Windows solutions, although they are often neglected or relegated to the background, play a crucial role in the quality, functionality, and sustainability of buildings. These architectural elements, composed of the “frames” that support windows, doors, facades, and glazing, not only contribute to the aesthetics of the building, but also play a vital role in sustainability (including energy efficiency), safety and comfort of living spaces.
An ally of sustainability
Choosing the right frame can significantly influence the energy efficiency of a home. Well-designed and correctly installed framing systems, as well as the set of accessories and insulating elements contribute to reducing temperature transfer between the interior and exterior, which, in turn, results in lower energy consumption for heating/cooling. It is important not only to select systems with thermal break, but also that they have an excellent rating in the ADENE Portuguese labeling system. Furthermore, the appropriate incorporation of glass (double or triple) can reinforce thermal performance, creating more comfortable and sustainable environments.
A foundation of sustainability
Another important aspect when choosing the frames is the type of material to be installed. There are more resistant and durable materials that do not require structural reinforcement. Aluminium frame systems can last up to 50 years! Regarding the origin of the material, is it derived from petroleum? Or natural and abundant resources? Finally, can the introduced material be infinitely recyclable without ever losing its initial properties? Is there a concern about using recyclable accessories or those from production processes with a small environmental footprint?
“Recycle” and “Reuse” two major principles of the Circular Economy, which soon will be the requirements for certification of a building. Construction professionals will have to achieve a high rate of material reuse, which will force architects, engineers, builders and “deconstructors” to play an important collaborative role.
A Non-Negotiable Aspect
Windows play a critical role in home security. Robust profiles, advanced closing systems and durable materials are key elements to ensure that a home is protected against intrusions or even bad weather. By investing in quality frames, users can enjoy a sense of security and tranquility, essential for their well-being.
Furthermore, it is important to ensure the safety of spaces in case of fire (emission of toxic gases). Aluminium, for example, is considered a non-combustible material, which does not emit smoke or the toxic substances that PVC emits.
The Importance of Silence
In busy urban environments, acoustic comfort is often underestimated. Frames, when designed with materials that absorb or isolate sound, can play a crucial role in reducing external noise. This contributes to the creation of more serene interior spaces.
Aesthetics and Property Value:
The Final Touch
In addition to practical features, the frames play a significant role in the aesthetics of the building. The selection and adaptation of the frame design to the architectural style of the buildings is playing an increasingly important role. Opting for more minimalist or revivalist systems can highlight the style of the construction.
On the other hand, the surface treatments, and their resistance to sun exposure, marine environments or polluted atmospheres is another aspect to take into consideration. Currently, aluminium windows systems allow an infinite range of colors and textures. In fact, for several years now, decoration with a “wooden” finish can be applied to aluminium frames.
The quality, durability and aesthetics of finishes can aesthetically enhance a home, making it more attractive on the real estate market. The first impression made by the windows can influence the overall perception of the property, standing out as a distinctive element.
Investing in the Housing Future
In conclusion, the quality of the windows should not be underestimated in the context of residential and non-residential construction. In addition to shaping the aesthetics of the building, the windows play a crucial role in energy efficiency, security, acoustic comfort, and property value.
By investing in quality windows, homeowners are not only improving their current quality of life, but also ensuring a more sustainable residential future. Considering the frames as an investment is a fundamental step towards a construction that meets the growing expectations of comfort and functionality.