Welded Aluminum Windows

Welded Metal Windows vs. Mechanically-Fastened: What’s the Comparison?

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A key feature of our Steel, Bronze or Alumin-Arte series of thermally broken metal windows and doors is that components are cut, welded, ground smooth, and then painted. This results in a different product than a mechanically-fastened system. Here’s a quick look at why we do welded metal windows, how we do it, and the results in terms of strength, aesthetics, and longevity. Mechanically-Fastened Metal Windows The standard method of assembling aluminum systems typically involves mechanically-fastened profiles, either nailed, screwed, or crimped together. It’s a quick and efficient way to manufacture, requiring fewer fabrication process steps. Finishing costs are much …

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Benefits of Thermally Broken Metal Windows

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The “Metal Movement” and “Thermally Broken.”. Why you want your metal windows to be BROKEN. Thermally broken metal windows provide several benefits over non-thermally broken systems. We are often asked about specific performance benefits. The basic performance premise is: Improved overall thermal performance over traditional non-thermally broken systems. Improved NFRC U-Values over non-thermally broken systems. The lower the u-value, the better the performance. Improved NFRC Condensation resistance factors (interior sweating/ice build-up). Narrow profiles equal or similar to traditional non-thermally broken. Easier Code Compliance than non-thermally broken systems. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? So how does it work? What “Thermally Broken” …

Thermally Broken Windows worth the cost?

Metal Windows: Are Thermally Broken Metal Windows Worth the Cost?

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Recently we were talking with a Contractor in Southern California and he told us about a home he’s in the final stages of building. He had used an aluminum window system which had a large proportion of the openings with non-thermally broken metal windows and doors. The purchase price was reasonable, so the order was placed. As code compliance was being re-worked for several elements of the building envelope, the Title 24 consultant pointed out that the low thermal performance value of the aluminum windows meant the rest of the envelope now had to be boosted to compensate. The additional …

Planning a successful delivery of oversized glass and custom windows and doors

Planning a Successful Delivery — Oversized Custom Windows

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“The windows are coming! I need a helicopter!” Right now, we’re in the process of delivering a good-sized order of oversized, custom-built Bronze-clad Black Walnut windows and doors to a luxury home on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The secluded waterfront lots in Tahoe are difficult to get into, with regulations protecting the shoreline, a notoriously short building season, narrow roads and heavily-treed properties. It takes detailed planning and a few creative ideas to get massive custom windows and doors into a remote location like this. In this instance, it took a helicopter. (More on that later.) Getting oversized custom windows …

A Guide to “Living” Patina Finishes for Architectural Bronze Windows

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“There’s no way around it – architectural bronze will change as it ages. It’s a matter of perception: whether the change is expected and welcome – or not.” Bronze is a classic material – timeless and yet so changeable. The great bronze statues of antiquity didn’t start out looking the way they do today. Nature works its own magic and the bronze changes over time. It’s a living finish. This is true for bronze windows and doors as well. Architectural bronze windows and doors will change as they age. So the question is, “What are the expectations around the change?” How …

The Maintenance-Free Myth: Maintaining Architectural Bronze Windows

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“Bronze is pretty cool stuff. So cool, in fact, they named an Age after it.” In the high-end luxury home (and boutique hospitality) niche, bronze windows & doors occupy a small but significant corner of the market.  Bronze windows aren’t for everyone. Compared to other window materials, you’ll need a truckload of money. On the other hand, bronze windows will outlast any other material. It’s a cost of purchase versus cost of ownership calculation. If you’re building that dream home to pass down to the kids and grandkids, bronze may well be the best value. With any high-dollar investment come …