STYLE A STRENGTH FOR STEEL WINDOWS
Many specifications and orders received by members of the Steel Window Association (SWA) are prompted by a project’s need for strength and security – physical characteristics where steel frames are unmatched amongst fenestration solutions – yet there are countless others where the client has been attracted by the distinctive sightlines and an appearance that is synonymous with certain architectural styles.
Indeed steel window frames are integral to the Art Deco era properties when designers rarely detailed any alternative fenestration option; while those fortunate enough to own warehouse apartments anywhere from the Thames to the Tyne are likely to look out at the river traffic through steel frames.
The slender sight-lines also translate into the maximisation of natural daylight which pays dividends in the energy equation and motivates many architects seeking that link between indoor and outdoor space. So the large span screens which can be produced using steel sections often grace bespoke dwellings.
The manufacturers which the Steel Window Association represents are able to finish their frames in the full range of RAL colours, though they can also look stunning in their raw galvanized coating.
The SWA would urge architects, developers and private owners to consider the very wide attributes available through choosing steel windows, which include compliance with the latest version of Part L to the Building Regulations.
Fully weather stripped and protected against the long term effects of even the most hostile environments, steel windows remain relevant to new build as well as refurbishment contracts, while contributing their own, unique styling.