Since its inception in 1920, SWI’s mission has been to serve the manufacturers of windows and doors made from hot-rolled purpose-made steel sections while working to demonstrate the benefits and attributes of steel windows and doors to architects and other design professionals. Today, the member companies of SWI represent more than 300 collective years in the industry, allowing SWI to serve as an unbiased authority on technical, promotional, and other matters that pertain to the ever-changing needs of the steel window and door industry.
Over the years, SWI has worked tirelessly to develop and maintain numerous technical resources, including the Steel Window and Door Specifications and Detention Specifications. These specifications provide clear instructions on the intent, performance, and construction of steel windows and doors. They also establish a standard of excellence by including rigorous testing to meet air, water and structural requirements to ensure a high-performing, quality product. SWI’s specifications have been recognized by government agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense.
“In adhering to SWI’s high standards and testing criteria laid out in the voluntary specifications, SWI member companies achieve the highest level of quality,” says Hope’s Windows Director of Marketing Heather Fagan.
The solid, hot-rolled steel profiles used by Hope’s and other SWI member companies provide unmatched strength and durability, allowing the construction of windows and doors with the slimmest frames, greatest glass area, and virtually unlimited scale, shapes, and configurations.