Velfac windows and doors explained

Velfac windows and doors are high-end hybrid windows, comprising high quality aluminium on the outside and luxury real wood on the inside. Velfac you’ll find also described as aluminium/wood windows or composite windows. Overall, Velfac windows and doors provide the long-lasting and aesthetic appeal of two excellent materials, creating a luxurious collection of windows and doors for every part of your home.

velfac windows and doors in a luxury living room

How Velfac windows and doors enhance improve your home

Velfac is one of the oldest window brands and is also the inventor of the Velux rooflight that most people know. Also part of the Group is the equally impressive Rationel brand of hybrid windows.

An investment in Velfac glazing in your home or as part of your property project provides you with some of the best windows on the market, infinitely superior to PVCu windows and giving you even more style and performance than the best windows by Open Living.

Hybrid windows deliver a different aesthetic inside the home thanks to their real wood profiles. They’re timeless, warm to the touch and create probably the most energy-efficient windows available today. Another benefit of Velfac windows and doors is how they’re styled for virtually any age and style of house.

So whether you’re looking at replacing your dated glazing or researching windows for your new build home or extension, Velfac is known for its slim and clean lines and an overall uniform appearance to windows and doors. This uniform appearance is something hard to achieve with PVCu or aluminium windows. This uniform appearance and contemporary styling also extend to Velfac doors.

Hybrid Velfac doors or windows above all just look entirely different to other window materials. It’s only when you see how a hybrid window is built and finished, do you appreciate the synergy between wood and aluminium and an appearance that’s distinctive.

And when you care about brand reputation, Velfac doors and windows are the choice of architects for high-end homes and luxury developments of apartments.

Why you should consider hybrid windows for your home

PVCu provides an affordable solution for general window replacements. Aluminium is contemporary, slimline and provides the biggest choice of colours and frame designs. Timber is warm, desirable and long-lasting but has high maintenance associations. Hybrid windows give you the best of all worlds. Low maintenance, secure and energy-efficient windows with the benefits of low maintenance aluminium in any colour outside and inner timber for that more natural look and feel.

This wood and aluminium combination has other benefits too. Both timber and aluminium materials are inherently strong. As a result you get the option of larger windows and doors with more glass and fewer mullions or transoms.

When carrying out property renovation projects, not everyone considers the lifespan of their windows. PVCu has the lowest expected lifespan and aluminium is longer. Hybrid windows give you around forty years. Perhaps not a significant factor, but when these windows rarely go out of fashion, the slightly higher cost results in an altogether better investment.

Velfac doors in white paint in a lounge

Understanding the materials used in Velfac windows

The aluminium and wood construction behind all Velfac products uses materials of the highest quality. For the aluminium, these are extrusions conforming to a specific aluminium type – 6063. What this means is the exterior aluminium is the correct aluminium grade and, importantly, the right wall thickness.

For the internal wood, you get treated pine with a thicker final paint or lacquer finish than marine-grade aluminium. The benefit to you is water-based and acrylic paint (should you choose a painted option) promising easy cleaning and excellent durability. Even better with the wood finish, a lacquered finish reveals the original wood grain. Of if you prefer a solid colour this is also available.

Finally are the window components and materials, the most important being that glass. In most cases, you’ll get highly insulated triple glazing as standard. Triple glazing, matching hardware, quality finishes and the same material quality is also found on Velfac doors.

Why Velfac doors and windows give you more opening options.

Where many PVCu and aluminium windows only come as fixed, top or side openings, Velfac windows give you additional opening options.

First of all, is the top hung fully reversible window. Reversible windows have a two-stage opening. Stage one is the window opening from the bottom just like a regular top-hung design. However, release the side clips, push the window further and the entire module reverses inwards. The benefit? Being able to clean the outside pane of glass from inside the room.

A similar cleaning feature to fire-escape or easy-clean hinges on other windows is where the side guided model opens fully but leaves a gap also large enough to clean the outside glass. This opens as a familiar side hung window.

For Velfac doors, you get the classic French doors design, sliding doors, tilting patio doors or bi-parting patio doors.

How hybrid windows give you lower energy bills and a quieter home

PVCu windows come with multiple chambers. Aluminium windows have a thermal break. These two elements, combined with the glass creates energy-efficient windows.

Velfac windows and doors work a little differently. The solid wood internally is a natural insulator and significantly warmer to the touch. This natural insulation with triple glazing gives you better energy efficiency than other window materials.

And because aluminium and wood are strong frame materials, they’re slimmer. Sommer frames mean more glass. When you increase your glass sizes, it’s another significant factor to getting windows with lower U-Values and better window energy ratings, not to mention more light into your rooms.

The other consideration with solid wood inside such as Veflac doors or windows is improved acoustics over PVCu or aluminium frames.

The finest hybrid windows and doors by Open Living

Whether you choose Rationel or our upper-tier Velfac doors and windows, you’re assured of first-class quality, and our professional installation as approved installers of hybrid windows. Contact us today for more information or visit our Letchworth showroom to see our collection.

Published on July 30, 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.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
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Richard J.
Richard J.
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.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
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08:40 02 Jul 20
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Paulo R.
Paulo R.
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.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
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.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
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
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
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.
Asa H.
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
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
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