In what kind of house will the windows be installed?
Windows are an important character of the house. The same windows are not likely to match a functional style villa as well as as a villa from the turn of the century. You need to choose the look, by looking at our window families.
Our window families:
The warranty protects against so-called initial errors, ie errors that occurred during the manufacturing of the product. A warranty does not apply to defects arising after the goods left the production, for example during transport, improper storage, improper handling or improper installation.
The warranty of a window or a door is issued by those selling the product, such as a retailer or a house factory. In a warranty case the notifier always turns to the place where you purchased the item from.
For the warranty to be valid, the window / door needs to be transported, stored, handled, installed and maintained properly and in accordance with Elitfönster's instructions for the installation, care or maintenance manuals, etc.. This is the fact no matter whom you purchased the product from! Damage to the product caused by improper storage, handling, wrongful installation or lack of maintenance is not covered by the warranty. Always follow the instructions in the handling, installation and operating instructions!
What is your main reason for changing or buying windows? If it due to energy and comfort you have to choose windows with low U-values, ie. good thermal insulation. If you want to change for esthetical reasons you can start looking at what types of windows that suit your house.
When you have decided what window type best suits your house, it's time to look through the following checklist and take it to your dealer to consult with them.
- What size do you need?
- How many windows do you need of each size?
- What colour do you want? Do you want to have different colours on the outside and on the inside?
- How do you want to open your windows? Reversible windows are opened outwards and can be turned 180 degrees outside the house.
- Do you want glazing bars, wooden moulding, ventilators?
- Do you want to add different fittings, blinds, mosquito nets or other accessories?
- Do you need fire restistance classed windows or security glass?
- Do you need matching patio doors or roof windows?
- Do you need windows in other shapes than normal, round windows or free forms?
The windows must be stored correctly not to be damaged before they are installed in the wall. The basic rule is that the windows should be protected from rainfall, soil moisture or humidity and pollution.
It is not very complicated to install a window and for a professional, it usually takes no more than a few hours per window. If you do not have experience with window replacement, we recommend that you use the help of a carpenter. Talk to your retailer, some may offer installation. Detailed installation instructions can be found here. Take care of your new windows.
Wooden windows must be screened each year. How often you need maintenance varies greatly depending on climate, in which direction the windows are, etc.. Maintenance intervals are often different for the windows in the same house. Wooden windows with exterior aluminium cladding is almost completely maintenance free and will almost never need an exterior repainting, simply wipe with a cloth if necessary. You can read more about the signs showing that the window needs to be serviced, in the detailed handling instructions provided with each window.
Wood is an unbeatable window material. Therefore, you will always find a stable base of wood in all windows from Elitfönster. Wood is the right choice for the environment and the climate and growing wood binds carbon dioxide for example. Increased use of wood can therefor be a part of a solution to the climate problems attributed to carbon emissions. One cubic meter of wood binds one ton of carbon dioxide.
Wooden windows with aluminum cladding has a long life span, often up to 50 years and a very small carbon footprint. This makes this type of window the best climate investment over time.
When a wooden window with aluminum cladding still wears out, it can be 100% recycled. Other window materials, such as PVC plastic is not biodegradable but are often marketed as recyclable.
Today, however, there is no recycling of PVC windows in Sweden. Globally less than 1% of the PVC used is recovered. Production of PVC is heavy on electricity and thus contribute even more to the greenhouse effect. When manufacturing PVC, a large amount of carbon dioxide is released, but when wood grows it instead ties the carbon dioxide into the material thus reducing emissions.
The manufacture of PVC also results in the release of chlorine and strong toxins, known as dioxins. PVC contains softeners that slowly leak out of the material and can have serious effects on humans. During fires, the PVC in building materials cause big problems because burning PVC emits toxic gases. Overall PVC impacts the environment about 8 times more than wood. Wood is natural, strong, durable and renewable.
Source: TMF Trä- och möbelindustriförbundet.
Wood windows give life to your house. Wood is a natural material that can be processed into soft sashes and beautiful glazing bars in a window. Discover our different models of solid wood windows. If you ask us, wood is still the best material for making windows. Even our windows with exterior clad in protective aluminum has a wooden frame. So all Elitfönster windows are built on the same stable base of solid pine. Wood is a natural building material. In houses with a traditional style, the authentic sense of wood should emerge in the form of solid wood windows. Now there is a demand for materials with a natural feeling even in some modern eco-house. Solid wood windows will in other words always be modern.
At Elitfönster you have several options to find the right wood windows in terms of both appearance and function. You can choose between four basic models of solid wood windows. Elitfönster Original Trä is our most modern timber window. It has triple-glazed insulaton units which provide very good energy-saving features and include the reversible window, also known as H-window, which makes it possible to turn around 180 degrees.
So why consider an alternative to timber windows? Well, one reason is to avoid painting the windows. Wood never stop breathing and have to be saturated with paint. But taking good care of the beautiful wooden windows can of course also be a labour of love.
Aluminium windows are the choice for those who like colour. At Elitfönster, you may receive the window's exterior in ten standard colours, ie at no extra charge, in addition to white on durable aluminium.
Aluminium windows are virtually maintenance free. Or rather, by installing aluminium windows in the house you will escape most of the maintenance work on the windows. You can just sit down and look outside if you want to, without thinking about renovation, scraping and painting or other maintenance work on the windows.
You can even reduce window cleaning if you take the opportunity to order your Elit windows in wood and aluminum with so-called self-cleaning glass. Then the sunshine and rain will take care of much of your window cleaning for you. Convenient, right? If it's a long time between the showers, or if rain can not reach the windows, you can wash them with a garden hose.
Elit aluminium windows have up to 10 years guarantee against rot for buyers in Sweden! The window frame is vacuum impregnated pine wood with two coats of primer under the top layer of lacquer. Externally, ie against the facade, both frame and sash will have a durable aluminium cladding. The colour is chosen from the 10 colours in the Classic Collection Alu at no additional cost, or if you prefer, NCS-S or RAL colour for an additional charge. Aluminium thus means both convenience and choice.
Elitfönster Original Alu is now a classic among our aluminium windows. The window is available as slidehung fittings as well as sidehung and fixed frame. The predecessor was called Elit Original Alu.
In addition to maintenance-free aluminium, Elitfönster's aluminium windows have energy-saving triple-glazed insulation glass units as a common standard. Read more about the window's U-value and other properties on this website.
* With Aluminium windows we mean aluminium-cladded windows with a wooden frame.
Triple glazing is today standard for energy efficient windows. The difference between double glazing is vast, particularly because of the extra air gap between the panes. Triple glazing is the solution for large windows, that used to mean major heat loss in winter. Triple glazed windows now make it possible to build with light and space, which is widely used in modern homes.
You can have windows from floor to ceiling if you have triple glazed windows with low U-values. The term U-value is a measure of the heat-insulating properties of various building materials, such as windows. A low value means that the material insulates well. Elitfönster has several windows with triple glazing and a U-value of 1.0 or lower.
In windows with triple glazing the glass is a merged package. In Elitfönster's windows there are gaps in the triple glazed insulating glass unit that also is filled with insulating argon gas that reduces heat loss. The insulation glass package also have one or more thin layers of metals such as silver oxide, known as low emissivity layer. This is invisible and reflects a significant part of thermal radiation. Insulated glass with low emissivity layer is usually called energy glass whether it be double or triple glazing, even though the energy savings for a triple glazed unit is much better.
Elitfönster has several windows with triple glazing in the model range. Most energy efficient is Elit Passiv, a window with triple-glazed units. The window has a U value of 0.8 and the level of insulation is so great that it works in so-called passive houses that are built to manage the heating most of the year, without adding any thermal energy.
Triple glazing is thus the obvious choice for most people who think of both economy and environment. Thanks to triple glazed windows, you can let in more light without emitting more heat.
Argon gas is a natural gas that is in the air around us. Argon gas is used for example to fill the gaps in the insulating glass units, to improve the glass thermal insulation properties.
Child locks for windows and doors are available in various designs, as an option or standard. Ask what's available for the window you choose. So called reversible windows have a built-in parental control, which comes into operation automatically.
In Sweden, traditionally most of the windows are white. Elitfönster's products can also in most cases be ordered in any NCS- or RAL-colour. White inside and coloured outside is also very popular and achieved in the best and cheapest way with aluminium windows. The windows can also be stained in different colours. The need for maintenance is different between the painted and stained windows. Painted windows usually have longer maintenance intervals than stained, but when maintenance needs to be done, it is relatively time-and labour-intensive. Stained windows have to be checked, and in some exposed locations be improved on, every year. The maintenance is in turn easier to perform.
When air hits a cold surface and is cooled, the moisture in the air creates water droplets on the cold surface. The water drops is called condensation or fogging. Condensation can occur on all surfaces, walls, bathroom mirrors, glass with cold liquids, glasses and window panes.
A glass which is coated with an invisible so called low emissivity coating of thin metal oxide, which prevents indoor heat from escaping through the glass. See also Low emissivity coating.
Closing device for windows and doors that lock the sash in the frame.
The frame of the window is the outer frame in which the sash containing the glass is connected with fittings and hinges.
The glass is very important for a window's properties such as thermal insulation, sound insulation and solar protection, privacy (such as the bathroom), personal safety and burglary.
Glazing bars in windows were originally a method to attach multiple glass panes in a window sash. The method originates from the days when you could only produce small panes. Even when it became possible to manufacture large glass panes, these were during a long time a luxury and therefore applied the rule that the more simple houses, the smaller the glass panes in the windows and also more glazing bars. Although we do not really need to fix the panes using putty and glazing bars, the paned window has become part of our traditional architectural style and is sold today to a large extent. Although modern double- and triple glazed windows are available with traditional glazing bars, or removable glazing bars taken off during cleaning. Another variation on offer is glazing bars fitted inside an insulation glass unit where it is placed between the panes of insulating glass. This will combine a traditional look with modern window benefits.
Glued laminated timber
Glued laminated timber means that two or more thin wooden slats are attached together to give a straight and stable product such as a window frame. The method provides, in addition to a good product, many production advantages such as minimization of wood consumption and wood waste.
See REVERSIBLE WINDOWS
Double or tripleglazed insulationglass window with H-fittings. See REVERSIBLE WINDOW.
Insulating glass unit
An insulating glass (also known as double glazing or insulation glass unit) is two or more single-glass panes glued together and sealed airtight. The spaces between the panes contains dry air or gas. Insulating glass is used in window designs to improve heat and sound insulation properties.
Linked casement windows
Linked casement windows and doors have a double sash, coupled with some form of fittings. When cleaning, the inner and outer sashes are dislodged and the window glass is then cleaned on all four sides. Blinds can be fitted between the sashes. Linked casement windows with a single glass of each sash is called 1+1-design. Linked casement windows with a double-glass insulating glass in the inner sash and a single glass of the outer sash is called 2+1-design. With 2+1 window a very good soundproofing and heat insulation is achieved.
Low emissivity layer
Also known as low energy layer, LE-layer or the like. There is a thin, invisible layer of metal, eg silver oxide which is added to a glass pane of glass to improve thermal insulation properties. Glass that is coated with a low emissivity layer is called energy glass.
Reversible windows have a unique feature that makes the sash horizontally hinged outside the building façade (known as slide hung). No part of the window enters the room. Both sides of the window can thus be cleaned from inside. The fittings also allow the window to be better balanced and it does not get twisted over time. The opening feature is also known as H-fittings and has a built-in parental control /ventilation lock.
See window sash.
Windows with hinges placed at the side of the sash. Outward or inward opening. Available in all different glass structures such as double- and triple-glazing or linked casement.
A material's ability to dampen noise from the outdoor traffic and other external sources. Measured in decibels (dB). Noise reduction is an increasingly important feature for building materials such as windows, when the noise in our environment increases. Especially for large residential and commercial constructions there are now very high sound reduction requirements. In Elitfönster's catalog are a number of sound solutions to choose from for both homeowners and professional customers.
U-value indicates a window's insulating ability. It is also used for construction materials such as insulation. U-value corresponds to building physics, heat transfer coefficient and is expressed in W/m2 ° C (watts per square meter Kelvin). The lower the U value, the more effective the insulation.
Window sash is the window’s opening portion, in which the glass is attached.
Windows are counted wings or sashes. A wing is separated by a window frame. A single window can contain multiple wings, ie more sashes in the same frame.