Meeting energy conservation objectives by using PVC frames in 70 mm does not exclude the use of modern window colours, rustic-style facades or the conservation of listed buildings.
Coloured window frames accentuate the design of the façade. In
this way, residential houses become attractive eye-catchers with
their own unmistakable “calling card”. Not even the most unusual
designs or typical colour nuances of a region pose a problem…. *Pdf file link to Acrycolor coating broshure)
It also goes without saying that Acrycolor coating is non-fading and RAL-tested – because quality has top priority for GEALAN.
That is why we manufacture our 70 mm strong Acrycolor profiles by using a
special colouring process in which the white PVC base element and
the coloured acrylic glass are bonded together inseparably.
The outer, coloured acrylic frame coating is scratch proof and highly
resistant to weather influences, such as harsh UV light and even hale and sand. The silk-matt and smooth surface is non-sensitive to the accumulation of dirt and,
because there is no flaking or chipping, there is no need for bothersome
re-painting. Acrycolor coated window and door frames are absolutely maintenance free. They repel dirt and can be cleaned with standard cleaning agents. The unsurpassed colourfastness of the Acrycolor profile remains a fascinating feature for the entire service life of the windows & doors. This coating can only be applied to the outside of frames that are 70 mm strong. For the inside colour please refer to lamination.
Lamination on PVC profiles
Windows are more than a means for letting light into buildings and providing ventilation.They accentuate, and sometimes actually create design features of a building.
PVC window and door profiles made by VEKA or GEALAN in 70 mm strength can be laminated in a wide range of colours. (link to the colour charts) The frames can be laminated in a choice of foil designs to suit the customer’s needs, from inside, outside or both sides of the frames.
You can choose
- natural wood look
- modern metallic look
- smooth modern colour
Windows with an authentic wood grain look are particularly suitable for rustic-style or grand buildings falling under the heritage legislation.
Frames laminated with modern metallic look can replace steel or aluminium frames without braking building rules in e.g. an estate.
You can choose from a selection of 20 different colours and decors and can combine these with the respective window styles. Lamination PDF
Did you know that up to 33% of heat is lost through poorly-insulated window frames and single-glazed windows? One of the best ways to insulate your home is through double glazed windows and doors.
Double-glazed uPVC windows and doors substantially stop heat from inside from escaping. You will quickly recoup the cost of the double glazing in the money saved from heating bills. Therefore it’s a wise investment, and also good for the environment.
How do double glazing PVC doors and windows lead to outstanding insulation?
Windows with double glazing work by trapping air between two panes of glass that creates an insulating barrier. The most common benefit of installing uPVC windows and doors is that it keeps heat in, but better security, fewer maintenance needs and a decrease in noise levels and condensation are also huge advantages.
Are you looking for cutting-edge technology that’s customized for comfort?
PVC windows and doors are an outstanding addition to any structure. PVC windows and doors offer superb protection from the elements plus thermal insulation that keeps your home warm, dry and draught-free. What’s more, outstanding acoustic insulation will shield your home from the noisy hustle and bustle of the outside world. Also, for your total safety, our PVC doors and windows are compatible with all standard security hardware, while boasting many in-built protection features.
How are PVC doors and windows conducive to comfortable living?
PVC doors and windows improve the quality of life…and your lifestyle. Why? It’s tough, strong and a natural insulator. Therefore it’s very secure so you rest well at night. Also its thermal and acoustic insulation properties allow you to live in a healthy atmosphere without the inconvenience of noise.
Triple glazing is approximately 40% more efficient than A-Rated double glazing, meaning you can save even more on your heating and energy bills. It also improves sound proofing further still and almost eliminates internal condensation on the glass.
Tilt and Turn – PVC windows
But, if you close it and then give the handle another quarter turn, the window opens fully from the side – ensuring easy cleaning.
PVC-U Fire Safety
- PVC-U’s behaviour in fires is well understood and documented by fire science authorities.
- PVC-U is difficult to ignite due to its 57% chlorine base. Chlorine is a flame retardant.
- The temperatures required to ignite PVC are much higher than for wood.For example – PVC-U has a ‘flash ignition’ temperature of 400 ºC compared to that of wood at 210-270 ºC.
- Once the source of ignition is removed PVC-U stops burning.
- PVC-U has a low heat of combustion and a low burning rate. Hence PVC-U contributes significantly less to heat release and fire propagation than many other materials.
- Burning PVC-U does not result in drips or molten flaming droplets; the result of burning PVC is a black, carbonaceous char.
- The gases evolved from burning PVC are;
o Hydrogen Chloride
o Carbon Dioxide
o Carbon Monoxide
o Water Vapour
- The fire classification for PVC, especially for Construction and transport regulated applications, depends on the specific end-use of the product. PVC windows achieve high classifications in national and EU tests for reaction to fire.
- Materials are but one factor in the development of a fire; materials do not self-iginite, they need a source of ignition. The development of a fire is seriously affected by design, critically by the provision of barriers of proven integrity and insulation. The risk to humans is critically dependent on fire alerts, the provision of emergency systems such as sprinklers and adequate, accessible fire exits.
- PVC is used in many safety–critical applications, such as cables and ducting because of its fire safety properties. It is the preferred material for conveyor belting underground. Specified to the 1955 NCB standard 158, there has not been one single case of a fire started or propagated by a PVC belt in a UK coal mine.
- The fire resistance of PVC has been demonstrated by the survival of houses with PVC components such as windows in recent Australian bushfires such as the Black Saturday fires which devastated Marysville, Victoria on 9 February 2009. This has led to a change in Australian national standards in bushfire prone areas enabling PVC building products to be specified in such situations.
- There are independent third party authorities who support these points.
o “Rigid PVC – The unplasticised homopolymer is self-extinguishing and will not undergo sustained combustion, owing to its high
chlorine content.” (C.F.Cullis & M.M.Hirschler, ‘The Combustion of Organic Polymers’, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981, p325).
o “The principal advantages of UPVC are:…2) Good resistance to burning, which may be further enhanced by appropriate selection
of additives.” (John Brydson, ‘Plastics Materials’, 7th edn., 1999, p356)
o “PVC as a material is inherently fire retardant due to its high Cl, content. Hence, it is usually difficult to ignite and shows low fire
growth” (P.Briggs, Warrington Certification Ltd, Presentation : ‘ PVC and Fire Safety’, 9 November, 2009)
o “Used properely, PVC presents no greater fire risk then other natural or synthetic organic materials” ( Dr. Jurgen Troitzsch, Fire
& Environmental Protection Service, Germany.)