Commercial aluminium and steel doors, windows and general glazing, products and systems intended for large or small scale buildings of many types. These diverse glazing systems and associated accessories, mainly serve the commercial sector. However, they also some with doors and windows intended for dwellings, housing developments, or in buildings having specific or multiple uses.
General information about Commercial aluminium doors and windows
There is a distinction between commercial aluminium doors and windows and residential glazing systems, but it also depends on several different factors relating to the building. They also cover the individual specifications for the building and client requirements.
- Whether it’s a new building or a refurbishment of an existing
- The performance and design requirements of the glazing required
- The use, including mixed use or a specific purpose
- Planning and any local authority constraints
For all these different requirements, commercial aluminium provides solutions and a diverse range of products.
Three well established commercial aluminium providers in the UK
A significant reason why commercial aluminium is important in construction is its diversity. Many refurbishments and construction of new buildings often need its glazing to address other requirements. For instance, housing above retail units or a building comprising doors and windows with different functionality. Here, commercial glazing systems not only provide solutions. At the same time, they allow architects, construction firms and clients to often work with one aluminium systems company, or installer providing the complete portfolio of products.
The definition of Commercial for windows and doors
What constitutes a commercial installation has always been up for debate as, for example , a development of “dwellings” could be termed commercial if you are supplying to the Trade.
We tend to regard commercial installations in this section as anything which is not a residential dwelling, dealing with the homeowner.
Quality differences between residential and commercial systems
It’s assumed that windows in the home are of a higher quality than commercial windows. There’s also the assumption that residential windows are more energy efficient, secure and weather resistant. This is not the case.
Commercial aluminium windows and doors have virtually identical quality to their residential counterparts.
The aluminium profiles, powder coated surface, glass and hardware all meet the same standards.
Construction methods are the same as is the choice of glass, hardware and designs.
When correctly made and fitted, the difference in quality between residential and commercial systems is hard to spot.
If there’s any difference between these products it comes down to scrutiny. A home owner is more likely to focus on the fine details and quality of their installation than a developer.
For security, weather performance and energy efficiency, both residential and commercial systems meet similar specifications and client requirements. Whilst residential windows are frequently marketed as the most energy efficient, this too is not the case. In fact, commercial windows are often the more insulated product.
Commercial Aluminium Products
Commercial Aluminium DoorsThe best door product for high use buildings and where there’s a specific door requirement are heavy-duty aluminium doors of a commercial type. Aluminium commercial doors are typically specified as an entrance or exit door to any building that is not a dwelling.… Read More
External Aluminium DoorsMedium-duty external aluminium doors are those doors not required to deal with high volumes of traffic. However, they do require the energy efficiency, security and weather performance of residential doors with reliability. General information about external aluminium doors Predominantly residential… Read More
Commercial Aluminium WindowsCommercial aluminium windows provide opening and design solutions for all manner of buildings. While residential new build developments of flats and houses often use regular domestic windows, the commercial versions offer more features and greater design flexibility. When it comes… Read More
Commercial Shopfronts and ScreensCommercial shopfronts and screens are large windows designed for retail premises, office buildings as well as providing sidelights toplights and framing for commercial aluminium doors. Available in insulated thermally broken or solid, non-thermal versions, these screens come in all manner of… Read More
Aluminium Curtain WallingAluminium Curtain walling, or facade glazing, enables the use of glass and aluminium for larger installations and greater spans. Infinitely flexible in size and capability, it's used where general aluminium windows are not possible due to their maximum sizes. The… Read More
Commercial Steel Doors
Commercial steel doors complement aluminium heavy-duty doors, with an even more robust alternative and offering additional features, protection and functionality.
The significant advantage of steel doors over other materials is longevity, strength, and security. Above all steel doors come designed to last longer with advantages other materials don’t provide.
Information and usage for commercial steel doors
Predominantly used in commercial, industrial and specialist buildings, commercial steel doors also come designed for dwellings.
The construction of steel doors is advanced, compared with aluminium commercial doors using mostly galvanized steel and a welded or other significantly stronger construction. Galvanized steel typically is the type treated by immersion in molten zinc. It’s anti-rust, incredibly weatherproof and with excellent low maintenance properties.
Depending on the usage required, steel doors come at many different sizes, weights and thicknesses. As well as this, the insulation used in steel commercial doors provides energy efficiency, acoustic performance and fire-protection.
Externally and internally, like aluminium, steel doors come with the same high quality powder coated finish in a substantial range of colours.
Steel doors come significantly heavier than other materials. As a result, the hardware used must support and accommodate this weight. At the same time, door hardware comes designed for the typically very high traffic and intended long-term use and reliability. Often these too come in mostly a galvanized steel finish. Any associated sidelights, top panels, or fixed framing also come in the same steel material.
Importantly, the bespoke and specific nature of steel doors means, made-to-order sizes only. It’s not possible to cut or adjust the size of these doors once manufactured. Suppliers of steel doors, provide a dedicated service, supplying and installing these advanced security products.
Types of steel commercial doors
The range of steel doors is substantial but generally broken down into specific uses. Usage, functionality, and purpose often define the thickness and weight of steel doors and overall specifications.
Usage determines the inner core of the door too. It’s common to find mineral wool, foam, insulation, or metal within the panel makeup. Acoustics, U-Values, and fire-protection determine the insulation used too.
For the hardware, again the use and performance frequently determine the type used throughout the door set.
Commercial Steel Products
Steel entrance doorsSteel entrance doors are those front side or rear doors designed to provide access as well as exit from a building. Used commercially as well as residentially these doors offer either an industrial door or a designer traditional or contemporary… Read More
Fire-rated steel doorsFire-rated steel doors come with protection and certification where buildings require effective protection from fire. Used for dwellings as well as industrial or commercial buildings, they work as exterior doors and internal doors. Protection and safety with fire-rated steel doors… Read More
Acoustic steel doorsAcoustic steel doors provide effective sound protection in buildings. Made of steel and available in many types and styles, they're a barrier against excessive noise in work, leisure and other environments. Sound insulation and protection with Acoustic steel doors Many… Read More
Installers, construction professionals and the wider trade can get in touch for details about commercial aluminium and steel doors and windows.