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Our aluminium doors are used both in the commercial sector for entrance doors to shops, schools and many public buildings, as well as increasingly in domestic properties due to the advantages of aluminium as a material. From smooth sliding bi-folding aluminium doors and designer front doors to secure shop entrances, the versatility of these products is exceptional.
For a number of time now, uPVC was the standard choice for both windows and doors. Despite the long-standing pattern of uPVC use for doors, in recent times, aluminium has emerged as the newest preference with many customers. Reasons for this transition a preference for the clean modern design afforded by the use of this material and for its outstanding thermal characteristics. Set out below are a number of reasons why aluminium doors are becoming increasingly popular.
Aluminium doors and windows are much more durable than doors made from uPVC, which means they last much longer. To illustrate this, typical uPVC windows may last around 25 to 30 years, but with the right care, aluminium can last around 50 years!
One of the popular reasons cited for the choice of aluminium for doors is the exceptional thermal performance of the product. This applies to both aluminium doors and to aluminium windows. With outstanding energy efficiency and reduced condensation, selecting and aluminium bifold door or front door keeps heat in your home or business.
You may have observed that uPVC doors come in a rather limited range of colour foil options and unfortunately these can be easily marked and damaged. In contrast, aluminium doors are available in a full spectrum of contemporary colours and are they are also available with a variety of finishes and textures.
In addition to the exceptional natural strength of aluminium as compared to PVC, all aluminium doors and windows are exceptionally secure. The key security features of these products include top-quality hardware and multipoint shoot bolt locking mechanisms.
Thanks to the strength of aluminium, it is substantially more robust and durable than uPVC. In addition, as aluminium is a low density metal which is also exceptionally sturdy and strong, doors made from this material are likely to last for many years, even in high traffic areas.
PVC is somewhat cheaper than aluminium. This is not the whole picture as the performance and quality of uPVC is lower than aluminium. When the spectrum of benefits are taken into account, aluminium doors are a shrewd investment for any project.
We have some examples of aluminium doors in our portfolio but our doors are best viewed up close in our showroom for you to fully appreciate their qualities.
Our aluminium doors are available in a versatile range of colours selected to match or compliment your window styles.
Click on the door styles links below to see the range of options available to Strata customers.
In addition to our standard glazing, there are settings where an obscure window within a door is a more appropriate option. We offer door glazing with various patterns and styles. See our full range by clicking on the link below.
To keep your aluminium doors looking and functioning their best for years to come, Strata advise a series of simple maintenance steps that will help make your investment last in superb condition for many years to come.
To ensure your locks, hinges and handles perform easily and smoothly for years to come, it is essential that they are re-lubricated annually as the existing lubrication will soon dry out causing wear and stress to moving parts. The lubrication can be any light machine oil such as 3 in 1 Oil or WD40. The important point is that excess oil should be immediately wiped off to avoid drips staining surfaces and dirt will stick to excess oil causing other problems.
To keep glass clean and clear it needs washing periodically with a mild soapy solution and rinsing with clean water. Use of a wash leather will prevent streaks from water droplets running down the glass surface.
Anually the windows and glass may need a thorough clean. To do this, use the following procedure:
Avoid damage or dislodgement of seals as this will cause difficulty in obtaining a correct seal and create potential draughts. Damaged seals can often be replaced by contacting us.
uPVC window systems rely on an inbuilt drainage system that comprises of slots within the base rails or thresholds that allow any water ingress to flow to the outside. It is important therefore that these slots are kept clear by periodically removing any grit and dirt build-ups and flushing out with clean water.