Choosing the right windows and doors to cover those holes in your house or place of business, play a vital role. In this article, we’ll take a look at the various benefits and types of aluminum doors and windows.

Benefits of aluminium doors

aluminum doorsAluminum doors have numerous advantages over their vinyl and wood counterparts, especially when combined with thermal breaks. As a material, aluminium is 43 times stronger than wood and 3 ½ times stronger than PVC (i.e. vinyl). This, along with its relatively light weight compared to these other traditional materials used in modern doors, makes them the ideal elemental component for use in a very strong and durable door frame design.

In the commercial market, it’s already been long known to excel at tests of strength, durability and performance. Comparatively it leaves PVC and wood trailing far behind. In residential applications, they last decades longer than rival materials and are highly resistant to any form of vermin and/or termites. They especially make sense in coastal homes, as they stand up extremely well to the corrosive and humid air.

For the same reasons as stated in these two paragraphs so far, they are used on standard airplanes and jumbo jets all over the world. Despite all the talk about the practicality of aluminium doors, they can be finished in visually striking ways as well, with very minimal maintenance required in its upkeep. Popular choices remain very classic: black, white and bronze.

Aluminum can be considered the material of the century when realising that they leave a very minimal ecologic footprint, are eternally 100% recyclable and naturally abundant on Earth, and is harvested in mostly non-forested regions and in a sustainable way, thus minimalizing their environmental impact on a truly global scale.

Glass doors

As to the specific benefits when combined with glass, as they often are in commercial storefronts and office buildings for example: they are extremelyInternal-Glass-Door energy efficient in a durable way. Whereas PVC and wood might expand and shrink according to temperature levels, aluminum is highly resistant to this. Besides only adding to its impressive durability, this means that aluminum doors are much more efficient at maintaining very little amounts of energy lost, when compared to other materials.

When an aluminum frame with glass is combined with a thermal barrier, it becomes even more effective at saving energy. A thermal barrier or thermal break is a material that has a very low thermal conductivity value that’s placed in windows, doors, etc. to reduce the flowing of thermal energy between more conductive materials. In the case of aluminum, these breaks are made of quite rigid, low thermal conductive polyamide or polyurethane, which is then locked mechanically in the framing. This way, the whole assembly becomes more than a thousand times more effective than if it were without a thermal barrier.

Sliding doors

sliding doorsSliding doors in and of themselves have many design and practical advantages over the classic open-and-shut doors. CobusLourens of Swartland, a New Zealand company which has built up a reputation partly in designing, fabricating and providing environmentally friendly, indeed, aluminum doors and windows, lists the top ten benefits of sliding doors as follows.

  1. Energy efficiency
  2. Indoor/outdoor flow
  3. Safety
  4. Security
  5. Space saving
  6. Natural light (extra-large panes of glass)
  7. Easy access
  8. Environmentally friendly
  9. Great glazing
  10. Stylish

Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors made of large panes of glass within a thermally broken aluminum frame setting, are in like manner an aesthetically pleasing and vastly energy efficient alternative to PVC and wooden materials. They can be made in beautiful grille designs and require the absolute minimum in maintenance.

Aluminum Windows

Much the same rules and facts apply to aluminum window framing as door framing. Still, here’s an overview of some types you may wish to consider for purchase and instalment.

Commercial Storefront

One of the most major settings which involve aluminum framework, is the commercial storefront. They’re ideal because of its proven durability, energy efficiency (and thus cost-cutting ability), and capability to hold sufficiently large and strong glass panes.

Aluminum Storefront Doors

As with aluminum storefront doors, there’s really no better alternative on the market today. These windows provide a strong, tall and wide viewing area to display goods or give a view of the inside.

Aluminum window sizes

The size of aluminum windows can vary greatly. This is because of its very strong and durable nature. It’s able to hold small, standard to very large size glass panes indeed. Altogether, this makes aluminum the perfect choice whether your mind is focused on being cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, or aimed at providing a large to huge viewing surface area that can withstand considerable forces bearing down on it.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top, so they can be opened for ventilation even in bad weather. When closed, the aluminum’s energy saving capabilities kick back in.

Aluminum Basement Windows

It’s paramount to not forget the basement windows when you’re trying to cut down on utility bills, as drafty windows come at a cost, no matter where in the house.

Aluminum clad wood windows

These windows are made up of a hybrid of aluminum and wood and primarily have aesthetics in mind. On the inside, every kind of wood imaginable could be used for a decorative touch. On the outside facing the air, is the aluminum in the form of weatherproof and low maintenance cladding (which also could be finished in a variety of ways).

Aluminum clad wood windows

These windows are made up of a hybrid of aluminum and wood and primarily have aesthetics in mind. On the inside, every kind of wood imaginable could be used for a decorative touch. On the outside facing the air, is the aluminum in the form of weatherproof and low maintenance cladding (which also could be finished in a variety of ways).

Aluminum clad vinyl windows

Same concept as with aluminum clad wood windows, although some people might argue that a wooden aesthetic may be worth the extra money instead of opting for an aluminum/vinyl combo.

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