Why Sustainable Windows Are Being Made in a New High Flying Material
It is true that aircraft manufacturers have used aluminum for building aeroplanes for 60 years, with great success due to its light weight and strength.
This was a huge improvement beyond the plywood, string and canvass that was used before and was essential for developing today's modern jets and the long flying distances we all enjoy today. This requires flying above 30,000 feet which needs a strong, light construction to withstand the pressure differences at such high altitudes.
For the past 30 years aluminum has also been used extensively in the design and manufacture of window frames in the UK Commercial market due, also, to its strength and lightness.
However, no matter how good and reliable any material or product is, there is always the possibility that one day, superior technology will move it aside and create something even better to come along and completely supersede it.
This is already happening, today. In the aircraft industry, Boeing's 787, so called 'Dream-liner' was the first to break tradition and turn towards innovative new technology that not only matches what aluminum can offer – but which goes some way beyond in terms of strength, durability, lightness and rigidity – and avoids the future possibility of metal fatigue.