7 types of aluminum frames for an incredible facade

Asha Bogenfuerst Asha Bogenfuerst
Farmhouse, Biome Environmental Solutions Limited Biome Environmental Solutions Limited Asian style houses
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The openings, namely doors and  windows, are fundamental in a house, both to achieve facades and an interesting volume, as well as to ensure healthiness through good ventilation and lighting. To achieve good results, the choice of frames is fundamental in the design or renovation of a building. 

Currently there are several types of aluminum frames available on the market, along with a universe of finishes, colors and models. In addition aluminum is extremely versatile, adapting to the most varied types of designs and different sizes of spans. The aluminum frames are manufactured in all types of shapes such as: open in or out, open and tilt, with integrated aluminum shutter and running among others. Besides its durability it becomes the ideal product to combine with common glasses, tempered glass, insulated double glazing and laminated glass in various thicknesses. In this post we will explain a little more about each type of aluminum window, as well as indications of use for each of the window types. This article is a must for anyone who is in the process of building or renovating a home!

1. Aluminum angle brackets

The tilt-up window is one of the most commonly used types of aluminum frames, and is generally specified for kitchens, bathrooms and service areas, although it can be used in rooms and bedrooms as well. To open the window, just pull a side lever and some rods of the window open, to allow the regulated entrance of wind. Generally this window model is used with wide sheets of glass and shutters and creates a very interesting effect on the facade.

2. Guillotine aluminum frames

The name of this window template may seem scary, but it's a kind of window well known to most people. The use of the window guillotine model is more common in older homes, and are usually made of wood, but there are already some more modern models of guillotine aluminum frames. The most common model is usually glass, and it takes a little bit of force to push one of the parts up. Generally this type of window is more suitable for rooms.

3. Aluminum window pivoting window frames

The pivoting aluminum window follows the same idea as the pivoting door, which is commonly found in several houses today. This kind of window opens out, but on the side. The pivoting window is usually used in rooms and bathrooms, and by its way of opening ends up being more modern. But it is important to evaluate the impact of using this type of window on the front of the house, especially if it is used on the ground floor so that it does not open over a circulation space.

4. Aluminum sliding frames

The sliding window is indicated for bedrooms, living room and kitchen, generally where the spans are slightly larger. If your intention is to use an aluminum sliding window in the bedroom, it is important that you choose a model that has a layer other than the glass to control the entrance of light, such as sheets that have shutters, for example. 

The louvers allow ventilation in the room even when the window is closed. Be aware when choosing the Venetian window: if possible, opt for a model that has glass on the inside, so you can close the glass when the weather cools, or leave only the glass closed to let the natural light in. For use of the sliding window in living room and kitchen environments, the only window-frame miter works very well for natural daylight entry.

5. Aluminum window frames

The aluminum opening window is a model that usually opens outwards, and its use is no longer so common. This miter model has the leaves fixed in stops with has vertical rotation in the axis, and is more used in rooms. For more ideas, here are 27 window designs that can add style to your home.

6. Aluminum swing-stop frames

This type of miter is very versatile, and can be installed in different environments and is being used more and more. The swing-open aluminum window allows two types of opening (open or tumble), allows partial or total wind entry, and offers the option to come only with glass, or with shutter and glass. The latter is the ideal model for rooms. For more inspiration, here are 10 window designs to make your facade look good.

7. Aluminum window frames

The maxim-air window is a model that opens outwards and by having different sizes can be easily used in small environments. This type of window is widely used in bathrooms, service areas and in some kitchens that have limited space. This model is being increasingly used in homes and creates a very cool effect on the facade.

Although this mullion model may look very similar to the aluminum tilting window, there are differences! While tilting windows use a vertical axis, the maxim-air model has its open-ended system operating on a horizontal axis. In addition, the maxim-air windows are composed of only a separate and independent sheet or sheets, whereas the tilting windows can be formed by a set of sheets with a single drive system.

Types of Aluminum Frames

The most commonly used types of aluminum profiles are either U-type or T-type, and they come in various finishes: from the anodizing process—an electrolytic process of finishing and protection of metal parts that forms a uniform layer of oxide of aluminum and paint in resins of varied colors—even imitating other materials, such as wood and marble. Still, with differentiated finishes, aluminum frames do not require periodic painting.

Aluminum frames have great longevity due to corrosion resistance, an attribute of aluminum that complements surface treatments such as anodizing or electrostatic painting.

Aluminum brackets price

The price of aluminum mullion depends directly on the types of window, the type of finish and the region of the country in which you are. However, it is possible to state that the cost benefit of aluminum frames is much higher than for wood or PVC frames, for example. 

In addition, if you're renovating or building a home, a great way to reduce costs is to match the building's spans (doors and  windows ) to standard sizes of aluminum siding sold in large home centers.

Advantages of Aluminum Frames

Variety: The variety of finishes, models and dimensions of aluminum frames allow the architect to creatively explore its combination with other elements of the facade, and design pleasant, well-lit and well-ventilated environments.

Durability: aluminum frames have a determining factor when choosing the material: durability and resistance to corrosion and sea air. These points increase demand in coastal areas with a lot of pollution, and are attractive for those who do not want to have to spend time and money with regular maintenance, and look for a material with great durability.

Cleaning: ease of maintenance is also a big plus point for aluminum frames, since cleaning can be done with water, mild soap and dry cloth. 

Valorization of the property: for its great durability, low maintenance cost, performance, functionality and aesthetics, aluminum frames value the properties where they are used.

Normatization: The adequate structural behavior of aluminum frames can be guaranteed by analyzes and tests carried out before the final specification of the frames. 

We hope this article has been informative. For more ideas like this, please also read our article titled which window is best for your home.

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