Why do we offer such a range of different materials? Well, the term ‘horses for courses’ springs to mind as each project will require different boxes to be ticked by the glazing package.
Each frame material choice has its perceived strengths that will be relevant to the type of project you’re undertaking, so one of the first questions you’ll be asked during your enquiry will be: “Timber, Aluminium or Alu-clad?’ Your answer will form the basis of the quotation but, if you’re unsure, we’ll be happy to talk you through the reasons why one material choice might be better for your project than the others.
Here's a quick run through of the options:
TIMBER has great insulation properties to keep the warm in and the cold out, which makes it a great choice for Eco extensions and new builds. The TIMBER options we offer are Pine, Meranti and Oak. Each of these has to achieve a minimum density and a specific moisture content to guarantee the correct strength and longevity of the material. We use engineered timber. This is a term used to describe the manufacturing process of the solid timber sections that feature in our products and refers directly to the process of taking smaller strips of solid timber that are laminated and glued together to form the larger sections that we then cut and machine to size resulting in a stronger, more stable and better quality timber. The price stays affordable so you get the best of both worlds. . Engineered timber is stronger, more stable and better quality than normal timber but we ensure that the price stays affordable so that you get the best of both worlds. With paints and stains to choose from, timber can enhance any project; traditional or modern.
ALUMINIUM is another great material to use for glazing frames. It’s sleek appearance, slim sightlines and consistent surface finish are all elements that lend it to be specified for the more modern, contemporary project, however it is also used very successfully on period properties to create an effective contrast. All of the aluminium frame profiles we use are thermally broken by a Polyamide plastic insert, which separates the internal and external aluminium parts to avoid condensation and increase the insulation that the system achieves. Aluminium is durable and low maintenance due to its powder-coated finish.
ALU-CLAD products are a combination of a timber frame with an aluminium exterior. This brings together the great U-Values that timber achieves with all the benefits of an external powder-coated aluminium façade. The alu-clad systems that we have in our range give you a contemporary external aesthetic with the warmth and softness of the painted or clear lacquered timber on the internal faces. This system is a fantastic choice as it gives you the best of both worlds rolled into one.