Aluminium Trade Supply is a major and recognised industry blog, recently placed No.17 out of the top 50 Double Glazing Websites 2012 as compiled by Matthew Glover from Alexa Rankings.
Updated on a daily basis Aluminium Trade Supply is the leading (and presently the only) information resource promoting the use of aluminium doors, windows, screens and associated products and to promote the many advantages aluminium has over PVC as a door and window material.
It is impartial, independent and is here to promote and support all aluminium systems companies, their products and services.
We also offer a comprehensive supply only or supply and install service offering most of the major systems.
This site is not here to criticise plastic doors and windows but to inform about and promote the use of aluminium, to encourage healthy debate on all sides in what is an excellent industry irrespective of material!
Over many years, pvc has been installed in applications where aluminium would have done the better job. This is not to say PVC is not fit for purpose, merely that PVC windows and doors cannot offer the advantages of strength, slim sight lines and the architectural look that is called for in today’s modern buildings.
The PVC industry has cleverly taken advantage of the huge market in replacement windows over the last 25 years and pushed the use of PVC products, educating the public. Rarely if you stop someone in the street and ask what are replacement doors and windows made of, will they say aluminium.
The plastic window industry has also been ahead of aluminium with regards to manufacturing software, estimating software, conservatories, machinery, retail sales literature and price lists.
Aluminium one could argue is tainted by its very name. It is perceived as a metal – cold, only available in silver, prone to condensation, single glazed and other negative assumptions. Alumimium doors and windows now offer excellent thermal properties, have inherent strength, recyclability and the slim sight lines now demanded by architects and designers. However the aluminium industry with only a couple of exceptions is not promoting or encouraging the use of aluminium as a replacement window and door material anywhere close to the PVC industry.
We have the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) formed in 1994 by the bringing together of three existing trade associations, the Architectural Aluminium Association, the Patent Glazing Contractors Association and the Aluminium Window Association. Its members include consultants, fabricators, installers, systems companies and many specialist product supply and manufacturing companies. There should be more than the well respected CAB promoting the use of aluminium products.
Aluminium remains a crafted product. The mitres, joints and overall construction of an aluminium product compared to a PVC side by side, just shows the difference in construction. It is joinery. It is a craft. Despite the advances in machinery for fabrication of both pvc and aluminium windows and doors nothing beats the hand assembly of a mitred corner on an aluminium window without the unattractive welded and cleaned corner of the PVC. They are worlds apart.
Commercially, some products in PVC remain behind. Despite efforts from the PVC systems companies in reinforcing a plastic extrusion to offer as curtain walling or screening, such a product cannot be compared like-for like to an aluminium.
It is well known for example that plastic doors cannot achieve the function and reliability that proper aluminium commercial doors can, however some PVC installers continue to install PVC windows and doors which will simply not stand up to a high traffic environment such as a school. Products which will in a short time fail, simply because some installers do not supply or do not understand the advantages of aluminium.
This is what this website is here to do. Promote, inform, discuss, help and advise.