By Mr. Naveen Mehta, President –
Operations, Jindal Aluminium Limited
Aluminium windows in buildings have
been around since the 1930s, and many landmark buildings in western countries
prominently featured them in their designs during that era. With World War II,
its application saw a new dawn in aviation, manufacturing tanks, automotive
engines and others. From then on, the usage of Aluminium products and the
market around it changed forever. Countries leading the war increased their
aluminium production capabilities, and new aluminium alloys were seen almost
After the end of the war, Aluminium
gained more widespread use in the construction industry and soon surpassed
steel and wood window sales in commercial and institutional construction. It
might be surprising to know that aluminium windows first appeared in railroad
cars, streetcars and buses, as early as 1912.
Today, virtually all commercial
properties and a significant number of adobes use Aluminium framed windows to
increase durability, provide an aesthetic charm to the overall building design,
create a sense of wonderment and provide safety and security. Additionally, as
it can be easily cast, machined, and formed, architects prefer using Aluminium
to tackle wind pressure in high-rise buildings when used in facades, glazing,
cladding, curtain walls, etc.
However, despite holding a
significant position in the fenestration industry, certain myths float around
the usage of Aluminium in windows. Experts believe that the reason behind this
could be its popularity as it is firmly holding the market globally. Below are
some of the myths one should steer away from while considering an aluminium
window for their property.
Do aluminium windows cause condensation?
The fact of the matter is that this is no longer the case today. As a metal, Aluminium has the same thermal insulation level as wood and uPVC. Today, it is all about quality, design and glass specifications. The modern-day high-performance aluminium windows do not cause any extra condensation, and they are designed with the latest thermal break technology that has excellent thermal resistance properties to improve the energy efficiency of the building. The hollow chambers in the glass filled with insulation provide aluminium windows with outstanding transfer coefficients that ensure the indoor temperature is always perfect.