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What Are Thermally Broken Aluminium Windows & Doors?

What Are Thermally Broken Aluminium Windows and Doors

When you’re looking to buy new windows or doors, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the confusing sounding terms. One of the most common ones is “Thermally Broken”.

Sounds complicated, but the simple explanation is that thermally broken windows/doors have a layer of polyamide or polyurethane that keeps heat in and cold out, saving energy and making your home more comfortable.

Why It’s Needed

Aluminium is excellent at moving heat from one place to another. This is useful in some applications, but can be a drawback for keeping a home’s temperature stable.

In winter, aluminium frames can draw warmth out of a room and let the cold in, making the room feel cold. Similarly, in summer, they can transfer outdoor heat into your home, making it uncomfortably hot.

By inserting a non-metallic material between two pieces of aluminium in the frame, we create a barrier that stops this happening.

The windows and doors don’t just become barriers to the outside elements; they become efficient insulators, keeping your home comfortable year-round while reducing energy costs.

Why Choose Thermally Broken Aluminium Windows & Doors

Choosing thermally broken aluminium windows and doors offers several significant benefits:

Thermally Broken Aluminium Windows

They Save Energy

These windows and doors are designed to keep your home’s temperature more stable. By providing an effective barrier against outside temperatures, they reduce the need for constant heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

It’s an investment that pays off by reducing your home’s energy demand.

They Make Your Home More Comfortable

Comfort in your home goes beyond just setting the thermostat to a pleasant temperature. It’s also about eliminating cold drafts in the winter and reducing heat seeping in during the summer.

Thermally broken aluminium windows and doors achieve this by maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your home. This means no more cold spots near windows or doors in the winter or overly warm areas in the summer.

Thermally Broken Aluminium Doors

They’re Good For The Environment

By choosing thermally broken aluminium windows and doors, you’re not just making a decision that benefits you personally; you’re also making a choice that has a positive impact on the environment.

With proper thermal breaks, aluminium windows and doors can achieve A ratings for thermal efficiency and U values as low as 0.8 W/m2K, significantly reducing your heating bills.

They Reduce Condensation

Thermal breaks significantly strengthen the frames of aluminium windows and doors, making them even more durable and resilient. But one of the main benefits they bring is in high humidity areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms that have issues with condensation.

By reducing the temperature differential that causes condensation to form, thermal breaks keep your windows clear from condensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a thermal break?

A thermal break in an aluminium window frame is a less conductive material, like polyamide or polyurethane, inserted to reduce heat transfer and minimise heat loss, effectively separating the frame into interior and exterior sections for improved insulation and performance.

Does a thermal break stop condensation?

Yes, a thermal break does stop condensation by reducing the temperature differential that typically causes condensation to form on windows, thus keeping your windows clearer in high humidity areas.

Is thermal break in windows worth it?

Yes, a thermal break in windows is worth it because it significantly enhances the insulation of your home, leading to energy savings, increased comfort by maintaining a consistent temperature, and reducing heating bills.

How effective is a thermal break?

A thermal break is highly effective as it minimises heat transfer through aluminium frames, thereby improving the thermal efficiency of windows and doors, achieving lower U-values, and enhancing the overall energy performance of a building.