Aluminum, the architectural revolutionary
Architecture inspires, defines trends and helps shape the worldview. Not surprisingly, materials as versatile as aluminum have helped create some of the most beautiful and sustainable architectural designs.
In architecture, aluminum can implement projects that other popular building materials cannot do. It is strong, yet lightweight and corrosion resistant. Aluminium is 100% recyclable and can be molded into almost any shape. For years, aluminum has been a driving force in revolutionizing contemporary architecture. Its ease of forming into almost any shape makes it common in structural applications and building elements such as doors, windows, roofing, curtain walls, railings and decorations. This lightweight metal used in construction as a base material weighs 35 to 65% less than other building elements, providing equal strength. This reduced structural load helps to reduce the carbon footprint.
Aluminium – from humble beginnings to groundbreaking achievements
At the beginning of the twentieth century, aluminum was not widely used in architectural and engineering applications due to cost. However, thanks to the innovations of the production process in the twenties, the cost of aluminum was reduced by 80% – which opened up many opportunities. Metal has become popular in structural applications and in many building elements. A revolution in doors, windows, sliding systems, roofing, sun visors and curtain walls.
Aluminum began to appear in famous architectural masterpieces, such as the Empire State Building in New York. Its basic structure, interior elements and lobby are made of aluminum. In the mid-twentieth century, cult architects experimented extensively with aluminum. An interesting, early example of modernist architecture using this material is the Aluminaire House, the first all-metal house in the United States. Located in Palm Springs, California, the house is entirely made from donated materials and was built in just ten days. This is a world-famous example that shows the unlimited possibilities of aluminum.
The green building revolution
Aluminum continues to push the boundaries in the twenty-first century. Modern aluminum alloys easily withstand the weight of heavy glass spans, thus ensuring maximum access of daylight. Today’s skyscrapers, with a combination of glass and aluminum frames, reach shapes and heights that defy gravity. With the increasing focus on green building and energy efficiency, people around the world prefer aluminum as one of the most sustainable building materials. Thanks to its extreme durability, aluminum can be used in any climate and still provides excellent protection. The insulation technology used in aluminium windows is a future-oriented answer to most low-energy requirements.
Aluminium is a modern choice for home interiors
Thanks to the freedom of shape, aluminum is a common material for the design of tables, chairs, blinds, picture frames, lamps, decorative wall panels, air conditioners and radiators. Light metal is the leader in the garden furniture market. Aluminium structures are already leaders in the global race for sustainable buildings. Aluminum joinery in the form of doors and windows in houses and apartments is a combination of comfort, luxury and efficiency.
Advantages of aluminum – aluminum doors and windows
Aluminium is available in many durable finishes and in many different shapes and colour options. It can also be powder coated for additional protection from environmental conditions. What’s more, aluminum offers a narrower profile, which fits perfectly into modern architecture.
Aluminum is currently the most preferred material for windows and doors on the market. It is durable and resistant to weather conditions in any climate. Unlike other window materials, it does not swell, does not warp, does not crack over time. It is an extremely stable material in the most extreme – both hot and cold – weather temperatures.
In combination with energy-efficient glass, aluminum windows are able to meet or exceed energy efficiency standards, providing excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, so they easily surpass more expensive wood and PVC counterparts. Aluminium windows can easily achieve a significant increase in heat gains and losses of almost 60%.
Aluminium is a fully sustainable, non-toxic and 100% recyclable material. In addition, the aluminum recycling process requires only five percent of the initial energy used to produce it. This sets it apart from other border materials and reinforces its assessment of sustainability. Aluminium is an ideal option for those who are looking for an eco-friendly solution for their new windows and doors.
Aluminium is the ideal cost-effective solution for windows and doors in any domestic or commercial application. Compared to other options such as wood, aluminum is much more affordable.
Aluminum windows look good in any property
Aluminum shutters are perfect for both very modern estates and a classic country house. That’s because at Profal Kielce our aluminium windows and doors are available in a huge range of stylish designs and colours, so you can choose the perfect match for your home, whatever its style.
Aluminum is an extremely durable metal. Large glazing in a discreet frame is the hallmark of aluminum windows and doors. This is a particular advantage for those who want to add large glazing to their homes, which provide harmonious connections between the house and the garden.
Profal Kielce offers a wide range of aluminum windows and doors, so that everyone can find the perfect solution for their home. We know that nothing lasts forever, but we are confident that our environmentally friendly aluminium windows and doors can – and last – much longer than their wood or plastic counterparts.