Our PvC manufacturer has been in business for over 75 years and is now active in over 75 countries. Due to its size and being established for so long the company can invest in research, meaning it is always on the forefront of new developments.
Traditionally PvC frames were designed with a front to back depth of 60mm, however recently a 70mm frame has become preferred which is thermally welded in the corner to provide integral strength and also the perfect size for a double glazed unit. Another new enhancement on traditional profile is changing the number of internal chambers from 3 to 4. The reason for this is, after rigorous testing, the extra chamber was found to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows.
Two of the most important aspects of a window are its security and performance. We have had numerous discussions with our supplier and since we live in one of the wettest parts of the country we have tailored all of our products to ensure our customers only get the highest quality. To make sure our french doors are as water tight as possible; we put a pair of handles on each door. This is an advantage over only having finger bolts to lock in the second door as, with a handle, the door can be pulled tight onto its seals reducing any gaps and stopping drafts. We put a minimum of four hinges on all our doors, on larger doors we will even put extra galvanised steel reinforcing in the profile to provide increased structural support.
Although the standard locks on the PvC products have attained BS7950 and PAS 24 security standards, we upgrade those too, all included within our price!
All our windows and doors are A+ rated, in fact our standard double glazed window is A + 12 and has a centre pane U value of 1.2W/m2k. To put this into perspective, the maximum U value permitted by building regulations in 1.6W/m2k.
We don’t just consider the most important components of the window, we go into the detail to ensure you also have a great looking window. Most cheaper windows use a black rubber gasket, which contrasts with the white or foiled PvC. As standard, our gaskets are grey which blend with the colour of the frames and completes the finish of the product.
If a standard colour is not to your taste, we can actually have a profile made to any colour you want – that could be a RAL colour (RAL is the European colour reference system) or even match to a sample you have!
After using the highest quality frames, we need glass to the same standard. From Durham, our manufacturer has been established for over 50 years. They are also constantly investing in new products meaning they are at the pinnacle of what is possible.
Check out the video below which shows how a new glass innovation can actually change opacity depending on the environment! This is possible due to an electric current passing through the glass.
Our benchmark starts at an A +, so there is not extra cost to upgrade. On all of our glass units* we use a warm spacer bar. This is a little bit more expensive than a standard aluminium one, however it is one of the biggest leaps forward in glass and glazing over the last few decades – it is approximately 1000 times better! You may have noticed a condensation patch around the edges of your window and this is partly due to that spacer bar transferring heat better than the glass. Our warm spacer bar will greatly improve this phenomenon.
We also tailor aspects of the glass further depending on what our customers want to get from their product.
– Is your furniture fading?
– Nearby road too noisy?
– Sun makes the room unbearably hot?
…We can offer glass which will mitigate all of these.
As an example, a standard double glazed unit will block out approximately 60% of UV rays, so 40% gets through and fades your carpets and furniture. We can install our ‘Armour Pane’ glass which stops 98% of these harmful rays!
We can also fit triple glazed units, however we feel that it is only in certain circumstances where the benefits of it would outweigh the drawbacks, double glazed units often out perform triple! Ask one of our salesman and they will be happy to discuss this as part of the quotation process.
* Unless the glass is to match existing windows