The benefits of aluminium are plentiful. This material allows you to combine both performance and aesthetics. Thus, for many homeowners, aluminium doors and windows offer several advantages over traditional timber or uPVC.
In short, you can’t go wrong with this material and here are our top 7 reasons to install aluminium doors and windows.
1. Durability: Aluminium is resistant to the elements and does not rust
Aluminium doors and windows are high on the durability quotient, as the material is resistant to corrosion and does not rust.
Thanks to certified surface treatments, aluminium doors and windows retain their performance and aesthetics throughout their lifetime. Whether you live along the coast in Sydney or in the Western suburbs, the weather-proof nature of aluminium will continue to bring you return on your investment. If you live in a high-wind area, aluminium, by virtue of being a structurally strong material, is recommended over timber.
These attributes make aluminium the right choice for your main entry door, internal kitchen or bedroom windows, patio door or bathroom windows.
2. Cost: Aluminium is a cheaper alternative to timber
Cheaper than timber, aluminium offers the best value for your money. In the long run, thanks to its much longer life and better energy performance, aluminium doors and windows also turn out cheaper than uPVC, which is a weaker and slightly less efficient material.
It’s easier to customise aluminium windows or doors so whether you to replace an entire wall with a door or want a unique window configuration, the figure on your aluminium supply and install quote is bound to be lower than timber.
3. Maintenance: Save time and money on maintenance
Aluminium doors and windows do not rust or discolour. Therefore, maintaining them is both quick, easy and cheap. And the good news is that you generally only need to clean them twice a year.
To carry out this task, you will only need soapy water. Give your aluminium doors and windows a quick clean, then wipe with a soft cloth to keep them in mint condition. This is usually all you need to make sure that your aluminium doors and windows look bright and operate smoothly for a very long time.
4. Aluminium Windows Look Better
When it comes to home design, aluminium is the symbolic material of contemporary architecture. It can be easily powder-coated for different looks and finishes. No matter what the shape or dimension of your doors and windows, it can be tailored to the most challenging specifications.
Thanks to its robustness, aluminium is ideally suited to the construction of large doors and sliding windows. Large timber panels, on the other hand, are prone to warping and twisting when exposed to harsh weather conditions.
5. Energy efficiency: Good thermal performance with the right glass options
Depending on the quality of your doors and windows, your electricity bill can fluctuate a lot and severely hurt your bank account. Drafty windows or ill-fitting doors can be a severe drag for your home efficiency. By allowing heat to escape through cracks and inefficient construction, they force your heating system to continually work to keep up.
6. Bushfire Safety: Aluminium doors and windows can be bushfire rated
Another essential aspect to consider when looking at doors and windows is their resistance to flame damage in the event of a fire. You can refer to the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating system to get an idea of what you would need depending on the risks in your area.
Aluminium doors and windows are an excellent and safe choice, as they usually offer better resistance to fire. For example, all BetaView products provide a BAL-40 rating and above (except the louvre window which is BAL-19).
However, to guarantee that your aluminium doors and windows have their full BAL-40 rating, they must be correctly installed by a professional who has experience dealing with BAL-rated building materials.
7. Eco-Friendliness: Sustainable properties of aluminium doors and windows
Being 100% recyclable and reusable to infinity, aluminium is far more environmentally friendly than uPVC. Moreover, using aluminium also helps save timber. Not only does aluminium have a low carbon footprint, but if you ever need to replace your aluminium frames, the old ones can be recycled into other new objects.