Aluminium windows and doors are a popular choice for both residential and commercial installations. They are lightweight and strong and can be customised to meet almost any design specifications. If you’re considering aluminium as the preferred material for a glazing installation project, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions we receive about our aluminium windows and doors.
Who supply your aluminium window and door systems?
At Techniglaze, all our aluminium window and door extrusions are supplied by Smart Architectural Aluminium. Smart aluminium is renowned across the UK for its superior quality. With their factory based in Somerset, they are also very close to our headquarters, helping to ensure a smooth and efficient product delivery process.
How secure are aluminium windows and doors?
All our aluminium windows and doors meet British Standards criteria for their security performance. They are registered as Kitemark accredited and feature high security locking systems as standard. They can also have a security upgrade when required.
Is aluminium glazing thermally efficient?
Yes. All our aluminium systems incorporate polyamide thermal break technology into the aluminium frame. This reduces heat loss from the window, increasing insulating capacity and enabling better energy efficiency.
Can aluminium frames be recycled?
Yes. The aluminium used in all Techniglaze aluminium products is 100% recyclable. At the end of their life, our aluminium windows and doors can be melted down and reformed without losing any of the material’s quality.
Is aluminium really a sustainable material?
Raw aluminium is extracted from the Earth’s crust in the form of Bauxhite. It is the third most abundant raw material on the planet and can be easily extracted from the ground with limited environmental impact. The Earth’s crust is made from around 8% Bauxhite, making aluminium an extremely sustainable material. As mentioned above, aluminium is 100% recyclable making it even more sustainable.
What colours are available for aluminium windows and doors?
Aluminium windows and doors are finished by a process called powder paint coating. It creates a durable and attractive outer layer which is weather resistant and low maintenance. You can choose from any RAL colour which includes over 200 different shades including metal effect and textured finishes. Smart also have their own exclusive range of 69 colour, textures, and metallics to add to this.
What glazing options are available?
At Techniglaze, we work with industry renowned glass specialists, Pilkington, Saint Gobain, and Guardian. For the glass sections in your aluminium windows and doors you can choose from energy efficient glass, self-cleaning glass, textured glass, obscured glass, and anti-condensation glass.
Is there a limit on the size and shape of aluminium windows and doors?
Aluminium windows and doors are available in almost any size and shape imaginable. At Techniglaze, we will always endeavour to create aluminium products to meet your exact design specifications. We have supplied unusual aluminium products including, arched top windows, over-sized windows, large shop front glazing, and circular windows.
Are aluminium windows suitable for period properties?
Yes. Aluminium windows can be bespoke designed to incorporate a range of traditional features. This includes Georgian bars, lead detailing, slimline frames, and heritage colour schemes. Aluminium windows can also be designed to replicate the look of steel crittal style windows which are often used in commercial applications.
Are aluminium windows and doors expensive?
When compared to uPVC windows and doors, aluminium products are the more high-end option. Compared to timber products, they are similarly priced. They do, however, create a more luxurious finish than uPVC and will add value to a property making them an excellent choice in the long run. They also require virtually no maintenance to keep them in the best condition.
How strong are aluminium windows and doors?
Aluminium is an inherently strong material. For decades, aluminium windows and doors have been used in large scale commercial installations because of their superior strength and durability. With only extremely slim frames, aluminium windows and doors can support very large sections of glass.
Are aluminium windows easy to install?
Aluminium windows are a popular choice for installers and end-users alike. For installers, the lightweight nature of aluminium, makes aluminium windows easier to handle than other window materials helping to make installation a more straightforward process. Their customisation capacity also means that they can be manufactured more precisely for a better fit.
What hardware is available for aluminium windows and doors?
At Techniglaze we work with two reliable and professional hardware suppliers, Fab ‘n’ Fix and From the Anvil. We can offer handles, knockers, numbers, and letterplates in a range of traditional and contemporary styles and in a selection of attractive and durable finishes.
At Techniglaze, we manufacture all our aluminium products in-house at our Somerset factory. This enables us to provide the best possible service to all our customers by overseeing the design and production at every stage. We offer a window and door installation service across Somerset and beyond and have worked on a wide range of residential and commercial installation projects.
If you’d like to find out more about our aluminium windows and doors or any of our products and services, get in touch today. Call us on 01761 417 654 or contact us online.