Aluminium doors and windows offer many advantages to the homeowner or installer and is today the choice material for many installations. What you may not know is that modern aluminium systems have advanced significantly in recent years benefitting from new technology, major advances in fabrication and with excellent thermal and weathering properties.
Aluminium offers today’s consumers:
* Slim sight lines with attractive defined profiles and clean corners compared to PVCu
* Inherent strength and light weight
* Suitable for marine and coastal environments
* Extensive colour choice including dual colour, metallics, wood and textured finishes
* Thermally efficient, available in A, B and C ratings
* Will not warp or twist
* Far less thermal expansion than PVCu
* “Crittall” replacement wood and composite systems available
* Resistant to most pollutants
* A most versatile material which can be shaped and machined to meet most design briefs
* Long life span and minimal maintenance
Aluminium windows and doors have gained an increased market share, particularly in recent years with many new developments of flats and contemporary houses. It is rare nowadays for such modern buildings to have plastci windows installed.
Residentially there are many new and innovative aluminium products available. We now have aluminium windows designed to replace specific window systems such as old steel windows. These “Crittall replacement” systems and hybrid (aluminium/wood composite) systems which are presently in high demand.
The finishing process of aluminium has also advanced significantly. Gone is the perception of old that aluminium was only available in silver anodised. Modern treatments are now available in over 200 colours including metallics, satins, wood effects and textured finishes such as sandstone.
The wood effect textured finish for example has a major advantage over woodgrain PVC in that it is not a foil and unlike PVC, coats every surface of the window profile.
This is a new treatment in the UK and offers an authentic aluminium alternative where the cost of real wood is prohibitive. Even down to a 45mm aluminium timber lock cill with end caps to match.
Therefore, for resedential installations there are many new innovative and technologically advanced products to give installers a competitive edge in the market place.
There is also a diverse range of tilt and turn, pivot, reversible, horizontal and vertical sliding, sliding folding doors, patio doors, french doors and roof systems all available in aluminium with the same coulour, texture and thermal properties.
Commercially, aluminium remains the choice material. PVCu or composite entrance doors for example do not have the longevity of commercial aluminium doors. These types of doors can withstand the most demanding environments such as schools and unlike plastic doors can be fitted with the widest range of handles, panic bars, exit devices, access control systems and are suitable for automatic operation.
Other aluminium products for commercial use include ground fllor treatments, curtain walling, brise soliel, garage showroom sliding doors and much more.
Retail installers need not shy away from commerical installations. There is much support and training in the industry to enable you to add commercial work to your portfolio of installations.
Aluminium has moved a long way from previous generations of single glazed, prone to condensation products in a high maintenance hardware subframe.
It is now modern, slim, beautiful, efficient, flexible, highly secure, cost effective and innovative.
Above all it is easy to fabricate or install and can give you that competitive edge.
To read more about aluminium visit www.aluminiumtradesupply.co.uk
Thanks to Nick for a very comprehensive guide to Aluminium