An aluminum storefront door is just right for making a good first impression. Sleek and lustrous, aluminum is also durable and safe, holding up against the elements and heavy use. Be it a department store, restaurant or car dealership, businesses more often than not opt for aluminum for their storefront or entrance systems.
Since World War II, aluminum has become the material of choice for storefront systems. Along the way, it’s been adapted to changes in the storefront industry. Strong as it needs to be, it also offers the advantage of being lightweight, yet able to meet tight energy codes when combined with thermal barriers. Aluminum is also recyclable, so finds favor in green building practices.
Another advantage to aluminum is how it lends itself to being easily anodized or painted. Anodized aluminum, known for its ability to maintain color, comes in a range of hues and tones, from clear, to white, bronze, champagne or black. A beautifully applied finish helps bring out the full luster of the metal.
Traditionally, aluminum has been sealed by a hot water or steam process, but a new electro-deposited organic process completely seals all pores, providing added protection from corrosive chemicals, present in construction or the environment – such as acid rain, salt spray, pollution or detergent.
Improvements to the thermal performance of aluminum storefront systems continue to be made, as the industry focuses on greater efficiency. Doors with dual-break technology that incorporates thermal barriers are much more efficient than storefronts with a single barrier, achieving lower U-factors and significantly slowing down heat loss. The double-thermal barrier slows down heat transfer and maintains warmer internal surface temperatures. Thermal comfort for customers goes up, as do energy savings for the building owner. All this, without losing strength or aesthetic appeal.