Aluminium components also offer comparably high strength and rigidity, making them particularlysuitable for applications such as sash and frames of windows and patio doors. The material’s rigidity ensures that, while slim, aluminium frames remain stable under normal loads. This is particularly valued in high-rise buildings, where stability is an essential property of applications such as facades, cladding and windows.
Increasingly, aluminium facades are being used to clad non-residential buildings. Such facades can improve the appearance of a building, increase its durability and provide valuable insulation properties, thereby enhancing the energy efficiency of the construction. The high strength-to-weight ratio of the aluminium is one of the properties that makes it particularly suitable for cladding applications.
In addition, the material’s light weight and high strength results in a low load on the supporting structure of buildings. The dimensions of this structure can therefore be reduced. Such an advantage is particularly important in the case of curtain walls for high rise buildings.