What are Composite Windows?
Composite Windows Fife These are attractive looks and effective insulation of a timber window inside, but have aluminium cladding on the exterior for easier maintenance and durability.
So it’s a durable window with a low maintenance finish that still offers the charm of wood internally.
If you are looking for high performance, attractive and long lasting windows, composite frames could be the answer.
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The hybrid nature of composite windows gives you the best of both worlds in terms of performance, reliability, aesthetics and thermal properties.
The aluminium cladding offers durability and requires lower maintenance than traditional full timber windows.
Composite windows are more durable and have a much longer lifetime than uPVC windows.
A life cycle of 40 years has been suggested which easily beats the widely recognised 25-35 year lifespan of uPVC units.
The insulation properties of the timber interior means you keep more of your heating inside giving you a more comfortable home.
In fact composite windows are particularly popular in cold climates such as Sweden and Canada where, as you can imagine, insulation is a must!
If you’re losing less heat through your windows you should be able to reduce how much you run your heating.
Using your heating less means you’ll need to buy less fuel and using less fuel will lower your home’s carbon footprint.
Strong and Reliable
Both timber and aluminium are renowned for their strength so the combination of these materials in one frame results in a very strong window which could improve your home’s security.
Although timber has a reputation for needing maintenance, in composite frames the timber is on the interior so its not exposed to the outside weather.
The exterior is aluminium which requires little to no maintenance.
Both aluminium and timber are recyclable materials which, in addition to the energy savings they deliver, makes composite windows a far more environmentally friendly choice than uPVC.
Attractive and Flexible Designs
Composite windows are available in a wide range of colours, sizes and styles making it easy for homeowners to find the perfect windows for their home.
Most manufacturers offer a RAL colour matching service for aluminium-clad composite windows, so you can choose from a bold colour to make your windows stand out as a key feature of the façade or a more muted shade to blend in.
Gloss, matt and satin powder-coated finishes are all available including anodised aluminium.
Internally, the wood can be stained, lacquered or painted to suit your tastes. Composite windows are available in all types of styles like bay and cottage and opening formats including casement, sash, dual turn and tilt and turn.
Composite Windows vs uPVC Windows
uPVC windows are often a popular choice as they are the cheapest type of frames you can buy in terms of upfront costs.
However, uPVC windows have a much shorter life span and may need to be replaced after 20 – 30 years while, with proper maintenance, composite windows can last 50-60 years.
Composite windows will require maintenance which will cost money, but uPVC windows are not maintenance free; they require care, can can warp and discolour over time and sometimes they can be difficult to repair.
And in terms of ongoing reduced heating bills and energy savings, the composite windows are far better at insulation and so keep more of your heat indoors.
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