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Crittall stamps its credentials on new Composite range


With the launch of its innovative new Composite range, Crittall Windows now offers the trade a perfect blend of timber and aluminium windows and doors, suitable for installation in both new build and refurbishment.

One of the world’s leading window manufacturers – and the largest manufacturer of steel windows in Europe – Crittall has been designing and producing high quality windows and doors for over 150 years. It is this expertise which the company has applied to its major expansion into the composite window sector.

Crittall’s new Composite range simplifies the specification process for architects, builders, contractors and installers: the company is the only supplier to offer a UK-based design, manufacture and installation service to ensure continuity, quality and logistical support.

This new range, designed for application in the health, education, commercial, housing and hotel sectors, includes a wide choice of windows and opening styles, as well as Composite light duty doors suitable for balconies and patios, plus thermally broken aluminium heavy duty doors suitable for main entrances and emergency exits.

Crittall’s Composite range successfully combines the warmth and natural beauty that timber lends to interiors with the high performance and minimal maintenance that aluminium brings to exteriors.

Selected from sustainable sources of natural hardwood and softwood, the timber complements the modern design of the window profile, and can be lacquered or painted as required to suit the interior. Specifiers can choose between laminated European redwood or solid European oak.

Similarly, the aluminium exterior can be coloured as required to add a contrasting feature or to blend in with a building’s overall design. Performance, durability and low maintenance are ensured because the aluminium is coated in-house with Crittall’s DuralifeTM polyester powder coating. This tough, high quality finish increases resistance to the adverse effects of exposure to the elements.

Crittall’s new Composite range offers the optimum in weather tightness, and also meets the requirements of BS7950:1997 for resistance to forced entry, while excellent thermal performance is ensured through compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations. This means that because wood is a natural insulator, the windows remain warm to the touch indoors whatever the outside temperature.

These new windows and doors are easily incorporated into both modern and traditional building fabrics. Design improvements in dimensional accuracy and stability – combined with the patented monolithic construction which ensures a strong, mechanical connection – have eliminated the need for adhesives, clips and veneers. In addition, the aesthetic effect is enhanced by the elimination of knots and finger joints.

The Crittall Composite range offers a choice of window types and opening styles, including fixed light, side hung (inward and outward opening), top hung (outward opening), bottom hung (inward opening), and tilt and turn.

Standard window hardware includes matt silver anodised finish handles, concealed multi-locking, folding openers, friction arms and butt hinges, while additional options include trickle ventilators, remote operation mechanisms, polished chrome or gold and painted finish handles, restrictors and locking handles.

Door types and opening styles include single and double, outward or inward opening, while door hardware includes pull handles, emergency exit devices, lever handles, magnetic locks, electric strikes, and Europrofile cylinder locks.

For additional customer service, the windows can be factory or site glazed with 28mm insulating units, while options to ensure safety, security, solar control and privacy are also available. If and when required, Crittall’s Composite windows can also be quickly and easily reglazed from the inside, thus eliminating the need for expensive access equipment or scaffolding.

For extra customer reassurance, Crittall Composite windows and doors offer a design life of 40-plus years. In addition, Crittall Windows has just been granted ISO 14001:2004 accreditation, declaring that the company operates in an environmentally responsible manner – preventing pollution, reducing waste and improving its environmental performance year-on-year.

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