Everybody loves these distinctive steel-framed windows and doors these days. In this blog post, we’ll explore their history and more affordable alternatives. The windows and French doors we’re discussing were invented in 1884 by a British ironmonger who founded a manufacturing company in Essex, England. Originally producing wrought iron and steel products, the company soon began specializing in metal-framed windows and doors.
In the early 20th century, these windows and French doors became popular for their unique design, featuring slim steel frames that allowed for larger glass panes than traditional wooden windows. This design was ideal for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
During World War I, these windows were used in military barracks and hospitals, praised for their durability and strength, withstanding bomb blasts and other damage. Post-war, they became a common choice for UK buildings, including factories, schools, and public buildings.
In the 1920s and 1930s, their popularity grew, becoming a staple in homes and apartments, especially in the Art Deco architectural style, known for sleek lines and geometric shapes.
Today, these French door windows remain favoured by homeowners, architects, and designers. Adapted for modern buildings, they now come in various styles and finishes to match different design aesthetics.
These doors and windows, particularly in black, have recently surged in popularity due to their sleek, industrial design. However, their high cost can be prohibitive. Fortunately, there are more affordable alternatives that offer a similar look without the hefty price tag.
Steel Look Aluminium Doors and Windows
Colin’s Sash Windows is one of the biggest suppliers of steel look aluminium french doors and windows. In fact, our Heritage French Door is one of our biggest sellers after sash windows. With so many sales, our experience is unrivalled in providing customers with the designs they need.
We’ve chosen the best-selling, most popular Heritage aluminium french doors from Smart systems. Their Alitherm steel alternative heritage windows and heritage doors are a type of high-performance aluminum glazing system designed for use in residential and commercial buildings. They are known for their high thermal performance, security, durability, and aesthetics.
The Alitherm Heritage doors range is specifically designed to replicate the look and feel of the original steel windows and doors, while offering the benefits of modern aluminum technology. The frames are slim and elegant, with a chamfered profile that provides a clean and stylish finish.
One of the key features of the Alitherm industrial style doors in the Heritage range is its thermal performance. The frames are thermally broken, which means they have a layer of insulation between the inner and outer parts of the frame. This helps to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency, which can lead to lower heating bills and a more comfortable living environment.
Another important feature of the Alitherm Heritage system is its security. The windows and doors are designed to meet the latest security standards, with multi-point locking systems and toughened glass as standard. This helps to deter intruders and keep your property safe.
The Alitherm Heritage doors range is also highly durable, with a robust construction that can withstand even the harshest weather conditions. The frames are coated with a high-quality powder coating that is designed to resist fading, chalking, and peeling, ensuring that your windows and doors look great for many years to come.
Overall, the Smart systems Alitherm Heritage windows and doors are an excellent choice for anyone looking for high-performance, secure, and stylish glazing solutions for their home or business in the unique traditional style.
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A lot of people are also searching for steel bifold doors but they’re not available. At Colin’s Sash Windows we can offer an aluminium bifold door alternative. We call it our Heritage steel look bifold door. This is a much cheaper option if the opening is quite wide whilst giving a similar overall look. Click here for more details.
I'm the founder of Colin's Sash Windows. I disrupted the sash windows market in the UK in 2014 by introducing fixed prices for uPVC sash windows in the UK. Before this they were generally only available at very high prices through window installers. Today our business is one of the market leaders in supply only windows, doors and roofs in the UK.