Aluminium framed doors and windows have greatly evolved from the 70s and 80s.
Since then aluminium frames have become much slimmer, super-slim even, with large glazed panels, power assisted mechanisms, in a trendy, architect-friendly, charcoal coloured appearance, and very wide uninterrupted openings.
And no, that architect-loved Anthracite Grey (aka RAL 7016) will not fade anytime soon but, like any other powder coated aluminium window, it might need a good clean from time to time. Discolouration guarantees have typical lengths between 10-25 years.
Aluminium frames have a level of thermal performance that upvc frames can not possibly achieve.
Upvc and timber frames can expand and contract when the ambient temperature changes while aluminium remains highly stable which allows double and triple glazing combinations.
Aluminium framed windows come in the following types:
Casement windows – Probably the most common type, they open inwards or outwards, with opening hinges to the side, to the top or the bottom of the window frame.
Sash windows – This is a streamlined modern interpretation of the old Georgian favourite.
Sliding windows – Sleek and contemporary and really easy to use; great at opening up your kitchen area to the garden outside on a nice sunny day.
Fixed panoramic windows – Floor to ceiling, from side to side, by the seating area, next to your double end bath or opposite the door into the room offering long uninterrupted views outside.
Tilt and turn windows – Inward openings, Continental in style, a combination of two opening mechanisms to give you full control of the ventilation rates into the room.
Bifold windows – Think of sliding windows but you can now have the whole opening wide open to the garden on that nice sunny day.
Aluminium framed doors come in the following types:
French type doors – The popular patio door type with two panels opening, often, outwards in a symmetrical way.
Sliding doors – With slim or super slim frames and with two panels up to 1500mm these doors will slide effortlessly to provide access to your garden.
Sliding folding doors – With frames that a bit thicker compared to sliding doors these doors will give you the maximum access and they will great the largest possible opening to offer a seamless inside-out relationship between the interior and exterior parts of your home.