As the self-proclaimed aluminium professionals, we feel it’s only right that we continue the material’s natural favourability towards recycling and environmentally friendly practices. We do this through the supply and fabrication of sustainable systems; Seniors and PURe, who share our commitment to installing the best windows and doors while keeping carbon footprints reduced. So we know that aluminium is an inherently sustainable material choice, but how does this happen?
A material that’s easily broken down for other uses after shelf life
The lifespan of aluminium windows and doors is generally in the region of 60 years. Following this, the aluminium frames are easily de-constructed and can be broken down into separated elements such as any included thermal breaks, hardware, screws, powder coatings and other hardware. In an age where awareness of green issues is of top priority, this process works in the favour of aluminium as the most forward-thinking material.
Aluminium recycling works by heating it so that melting point is reached, allowing the heavier waste to sink so that the lighter debris floats up onto the surface and is separated. Then, it can be swiftly removed and accumulate for use in other products and items. This is all providing end homeowners dispose of their old window and doors in the correct manner, and this is something we work with our partnered installers to achieve.
Reducing carbon footprints, reducing landfill contribution
It’s estimated that 10 million tonnes of scrap metal are recycled in Britain each year, much of that amount coming from construction, consumer, and electronic products. However, we’re still using roughly 663 million tonnes of aluminium for manufacturing alone as a nation, so there’s still much work to be done! The good news is that through installing products with low U-values, integrated thermal breaks, and a high strength-to-weight ratio, once installed these products will continue to save energy.
Environmentally friendly for the benefit of all parties
The advantages of recycling aluminium are plentiful, having a positive impact on energy efficiency in every kind of scenario, whether the project in question is domestic or commercial in nature. We’re committed to continuing the war on waste by working with local companies all over the UK to collect and recycle the aluminium used in our selection of windows and doors.
High performance, function, and recyclability rolled into one
Hopefully that’s helped clear up some of the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most sustainable metals. If you’d like to know more about our process or require detailed information on our product portfolio, feel free to reach out to the Evaframe team today!