So, Why Choose Composite Windows?
#1: THERMAL PERFORMANCE
Outstanding performance is an obvious reason to choose composite windows.
in the region of 0.8 W/(m²K) or better (and some as low as 0.6 W/(m²K)), our triple-glazed composite windows and doors are significantly better performers than aluminium or uPVC models. Several of our models are suitable for use in Passive House and EnerPHit projects, meeting stringent criteria for performance and comfort for use in truly energy-efficient homes.
Put simply, timber-aluminium composite windows are unbeatable for performance.
You can read more about the unique elements that make a window truly thermally efficient here
Why should thermal performance be central to your choice of windows?
Firstly, for comfort. When you choose high performance alu-clad timber windows, you can expect fewer draughts, a warmer inside glass pane temperature, significantly less heat lost through windows and doors - and a generally more pleasant living experience.
Secondly, to save energy - and money.
#2: ENERGY SAVINGS & SUSTAINABILITY
Over their lifespan, the superior thermal performance of high-performance composite windows will significantly lower your projected energy usage.
With alarming increases in energy prices and an ever-growing emphasis on low-carbon building
, the energy efficiency
of composite windows only continues to grow in importance as time goes on.
Installing high-performance triple-glazed composite windows is a well-established criterion of Passive, EnerPHit and other low-energy building standards – and a key contributor to the overall thermal envelope of your home.
Sustainability is also a key factor to consider here.
The components, construction processes and waste associated with composite vs. other windows are all worth considering. UPVC windows are made from fossil-fuel-based plastics, implicate high emissions during manufacturing and are difficult to recycle.
By contrast, our products are made only from FSC and PEFC-certified timber
- both renewable and biodegradable. Aluminium can be completely recycled and the production methods and waste materials from producing composite windows are much more environmentally friendly than windows and doors made from uPVC or Aluminium. For example, sawdust produced from the manufacturing process is used for heating.
You can read more about the environmental impact of wood vs uPVC windows here.
#3: STYLE & FLEXIBILITY
Can you paint composite windows? Are they customisable?
Yes. The best composite windows use high-grade powder-coated aluminium, typically considered to be the highest quality finish for an aluminium window. As well as being low-maintenance and weather resistant, alu-cladding can be finished in any RAL colour.
You can specify textured finishes, or marine grade powder-coating for properties in coastal or exposed locations.
Internally, the timber frame can again be finished in any RAL colour or in an attractive lacquer to highlight the beauty of natural wood. You can have distinct colours internally and externally – known as dual colour finish.
Composite windows offer unrivalled stylistic options. Your order is completely bespoke - from the glass type and colours you choose down to the window mechanism. Hinge systems can be configured in several ways. The frame dimensions, thickness, shape, and opening system of your products are all bespoke to your order.
Composite windows are the perfect aesthetic compromise between sleek aluminium and warm, characterful wood.
#4: COST EFFECTIVENESS
Are composite windows worth the cost?
To be clear: alu-clad timber windows will set you back more than most other window types on the market. That said, you can expect the initial investment in triple glazed composite windows to be recouped in the long term – and more quickly than by any other inferior window type. This occurs because, over the course of their lifespan, energy efficient windows will lower your overall energy usage significantly – and implicit in lower energy usage is lower cost.
Further: the value added to your home by composite windows easily outstrips any feasibly added by a cheap uPVC installation.
#5: LIFESPAN, STRENGTH & SECURITY
How long do composite windows last? There is no set lifespan, but you can expect your composite windows (if properly maintained) to have a lifecycle of up to double that of uPVC windows.
Composite windows are much easier to repair than uPVC models. A damaged uPVC window will usually need replaced, whereas undertaking minor repairs to either timber or aluminium is relatively simple and will prolong the anticipated lifespan of your windows.
Laminated timber is a much more robust material than uPVC or aluminium. Our products come with laminated glass as standard for glazed entry doors and multiple locking points to both windows and doors. Forced ingress is extremely difficult due to the solid and unyielding nature of the timber - all our composite products conform to PAS 24:2016 enhanced security performance requirements for doors and windows in the UK.