Why alu­minium is the way to go

Lesotho Times - - Property -

ALU­MINIUM windows and doors are be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar choice for con­tem­po­rary build­ings, both from a res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial stand­point. If you would like to up­grade the lev­els of se­cu­rity, in­su­la­tion or aes­thet­ics in your build­ing or home, then alu­minium is the right choice.

To­day’s alu­minium windows and doors have come a long way since the older styles of the 70s and 80s. New tech­nol­ogy means that they are light but strong, durable, easy to main­tain, and they of­fer a slim, stream­lined aes­thetic that makes them an ideal fit for con­tem­po­rary de­signs.

Below are the ad­van­tages of choos­ing alu­minium windows and doors.

1. Slim frames and max­i­mum glass

Due to the strength of alu­minium, less ma­te­rial is re­quired in the frame to hold the glass. As a re­sult, nar­rower frame pro­files are pos­si­ble for de­signs that have sleeker, slim­mer lines for a more stream­lined over­all aes­thetic.

Its strength also al­lows for the cre­ation of much big­ger windows and doors, which max­imises the glass area to open up the best pos­si­ble out­door view, blur­ring the lines be­tween in­door and out­door spa­ces.

Such sleek de­signs of­fer an un­der­stated frame to the out­door view be­yond, en­sur­ing that the vis­tas take the lead­ing role.

Home­own­ers can get windows and doors that com­prise top-hung, hor­i­zon­tal sliding and side hung windows, sliding and fold-a-side doors, and a range of com­ple­men­tary side lights for op­ti­mum de­sign ver­sa­til­ity.

2. Ro­bust, durable and easy to main­tain

Alu­minium is well known for its ro­bust prop­er­ties, es­pe­cially when ex­posed to the el­e­ments. It is un­af­fected by UV rays, it will not rot, rust or bend.

What’s more is that it is vir­tu­ally main­te­nance free, only re­quir­ing reg­u­lar clean­ing to keep it look­ing as good as new.

Alu­minium is a ma­te­rial es­pe­cially suited for the South African cli­mate as it han­dles damp, rain and harsh sun­light ex­cep­tion­ally well.

It won’t warp, crack, dis­colour, rot or rust. Alu­minium is also fire­proof, of­fer­ing added safety. 3. Long-last­ing colour and a high­end fin­ish

Any high-end range of alu­minium windows and doors should have a sleek pow­der coat fin­ish, which means that they never need to be painted as the fin­ish of­fers ex­cel­lent longevity.

An­other thing to think about is that some alu­minium windows and doors have an an­odised coat­ing, which is a process that is harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment. Pow­der coat­ing is a far bet­ter fin­ish in terms of ec­o­rat­ings.

4. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency Be­cause alu­minium is light, mal­leable and easy to work with, its doors and windows can of­fer high lev­els of wind, wa­ter and air-tight­ness for op­ti­mum in-house en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, re­sult­ing in warmer, less draughty homes and lower en­ergy bills.

Alu­minium is also re­cy­clable, which sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the over­all car­bon foot­print of any alu­minium windows and doors. In fact, re­cy­cling alu­minium re­quires only five per­cent of the ini­tial en­ergy con­sumed to cre­ate it.

And lastly, alu­minium windows and doors of­fer supreme dura­bil­ity and longevity, which fur­ther re­duce their al­ready low car­bon foot­print.

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