Aluminium - Are You on Board?
Since its discovery in the 19th Century, Aluminium has always been popular due to its specific properties of being both light and incredibly strong.
Its first known use was the production of medals in the reign of Napoleon 111, who supported its development and who also commissioned a rattle made of aluminium and gold for his son from the celebrated French Chemist Henri-Etienne Sainte-Claire Deville who realised that the metal had untold potential and its usefulness for making jewellery was just the tip of the iceberg.
In modern times its use spans our daily lives from the cars we drive to the cans we drink from with a million different uses inside our homes from our pots and pans to our doors and windows. Although, as an option for doors and windows it has been around for at least 25 years, recent developments in production and an increase in the awareness of its benefits to homeowners via home improvement shows like ‘Grand Designs’ has resulted in a 40% increase in the use of aluminium in glazed products since 2012. When compared to traditional timber and more recently uPVC, aluminium is certainly a contender for living space improvements due to its combination of strength and weight which means that frames are thinner, improving sight lines and inflowing daylight without comprising household security. It is also very low maintenance, it won’t flex or warp and it is available in virtually any colour.
Here at A&D we are eagerly awaiting the release of the new ‘Stellar’ range of aluminium profiles which will enable us to offer a full range of aluminium glazed products to our customers to meet the anticipated increase in demand. David Smith, Managing Director of A&D is gearing up for this major swing in consumer buying ‘The domestic market in this country has been 98% uPVC but, without a doubt, aluminium is starting to make inroads into the uPVC dominance. Until recently aluminium windows were made from commercial section and were too big and bulky for the UK market but now Profile22 has brought out the smallest section on the domestic market and their new range of ‘Stellar’ windows are beautiful, elegant and secure with an excellent energy rating’.
When you find yourself in the replacement market, aluminium is certainly worth considering for its many benefits – what will you choose?