Aluminum Doors & Windows vs Other Types of Building Materials

Aluminum windows and doorsHomeowners are always looking for the latest and greatest product to help increase the value of their homes and to provide them with the protection they need against the outdoor elements. However, sometimes new isn’t always better. Aluminum doors and windows have been around for many years and have been the top choice for American homeowners since the 60s. Many other materials have come and gone, but the benefits of aluminum products and the ability to truly customize the look and feel of these products, keep it at the top of the chart and here to stay.

Low-Maintenance
Another clear advantage of choosing aluminum is that it is very low in maintenance. In fact, it doesn’t really even need to be painted to retain its like-new appearance throughout many years of use. Basic maintenance, such as a simple cleaning or hose-down between seasons, can help to extend the benefits of aluminum products even more. The natural corrosion resistance of aluminum helps it to remain strong, durable and long-lasting. For coastal locations, anodizing aluminum can add an extra layer of protection against local conditions from the salty sea. Corrosion resistant paint and powder coating can also help to protect your aluminum doors and windows in any type of weather conditions and locations.

Aesthetically Pleasing
One of the many advantages to choosing aluminum doors and windows ais that they are very pleasing to look at and can enhance the appearance of your home. You can choose a basic aluminum frame or you can get colored and textured frames. Anodizing aluminum provides an extra layer of protection and corrosion resistance, extending the life of your new doors and windows even further. Manufacturers can produce aluminum doors and windows of just about any size, shape and color, to meet the custom needs of their clients. Aluminum can be painted, powder coated and anodized to create the desired look and feel. Aluminum doors and windows look great and can work with homes in just about any style or design.

Eco-Friendly
Did you know that one of the benefits of aluminum products is that it is very friendly to the environment? Builders and architects use it all the time when seeking a LEED certification for residential, commercial and municipal structures. In addition to its natural corrosion resistance, aluminum doors and windows and considered eco-friendly because they are made of a material that can be recycled over and over without losing any of its integrity. In addition, aluminum is very energy efficient in that it is used as the framing for low-e glass and insulated glass to create insulated products to help reduce energy consumption and improve thermal control. While metal is typically considered to be a poor choice for energy efficiency, the ability to use standard or custom aluminum extrusions to create energy efficient windows and doors helps to increase its value in this area.

Low-Impact
The creation of aluminum doors and windows also has a low impact on the environment. Because aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and is one of the most recycled metals on the planet, it already has a much lower impact on the environment than other metals that need to be made from raw materials. The emissions caused by mining raw materials and the energy used to do it can make other metals cause more of an impact on our planet just through the actions required for processing. Anodizing aluminum and other types of finishing and coatings can help the aluminum products to last even longer than they already would have without the benefit of these extra layers of protection. The extrusion process itself is a low-impact form of processing aluminum and is preferred over many other methods due to its ability to reduce secondary operations through custom extrusion design.

How Silver City Aluminum Can Help
If your company manufactures aluminum doors and windows, you already know about the many benefits of aluminum products. Our team can help you learn even more ways to boost the natural corrosion resistance of this amazing metal through painting, coating and anodizing aluminum right here at our one stop shop for extrusion, fabrication and finishing. Give us a call at 508-542-7200 to speak with one of our highly trained and experienced technicians. We can walk you through the process of custom extrusion profile design or can help fulfill your orders for standard aluminum extrusions. Whatever you need to help improve the quality or production methods of your aluminum doors and windows, Silver City Aluminum can help.