At FXtive we are proud to supply and install high quality, bespoke products, which not only enhance the look of your home, but will also offer fantastic savings on your heating bills with a wide choice of products graded with the A,B and C window energy ratings, using argon filled sealed units with Planitherm glass, which is proven to be the most energy efficient window glass available in the UK.
Whether it is one window, a whole house of windows and doors or a conservatory you are looking for. At FXtive business is equally important to us, and we always listen carefully to your needs in order to work with you to help you to create your dream home. Our attention to detail is something we are particularly proud of.
Another hugely appealing feature of uPVC is that it is remarkably low maintenance. Timber and woods generally require a re-paint every 5 years alongside occasional refilling jobs and patching due to their tendency to rot and flake. Aluminium is resilient, but still needs attention every now and then. On the other hand, uPVC never rots, flakes, rusts or fades. Apart from a quick wipe with a cloth to keep it clean, uPVC requires virtually no maintenance making it very convenient and time-saving.
Un-plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride is also the most durable of the materials available. Woods can rot and start to warp over time and aluminium can pick up rust whereas uPVC is strong, tough and resilient. It is highly unlikely uPVC will need to be changed and some companies even offer up to 10 year guarantees on uPVC double glazing.
Due to its resilient and robustness, uPVC is very reliable and trustworthy when it comes to security. Their frames are constructed to the utmost hardness making it extremely difficult to break through or damage. Aluminium is similarly if not more secure, however, and is considered to be almost totally burglar-proof due to its strength. But uPVC is not far behind.
Types of Energy Efficient Windows
The most familiar form of energy saving window, of course, is the double glazed window. Double glazed windows consist of two individual panes of glass separated by a sealed space containing air – or, more recently, inert argon or krypton gas – and anything up to 20mm wide.
The space between the panes should be at least 10mm for optimal performance, and, if this is the case, double glazing can reduce domestic heat loss by up to 50%, in turn, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 700kg, and heating bills by over £100 per annum for a typical household. Double glazing can also reduce the propensity for condensation, and reduce the amount of noise transmitted into your home, whilst allowing sunlight to be fully admitted.
Low Emissivity Windows
Some of the latest developments in energy saving technology for windows are low emissivity – “low-e”, for short – films and coatings. These are thin metal coatings applied to a plastic film suspended between the panes of glass in a window, or applied, retrospectively, to the external surfaces.
Low emissivity coatings appear almost invisible to the human eye from the inside looking out, but typically appear slightly mirrored from the outside looking in. Their most important characteristic is that they are “spectrally selective” – in other words, they allow short wave radiation from the Sun to penetrate your home, but do not allow long wave heat radiation to escape in the opposite direction – and can be up to 40% more efficient than conventional double glazed windows as a result.
Energy Saving Window Frames
Window frames conduct heat, and are therefore important in determining the overall energy efficiency of a window. uPVC window frames – especially those with extra insulation – solid, or composite, wood, and fibreglass frames are typically more energy efficient than frames made from aluminium, or other metals, which are very poor thermal insulators. Wood and vinyl are, however, subject to expansion and contraction with temperature, and it is possible to reduce the heat lost through metal frames by inserting an insulating plastic strip – effectively a thermal break – between the inside and outside of the frame.
As specialists in double glazing repairs we have a selection of skills available to you at great prices. Whether you’ve got a build up of condensation, a broken lock or need a window replacing. We can provide the help you need.
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