The highest-quality solid, hot-rolled steel windows and doors are valued for their purpose-made solid, hot-rolled profiles, durability, strength, narrow artistic lines, and large spans. Architects and contractors primarily focused on the most prominent structures have long recognized the value of these handcrafted systems.
Fusion welding with unlimited design flexibility enables code compliance for a multitude of building types and architectural styles, including structures with historic significance. Engineering advancements and commitment to physical product testing has unveiled may new options to address the most challenging codes of our lifetime, including: thermal technologies, hurricane compliance, enhanced coatings, and blast mitigation.
Brian Whalen advises, “The importance of code compliance and stress testing cannot be over-emphasized. Steel window manufacturers should transparently provide detailed information about its certifications.”
While all products have a place in the construction market, one must ask the right questions to know what one is buying. All products are different and just because it is marketed as ‘steel’ does not mean it is the product one might expect.
See A View with Some Room: Steel windows accommodation high performance in the April 2016 issue of The Construction Specifier to learn about steel windows and doors and how to find the right provider by asking the right questions.