Why Choose Aluminium Windows and Doors for Commercial and Retail Applications?Jason Siddall
With so many products on the market, why would builders or architects choose aluminium windows and doors for commercial applications?
We need to update the myth that aluminium windows are less energy efficient than PVC or timber profiles. A product that is resistant to even the most brutal weather conditions, one that does not fade or discolour over time, and that is not affected by humidity certainly has a place in commercial and retail spaces of the future.
It all comes down to finding the right balance between looks, cost, and practicality: a ratio that aluminium hardware offers perfectly.
Aluminium Door Options
Space matters in both retail and commercial buildings. It’s for this reason that many choose the versatility of aluminium doors with an array of solutions for any sized area.
Sliding doors eliminate the need for that awkward space needed for the movement of a hinged door. One pane slides effortlessly across another to open up the outdoors or to expand into another partitioned space. Aluminium hardware allows for a quiet movement with light weight and hardwearing parts.
Sliding Folding Doors
These amazing options simply vanish as they stack back against a wall. Whether used internally or externally, sliding folding doors are secure and incredibly practical options, offering the added benefit of a sleek and modern aesthetic.
Aluminium sliding and folding doors are not just chosen for their looks. No, they offer excellent security benefits with multiple locking points, single or double glazing and high-security tracks.
Curtain walling in commercial buildings is a wonderful example of that special place where art meets practicality. Not just reserved for car showrooms or malls, curtain walling can be found in hotels and office blocks and brings with it an eye-catching beauty.
This exterior facade offers the additional benefits of weather protection and thermal insulation and can be utilised on any sized building. In today’s world of cost-savings, it’s good to note that curtain walls can be added after construction with very little disruption to the occupants. As they are not loadbearing walls, building renovations can include the addition of a glistening glass facade which is certain to add to its value and appeal.
Commercial Windows and Glazing
The use of glass in commercial spaces is not new, but the sleek lines of aluminium joinery make it that much more appealing. How do aluminium and glass windows and doors lend themselves to practical applications within this environment?
Shop Front Benefits
The almost-invisible aesthetic of aluminium supporting vast sheets of shop front glass offers a beautifully uncluttered look. But, while looks matter – especially in retail – the hidden benefits of the inextricably linked glass and aluminium combo count the most. These include:
- Thermal comfort
- Acoustic advantages
The stability of aluminium is perfect for shop front applications as it also allows for large-size glazing where required. (Take a look here for more information on safety glazing requirements.)
We’ve spoken in previous articles about the amazing advantages of replacing drywall or traditional office cubicles with glass and aluminium walls.
Temperature and noise are two of the major factors that affect the well-being of a building’s occupants which makes it important to maintain an ambient indoor temperature and reduce noise levels.
Opening up the office environment by using swathes of glass allows for acoustic privacy and a quiet place to focus. At the same time, we see the added benefit of allowing natural light to flood our working space, warming it up and facilitating the very necessary human connection. Open, light, bright spaces lend themselves to a happy, healthy workforce!
Aluminium is Growing Up
With commercial and retail space at a premium, aluminium grants developers, architects and investors the option of creating magical spaces for less. The lightweight and robust nature of this amazing material is exactly what the construction industry needs to piece together the incredible soaring modern structures that we see today.
The thermal and security performance of Origin’s aluminium commercial doors and windows meets the most stringent industry standards. As well as being highly customisable, they can also be shaped and coloured to suit your exact needs.
Please feel free to get in touch with the Origin team if you have any questions on aluminium doors and windows for commercial projects.