How to Choose Quality Aluminum Windows and Doors
Aluminum is the preferred material for door and window frames due to its inherent structural and aesthetic properties. Doors and windows made of aluminum frames with glass glazing may look the same from a distance but take a closer look and the difference between quality product and one that is fabricated by a local fabricator becomes apparent. If you are investing in doors and windows it pays to buy only quality products.
Seamless integration of hardware with aluminum frame
The looks as well as performance of aluminum windows are dependent on and influenced by the way hardware is integrated into the frame. If the window has hinges then the way hinges are designed and fitted to the frame has a bearing on ease of opening and closing as well as reducing gaps and thereby preventing energy losses. Quality manufacturers design and manufacture their own hardware to go along with windows and doors.
Most general fabricators do not work to tight tolerances while fabricating frames from aluminum profiles. There can be gaps between joins and this can look unseemly and if the frame sections are not well aligned, closing and opening them becomes a chore. Quality manufacturers also include thermal breaks and a foam core that provide additional insulation.
Quality manufacturers offer aluminum in a variety of finishes such as natural anodized finish in various shades, metallic colours, permanent colour fast powder coating and woodgrain foil overlay for a natural look. You can go a step further and choose aluminum frames that have one colour finish for interiors and another on the exterior to match building facades.
Single or double or triple glazing?
When double glazed windows offer so many advantages there is little point in saving some money by choosing single glazing. Double or even triple glazing is better from energy conservation as well as acoustic insulation perspective. Some advanced manufacturers offer gas filled and totally sealed double glazing. You also have the choice of blinds integrated inside the glazing, which makes for a neater appearance and ease of use. When one talks about glazing, it must be kept in mind that glass varies widely. It is recommended to look for windows with low E internal glass and possibly toughened glass so that, in the event the glass breaks, the floor is not littered with glass shards. You can also select glass that is coated to reflect heat and thus reduce energy consumption.
How secure are the aluminum windows?
Quality manufacturers offer windows that conform to British Standards PAS 24:2012. Material, design and manufacture of the windows makes it difficult for would be burglars to force the windows. You should look for multipoint steel locking system and internal glazing for better security.
It pays to invest in world recognized brands offering quality aluminum windows. Windows look perfect from inside and from the outside. They will be easy to operate and you will enjoy their use for years with minimum maintenance. It may cost more initially but a quality aluminum window also adds to the value of your house.