Aluminium Doors and Windows: Myths and Facts
Thanks to its high-strength and versatility, aluminium has been used as a construction material for decades. What began with minimal uses in panels and frames of small houses and buildings has grown to become a style statement providing metallic sheen and class to both residential and commercial spaces. Today, aluminium is the ultimate answer to all your window and door needs, regardless of their nature. However, several myths surround the usage of aluminium in window and door frames. Here are some myths you should steer away from when shopping for aluminium doors and windows.
Myths about Aluminium Windows and Doors
Aluminium and Stylish Don’t Really Go Together
Many homeowners believe that aluminium is a cheap material that lacks style and class. While this might be true for cheaper aluminium panels and sheets; window and door frames designed using aluminium are anything but. Aluminium doors and windows are available in several varieties of shades, patterns and styles. Gone are the days when aluminium came in only silver or white and in a hardwood sub finish. Nowadays, charcoal and greyish-coloured aluminium frames are becoming increasingly popular. Powder coating is the process using which manufacturers can colour aluminium frames in virtually every hue you desire. It is also possible to spray aluminium frames with different colours making them all the more diverse. You can choose a matte or a glossy aluminium frame finish depending on your desired décor style. Minimal designs, corner typologies, multiple doors and window constructions are all offered by highly functional aluminium frames. Moreover, the malleability of aluminium makes it highly customisable. This property comes in handy if you own a home with quirky windows and doors.
Aluminium does not Offer Insulation
It is a common myth that being a metal, aluminium does little to contain the warmth or coolness of your space. While aluminium doors and windows do not rely on chamber style insulation seen in uPVC frames, they have several thermal breaks built onto them. Thermal breaks create a small space or a bridge between the inside and outside faces of the window pane. Since air is a poor conductor, it prevents the heat from escaping your room making aluminium door and window frames energy-efficient and thermally insulated. Some manufacturers also prefer special insulation polyamides in aluminium frames to make them adequate for buildings that are zero-energy consumable. To enhance thermal insulation, gaskets are also installed with aluminium door and window frames. The high reflectivity of aluminium wards off solar radiation effectively making it a boon for most of the Indian subcontinent. Aluminium’s reflectivity is best exploited by façade shading.
Aluminium windows and doors are Downright Incompatible with Vintage Buildings
Since aluminium has a naturally sleek finish, most people tend to see it as incompatible for old buildings that demand a regal finish. However, one of the best benefits of aluminium doors and windows is that they offer a frame depth choice. This feature makes aluminium frames ideal for building home extensions or replacing old windows in traditional buildings. Aluminium frames also look excellent with almost all kinds of hardwood or stone sub-frames and mullions. Mainly, they fit incredibly well with traditional houses and even add a modern touch.
Aluminium has a Low Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
Generally, metals do not have a high coefficient of expansion leading them to contract and expand rapidly even with slight temperature changes. This makes several metals unfit for door and window frames containing glass. However, aluminium is highly stable and minor temperature changes do not affect an aluminium frame’s natural state. When installed with thermal breaks, they are even less likely to expand or contract.
Aluminium Windows are Difficult to Maintain
This is one of the most unfounded myths about aluminium. Just because aluminium is a metal, many consider it to be prone to corrosion and weather damage. Aluminium is actually less reactive than most other metals and requires little to zero maintenance. It is usually weather-proof, termite-resistant and does not allow pests or insects to grow. You do not even need to have your aluminium doors and windows painted to keep them free of corrosion. Despite being a metal, it does not rot, flake or peel off easily and is hence appropriate for rooms and areas constantly exposed to the outside.
Aluminium is not Eco-Friendly
That metal wastes are toxic to the environment is not news. When left in the soil or water for long periods, metal wastes can kill natural life too. Aluminium, however, is one of the easiest metals to recycle. Even the most straightforward recycling units located across the world perform aluminium recycle regularly. This feature makes aluminium doors and windows one of the most ecologically sustainable options.
Aluminium Window Types
There are several types of aluminium windows you can install in your favourite rooms to match your style statement and satisfy your requirements.
Aluminium Glass-to-Glass Windows
One of the best utilisation of aluminium’s robust feature is a glass-to-glass window. These windows consist of two glass panes jointed at a ninety-degree angle without any mullion in between. Since no framing obstructs the glass, these kinds of windows make your room appear infinitely large and borderless. They allow plenty of natural light to infiltrate your living space taking you closer to an open-plan house. Such windows are fitted in aluminium frames to ensure sturdiness and safety of the homeowners. Aluminium glass-to-glass windows offered by AIS has a 37-50 mm of construction depth, an of value of 7 Watt per metre square Kelvin, and a sound reduction property of up to 30 decibels.
Aluminium Tilt-and-Turn Windows
Aluminium tilt-and-turn windows are one of the most efficient and economical fixtures for modern homes. They offer the pleasant aesthetics of a regular window and the intelligent operability of a standard ventilator all in one. If you want to use it for ventilation, all you have to do is open the top sash at a small angle to allow airflow. For standard usage, you must swing the entire sash inwards. AIS Aluminium tilt-and-turn windows also come with an added perk – a sound reduction of up to 40 decibels.
Aluminium French Windows
The best way to add continuity between rooms and home exterior is by installing French windows. French windows installed in an aluminium frame do not appear bulky or imposed on your house. They are hinged to the side and can open inwards or outwards. You can either opt for a floor-to-ceiling French window or a more traditional yet large casement style French window. When you use AIS’s Aluminium French windows, you get the enhanced security features of multi-point locking systems and noise reduction of up to 42 decibels.
Aluminium Top-Hung Windows
Aluminium top-hung windows are like regular casement windows, but they are hinged on top rather than at their sides. They are perfect for ventilation in small rooms. More typical of British villas, these windows can be opened using stainless steel stays. Low-maintenance and noise-free operation are some of its best features.
Aluminium Sliding Windows
Aluminium sliding windows can be made with two incredibly thin sashes that move within a sliding frame. They are optimum for ventilation and very versatile. You can choose from among a wide variety of different glass colours and styles to make a bold statement with your sliding windows. Sliding windows have a construction depth of 45-212.5 mm and reduce noise levels by up to 42 decibels. Aluminium sliding windows are best for a room where you are struggling with constricted space.
Aluminium Side-Hung Windows
One of the most common window types, side hung aluminium windows are found in homes, hotels and even hospitals. When fitted with the correct glass type, they protect your space against pollution, sound and temperature while providing you with excellent unobstructed views.
Aluminium Door Types
Aluminium Tilt-and-Slide Doors
A quirky yet practical twist on traditional slider doors, tilt-and-slide doors have an additional sash that can be slid back and forth independently. When you require added ventilation, you may open the sash inwards and allow free airflow. Such doors reduce sound by 20 to 30 decibels.
Aluminium Lift-and-Slide Doors
Lift-and-slide doors are used in places where you want an expansive opening. These consist of large glass panels creating a glass wall that can slide. They can be straight, bent or built in a corner and can be closed using a conventional doorjamb or a lock on the outside wall.
Aluminium Slide-and-Fold Doors
Used in glass walls, aluminium slide-and-fold doors add immense space to your rooms without appearing bulky or out-of-place. With multiple locking points, these doors open either inward or outward.
At AIS windows, we use high-grade aluminium to manufacture all our aluminium doors and windows. Our experts tailor window and door designs according to your requirements and the vibe of your residential or commercial space. Later, we manufacture and customise aluminium frames to suit your choice. We also provide complete glass solutions that cover aspects like security, safety, energy efficiency, privacy and noise reduction. Contact us today to build the home you’ve always dreamt of!