Aluminum exterior window sills
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Exterior aluminum window sills have proven themselves over many years to offer a variety of advantages for home owners. Firstly, it will help protect the façade of your home from moisture and mold. Secondly, it improves your window’s insulation ability while also protecting it. Window sills help prevent heat from escaping the house but also from moisture, condensation and air seeping in and damaging your window or home. Windows24 offers a variety of options in the color, style and size you want. Mounting accessories are included.
Advantages of exterior window sills
Excellent weather protection for masonry and parapets in window and door areas
Rounded edge design increases effectiveness
Sound-deadening strips for noticeable noise reduction when raining
Includes end-caps for a neat finish
All the accessories you need for professional and easy installation
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Exterior window sills made of aluminum are simple to install and have a highly resistant surface. They are exclusively made of weatherproof and easy to care for aluminum (AL MG Si 0.5).
Suitable for plastered and non-plastered facades
This aluminum window sill model is made of extruded profiles with a 40mm drip groove. It is suitable for both plastered and unplastered facades
Custom color matching and façade design
Our window sills are available in the entire range of RAL shades and tints including standard colors like white (RAL 9016), silver (natural aluminum) and C34 (dark bronze).
Noise Absorption for Case of Rain or Hail
The self-adhesive sound deadening strip reduces the drumming noise of driving rain and hail. It is installed on the bottom side of the window sill.
Select the window sill dimensions
Exterior aluminum window sills are available in lengths of up to 6,000 mm or in fixed lengths to suit your window. Available in projection sizes including: 50, 70, 90, 110, 130, 150, 165, 180, 195, 210, 225, 240, 260, 280, 320 and 360 mm.
Whether in a new building or renovation project, our window sills are simple to install. You can use our how to guide for installing window sills if you’re planning to do the job yourself.
Pros and Cons
Window sills are more than just places to keep plants or pictures. On the outside of your home, window sills can serve a number of purposes. One of the main functions of exterior window sills is to divert rain water away from the facade. Otherwise, water and dirt would slowly damage the walls over time and leave them looking dirty and stained.
Thus, exterior window sills are fitted with a special edge, slanted in a way to keep water draining away from the house. Of course, they can also be used to place items on such as potted plants or to accent your home’s appearance.
Numerous possibilities from aluminium to stone
There are many differences between the countless window sills on the market today. For window sills on the exterior of the home, the amount of space available is important to note. If the house has walls that are thicker than usual, then it may be necessary to have the windows sills custom made to fit if standard sizes are incompatible.
Additionally, they can also differ based on your personal tastes, selection of material, and budget. Modern exterior window sills mostly use aluminum, but the following materials can also be used:
- Stainless steel
These materials differ from each other not just in their appearance, but also in terms of the properties of each and how they relate to your specific needs.
Product lifetime and required upkeep are perhaps the most important points. Aluminum window sills for example, have a longer lifetime than wood which also requires recoating every five years.
A third difference between the various window sills is the shape or design. Exterior window sills are fitted with a drip edge. The edge itself presents a characteristic appearance and should, therefore, be specially chosen to blend in with the rest of the facade. The most commonly found edgings are:
- Simple straight edge
- Stepped and rounded edge
- Modern with delicate profile
- Distinguished without rounding
- Raised side piece
Naturally this is not an exhaustive list of every possible variation you can find today. One point to note is that not every type of edge is possible with every material. Edging with raised sides, for example, is only offered with stone sills. Similarly, the stepped and rounded edge model is for wood and aluminum only.
Advantages and disadvantages of various models
Your final choice of material for your external window sills will of course bring certain advantages and disadvantages with it regarding things such as durability and maintenance. Aluminum is by far the easiest in these two aspects and requires only a quick wipe down from time to time in order to keep them looking good.
One of the down sides of most window sills is that they typically cannot be installed without professional help. Therefore, it is usually necessary to have a craftsman fit and install them to ensure they sit correctly and securely. Whatever the exact needs or appearance of your home, we have the matching window sills you need
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Exterior Window Sills
Combining Weather Protection and Aesthetic Style into one Composite Construction Element
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Apart from the window itself, external sills significantly determine the look of a building’s facade. The various decorative possibilities, such as flowerpots, for example, make them popular elements for exterior decoration. They can be fabricated from different materials and come in a variety of colours to match the selected window. Yet, such a sill is not only a means of decoration on the outside, it also provides weather protection for windows and other construction elements.
Installation and Function
The main purpose of an external window sill is weather protection. Due to the predetermined thickness of the wall and the windows installed in it, a part of the facade is almost always exposed to the weather. This exposed part needs to be protected by an external window sill.
Water entering the masonry from the outside can damage the window’s frame, its seals as well as the wall itself. Sills are typically installed with a slight slope and a so-called drip edge – this serves as a water drainage measure to allow proper drainage, preventing stagnant bodies of moisture from forming inside the masonry.
The overall construction depth of an external window sill is based on the thickness of the walls and the available space between the exterior edge of the reveal and the position of the window frame. Adding plaster to the edges of an external sill provides additional protection for the masonry.
Different materials and their characteristics
The selection of materials suitable for an external window sill is limited by the fact that these construction elements have to face a variety of weather conditions. Ultraviolet light, heavy rain, wind and dirt can affect their condition and lifespan significantly. However, the available selection of suitable materials for the external sill allows for a great measure of individualisation. While wood might better match the design of your facade, it also requires more maintenance than ashlar. The most common materials currently used in this area of fenestration are:
In addition to the classic materials, such as ashlar, wood and marble, modern fenestration mainly employs aluminium for the manufacture of external window sills. The light metal is often used for both the interior and the exterior.
Classic Materials for your Sill
In the past, external window sills were fabricated from wood. However, as solid wood tends to require special maintenance – to prevent the harm that inclement weather can cause the premium material – nowadays highly compressed wooden fibre cores with a resign binder material are much more commonly used. However, even these models are almost exclusively suitable for internal window sills only.
A marble sill, meanwhile, tends to be slightly more expensive than one made from timbers, but in return, it provides an eye-catching look for any home. This beautifully grained stone enhances the visual appearance of any building’s facade and can be used as a central element to the visual style of any house. Marble that is used on the exterior can quickly lose its lustre, and thus requires a significant amount of maintenance, just like wood. In addition, potting soil and water can result in unsightly discolorations and pose a serious problem for an external sill made of marble or ashlar.
Ashlar is the more affordable alternative to marble. It is a low-maintenance material and highly resistant to the influence of inclement weather, but the options for customising building elements made of ashlar are actually rather limited. Neither an ashlar nor a marble sill allows you to choose the design of the drip edge. The relative weight of stone materials should also be taken into consideration, as lighter materials are much easier to transport and install by yourself. This means that lighter external window sills can usually be installed without any extra help and within a smaller timeframe. Especially in regards to installing exterior sills, less weight significantly facilitates the work process.
The Aluminium External Window Sill – an all-around Solution
Aluminium is a particularly popular manufacturing material for external window sills in modern fenestration. This is because, apart from its very affordable price, the material stands out due to a number of positive characteristics:
- Various designs thanks to a variety of possible shapes for the drip edge
- Noise suppression tape muffles the sound of raindrops hitting the surface
- Full RAL colour range allows for individual customisation
- Easy maintenance
One significant overall advantage is the fact that, thanks to the material’s low weight, its modern fabrication and the available additional equipment, aluminium sills can also be installed by laypersons. That being said, it is imperative to make sure that all thermal insulation measures are installed properly. This includes sealing all joints properly to prevent your window from supporting the formation of thermal bridges. If insulating the sill is not done properly, even the highly beneficial Uw-values of a high-end window can suffer.
An external aluminium window sill can benefit from a wide selection of available colours as well as different designs for drip edges. Particularly the choice of different edge shapes can lead to a highly individualised facade and a distinctive exterior appearance for your house. Not only is the full RAL colour range at your disposal, but also a variety of foil-based decors showing marble, granite or wooden grains, which can be used to provide your home with a particularly classy appearance.
Aluminium as a construction material also guarantees the colour steadfastness of your external sill. The selected colour does not fade, reliably staying vivid until you decide to change the colour or design.
Starting a beautiful Day – every Day
Noise suppression tape can help ensure that you are not woken early by the impact noise of heavy rain. The maintenance of an external aluminium sill only requires minimal effort. Simply wipe it with clean water or a combination of water and mild household cleaner to remove dirt caused by rain. The plaster edges on the sides create a continuous edging, facilitating the effortless maintenance of an external window sill.
Tasteful Sills for your Home
The external aluminium window sill also shows advantages in regards to installation. Due to its low weight, it can be easily transported and installed into plastered and non-plastered facades. With suitable tools and a trusty installation manual at hand, you can install the external sill yourself. If you want to be extra careful with the installation, you can always get the help of a professional.
Thanks to the favourable characteristics of the various materials and the multitude of options for customisation, you can choose from a wide range of products when purchasing your next external window sill.
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