Windows and doors are an integral part of any home. They define the character and look of a property, let in light and can boost the kerb appeal and value of your home. If you’re thinking about upgrading your windows and doors, it’s crucial to make the right choice of material for this important purchase.
Aluminium has soared in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why more homeowners are favouring it for both traditional and contemporary homes. Just take a look our five top reasons to fall in love with aluminium…
1. It’s strong and lightweight
Many modern homeowners now want wide openings to enhance the sense of space and light in their homes and aluminium is the best material to achieve this. Aluminium is lightweight, yet super strong, and can be manufactured to very slim profiles to accommodate and support ample glazing.
This allows you to comfortably achieve those all-important open spaces without having to resort to a bulky frame to provide the necessary support. Aluminium bi-folding doors, for instance can span greater widths than PVCu or timber doors to create a seamless link between indoors and out.
This superior strength of aluminium also enables frames to withstand the harshest of British weather conditions with no expansion or contraction during extremes of temperature.
2. Slim sightlines
One of the biggest benefits of aluminium windows is the ultra-slim, elegant sightlines you can achieve. Those clean, crisp aluminium frames are far slimmer than their PVC-u and timber counterparts, allowing you to integrate more glass into the frames to let more light into your home and give you the best views of the outside without a clumsy profile spoiling the line of sight.
3. It looks amazing
You can’t underestimate the power of windows and doors to improve your home. With their clean, smooth finish, aluminium frames instantly update any property and bring a real sense of luxury. Today’s building designs lean towards more glass and less frame and you can only completely achieve this with aluminium, which creates that all important sleek-looking façade. That’s why it’s the go-to material again and again for architects. And with a virtually unlimited choice of RAL colours and dual colour options for aluminium, you can easily make a strong design statement with your windows and doors.
4. Durable and maintenance free
Virtually maintenance-free, durable and highly corrosion-resistant, aluminium doors and windows maintain their looks for longer, even in harsher environments such as coastal areas or cities.
Unlike timber, they won’t need painting or staining to keep them looking as good as new. They won’t rust or corrode and they’ll never rot, peel or flake like timber. Think of all the time and money you can save on not having to repaint a house full of windows!
Aluminium is an environmentally sound material because it’s fully sustainable and one of earth’s most abundant metals. It’s also 100% recyclable, with recycling only requiring 5% of the initial energy used to create the window
And in an era of rising energy costs, aluminium is energy efficient too. The thermally efficient frames benefit from a polyamide thermal break to keep your house warm and achieve impressive U-values, so you lose less heat and save money!
So there you have it, five brilliant reasons to love aluminium.
Next month, we’ll be looking at how you can open up your house into the garden in time for summer. And if you’re looking for some inspiration for some inspiration for your home improvements, don’t forget to check out our blog about 7 big interior design trends for 2018.