Aluminium is the preferred choice of material for the windows, doors and lanterns in our garden rooms. Aluminium frames are maintenance free, they exude quality, durability and style. Aluminium tends to be favoured by the people “in the know” such as architects, engineers and other building professionals because of its inherent strength and slim, neat lines.
Modern Aluminium Sunroom Design
Often aluminium garden rooms will feature large, bold panes of glass, to give a clear outlook and a modern feel. The framework may be either slender and minimal or bold and chunky with an almost industrial style. In fact one of the systems we install in domestic properties is designed for in commercial applications such as shopping centres or airports.
With a minimalist, contemporary design, detail is everything. The aluminium framework makes a bold statement and therefore draws focus, its finish and detailing must stand up to such scrutiny.
There are people who simply don’t get this concept and will try to achieve the contemporary feel in uPVC. Whilst the conservatory may work in a practical sense, aesthetically it will be unlikely to deliver.
Coloured Aluminium Orangeries
We can match any colour on our aluminium sunrooms, however it does make sense keep within the industry standard RAL range where possible. This makes is easier to colour any ancillary components such as rainwater goods .
Dark grey colours such as RAL 7015 Slate Grey or RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey are popular and have become more readily available in recent years.
The aluminium sections are “thermally-broken” with a central polythermide thermal barrier. This means that the inner and outer parts of each windows frame, post and roof rafter are completely separate and do not touch each other. This makes it possible to have the aluminium sections different colours internally and externally if required.
The aluminium sections are electrostatically powder-coated, giving an immaculate finish and great longevity. Non-white colours, anthracite (RAL 7016) in particular are increasingly popular and help to create a contemporary yet timeless feel.
Aluminium frames have been perceived by some as having poor insulation properties. This is simply not the case. Whilst the correct type of glass, roof, wall and floor insulation all play a greater part in the overall thermally efficiency of the building, the level of heat conduction of the frames should also be considered. Advances in recent technology mean aluminium conservatories meet the same stringent building control standards as timber or uPVC.
Our aluminium conservatories are based around a central polythermide break. This greatly reduces heat transfer from the internal parts of the windows, doors and roof to the outer sections.
Many of our aluminium garden rooms are built around a steel portal frame which provides the structural integrity. Whilst we use many standardised components, our structural engineer calculates and specifies the structural elements for each individual job.
The trick is to hide any steel framework discretely. This may be hidden within any masonry columns or clad in powder-coated aluminium panels which blend in seamlessly with the glazing frames.