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To maintain quality and ensure your Double Glazed Windows and Doors perform consistently well in any weather, it is imperative that all gaps are closed. Depending on whether the installation was performed externally or internally, the best sealant will be selected. Just as there are many different types of grades of windows or hardware, there are many different grades of sealant quality. We only use high performance products to ensure the window and door quality is not compromised. Sealant bead at the final stages of installation ensures the possibility of draughts is eliminated and there is no recess that water can penetrate and cause damage, and leaves the appearance of neatness and attractiveness.

Many people have the impression that all silicone gels on the market are the same, but we have found that their properties and, therefore, suitability varies dramatically. Generally, the descriptions of silicone offer little information as to the correct grade and type for a given application, and because of performance variability, there is no one type of silicone sealant that should be used for everything. Using the incorrect silicone or improper use may cause joint failure, contamination of surfaces because of poor application, excessive movement in the sealed joint. To avoid contamination of surfaces, the installer should ensure that the surfaces are clean, all protective tape is removed and that there is no residue. For deep or wide joints, the installer can fill rhe recess with foam packer rod.

Silicone types and features: Neutral & Acetoxy cure; High & Low Modulus

With regards to modulus - silicon sealants are normally classified for use in either glazing, or for building joints other than glazing. In addition, there are further classes of capacity for movement capability, being the high and low modulus. The lighter the force that needs to be applied to stretch it, the lower the modulus. This also means it will be more elastic and have higher movement accommodation. By contrast, the higher the modulus, the more rigid and the smaller the movement accommodation is expected. For work with upvc window frames, it is advisable to use low modulus silicon, because of requirement of high movement accommodation.Many people have the impression that all silicone gels on the market are the same, but we have found that their properties and, therefore, suitability varies dramatically. Generally, the descriptions of silicone offer little information as to the correct grade and type for a given application, and because of performance variability, there is no one type of silicone sealant that should be used for everything. Using the incorrect silicone or improper use may cause joint failure, contamination of surfaces because of poor application, excessive movement in the sealed joint. To avoid contamination of surfaces, the installer should ensure that the surfaces are clean, all protective tape is removed and that there is no residue. For deep or wide joints, the installer can fill rhe recess with foam packer rod.

In relation to cure, the terms 'Acetoxy' and 'Neutral' are derived from the curing system, or more precisely the by-products that are emitted as the silicon is made. The type of silicon used will determine how well it will adhere to the materials it is used on. Acetoxy silicone sealants release acetic acid when they cure. Neutral or Alcoxy Neutral silicone sealants release alcohol as they cure. When silicone peels off without assistance, Acetoxy cure silicon was used on upvc frames. By contrast, if it is not possible to disconnect without a silicone remover solution, then a Neutral cure silicon was used.

Price-wise, the difference between low modulus and high modulus is not significant, but the price difference between Acetoxy cure and Neutral cure is evident, and it is disappointing to see evidence of wrong silicon being used for some jobs by renovators or even independent tradespeople. Acetoxy cure is very common, it is more rigid and quick. The main disadvantage is generally, it has poor adhesive function and leaves something to be desired in how well it bonds to plastics, glass, aluminium and Polycarbonate. Shrinkage can be acceptable if it does not contain added solvent.

Neutral cure has much better adhesive properties for a greater number of materials including upvc, glass, aluminium, lead, stone and masonry, and Polycarbonate, it cures with atmospheric moisture and skins over in about 30 minutes, and leaves a shinier, more attractive finish. The negatives include that it is more expensive, and is slower to cure at one to five days depending on thickness, temperature and humidity conditions.

Low Modulus Neutral Cure Silicone offers high movement accommodation and excellent adhesion to almost all building and glazing materials, without any of the unwanted 'side effects' that Acetoxy could possibly cause. For consistently great results in terms of movement accommodation for upvc, good bonding and lasting durability it is necessary to use Low modulus & Neutral cure silicon for primary frame installation. The least appropriate choice for upvc is High Modulus Acetic cure silicon, because although at first, it can initially adhere, it will surprise you how quickly the adhesion will deteriorate and detach.

Sometimes salespeople will try to sell you a cheap substitute, but only too often it is at the expense of quality. When comparing silicones and their prices, it is useful to check if the movement capabilities listed on the container are appropriate. This is recommended because some sealants can contain additives such as fine chalk powder, which is not an active ingredient, in order to make a cheaper and of course inferior product. The downside of using a silicone which has been filled with chalk is that as well as a higher than desired shrinkage when it has cured, there may also be discolouration, and poor adhesion.

We carefully select our suppliers and conduct weathering and wear tests to comply with the high standards we set for ourselves. We offer a complete service so that our clients need not to worry! Our attention to detail during manufacturing and installation is unsurpassed and because we take personal satisfaction to delivering exceptional results in performance for our customer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 

New Construction

 

Installation of Double Glazed Windows in new homes or buildings is usually performed by the builder and his team, however, we are prepared to quote and provide an installation service if required. Installation fee is calculated on a per item basis and depends on the size and quantity of the items. The installation quote ordinarily includes glazing, but we can also provide a quote for installation excluding glazing, or a glazing only installation - we are flexible and understand that client circumstances vary.   Greater detail on double glazed new construction can be found here

 
     
 

Replacement

 

Installation of replacement double glazed windows and doors or for new constructions includes removal but not disposal of existing windows, and includes glazing, which involves fitting glass into the frame.
If you hired a builder to manage the installation, but they are unfamiliar with upvc, we provide consulting services to ensure the windows installation is trouble free.   Additional information on double glazed replacement can be found at this location

 
     
 

Secondary

 

Installation of Secondary Double Glazed Windows and Doors involves installing the new Double Glazed Window behind the original window frame, which is retained, so the secondary window becomes adjacent to the existing window.
Installations of Secondary Double Glazed Windows usually take less time than replacement double glazed windows (depending on window size, shape and glazing) and without the inconvenience that can occur during window replacement such as delays on site because of architrave removal/replacement, other site works such as painting etc.   More info on double glazed secondary

 
     
 

Double Brick

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   Extra information about double glazed double brick can be found here

 
     
 

Clading

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   For a detailed discussion on the subject of double glazed clading click here

 
     
 

Single Brick

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   More info on double glazed single brick

 
     
 

Measuring Your Window

 

The most important part of the installation procedure for double glazed windows and doors, comes before you even order your windows. It is critical that you measure your old window opening properly and accurately. Pvc double glazed windows and doors are custom-built and can't be returned if the size ordered was inaccurate. This is why for all replacement windows and doors and some new constructions, our trained technicians will take their own measurements before manufacture. All of our double glazed windows and doors are manufactured to a high accuracy, so ideally you should get the closest fit possible.   Get all the facts on double glazed measuring your window

 
     
 

Double Glazed Windows in Sydney

 
       
  0423 221 942  
  contact@windowfactory.com.au  
 
 
     
 

Awning Window

 

Double Glazed Awning Windows allow the window sash to swing outward rather than inward or up and down, so they can be located in may places around the home and easily arranged next to other window types. The awning window is the ideal window type for homes in the temperate climate zone, or homes that are positioned to take advantage of natural ventilation or breeze. Double Glazed Awning windows are made with compression and weather seal and provide higher air-tightness, energy-efficiency and acoustic insulation than other window types such as sliding and double-hung windows. Double Glazed Awning windows have a variety of applications due to their versatility and durability, and are particularly attractive option for contemporary homes because our Awning windows are manufactured locally to an indisputably imposing standard, impressing even the most discerning clientele.   Get the answers on your questions on double glazed awning window on this page

 
     
 

Bay Window

 

Nothing can maximise cross ventilation without crating a draft like Bay Windows. They are more than just a period feature - when strategically placed they can replace air conditioning and provide a lovely feature for your home. They also make the room feel more spacious and appear larger, so they have been known to increase the value of a property. Typically, the bay windows are very large, even covering almost the entire distance from floor to ceiling. The effect of prolific natural light and stunning outdoor views from any angle in the room can be filtered or softened with window treatments.   To obtain additional information on double glazed bay window

 
     
 

Sliding Door

 

for a natural and continuous entry into the outdoor entertaining area, which defines any modern home, choose Window Factory Double Glazed Sliding Doors. Functional, intelligent and convenient are the defining characteristics of our Double Glazed Sliding Doors. All our doors are quipped with high quality hardware for effortless opening and closing enhance all these aspects. We combine efficient technology for Double Glazed Sliding Doors with sophisticated design creating that indispensable convenience for your home. Popular with contemporary homes, our Sliding system offers additional benefit of saving space and when used with mirrored glass, can even serve as a room divider for guest privacy.   For supplementary material on double glazed sliding door click here

 
     
 

Tilt & Turn Door

 

When design and utility are a priority, our cutting edge technology is sure to impress! For exceptional thermal and acoustic performance coupled with trouble free maintenance and ingenious design, this Door will exceed your expectations. The inward swinging Tilt and Turn Double Glazed Door, operates in the same way as the Tilt and Turn Double Glezed Window, and is built with the same care and precision that any window and door deserves. Special high quality hardware allow a single handle to operate all three functions: multiple security locking points for safety when locked, special hinges allowing the window to tilt inside for gentle air flow, and of course, the fully opening 'turn' function for maximum air flow and ventilation.   For more information double glazed tilt & turn door

 
     
 

Side Hinged Window

 

A meticulously controlled work process allows increased speed and economies of scale advantage in production and assembly. The design elements in the classic Side Hinged Double Glazed windows are sometimes subdued, but fundamentally enriching - aesthetically and through improved comfort. The classic design allows to emerge important elements such as a strong sense of mass, structural legibility and strength with clear proportional relationships between solid and void. Side Hinged windows are similar to Casement windows, but open out and provide the highest possible acoustic and thermal insulation. Side Hinged windows are uncomplicated and cost-efficient, and when combined with our double glazed units, and offer exceptional improvements in performance when compared against ordinary aluminium or wooden windows. With architect's help, the Side Hinged Double Glazed windows will no doubt encourage inhabitants or users to gain architectural delight from their serendipitous journeys throughout the home.   Extra information about double glazed side hinged window can be found here

 
     
 

Stacker Door

 

The Double Glazed Stacker Door has two or more (upto 6) panels, with one panel sliding past another, and all of the panels resting or being 'stacked' on one or two sides. They are a great alternative to Bifold Double Glazed Doors, when the client prefers the sliding style over the Bifold, or when space is at a premium, since with Stacker or Sliding Double Glazed Doors you need not worry about furniture placement or possible exterior obstacles. These doors feature ease of operation and maintenance, a universally appealing design that will complement any modern home.   Continued on the double glazed stacker door page

 
     
 

Bifold Door

 

Embrace the beauty and sophistication of our Bifold Double Glazed Door carefully crafted with uncompromising expertise and unsurpassed quality The Double Glazed Doors are the ideal choice for the aspiring or an expert entertainer, offering an awe inspiring effect of an unobstructed opening onto a pool deck, garden, private beach, bushland or conservatory. The superior performance features are maintained in this style, offering acoustic insulation of upto 40 dB, with excellent energy efficiency rating measured by a u-value of 1.8, all while being corrosion resistant and environmentally friendly.   Read more on double glazed bifold door

 
     
 

Bifold Window

 

Combining the mastery of old world craftsmanship and progressive German engineering technologies, we create the most sophisticated upvc windows for the intelligent consumer who has the capacity to discern between a cheap imitation which creates disappointment, and our exceptional double glazed windows which will please and delight for years to come. Specified by architects as attributes of buildings, bifold windows bring out qualities of creativity, intelligence and magnificence that are easy to recognize but difficult to quantify or replicate by an inferior product. By making choices one transfers to the material assemblage of a building those attributes which really belong to one's personality. It is inevitable that qualities that feature in the buildings' owners' characters are read into architecture. What do your windows say about you?   To obtain additional information on double glazed bifold window

 
     
 

Tilt & Turn Window

 

Every day we face tough new challenges and innovate according to our clients' needs and desires, leaving a lasting impression on everyone with our Double Glazed Windows. The most versatile and flexible window that retains its popularity through the changing trends in architecture and interior design is the Double Glazed Tilt & Turn window, which adapts to the users intention to ventilate, clean or insulate through unique hardware and security features. As well as the possibility of opening inwards or outwards, by turning the handle, clients will have the option to tilt the window inside slightly and ventilate or clean the window easily. And of course, for extraordinary performance in acoustic and thermal insulation for full control of the environment inside your home, you will be close it shut and lock it indefinitely for extra security.   Extra information about double glazed tilt & turn window can be found here

 
     
 

French Door

 

Make a grand entrance to your outdoor living area and impress your family and friends with our traditional and carefully crafted Double Glazed French Doors that add charm and elegance to any home! Double Glazed French Doors open and close like conventional doors, and with an outswing design can save interior space, where it is limited. Combine with a wheelchair accessible threshold, a sidelight/ fixed panel or colonial bars that add the classic look of divided light, and Double Glazed French Doors will become a stunning feature of your home!   Supplementary advice on double glazed french door

 
     
 

Low E Glass

 

Low-e glass brings out the best that technology has to offer for improving your views and comfort! A cool, metal oxide coating is applied to clear or tinted glass, so that the appearance and performance are the same regardless of glass thickness. Low-e glass is recommended by many energy efficiency experts as a result of high performance combined with aesthetics. Low-E glass typically cost about 15% more than ordinary glass, but they reduce energy use by as much as 30-50%, by using most of the heat gain in winter but keep the harmful UV rays out during the summer, and when used in insulated glass units - can have even better benefits.
For hot climates, low-E coating should be applied to the outside pane of glass. If the windows are designed to provide heat energy in the winter and keep heat inside the house typical of cold climates, the Low-E coating will maximise benefit by being on the inside pane of glass.   Greater detail on double glazed low e glass can be found here

 
     
 

Manufactured Locally

 

We don't share the vision of our competitors, for our product to be manufactured in China or India, and are committed to all round excellence in quality and service to our clients. We are disappointed that many consumers are tempted by the seemingly bargain price not realizing that the economy in cost is directly related to the quality not only of primary material but also of components. In our experience, advanced manufacturing techniques in precision and speed for improved automation and the use of intelligent, experienced and passionate people can provide long term and sustainable productivity improvements that lead to cost efficiency and price competitiveness. We are price competitive without compromising on quality because we are a lean, efficient and innovative organization that doesn't engage in opportunistic overcharging, and genuinely grateful customers and associates that would otherwise have not been able to afford such comfort and style reward us with a lot of return business!   Read more on double glazed manufactured locally

 
     
 

Test Reports

 

Purchasing upvc double glazing is not simply a cosmetic improvement, it is about technical advancement, high performance, safety and security, so by having various of our vinyl double glazed products tested in a laboratory to Australian Standards and the building regulations, ensures your double glazed windows comply with the minimum expected from any manufacturer in Australia. In fact, the double glazed window products that were tested have been found to outperform the minimum levels, and sometimes even exceed these levels several times over. Supplementary advice on double glazed test reports.   Great suggestions and more on double glazed test reports can be found here

 
     
 

Delivery Areas

 

Delivery of double glazed windows, doors and products within 100km of the Sydney Metropolitan Region does not attract a fuel surcharge. If your order is comprised of only a few double glazing items, we can operate a multi drop delivery system to save you money. This method allows us to service multiple customers in the same area who share the truck and the delivery cost. This is optional and customers who have urgent needs for delivery of their double glazed upvc windows and doors can always opt for a direct delivery. Check the Delivery Schedule page for more information.   Greater detail on double glazed delivery areas can be found here

 
     
 

Euroslide Door

 

The all-round customer-friendly double glazed products offer an enhanced appearance as well as superior fabrication ease and performance. Together, the advanced form and function of sliding window system ensure lasting high quality, simple installation and satisfied customers. The Rehau Euroslide Design can be used to make a wide variety of upvc sliding double glazed windows and doors. Three main categories of pvcu window and door design can be fabricated.   Examine all the facts on double glazed euroslide door page

 
     
 

Value for Money

 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors are a lasting source of value for your home through sustainable energy savings and ease of use, as well as adding a timeless elegance that will improve appearance and resale value of your home. Thin or slender window and door frames can make even a well built home seem cheaply built, whereas sturdy and substantial window and door frames will highlight the quality finishes and reinforce the unassailability of your home. Our Double Glazed Windows and Doors are very price competitive, and although they are more expensive than standard aluminium sliding windows they will work for you and pay for themselves over the years in energy savings, cheaper maintenance, improved comfort and higher resale value of your home. With the savings in energy costs, we estimate that the Double Glazed Windows and Doors can pay for themselves in 7 years.   More info on double glazed value for money

 
     
 

Profile Systems

 

First impressions count and every effort has been taken to achieve the correct balance between form and functionality - visual appeal and practicality. From the strategic positioning of hardware, unrivalled surface finishing quality to the colour options - the Rehau Prestige Design leads the market in double glazed windows and door systems. Rehau is a German plastics manufacturer with world class facilities and unlimited polymer solutions. Get all the facts on double glazed profile systems.   Read more on double glazed profile systems

 
     
 

Tinted Glass

 

Ordinary tinted glass is popular because it reduces heat gain and carbon emmissions, although it also marginally reduces visible light transmission. High Performance or Low-e tinted glass or spectrally selective tinted glass reduces solar heat gain to below that of ordinary bronze/ gray tint but has a visible transmittance closer to clear glass. The tint has little effect on the U-factor but reduces solar gain considerably, which can reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer. Tinted glass is useful in controlling glare - especially for those windows facing east or north east. Return the sunlight not glare into your home.   To obtain additional information on double glazed tinted glass

 
     
 

Euroslide Staker

 

The all-round customer-friendly double glazed products offer an enhanced appearance as well as superior fabrication ease and performance. Together, the advanced form and function of sliding window system ensure lasting high quality, simple installation and satisfied customers. The Rehau Euroslide Design can be used to make a wide variety of upvc sliding double glazed windows and doors. Three main categories of pvcu window and door design can be fabricated.   Examine all the facts on double glazed euroslide staker page

 
     
 

Toughened Glass

 

Also known as tempered glass, it is a type of safety glass that has increased strength and will usually shatter in small, square pieces when broken. It is used when strength, thermal resistance and safety are important considerations. At home you are likely to find toughened glass in the shower and sliding glass patio doors. For commercial structures, it is used in unframed assemblies such as frameless doors, structurally loaded applications and where there is a danger of human impact. Toughened glass is typically four to six times the strength of annealed glass.   To obtain additional information on double glazed toughened glass

 
     
 

Hardware

 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors uses only quality hardware. Maco Secure guarantees the performance of their double glazed upvc window and door hardware against break-in through failure of their products. Should in the unlikely event of a break-in through the double glazed window hardware Maco Secure will re-imburse any insurance excesses up to a maximum. Get the answers on your questions on double glazed hardware on this page.   A complete guide for double glazed hardware can be found here

 
     
 

Sizes and Dimentions

 

The total cost of delivery is directly related to the sizes and number of double glazing items in your order. If any of your double glazed windows or doors exceed a certain level in either height or width, we must use a bigger truck, which will raise the cost of delivery, even if you have only a single double glzing item. The first delivery level is 4m wide; the second delivery level is 6m wide. Of course, we always stack the items in a most efficient way to save space.   For more information double glazed sizes and dimentions

 
     
 

Versatility

 

Elegant and attractive, yet practical, durable and energy efficient, we use German systems which offer quality and style that is simply superior. As the leading European manufacturers of uPVC window and door systems, out German suppliers enjoy an enviable reputation for quality and design. With decades of extensive experience in producing the highest quality windows and doors, you can rely on us to deliver exceptional performance windows and doors with a value for money that our competitors find difficult to challenge.   Get the answers on your questions on double glazed versatility on this page

 
       
 

Double Glazed Windows in Sydney

 
  0423 221 942  
  contact@windowfactory.com.au