Composite windows – what are they and why choose them

At Livingwood, we pride ourselves on continually bringing our customers the latest and best aluminium window and door technology.  We always work to ensure that our windows and doors offer a wealth of benefits to anyone who has them installed.

Composite windows – also known as aluminium-clad windows – are amongst our most popular models.  More and more customers every year are taking advantage of their unique benefits.


So, what are alu-clad windows and why are they popular?

Composite windows are exactly as their other name describes: they’re standard windows – usually making use of a timber frame – which are then clad using aluminium.

This give the window a combination of benefits: you can enjoy the best characteristics of both timber and aluminium. 

What are the benefits of aluminium clad windows?

They offer real strength and durability. Timber is renowned for its strength; aluminium even more so.  Combine the two and you’ve got one seriously strong window frame!

They’re very energy efficient. With thermal performance measured at 1.2 W/m2k for double glazing, air permeability of Class 4 and a U-value of 1.0W/m2k (0.6 for triple glazing), composite windows offer outstanding value for money.

They’re low maintenance. The aluminium cladding gives you all the benefits of timber frames, without the need to maintain them in the same way.

They look great. Our composite windows are amongst the most stylish windows in our catalogue.  They’re available in a wide range of different colours and styles, allowing us to tailor them to suit each home’s individual design.

They’re environmentally friendly. Aluminium is one of the most recyclable materials in the world, and making use of it can save a huge amount of energy.  (You can find out more about the aluminium we use for our window frames here).  The thermal performance of aluminium also means that any windows it’s used for inevitably increase the eco-friendliness of the project.

They’re flexible. We’re able to offer a range of non-standard shapes and sizes within our composite window range – the only key point is that round and curved window frames aren’t suitable for the requirement.  Other additional options include solar control, venetian blinds within the glass, acoustic glass and a number of obscure glass options.


So, give me the details.  How are they different from other timber and aluminium windows?

Our aluminium-clad windows boast a host of key features:

Powder coatings. Our aluminium clad windows are painted using powder coating with a standard gloss rating of 65 per cent.  This looks superb and performs well, though there are other options.

Slow growing redwood framing. Our sourced timber comes from the Arctic Circle, and is laminated and graded to ensure virtually no knotting: this guarantees a stylish, sleek paint finish.

High quality European metals. Our ironmongery comes either from PN in Denmark or ASSA in Sweden.  We only work with the best materials.

Stunning paint finishes created using our Teknos micro-porous paint systems – a base coat is then followed up by two top coats in any one of 25 colours. Whatever image you’re after, we’ll help you get it.

Get in touch today

If you’re interested in the idea of composite windows, get in touch with us today.  We’ll happily go through your planned project with you, in order to ensure you end up with the perfect results.

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