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What is fenestration, and what are the benefits of using aluminium?
Windows, doors, skylights; fenestration refers to the arrangement of openings in a building.
The fenestration of a building is extremely important to its overall design and can highly affect its performance, from increasing indoor natural light to aiding passive solar heating.
Further benefits include providing points for ventilation and air circulation and producing better indoor air quality.
Efficient and well-thought-out fenestration can improve the health and wellbeing of the building’s occupants, boost productivity and reduce energy costs.
Types of Fenestrations in Commercial Buildings
Curtain Walls – Thin and lightweight, usually aluminium-framed, non-load-bearing walls attached to building structures.
Windows – Simply wall openings that facilitate visibility, natural light and airflow.
Exterior Doors – Building entryways that can be used for pedestrian access, or industrial and security purposes. In commercial facilities, doors are often manufactured with aluminium frames.
Skylights – Openings found on the roofs of buildings that, like windows, allow for natural light and airflow.
Why choose aluminium?
Aluminium is a popular material for fenestration due to its blend of versatility, strength and style. Additionally, many people favour aluminium thanks to its recyclability and eco-friendliness.
The benefits of aluminium
First and foremost, aluminium’s main advantage is its versatility, which allows for a range of modern and stylish designs, from large windows and modern skylights, to secure and updated exterior doors.
Despite being slim and lightweight, aluminium is very strong, providing great structural integrity and the ability to support impressive glass panes; perfect for contemporary buildings.
Furthermore, Aluminium is a non-rusting material and is highly resistant to corrosion, making it perfect for all types of fenestration.
Aluminium fenestration requires very little maintenance and is easy to keep clean.
In the long run, the durability of aluminium provides better product life and security, and the lack of continual maintenance needed comes with the benefit of cost savings.
Additionally, the thermal performance of aluminium fenestration systems is exceptional, allowing businesses / homes to cut back on their energy usage.
Finally, aluminium fenestration systems are recyclable and environmentally friendly, with aluminium being an almost 100% sustainable material. When compared to PVC, aluminium is far more eco-friendly, and it requires less energy to produce than steel.
Overall, aluminium fenestration benefits every type of building.