on your budget, your aesthetic preferences, and the size of your openings, you can choose standard residential framing, commercial aluminium framed glazing, or a level in between.
Standard residential glazing will generally be the most economical of all frame types as large areas of glazing will be done in semi-commercial, or commercial grade aluminium framed windows.
Due to the strength of aluminium, less material is required in the frame to hold the glass. As a result, narrower frame profiles allow for the creation of much bigger windows and doors, which maximises the glass area to open up the best possible outdoor view and designs that have sleeker, slimmer lines for a more streamlined overall aesthetic.
Architects use high-strength aluminium framing to support large glass spans in airports to provide views of the runways. Schools, universities and community centres use aluminium frameworks to support a glass fenestration design that maximises natural sunlight.
Cost of Aluminium Windows and Doors
Compare to other framing options for windows and doors; the aluminium frames are significantly less expensive. It provides a strong as well as an economical solution for any domestic and commercial appearance. To ensure that you maximise on the benefits of your aluminium windows and doors it is important to have them installed correctly and to use good quality products.
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