Successful building design strikes a delicate balance between security, practicality, efficiency, and aesthetics. This holds true when designing for both commercial and residential projects. When it comes to window selection, thermal broken hot rolled steel windows provide answers to all of these needs.
In terms of security, thermal broken hot rolled steel windows outperform windows made from any other material when it comes to their overall strength and durability. This makes them excellent candidates for windows on the first floor of a building or residence, in particular. The numbers behind this need for security are staggering: it’s estimated that every 13 seconds, a home intrusion is committed. Moreover, in at least 30% of these cases, the intruder is able to enter through an unsecured door or window. Therefore, when designing a building with the goal of security in mind, doors and windows should be carefully selected to maximize the occupants’ peace of mind, and hot rolled steel windows are an excellent choice.
When it comes to practicality and efficiency, steel framed windows once again come out on top. For maximum energy efficiency, it is recommended that windows, especially south-facing windows, should have a U-factor of 0.35 or less to reduce conductive heat transfer as much as possible. Hot rolled steel windows can be manufactured to have a U-factor as low as 0.26; since steel frames produce much narrower sightlines than other frame materials, the reduced glass-to-framing ratio affords much better U-factors than conventional windows. Additionally, hot rolled steel windows can be e-coated for additional environmental benefit. E-coated windows generally cost 10% to 15% more than other windows, but they are capable of reducing energy loss by as much as 30% to 50%, thus saving a significant sum of money in the long run.
Finally, thermal broken hot rolled steel windows can be manufactured to fit any aesthetic desire. The endless possibilities fit into any design, with options ranging from massive, uninterrupted panes to decorative frame grids that dissect the glass. No matter the project, there are metal window options to meet virtually every need and budget.