Alu-Clad Windows and Doors
Aluminum clad windows are a wood frame coated with aluminum on the exterior to create a virtually maintenance free window. The aluminum is bent and folded over the exterior of the window to prevent weather from penetrating into the wood frame. The wood frame can then be stained or painted on the inside. Aluminum clad windows provide more options than their vinyl clad counterparts because aluminum can be painted in any color. This means that the exteriors can match virtually any exterior color scheme.
The alu cladding remarkably extends their lifetime through protecting the wooden frame from direct exposure to the adverse weather conditions, thus making them even more weatherproof, while retaining the aesthetic features, style and warm feeling of wood in the interior. The maintenance requirements on alu clad windows and doors are typically much lower than on those made of timber only. However, Alu-Clad windows are one of the most expensive window alternatives.
Aluminium Clad windows offer the durability and beauty of wood inside
the home, and the quality and resilience of weatherproof aluminum on the
outside. They are a wonderful choice for those who want the rich look
of wood on the interior and exceptional strength and durability on the
Select windows that complement your home's style. All
the pieces of your home should create a unified look. Work with your
architect and builder to select the size, style and shape of windows
that enhance your home.
Decide if you want custom-made or more standardized
windows. A simple home design can often use standard-size windows.
However, the options you gain from custom-made windows can really set
your home apart.
Make energy efficiency a priority. By researching
and understanding glazing options, you can make smart decisions on the
glass in your windows. For added insulation in cold or hot climates,
consider windows with Low-E coatings and argon gas-filled panes. Glazing
options are available with single, double and triple panes of glass and
with Low E-coated surfaces.
Compare the cost and the styles available to you from each
manufacturer and talk to them about the cost of various styles of
windows so that you match the window you truly want with your budget.
You want to check both large companies, and smaller local companies, to
see who can give you the best price on the windows you want.
Another huge factor to consider is the type of warranty the
manufacturer provides. The warranty offered should be a lengthy one; do
not settle on a manufacturer, which does not offer a lengthy warranty.
The longer the warranty, the more confidence the manufacturer has about
the superiority of their windows and doors, and the more confidence you
will have in their product. Carefully review the warranties for
replacement stipulations, ownership transfer details and guarantees
against failure of glass, frame and sash of the window.
Last, but not least, reputation is very important. Ask around,
read any and all testimonials that are available on the windows, ask
your friends and co-workers whom they've used. The more people you find
who are satisfied with a company, product, and service, speak volumes
about that company, and you will too.