10 Myths About Aluminium Doors and Windows
For many years, aluminium frames have been turned aside in favour of other materials for so many reasons. Reasons that, it turns out, are myths. Aluminium is popping up all over now when it comes to replacing doors and window frames, and you may be wondering if it is something you should be considering using in your home or business.
If this is the case, then you will want to keep reading as we are about to bust some myths and rumours about aluminium door and window frames.
Condensation is caused by water droplets gathering on cold surfaces and making them wet. It is one of those things we cannot avoid, and since aluminium is a metal, it gets cold quickly and condensation can form with temperature changes. However, modern-day aluminium frames do not cause any extra condensation and it has the same thermal insulation as wooden or uPVC frames which are their closest competitors for doors and windows.
2. Not Stylish
It is believed that because aluminium frames are a cheaper option, they are not a stylish choice. This couldn’t be further from the truth! These days you can get your frames in various shades, styles, and patterns, or powder-coated if you choose. Aluminium is also easy to customise, and once paired with wood or glass, you have yourself some beautiful, trendy options for door or window frames.
3. Offers No Insulation
A common misconception is that metals do nothing to help contain warmth in a space. Aluminium frames are paired with thermal breaks built onto them that create a small bridge between the outside and inside faces of the panes. This helps them become thermally insulated as well as energy-efficient. You are also able to add additional insulation polyamides depending on the supplier you go with.
4. Not Compatible with Older Buildings
Because of its sleek look, many believe that aluminium frames will not compliment the older building. But because of its versatility and the way it looks against most stone and hardwood, it’s ideal for traditional homes while adding a little modern touch at the same time.
5. Thermal Expansion
If you have a glass pane in your frame, the last thing you want is for them to expand and contract quickly, as some metals do. Luckily aluminium is stable and minor changes in temperature do not affect the natural state of the frame. If paired with thermal breaks, there is even less chance of expansion or contraction.
6. Difficult to Maintain
This is one of the most unfounded myths around – aluminium is one of the few metals that is not prone to weather damage and corrosion and is incredibly low maintenance. The surface doesn’t flake or peel easily, and it doesn’t need to be painted in order to be weatherproof.
7. Not Eco-friendly
Aluminium is an easy to recycle metal. Most recycling centres around the world take it, meaning aluminium frames are one of the most environmentally sustainable choices.
8. Not Strong
A robust metal, aluminium has high structural integrity and is impact resistant. It can bear heavy loads and can withstand extreme conditions.
9. Cannot be Customised
Gone are the days of single styles and colours available in aluminium. Now any colour or shape you can imagine can be done out of aluminium, giving you a wide range of options for your home.
10. Does Not Provide Security
The idea that aluminium provides only limited security is far from the truth. Due to its durability and structural strength, it is paired with many security accessories and will provide you with the highest level of security.
Like all good things, the aluminium frame must endure a few rumours before people realise how great they are! Now that your mind has been put at ease, you can make an informed decision about using this versatile metal.
If you would like more information on the best way to use aluminium frames in your home or business, contact us today. One of our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.