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Frequently Asked Questions
Why aluminium?

Aluminium is revolutionising the way we move, build and live. It is one of the most widely used metals in the world with continuously increasing demand, due to its unique and advantageous properties, which include:
  • Durability: Aluminium does not rot, corrode, crack or warp, like wood or plastics. It requires no maintenance, making its lifecycle cost predicable and negligent. Effectively, aluminium lasts a lifetime.
  • Design freedom: Aluminium is the material of design. Its malleability and flexibility allow unlimited design potential and cater to creativity.
  • Sustainability: Due to its corrosion resistance and strength 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today, making it extremely economical and sustainable. It can be recycled almost infinitely requiring only 5% of initial energy input. Aluminium recycling saves about 100 million tons of CO2 emissions annually – making aluminium the green metal.
  • Strong and light: Due to aluminium’s high strength-to-weight ratio, savings can be made on the cost of the building shell and on energy consumption, also making it ideal for large secure windows and doors.

Where is Muskita’s aluminium made?

At Muskita we pride ourselves in producing our aluminium locally, in Cyprus, and being one of the largest industrial employers on the island, unlike competing products. Our aluminium billets are made of high-quality and high-strength aluminium originating from one of the largest, most prestigious manufacturers in the world.  Furthermore all of our other raw materials are ethically sourced and derived from renowned and reputable suppliers worldwide who provide us with the highest quality materials.
 
 
Can I buy my doors and windows directly from Muskita?
 
We design, produce, test and train professionals on how to assemble and install our systems. At Muskita we supply raw materials, parts, accessories and mechanisms. To build your window or door you must contact your aluminium fabricator who will provide you with a quotation for making and installing the system. Our Customer Service Department is further able to assist you with any additional information or advice you need on the right aluminium system, surface and finish for you. Contact our showrooms here.
 
We further supply other items such as specialised profiles, fencing, ladders and accessories that you can purchase directly from our warehouses or through our partners. For more information contact us here.
 

Who should build my aluminium door, window or other construction for the best result?

Your satisfaction with our systems is our top priority. To be certain your structure is built properly, in accordance with the recommendations Muskita sets out for all our systems, we recommend working with our CE certified partners, which ensures they have received the proper training to make and install our systems. At Muskita we make certain aluminium fabricators receive continuous education and training on each of our products and our systems. Each of our CE certified partners undertakes the obligation to provide for each of the doors and windows they manufacture the CE mark and declaration of performance, where all technical parameters are indicated, so as to safeguard the quality of the project and together with our team of technicians, provide direct support for an excellent result on your project.
 
 
What is a thermal aluminum system?

A thermal aluminium system prevents energy (heat or cold) from being transmitted from the outside to the inside of your home or vice versa. Good insulation rates and sound reduction are achieved by placing a polyamide (a poor conductor of heat) between the outer and the inner surface of the profile, which acts as a thermal break.


What is powder coating?
 
Powder coating is a process whereby the aluminium surface is uniformly covered by polyester or other powders which are cured to achieve a highly durable protective and decorative finish of any colour.
The metal is chemically cleaned and pretreated with titanium oxide which forms a molecular bond between the aluminium and the paint. Ultra high voltage spray guns electrostatically charge the powder particles with a positive load. The aluminium profiles are grounded and the charged powder cloud is “absorbed” by the metal just as a magnet attracts iron dust, thus creating a uniform surface coating even of the most difficult and complex shapes.
The metal then goes through a curing oven where the powder melts to create a hard finish thicker, tougher and more durable than conventional paint.
 
Rough surface finishes should be avoided in high dust areas. Microdust combined with high humidity and extreme solar exposure and heat (normal conditions for Cyprus), might appear to be dull and difficult to clean, even though the paint quality in terms of adhesion is excellent.
 

What maintenance does powder coating require?

Regular cleaning is recommended to maintain the paint long-term. Dust deposits and other pollutants should be removed with water and a soft detergent whose pH should be 5.5 – 8. Cleaning is achieved simply with a soft wet sponge and neutral soap, followed by rinsing with water, before drying with a soft cloth. Hard sponges, wire and cleaning solvents should be avoided. Silicon residues should be removed with cotton wool and blue spirit. It should be noted that in industrial and coastal areas cleaning should be more regular.
 

What is anodization?

Anodizing is an electrochemical process where the aluminium is covered by a uniform layer of aluminium oxide via electrolysis. The metal is properly brushed, polished or blasted depending on the desired finish and goes through a series of cleaning chemicals.
A solution of sulfuric acid acts as the electrolyte. A very high-power low-voltage direct current, uniformly oxidizes the work surface from the cathode (-) to the anode (+) thus the term “anodizing”.
The process is completed by sealing the metal pores to maintain the highest resistant coating offered on aluminium.
 

What maintenance does anodization require?
 
Although anodizing has the highest weather resistance and needs minimum maintenance, it is recommended that the material be periodically cleaned. Recommended cleaning includes rinsing with water followed by a soft sponge with water and soap (such as dishwashing liquid), then rinsing with water and drying with a soft cloth. It is recommended that cleansing products have a pH between 5.5 – 8 (should neither be acidic or alkaline). Cleansing products which include chlorine or soda should be avoided. Construction materials such as cement, lime, plaster or adhesive tape must be removed immediately after installation. Moreover, silicone residue should be removed with cotton wool and blue spirit. It should be noted that in industrial and coastal areas cleaning of the anodized aluminium should be more frequent.
 

What is wood finish?

Wood finish are highly durable wood imitation finishes applied onto aluminium profiles via the Decoral® process. Decoral® is a sublimation process through which special inks printed onto films in the presence of a vacuum convert into vapor (without passing through a liquid phase). These vapors then diffuse into a non-cured powder coated surface and are cured together to form the desired effect, achieving penetration to the entire depth of the coating. Our Decoral® process is Qualicoat and Qualideco certified.
 

What maintenance does wood finish require?

Regular cleaning will maintain the paint to a satisfactory condition for the long-term. Deposits of dust or other pollutants must be removed with water and a soft detergent, whose pH should be 5.5 – 8. Cleaning is achieved simply by a soft sponge with neutral soap, followed by rinsing with water, before drying with a soft cloth. Hard sponges, wire and solvents should be avoided. Construction materials such as cement, lime, plaster or adhesive tape must be removed immediately after installation. It should be noted that in industrial and coastal areas cleaning of wood finished aluminium should be more frequent.
 
 
Why should I use aluminum and not PVC or wood?
 
Aluminum offers unquestionable advantages compared with PVC or wood. Aluminum is not effected by changes in temperature and high UV exposure as opposed to wood which deteriorates and PVC which becomes brittle at low temperatures and warps at higher temperatures. Aluminium is also resistant to deformation and does not need reinforcements, unlike plastic frames. Aluminium therefore ensures greater durability without any maintenance. It is further offered in a variety of colours and styles to cater to every requirement and taste.
 
Above all, aluminium is safer than competing materials. Being a metal it does not burn in case of a fire, unlike PVC that emits lethal toxic fumes. Also environmentally aluminum is the “Green Metal” as it is 100% recyclable and non-toxic, unlike PVC which is non-sustainable and non-disposable.