Aluminum Window Frames Offer Versatility
Aluminum continues to be a popular choice for window frames, both for its attributes and low cost.
As the American Architectural Manufacturers Association explains, aluminum is an attractive choice for many reasons:
Aluminum’s versatility has long made it a preferred material in many construction projects. Combined with the fact that it is available in numerous shapes its structural attributes allow aluminum to be used in nearly every application – from windows to doors, from curtain wall to skylights – adding the comfort of modern thermal control with an abundance of natural light.
The strength-to-weight physical properties of aluminum allow for slimmer sightlines. Aluminum is 34 times stronger than vinyl and 43 times stronger than wood.
Aluminum is available in several finishing options and myriad colors. Architectural paints or anodized coatings provide an attractive finish for frames and excellent resistance to the elements. Once coated, aluminum typically does not require refinishing.
For commercial building design, confidence in a fenestration’s material choice is a mandate, which is why aluminum has been used in these types of structures for decades, but its ever-evolving thermal performance, finishing capabilities and recyclability along with numerous additional green attributes continue to make it a cost-effective, sustainable choice in all applications.