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Top 3 Reasons to Choose Composite Windows – 19/12/2017

The term “composite windows” almost always refers to a timber framed window, with a relatively thin aluminium plate on the outside. However, there are many variations on this.

Aluminium-clad timber composite windows are a speciality of ours and, contrary to popular belief, they can be very low maintenance. If you are careful to buy good quality, with dense engineered timber and a multi-coat, fully breathable paint finish, the only maintenance they will need is a good clean. In contrast, timber windows fail in exposed situations: where extreme weather prevails and a more rigorous maintenance schedule is required.


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1. Virtually Zero Maintenance

Unfortunately, we all lead very busy lives. And the necessary maintenance often never reaches the top of the priority list.

Inward Opening Composite Window

The next generation of timber windows is here and growing in popularity with our customers. Composite windows are so called as they comprise of a normal wooden window with aluminium cladding (to take the extremes of the weather). Many of our manufacturers offer a stated life expectancy of 65 years with very little maintenance. To define very little maintenance: we mean simply washing and cleaning the aluminium exterior.

Typical timber windows will require painting every 5 years, but a composite window requires only washing.

We have worked with several factories to bring the widest range of UK specification composite windows available for supply only or supply and fit.

2. Growing Popularity

Composite windows now account for 70% of the products we sell, and those wishing to upgrade from PVC or timber are finding this new product not only requires little attention, but also looks stunning (huge ranges of painted colours and and natural softwood/hardwood finishes). Furthermore, the latest granite textured finishes are also available for that stunning modern look.

Both classic or modern style composite windows are available with low gloss finishes to give a soft satin look.

3. The Best of Both Worlds

Simply put: the best possible material for window frame insulation is timber. Combine this with the gorgeous natural wood finish and the fact that many modern timber frame manufacturers source from FSC certified forests, it’s a winning formula. Some companies, such as Rationel, actually have a negative global warming impact every time they make a timber window.

German Composite Window

So why doesn’t everyone have timber windows? In the UK, PVC rose in popularity due to many poor attempts at making timber windows. Wooden frames were constructed from cheap timber, so needed regular sanding and re-painting to keep them looking presentable. Plastic was cheap and required no further attention after fitting. With the fall in timber window quality, it was an easy win.

Nowadays, timber windows from Germany and Scandinavia are made in ultra modern factories using techniques never previously available. Their timber is knot-free, laminated and helps to provide passiv haus U values and beyond.

The question of re-painting however, still remains. We still recommend re-painting modern timber windows every 5 years (2-3 for marine environments). Realistically, customers admit that this is not likely to happen in the future. By cladding the exterior with aluminium, homes retain all the benefits of timber windows, and remove all the drawbacks.

Even More Information

Our ranges of alu-clad timber composite windows are really becoming known as the next generation of glazing. Here are some key advantages and reasons to choose alu-clad windows:

  • Highly insulating sustainable timber
  • Low maintenance powder coated aluminium exterior (virtually any colour)
  • Natural appearance inside
  • Protection against the elements
  • Life expectancy of 85 years with some manufacturers

We can make bespoke products to perfectly fit your home and certain products can be provided within 6 weeks of order.

See some of our gallery pictures below to see what products would suit your home. If you’d like more information, contact us to have our composite windows brochure delivered to your email or printed copies sent to your home.

We offer free samples, a full survey and installation service or can offer supply only.

In addition, we can quote your products within 48 hours of receipt of full information.

Call us today on 01608 684 607 and talk to one of our specialists, or email sales@enlightenedwindows.co.uk

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