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.
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.
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.