What is Colorbeam?

Titan Sunrooms has raised the bar with its new Colorbeam Framing System. For years, many building product categories have been in desperate need of innovative materials that go beyond just being the cheapest way to build something. We have become accustomed to shorter and shorter product life cycles in a throw away society that values cost over everything else.

Titan created Colorbeam to answer the question: “Why aren’t things built the way they used to?” Our criteria for creating this innovative material hinged on combining four essential components: Durability, strength, aesthetics and value. The challenge with most building materials is the inability to combine all four of these characteristics into one product. Most will achieve two or three but never all four. Thanks to advances in material science, Colorbeam is that unique product that combines all four.

The Colorbeam Framing System is a family of specially designed aerospace grade aluminum alloy framing profiles. These shapes combine a heat tempering process with structural design elements to produce a framing material that is stronger and more durable than traditional building materials. Pound for pound stronger than traditional aluminum, Colorbeam truly is STRONGER BY DESIGN.

In the pages that follow you will see how this amazing material stacks up against the likes of standard aluminum, steel, vinyl and wood that have been used for years. While these traditional materials will always have their place, you will see that Colorbeam provides the best alternative for projects that demand the highest level of performance at an affordable price point.

At Titan Sunrooms, we believe in creating products that are built better than “The way they used to be. “ If we can’t improve a product based on our four cornerstones of durability, strength, aesthetics and value we simply won’t pursue it.

If your project demands the performance Colorbeam can provide, don’t settle for anything less.

Colorbeam vs. Traditional Aluminum

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Colorbeam Traditional Aluminum
Corrosion Resistance & Durability Similar in composition to boats and bridge structures which face punishing loads and stresses as well as corrosive elements like salt water. Provides superior life and durability especially in coastal environments. Susceptible to galvanic corrosion. Requires anodizing or other coatings to provide corrosion resistance. Most extrusion used in residential applications employ low quality coating systems that chip, peel, pit and flake.
Thermal Resistance Combines strength with extremely low levels of thermal conductivity, without adding thermal breaks. 800 times less thermally conductive than traditional aluminum and 100 times less conductive than aluminum with thermal breaks. A heat conductor, high in thermal conductivity. High service temperature makes it valuable when conductive properties are required as in cooking utensils. Thermal cycling weakens structural capacity of thermal break aluminum and prematurely ages surface coatings.
Strength Pound for pound stronger than traditional aluminum. 55% thicker than standard designs Good strength properties. Advantageous when lightweight is a requirement, such as aerospace.
Enviroment Recyclable Recyclable
Expansion and Contraction Extremely low coefficient of thermal expansion, approximately 4x less than traditional aluminum. When exposed to a doubling in temperature, will expand only 1/16 of an inch. High coefficient of thermal expansion. Can expand over a 1/4 inch when exposed to a doubling in temperature. This causes stress fatigue on mechanical connections and possible failure.
Finishing and Color Unlimited color capability. Dark colors will last longer due to low thermal conductivity and low expansion and contraction rate. Can be repainted with minimal preparation. Colors limited to light shades due to excessive thermal conductivity and damage from thermal cycling. Re-painting is not advised unless done by a professional. Dark colors will fade prematurely and conduct excessive amounts of heat.
Impact Strength Thicker walls are more rigid and  resist deformation when exposed to heavy load conditions. Easily deforms under impact. Will deform when bent to excess under heavy load conditions.

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Corrosion wear and paint failure on aluminum handrail. Humid and wet environments are tough on traditional aluminum extrusion finishes cause pressure results in using substandard coatings that don’t hold up to the elements. Colorbeam was developed for applications that require extreme corrosion resistance and weatherability.

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Traditional aluminum sunroom structural failure due to metal fatigue. Exposed fastener connections are degraded from corrosion as well as constant expansion and contraction caused by aluminum thermal cycling. This weakening can cause mechanical failure during even marginal high wind events as shown in this photo taken in Navarre, Florida.