How to buy Hybrid Windows

If you’re considering buying hybrid windows for your property renovation project, rest assured you’re investing in high end and luxurious glazing. This guide to hybrid windows provides a more detailed explanation of their make-up, what you get with these windows and doors.

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Helping you when buying hybrid windows

First of all, it’s worth knowing hybrid windows are also known as composite windows, alu-timber windows as well as timber aluminium windows. Essentially, the window or door profiles of these windows is a combination of two materials – aluminium and wood. In its simplest form, a hybrid product uses aluminium outside and real wood inside. There are other windows on the market using a combination of PVCu inside and glass edges outside or aluminium outside and PVCu inside. The aluminium-wood combination is widely regarded as a more luxurious and higher quality product.

What makes hybrid windows different?

Whether you buy our Rationel composite/hybrid brand, or our new Velfac system, the manufacturing, design and quality of hybrid glazing differs from regular PVCu windows.

Furthermore, the craftsmanship of hybrid doors or windows is a step up from the quality you get with windows made of aluminium. For hundreds of years, windows made of timber come hand-made. Modern windows and doors today use the latest machinery and technology. Hybrid windows do too, however, the way these windows come together still represents true craftsmanship compared to PVCu or aluminium. As a result, you’re getting a more bespoke and hand-made product in your home.

And just like modern materials such as aluminium or PVCu the weather sealing, energy efficiency, security and certification is first class. You also get the same excellent choice of modern and high-specification glass, prestige locking systems and excellent quality components throughout.

Why hybrid glazing is a genuine investment in your home.

It’s not just high-end homes fitted with hybrid windows. These products are timeless, long-lasting and surpass trends. Perhaps the biggest reason for choosing this combination of materials is the look and feel you get inside the home. Whilst aluminium windows are great internally for their lines and styling, hybrid products give you the warm-to-the-touch feel of real wood.

Our own Rationel range, and most quality brands on the market use the best parts of the trunk. You benefit from a better look and especially when left natural. The grain of the wood runs better.

Importantly, every window is individual, as no piece of wood can be the same. It’s another sign of quality and luxury.

Buying hybrid windows also means the very best in insulation

Perhaps the biggest feature of any product made of wood is its thermal performance. Thermal conductivity is exceptionally low. Of course, there are low U-Values and Window Energy Ratings with other materials. But the solid nature of a wood profile goes that much further.

PVCu and aluminium windows rely on multiple chambers in the profile or thermal breaks giving the required energy performance and profile strength. Real wood is strong and stable being solid throughout. And again let’s highlight its natural look and warmth inside a room.

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All the benefits of modern aluminium or PVCu windows

It’s easy to assume anything having wood inside is thick and chunky. Whilst hybrid windows technically can’t be as slim as something like a steel-look design of window, they do come with choices in styling.

You’ll find classically styled windows, contemporary flat profile windows and doors. Technology and glass performance also means slimmer windows and doors in this combined material.

Maintenance of any window isn’t an issue inside the home, but outside it’s exposed to the weather. The aluminium on the outside provides this low maintenance feature. At the same time, there are over 150 colours available.

As a result, hybrid doors and windows provide all the minimal maintenance expectations of modern windows and doors.

For security, energy efficiency, acoustics and weather resistance, these windows come with the same British and European credentials and certification. You get premium locking systems, luxurious handles, all sorts of glass options and a choice of door and window hardware.

Luxury and quality when buying hybrid windows from Open Living

Our prestigious range of Velfac or Rationel hybrid doors and windows gives you all the functionality and style with the benefits of it’s dual-material construction.

Available as windows, front doors, sliding doors and patio doors, every one of our hybrid window products has flawless build quality. They’re professionally installed by us with a peace of mind guarantee.

Contact us today for more information and to arrange a view in our showroom or a free quotation.

Published on June 13, 2021

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Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
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David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
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13:43 02 Feb 21
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Richard J.
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13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
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11:21 29 Aug 20
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08:40 02 Jul 20
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17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
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11:06 05 Jun 20
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14:37 21 May 20
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10:01 18 May 20
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Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
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07:52 10 Mar 20
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Dino L.
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14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
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16:16 04 Jul 19
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11:30 17 May 19
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07:32 13 Mar 19
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11:15 27 Nov 18
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Niall R.
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14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
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18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
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18:33 18 Aug 18
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Stuart C.
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18:06 23 Jun 18
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20:02 22 Jun 18
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11:15 06 Jun 18
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