PVC-U windows and doors have been used in Europe since the 1960s. But there is a big difference in terms of window installation between Europe and New Zealand. In Europe most buildings are constructed with solid blocks, but in New Zealand most buildings are timber structured with different cladding such as weather boards or brick veneer etc.
Homerit PVC-U windows and doors can have flanges and jambliners similar to typical aluminium windows and doors. Installation can be done by competent builders.
As shown in the photo timber jambliner is fitted underneath the bottom PVC-U frame right behind the flange. Support bars are not needed for our windows.
A patent has been granted for the “Method and assembly for installing a window or door” by Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.
Click here for a copy of the patent certificate.
Easy to glaze:
Unlike aluminum glazing beads that is hard to bend, PVC-U window glazing beads are easier to be fitted.
In addition to standard installation with flanges and jambliners pre-fitted there are other options:
- Direct fix without flange, no jambliner -This suits solid wall construction such as pre-cast panels or block wall. This is the most cost effective choice for window fabrication and is widely used in Europe and other countries.
- Direct fix with flange, no jambliner -This suits solid wall construction and/or steel construction.The right hand photo shows a 4 meter high steel framed construction.Homerit PVC-U windows and doors frames are fixed directly to the steel structure and the PVC-U flanges cover part of the steel and the gap between the steel and the PVC-U frames.
- Replacing timber windows with PVC window inserts -For replacing timber windows if the existing timber window frames are in good condition you may keep the exiting timber window frames.The right hand photo shows a new PVC-U window installed into the original timber window frame.This is a cost effective solution but the existing window frames must be in good condition otherwise the timber window frames have to be removed for a full replacement.
- Window renovation frame -The renovation frames allow the old window frames to be kept and the new frames will cover the old frames up. This makes the renovation work a lot easier. Mecurer Windsor Hotel in Auckland CBD had steel framed windows. The steel window frames were partly inside the concrete wall. The renovation frames were used for the new double glazed PVC-U windows so the original steel frames were kept and covered up by the new renovation PVC-U window frames.