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Can Aluminium Doors Improve Energy Efficiency?

20th June 2024 |

Aluminium Doors

Aluminium Patio Doors
Aluminium hasn’t always been the most energy-efficient material on the market, often unfairly associated with poor insulation. For decades, aluminium was primarily used in industrial and commercial buildings. However, its sleek, minimalist design and impressive durability have led to a rise in its popularity among residential homeowners.

With aluminium doors becoming a more common choice for modern homes, many homeowners are left wondering: are these doors truly energy-efficient? Advances in technology and design have significantly improved their insulation properties, making them a viable option for those looking to improve their home’s energy performance.

So, can aluminium doors improve the energy efficiency of your home? Let’s find out.

Understanding Energy Efficiency

It’s estimated that an average home loses about 25% to 30% of heat through its windows and doors. This can be even higher if they’re past their prime and aren’t performing as well as they should. Upgrading to energy-efficient doors helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy bills.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how high-quality aluminium doors can improve energy efficiency in your home.

Thermal Break Technology

Aluminium is naturally conductive, which means it can struggle to retain heat. However, recent advancements in thermal break technology have made aluminium doors more energy efficient than ever, rivalling even uPVC doors in thermal retention ratings.

A thermal break is an insulative barrier inserted between the aluminium frames using materials like polyamide. Its purpose is to minimise thermal transfer between the interior and exterior surfaces of the door.

Thermally broken aluminium doors offer exceptional energy-saving capabilities by reducing heat loss and keeping your home well insulated all year round. They also combat cold spots that contribute to condensation, resulting in a more comfortable living environment and improved overall energy efficiency for your home.

Double and Triple Glazing

Aluminium doors can be paired with high-performance glazing options, such as double or triple glazing, which help to improve insulation while brightening your interiors with natural light, thereby increasing overall energy savings.

Double glazing consists of two glass panes separated by a gap filled with insulating gas like argon or krypton. This gap acts as a thermal barrier, reducing heat transfer from the inside to the outside and vice versa. As well as providing heat insulation, double glazing also works as effective soundproofing. Triple glazing, with three glass panes separated by two insulating gaps, offers even greater insulation properties.

Weather Stripping and Seals

Proper weather stripping and seals involve applying materials, such as vinyl, rubber or foam, around the door frame. These compress when the door is closed, filling any gaps that could allow air to pass through to prevent draughts and air leaks.

As well as reducing reliance on heating and cooling systems, these seals help to minimise noise pollution and prevent moisture infiltration, which can lead to structural damage and mould growth. By choosing aluminium doors with these features, you can enjoy better thermal retention, improved comfort and significant energy savings.

U-Value and Energy Ratings

U-values measure the rate at which heat is transferred through a material. A lower U-value means the building material is better at insulating. All windows and doors are rated using the WER (Window Energy Rating) scale, which runs from A++ to G, with A and above being the highest performing. These ratings take into account various factors beyond just the U-value, like solar heat gain, air leakage and overall insulating capacity.

When selecting an aluminium door, look for products with low U-values and high WER scores. These metrics demonstrate the door’s capability to provide effective insulation, reduce energy loss and promote a sustainable and cost-effective living environment.

Benefits of Energy-Efficient Aluminium Doors

Aluminium Patio Doors

  • Improved Indoor Comfort– Energy-efficient aluminium doors stabilise indoor temperatures by preventing heat loss and reducing draughts, ensuring year-round comfort regardless of external weather conditions.
  • Lower Energy Bills– By reducing heat transfer and minimising air leakage, these doors significantly lower heating and cooling costs. Over time, the savings on utility bills can even offset the initial investment of your high-quality doors.
  • Increased Property Value– Energy-efficient upgrades like aluminium doors can enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal. Their slim profile supports larger glass panels, flooding interiors with natural light and offering unobstructed views, which naturally boosts kerb appeal and attracts potential buyers.
  • Environmental Sustainability– Energy-efficient aluminium doors reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with home energy consumption, supporting environmental sustainability and lowering your carbon footprint. Aluminium is also 100% recyclable, making it an excellent choice for supporting eco-friendly building practices.

Energy-Saving Aluminium Doors at Majestic Designs

Aluminium doors from Majestic Designs offer more than just visual appeal – they significantly enhance your home’s insulation and energy efficiency, resulting in substantial savings on your utility bills.

The team at Majestic Designs has been engineering high-quality aluminium doors for over 20 years. All our aluminium doors are made with innovative polyamide thermal break technology and feature durable weather seals. Paired with our high A+14 energy-rated glass, these doors ensure a safer, warmer and more energy-efficient home.

Our aluminium products are manufactured in our state-of-the-art factories right here in Cheddar and fitted by our professional, experienced team of FENSA-accredited and MTC-registered lead installers.

Whether you’re renovating a historic property or a modern new build, Majestic Designs’ aluminium doors are customised to fit your space perfectly. Available in a wide range of styles, shapes and colours, they complement any architectural aesthetic.

For more information about our aluminium doors or to book an at-home consultation, get in touch with our expert team today.

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