Safeguarding Architectural Splendor: Aluminum facades care and maintenance with Technal

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Safeguarding Architectural Splendor: Aluminum facades care and maintenance with Technal

The architectural world stands as a testament to human ingenuity, where each structure weaves a unique narrative through its design and materials. Among these, aluminum facades have carved a distinct niche, offering functional prowess and aesthetic allure. Yet, preserving these bespoke facades requires a sustainable approach to care and maintenance, ensuring they continue to gleam with splendor.

In this comprehensive guide, we embark on a journey to uphold the allure of these facades. We delve into the intricacies of facade preservation, equipping you with the insights necessary to guide your clients in maintaining their brilliance long past the project's completion.

Unveiling the significance of aluminium facades

Before embarking on the voyage of facade care and maintenance, it is paramount to comprehend their significance. These contemporary marvels seamlessly merge form and function, empowering architects to craft innovative designs that harmonize with their surroundings. Within this realm, Technal's facades shine as the captivating first impression of a building, encapsulating the perfect blend of aesthetics and practicality.

Pioneering Sustainability in Facade Care

In an era where sustainability takes center stage, embracing eco-friendly practices for facade care is both a responsibility and a necessity. Technal's aluminum facades stand as a paragon of this ethos. Forged from low-carbon, circular aluminum, our products align with sustainable principles. Bolstered by ASI-certified extrusion plants and groundbreaking solutions such as Hydro REDUXA®, emitting a mere 4kg CO2 per kg of aluminum, we stand 54% below the European average, fortified by EPD certification.

Our commitment to circularity knows no bounds. Hydro CIRCAL aluminum boasts at least 75% recycled post-consumer scrap, boasting a remarkably low carbon footprint—merely 2.3 kg CO2 per kg, a staggering 73% less than the European average*. A localized supply chain further amplifies our sustainability, making each step 95% more energy-efficient than primary production.

The Essential Facade Care Toolkit

Safeguarding the allure of these facades extends beyond mere surface cleaning. It necessitates a methodical approach and a specialized toolkit. Here is an elucidation of the fundamental components:

  • Cleaning agents: Opt for mild, non-abrasive cleaners to shield the aluminum finish. We strongly advise against harsh chemicals that might jeopardize the facade's integrity.
  • Soft brushes and cloths: These gentle allies aid in delicately eliminating dirt, grime, and pollutants sans scratches.
  • Regular inspections: A proactive stance empowers identifying minor issues before they snowball. Routine inspections also facilitate the swift resolution of any damage, preserving the facade's immaculate appearance.

Appropriate cleaning frequency: The cleaning frequency hinges on environmental and pollutant exposure. Urban locales may necessitate more frequent cleaning due to heightened pollution levels.

Mastering facade cleaning and maintenance: A step-by-step guide

Embarking on a facade care regimen may seem formidable, yet Technal's facades are designed for effortless maintenance. Here is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to sustaining facades efficiently:

Step 1:Simple and consistent cleaning

Your aluminum frames should be cleaned at least twice a year.

Use only clean water at a maximum temperature of 25°C and gentle, neutral cleaning products free of abrasives. Before rinsing with clean cold water and drying with another cloth, use a soft, non-scratching cloth and a neutral detergent.

If you live near chemical plants or the sea, you should clean your frames every month to prevent the accumulation of salt residue or other corrosive substances.

Step 2: Beware of debris

Debris, residues, and other foreign bodies can get into the rails and prevent the frames from closing properly, preventing rainwater from draining or reducing ventilation, for example. Simply vacuum any residue or debris with your vacuum cleaner's small nozzle.

Step 3: A squirt of lubricant

Apply lubricant oil to all window mechanisms, including locks, hinges, and accessories. You can work the oil into all of the parts with a brush.

It is important to note that the sliding window panel wheels do not require oil because they are self-lubricating.

Step 4: Prevention is preferable to cure

If you need any work done in your home, protect your windows because cement, paint, and plaster splatters are difficult to remove.

Apply masking tape around the frames and joints and remove it once the work is completed.

If metal work is done near the windows, hoover up any shavings from the rails and grooves.

Bonus Technal tips

Bonus tip 1: Maintenance differs depending on location and region 

The angles of metal joinery's corners are where dust accumulates the most. However, this dirt may necessitate less frequent cleaning depending on where the window is installed. Gasses impact cities and industrial areas by residues that dissolve in rainwater and cause dirt buildup.

Windows in coastal areas will be affected by salt residue, necessitating frequent cleaning.

Bonus tip 2: When in doubt, contact your supplier

Because they are familiar with the product and the location where it has been installed, your supplier - the specialist workshop that manufactured your Technal products - will always be available to give you advice on caring for your windows. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact them. They will provide you with tailored advice on the best products and how to use them.

Bonus tip 3: Avoid using unsuitable products

Abrasive cleaning products and tools should be avoided because they can remove the protective layer from the frame. Cleaning products for copper, silver, and raw aluminum should also be avoided.

Confronting resilient stains and imperfections

Even with steadfast care, obstinate stains and blemishes may mar the facades. While Technal's facades are designed to withstand the test of time, addressing such challenges mandates a strategic approach:

Identify the Stain – Each stain warrants a distinct remedy. Ascertain the nature of the stain before proceeding.

Targeted treatment – Employ an appropriate, mild stain remover on the affected area. Preliminary testing on a concealed spot is recommended before treating the entire stain.

Tender scrubbing – Gently scrub the stained area with a soft brush or cloth. Avoid abrasive materials that might harm the facade.

Rinsing and drying – Thoroughly rinse the treated area with clean water, eliminating all traces of the stain remover. Subsequently, dry the area with a clean, dry cloth.

Embracing long-term safeguards

Beyond routine upkeep, embracing measures for long-term protection can significantly prolong your aluminium facade's lifespan:

  • Protective coatings – Consider the application of protective coatings to the facade. These coatings erect a barrier against environmental pollutants, mitigating the need for frequent cleansing.
  • Sealing joints and gaskets – Ensure the meticulous maintenance and sealing of joints and gaskets to forestall water infiltration and potential harm.
  • Professional evaluation and maintenance – Periodically enlist professionals to conduct comprehensive inspections and undertake necessary maintenance tasks.

Embracing sustainability in modern construction:

The global battle against climate change has reached a pivotal moment, prompting a surge in adopting eco-friendly practices within the construction industry. The integration of low-carbon solutions, exemplified by the utilization of aluminum facades, is a testament to the commitment of businesses to forge a more sustainable future. These conscientious choices reduce carbon footprints and set a compelling example for others to follow.

These facades have become prominent features in contemporary construction, embodying the shift toward sustainability. Their blend of aesthetic appeal and environmentally conscious design aligns perfectly with the overarching goals of creating a more sustainable world. This trend signifies the construction sector's integral role in the global initiative to craft a resilient, eco-friendly future. By making collective efforts and informed decisions, we actively contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.

Through these collaborative endeavors, we are paving the path to a future where sustainable practices are the norm and the well-being of our planet is safeguarded. Each eco-conscious structure erected brings us closer to a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow.

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