Aluminium Windows and Doors

Groundworks trading is a manufacturing and procurement company that supply and install aluminium windows and doors.

Aluminium is a relatively soft, durable, lightweight, ductile and malleable metal with appearance ranging from silvery to dull gray, depending on the surface roughness. It is nonmagnetic and does not easily ignite.

A window is a transparent or translucent opening in a wall or door that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound. Windows are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material like float glass. Windows are held in place by frames, which prevent them from collapsing in. Many glazed windows may be opened to allow ventilation or closed to exclude inclement weather.

There are many types of windows such as double-hung sash window, single hung sash window, horizontal sliding sash window, casement window, awning window, hopper window, tilt and slide window, tilt and turn window, transom window, jalousie window, clerestory window. skylights, roof window, roof lantern, bay window. oriel, thermal, fixed window, picture window, emergency exit window, stained glass window and a French window.

There are also different types of doors, including; interior doors, exterior doors, garage doors, patio or garden doors, storm doors and basement doors.

Interior doors will mainly provide privacy within the house, and will help isolate the sound between the rooms. In houses with central heating or cooling systems, it is important to leave at least 1/2 inch between the finish floors and the bottom of the doors to allow free air flow, another reason to have this space, is to prevent the friction when the door is opened or closed. Interior doors are available in many styles like flush, paneled models, full louvred or partially louvred. Although they are expensive, louvred doors are especially useful in locations where flowing of air is crucial, for example closets, water heaters, etc.

The main entrance adds a lot to the appearance of the house, because of the unique importance of front doors, the way they are constructed is different than the regular exterior door. Many details are added to the front door to make it special, such as; door caps, exterior mouldings and panels, windows or lights in or to the side of the door. Exterior doors can serve both as weather protectors and effective sound reducers. Most of them are about 1 3/4 inch thick, three feet or more wide, and a minimum of 6 feet 8 inches high. Half of the exterior door will be exposed to the outdoors, therefore it needs to be protected by a tight weather seal. Security is a main issue for exterior doors, make sure you install proper door locks, and create the ability to see the person calling before you open the door – this can be achieved by the installation of side lights on one or both sides of the door. Side lights vary in size but they come at a width of approximately 1 foot. They are available in many finishes and textures, some of them even come with a low e insulated glass. Another option is to install a peep hole on the door itself.

Almost any house built today will have at least one patio door, the sliding glass door, and French doors provide comfortable access to your patio, deck and garden. They make the room look larger than it really is and lets a lot of light and air in through them. When selecting a patio/garden door, the most important factors to consider are insulation quality, secure locking system, weather tightness and an attractive appearance.

Sliding glass doors include at least one fixed and one sliding panel. The strength of the sliding glass doors frame is critical when it covers a large span. Some of the frame material options include fibreglass, vinyl, wood or aluminium. Wood frames come in a big range of styles and colours; they should come coated with water repellant. Fibreglass frames are durable, easy to maintain, energy efficient and can be easily painted. The fibreglass frame will increase and decrease in size with temperature changes at the same rate glass panes will, hence reducing stress within the doors and keeping both materials tightly fitted to each other.

A patio door has a much larger glass area compared to the frame area, because of that, the type of glass which you select has a much greater influence on energy efficiency than does the frame material. It is recommended in hot climate locations to have doors with tinted glass, and in cold climate locations to have triple pane systems with a low-e glass for better weather insulation. French doors usually have a single panel that swings while the other pane remains fixed in place. They have attractive and strong wide frames, and can be energy efficient because there is less of a glass area.

Storm doors are intended to provide protection from extreme weather and direct sunlight for your primary doors; in addition that, they supply enhanced security, ventilation and helping insulate your home better during summer and winter time.

A basement door should be at least 36 inches wide, to allow large appliances and furniture to go through it. It should be able to withstand the weather and provide security against theft effectively.

Groundworks Trading offers all types of aluminium doors and windows.

Should you require more information on aluminium windows and doors, contact us.