A sizeable chunk of our product range here at Stanbrook & Nicholson revolves around aluminium. We construct and install a wide range of windows and doors using the material. And for good reason, too; it’s durable, thermally efficient and offers excellent value for money, to name but a few. Perhaps most importantly, though, it’s a sustainable resource. This article will explain a little more about what this means exactly and how it applies to aluminium specifically.
Aluminium all but guarantees a long product life. It’s extremely durable and can withstand a range of weather conditions. Consequently, this means virtually zero maintenance. You won’t have to waste time, money and effort replacing or repairing. Most importantly, you won’t be wasting the planet’s resources by manufacturing additional products to replace broken ones. Aluminium windows and doors have a typical shelf life of 40 years; compare this with PVC’s 25 years and you can imagine how much healthier aluminium production is for the environment.
Aluminium is also a thermally efficient material. At Stanbrook & Nicholson we enhance this further with the latest energy saving technology. Thermal breaks are combined with Planitherm and argon gas filled units to bring you levels of 1.6W/m²K or better. All of that simply means your home will be well insulated. Internal heat will be retained while external cold will be kept out, keeping both your bills and carbon footprint down. The great thing about all of the above features is that they come as standard with all of our double glazing. Buying from us means you’ll get quality without breaking the bank.
Even before any products are even made, aluminium can be described as a sustainable material. Behind oxygen and silicon, it is the third most abundant element on Earth, with almost 45 million tonnes produced in 2012. Demand for aluminium has never been so high. Despite this, it’s ore (called bauxite), from which all aluminium is produced, has reserves that can satisfy demand for centuries to come. Advancements in recycling technology are expected to extend this time frame even further. And, while we’re on the topic, the same piece of aluminium can be recycled many times over. Re-used aluminium accounts for around 30% of global consumption. Again, the technological advancements alluded to above are expected to increase this estimate even further.
In conclusion, the answer to my initial question is simple. How sustainable is aluminium? Very. Its natural abundance and recyclability means we’re not destroying the Earth to get it, while its durability and thermal efficiency will ensure an environmentally friendly home for years to come.