Why it’s impossible to beat aluminium for ultra-thin sight lines

The latest architectural trends for residential and commercial glazing are centred around a demand for natural daylight. Increasing numbers of homeowners have a desire to experience a feeling of light and space for their living environments. We’re currently living in an era of ‘minimal frame and maximum glass’.

Choosing the right material for your new window or door systems is particularly important in terms of achieving the best levels of natural light and maintaining the right balance of energy efficiency and security for households. Whilst there is no denying that there are cheaper materials on the market, notably uPVC and glass reinforced polyester (GRP), aluminium still reigns supreme when it comes to sight lines and maximising the quality of external views from inside your home.

Aluminium: the strongest and most lightweight glazing material

What really sets aluminium apart from other materials used to design and manufacture glazing systems is its durability and strength. Aluminium is capable of carrying more expansive, heavier panes of glass than any other material. Consequently, aluminium window and door systems generate magnificent floor-to-ceiling glazing options that are architecturally stunning, providing panoramic views outside thanks to their ultra-slim profiles.

No other material on the market has the strength to hold such significant panes of glass, but aluminium is also incredibly lightweight itself, making it easier for homeowners to open and close window and door systems. It’s also important to remember that aluminium is 100% recyclable, making it a very eco-friendly building material. Aluminium can be coated in any colour on the RAL spectrum and, unlike some uPVC products, will never fade when in consistent contact with direct sunlight.

Better still, with today’s industry leading aluminium glazing systems, you no longer have to sacrifice ultra-thin sightlines to have thermally efficient glazing. At Livingwood, we quickly acknowledged Reynaers as the pioneers of minimal-framed aluminium window and door systems that maximise openings and still deliver outstanding U-values for homes of all ages and sizes.

Their low-energy contemporary architecture is proving exceptionally popular with our clients, who value the combination between minimalist framework and high energy performance. Some of Reynaers’ most significant aluminium glazing systems that we manufacture, such as the Hi-Finity sliding door system, are capable of housing glass panes of up to three metres in height and 500kg in weight. For homeowners, the ability to seamlessly connect interiors with exteriors and still maintain comfortable living environments, is a price worth paying.

How do Reynaers maintain slim profiles with supreme thermal performance?

Reynaers invests heavily in research and development to ensure its aluminium systems meet and invariably surpass the most demanding levels of thermal insulation. Their industry leading insulation levels are achieved via innovative thermal breaks fitted between the inner and outer profile of their windows and doors. Their unique centre seal or gasket and continuous acoustic seal offer the best insulation, preventing these stunning systems from becoming a costly point of heat loss for the home.

The thermal break is created by separating the outer and inner chambers using fibreglass reinforced polyamide strips. These strips are available in numerous widths, but the wider the strips, the higher the insulation factor. Overall, Reynaers’ thermal insulation technology guarantees the stability and strength of their ultra-thin profiles.

Discover what aluminium systems could do for your home

With superior quality materials and a 10-year system guarantee on all aluminium glazing, our clients can enjoy their low-maintenance, state-of-the-art systems with complete peace of mind.

If you’d like to discover how aluminium windows and doors could encourage maximum levels of natural light into your household, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team today on 01284 764045 or drop us a line using our online enquiry form.