Aluminium is a versatile material, extremely easy and inexpensive to maintain. It is very durable and resistant to weather changes and corrosion. It can be easily molded and processed repeatedly with minimal loss of material. The numerous advantages of aluminium profiles make them widely applicable in a variety of fields. Aluminium is very lightweight, yet strong and very durable material – it doesn’t wrick or change its shape over the years.
The aluminium profiles are resistant to high temperature variations: from -80oC to +100oC. This makes them particularly suitable for rooms with high fire hazard. Aluminium, unlike the PVC, does not burn, but also it does not release any harmful substances into the atmosphere in case of a possible fire.
Aluminium is also flexible, which allows designers and architects to easily develop and implement their ideas, because aluminium can take any standard or custom shapes and forms. Whole huge structures can be made only of aluminium, without having to use any other metal. Thanks to their flexability and durability the aluminium alloys are suitable for almost any use in a variety of industries – construction, automotive etc.
Aluminium frames are used in projects where there are increased requirements for strength. This material dominates in the construction of curtain walls. The wall thickness of the aluminium profiles is crucial for them. Windows made of profiles that are too thin are in risk of bending, twisting or breaking the insulating glass unit. Profiles with very thin walls are cheaper, but they are not the best choice. The optimal solution is to have a good balance – having a lighter profiles but without letting that compromising on quality. The development of these profile systems is based on very serious calculations, analysis and testing so the manufacturer can offer to his clients optimal prices, combined with premium quality.
The architectural aluminium profiles are mainly devided into two types – “cold” profiles and thermo profiles (profiles with a thermal break insert). Cold profiles are cheaper and they are mostly used in places where maintaining a specific temperature is not necessary. These profiles are made entirely of aluminium and have a lightweight construction. They are used mostly for commercial premises, industrial and office buildings or for internal partitions, roof constructions etc. Thermo profiles on the other side can maintain good thermal and sound insulation.
Thermo profiles consist of two aluminium profiles, joined together by a polyamide or a PVC insert that plays the role of an insulator and provides the thermal and sound insulation of the profiles. The width of the thermal insert is very important for the achievement of good insulation. It is recommended to choose profiles with at least 16mm thermal bridge, preferably even 20 and more.
The aluminium profiles can be powder coated in virtually any type of RAL color or anodized with a matte or metallic luster. Through sublimation process the aluminium profiles can also be decorated in different patterns, imitating wood, marble or many others. The variations and combinations of different colors and effects are endless.