Storefront and entrance systems are the first things visitors see when they enter a building, it creates the ‘all so important’ first impression. Windows and doors can deliver a premium look to the entire building while protecting the structure and the people inside from the weather outside. They offer the benefit of natural light while maintaining a set temperature due to the thermal performance of the system.
What is a storefront and entrance system?
A storefront is a non-load bearing system that involves windows and is often combined with entrance systems. They are generally located on lower building levels and a single-story high. Systems are installed between the floor slabs to the top part of the structure above.
Why aluminum storefront and entrance system?
Aluminum storefront systems combine aesthetics and energy efficiency, and are intended to entice potential visitors, but are also designed with durability and performance for personal comfort and safety. Aluminum is an attractive choice for many reasons:
Aluminum storefronts can be custom designed to match most architectural elements from modern exterior finish to historic profiles. 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. Much like a puzzle, a storefront system should integrate and complement all of the building’s windows, doors, curtainwall, and other fenestrations to create a seamlessly aesthetically pleasing result.
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.
Aluminum can be used for applications from small windows to large spans between floors and provides the necessary structural properties with a high strength to weight ratio. The ability of aluminum to withstand wind loads and still retain its shape is beneficial in maintaining structural integrity while resisting water and air infiltration. This also allows the building to keep its desired appearance.
Aluminum is a highly conductive material and requires thermal breaks to prevent the transfer of temperature from the exterior and interior environments. Polyamide thermal barriers not only separate interior and exterior profiles but also creates solid structural connections. Glass can also be optimized for visual transparency while minimizing heat loss or solar heat gain to keep the building at a set temperature for longer periods of time.
It’s important to keep your objectives in mind for your building when selecting the storefront and entrance system. Creating the building’s initial first impression is as important as daily wear and tear, and energy efficiency.
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