In recent years there has been an exponential growth in the use of aluminium which is fast displacing wood and PVC as the material of choice for architects and homeowners alike. The unique properties of this silvery metal, which makes up 8.3% of the Earth’s crust and 1.4% of its mass, is lightweight, durable and easy to work with. Unlike many metals, it isn’t magnetic, it is difficult to set on fire and has great heat resistant and anti-corrosion properties. When you invest in aluminium windows and doors you are buying quality and style that will last, not years, but decades.
Aluminium, Strong, Durable and Flexible in Design.
People commonly encounter aluminium in the thin foil sheets they wrap their sandwiches in, without realising that this versatile metal, that you can easily screw up in your hand, can also be extremely strong and tough, far exceeding the strength of wood or PVC. It is also a third of the weight of steel and can be made thicker and stronger through processing. Unsurprisingly, that is why its applications include, high-performance vehicles, space rockets and the highest of skyscrapers. It is the perfect choice for doors and windows and particularly those susceptible to high levels of wear and tear. The malleability of aluminium makes a range of design options possible and because of its strength, thin frames can hold large windows. When these come under pressure, from wind for example, the metal has sufficient elasticity to resist without breaking or cracking, and once the pressure eases, it returns to its original shape. Aluminium also has great tensile strength and won’t buckle, which combined with its comparative light weight is why it is used widely in high-rise construction.
Sustainability and Low Maintenance.
Arguably, aluminium is the most sustainable building material in the world. It is abundant and easy to recycle. Only 5% of the energy used to make primary aluminium is used in the recycling process, which can be repeated numerous times, potentially creating hundreds of years of reuse. All over the world in areas where bauxite, a principle component of aluminium, is mined, the land is returned to its original state once all the ore has been extracted. The main energy source used in the production of aluminium is hydroelectric power. When these factors are combined it is easy to see why the production of this ultimate building material has minimal long-term impact on the planet. Aluminium doors and windows are easy to maintain too; they don’t need the regular attention that wood demands, neither do they discolour as PVC can do over time. They are resistant to corrosion and the effects of pollution in the atmosphere and once installed will look great for many years.
Thermally Efficient and Modern Design.
The high glass to frame ratio that aluminium provides increases the natural light coming into the building, providing a very modern and sleek appearance. Thermal break technology deployed on the frames, works to reduce condensation and keeps the heat inside, where you want it. Over time these factors can lead to significant reductions in heating costs. The thermally efficient capacity of aluminium framed doors and windows is measured in units of U-Value; the lower the rating the more efficient the installation. With aluminium you can be assured that you are doing your bit for the planet.
The technological advances in production methods build on the many natural advantages of aluminium. It is a super-metal and its use is ubiquitous in the modern world. It’s not just style and sleekness that you get in your windows and doors, but also strength and longevity that far exceed what wood and PVC can offer, plus you great energy efficiency. In fact, aluminium has so many pluses, why wouldn’t you want to invest?