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What is curtain walling?

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Curtain walling is used in a wide variety of commercial buildings around the world. If you live in a large sized town or city, you probably see curtain walling every day of your life. Outside the construction industry however, the term curtain walling may not be widely recognised. Many people have probably never even heard of curtain walling let alone understand what it is and how it’s used.

At JPF Systems, manufacturing and installing curtain walling is an essential part of most installation projects. It is an integral part of multi-storey buildings across the UK. So, what exactly is curtain walling? Let’s find out.

What is curtain walling?

what is curtain walling
Curtain walling is an external non-structural building envelope. Often fabricated using aluminium systems, it is light weight and easy to transport and install. Curtain walling usually features large expanses of glass. This allows natural light to penetrate deep into a building to create a better working environment. Curtain walling does not support the structural elements of the building but does provide weather protection and solar transmission reduction.
Curtain walls are designed to be used on high rise buildings spanning multiple levels. Because of its exposed position, curtain walling must meet strict regulatory requirements for a range of protective criteria. Curtain walls must be flexible – capable of withstanding building sway and thermal expansion and contraction. They must be water and wind resistant. And they must meet rigorous requirements for heating, lighting, and cooling.

Creating a visually attractive façade

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As we have seen, curtain walling provides a wealth of performance benefits. It also creates an attractive exterior aesthetic to any large-scale building. Aluminium is a highly versatile and malleable material. These characteristics allow curtain walling systems to be fabricated in a wide variety of innovative shapes and sizes.

Aluminium curtain walling systems have been used in some of the most distinctive and impressive buildings in the world. From the skyscrapers of New York City to the 5-star hotels of the Middle East; curtain walling has enabled architects to give full reign to their imaginations. Curved façades, geometrically shaped windows, and multi-coloured powder coat finishes make aluminium curtain walling an emblem of modern society.

If you’re involved in a large-scale commercial installation, it’s likely that curtain walling will be an integral part of your project plans. If you’d like expert advice on the best curtain walling systems to suit your specific requirements contact JPF today. For more information on our range of curtain walling call 0800 111 6015 or send us a message online.

  • JPF have been Wirral Councils Schedule of Rates contractor for Curtain walling & automatic doors for over 10 years covering education buildings & schools, municipal buildings, leisure buildings, libraries etc. They are a well-organised and structured company. Professional relationships with management are very good and staff is both competent and helpful. Installations are to a high standard and if there are any defects these are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

    Wirral Borough Council (James Cookson)
  • We requested the works due to a reasonable adjustment for a member of staff, The works were required to be completed at very short notice and during the Christmas break JPF had no problems or concerns in arranging this work ready for the member of staff to return to work.

    Wirral Borough Council (Neil Corser, Premises Manager/ Building Surveying & Minor Works)

Areas we serve

JPF Systems install high quality aluminium windows, doors, and curtain walling across the North West of England and North Wales. From Merseyside to Manchester and Runcorn to Wrexham, our installation teams always work to the highest industry standards.

Working as main contractors or specialist sub-contractors, JPF Systems have developed excellent relationships with several local councils and other construction specialists. From the JPF Systems factory and head offices on the Wirral, the local motorway system connects products with development site quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

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