Why Do We Use Aluminium?

Aluminium glass structures all the beauty of wood - without the drawbacks. 

The sheer strength and durability of aluminium makes it the sensible alternative in any area where maintenance would be an issue.

  • It is light and easy to handle compared to timber or steel alternatives
  • Minimum maintenance is required – essential in hard to reach locations
  • Finer frames and glazing bars allow for more light
  • They are fully thermally broken and powder coated in any colour of your choice
  • You can incorporate either manual or electric opening roof vents if necessary, with the option of fitted rain sensors for sudden downpours!

Alitex greenhouses and conservatories manufactured in aluminium
Aluminium is perfect for greenhouse, conservatory, orangeries and atrium roof construction as it allows for the minimum solid structure to be used, giving you narrow elegant structural bars and the maximum glazed area to optimise light all year round. It is no coincidence that timber conservatory roofs are frequently capped in aluminium to provide some additional durability.

Perhaps even more important, for today’s busy lifestyles it requires virtually no maintenance.

To add to its finish and longevity our aluminium glass structures are polyester powder coated. The polyester is applied as a powder then heated to its melting point. It then flows to form a smooth film which dries to a firm durable finish which is highly resistant to scratching, cracking, peeling, UV rays and rust. This application also provides a superior consistency and a uniform finish.

All this gives you a cast iron guarantee.

A little aluminium history

A bar of aluminium was exhibited at the Paris exhibition in 1855 as the new precious metal.

That London icon, the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus - was made in cast aluminium in 1893.

Charles Dickens became very interested in the discovery of the new metal and believed it would have an outstanding future. In 1857 he wrote:

“Within the course of the last 2 years... a treasure has been divined, unearthed and brought to light... what do you think of a metal as white as silver, as unalterable as gold, as easily melted as copper, as tough as iron, which is malleable, ductile, and with the singular quality of being lighter than glass? Such a metal does exist and that in considerable quantities on the surface of the globe. “The advantages to be derived from a metal endowed with such qualities are easy to be understood. Its future place as a raw material in all sorts of applications is undoubted, and we may expect soon to see it, in some shape or other, in the hands of the civilised world at large.”

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