Modern architecture has a range of options in materials for doors and windows, from the traditional timber to more recent uPVC, or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. The preferred material, for its many advantages and minimal disadvantages, is aluminium. Aluminium windows and doors in both large and small construction projects display their superiority in strength, durability, and value over time, and appearance.
Aluminium ranks with steel as the top metals used in buildings. One of the most appealing characteristics of aluminium, whether used in doors and windows or elsewhere in modern design, is its exceptional ratio of strength to weight. It is two-thirds the weight of steel, is more elastic, and yet very strong even when used in thin sections.
Its endurance, as well as its combined strength and lightness make it the modern age's building material. Its resilience is superior; it does not rot and is immune to insects. Moisture does not cause it to warp, and its structural strength results in a lack of brittleness that leads to breakage over time. Neither weather nor the sun weakens aluminium.
Aluminium doors and windows truly shine compared to other modern building materials in terms of quality and appearance. Structures making use of uPVC in windows lack the smooth joints and perfect mitered cuts that are important in a professional and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Aluminium displays quality craftsmanship.
In initial cost, aluminium doors and windows have their most significant flaw when compared to alternatives such as uPVC. Over time, however, use of aluminium in modern architecture proves less expensive because of its durability, weather resistance, and immunity to the damage of UV rays, along with its resistance to corrosion. This low maintenance material proves its value with low cost during use.
Aluminium windows can also suffer in comparison with alternative materials when considering thermal insulation, but the high conductivity of aluminium is easily countered with vinyl thermal breaks. They are also superior in noise insulation. With a minor addition to address the possible problem of heat absorption, and innate soundproofing capabilities, aluminium excels in insulation.
High strength in slender sections, lightweight, and a sleek appearance allow the use of aluminium in superior windows and doors as well as in other areas of modern architecture. It is ideal for large picture windows, allows hollow exterior doors to contain a greater extent of locking mechanisms, and its stability make it excellent in patio and bi-fold doors.
Traditional and more recent building materials cannot compete with the advantages of aluminium in modern architecture. Wood has visual appeal but lacks durability and versatility; vinyl and uPVC endure longer but tend to be ugly. For a lasting, appealing, and trustworthy material in construction both large and small, aluminium windows and doors excel.