Our Frequently Asked Questions about Aluhome and our products provides answers to questions you’ll have about specific glazing products, our service and home improvements.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, helping you buy better doors and windows
We’ve put together some of the questions most of our customers ask or answers people look for as they start their journey buying new patio doors such as a bifold.
Here you can find out more about materials, our process, and individual product types. We have tried to answer some of the more common questions arising from buying windows and doors to help you. Contact us and discuss your specific requirements with us.
Materials and Design
All our glazing systems come with latest generation aluminium or pvcu, design and glazing technology. You benefit from superior quality windows and doors with excellent levels of security, energy efficiency and weather performance.
Answers to our most popular product questions helping you understand the make-up, design and the materials we use.
Whilst we focus on the latest aluminium door and window systems, we also offer the very best in PVCu.
Modern PVCu windows and doors remain the most affordable option but they've also advanced significantly in recent years. The thermal insulation performance and styling is now better than ever. An excellent example is our timber-look range of windows and period sash windows. No aluminium product comes close to the authentic styling of these.
Both materials have their advantages. For large doors specifically, such as bifolding or sliding, aluminium has proven itself over many years as slimmer, stronger and more reliable. Aluminium also lends itself much better to the slim lines and overall designed today's customers and design trends demand.
PVCu is best for affordability and specific window styles. However, it comes with the same weather, performance and security credentials as aluminium. Classic homes replacing sash or timber windows probably suit PVCu better. Modern extensions work best with aluminium.
All of our products are very thermally efficient; they meet and exceed all current and planned future building regulations.
All our products offer their own thermal insulation. Aluminium uses a polyamide 'thermal break'. PVCu products use multiple chambers within the profiles.
We use high performance glazing throughout our products with our glass having very low U-Values.
As standard we provide glass, having a soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill. And always safety glass in doors and low-level glazing.
Our aluminium products come with a polyester powder coated finish applied only by certified colour applicators or where applicable the systems company - many of these have their own paint plants.
For PVCu the virgin PVCu profiles are some of the best. Foiled PVCu uses the renowned Renolit or other trusted brands, developed and designed for colouring or coating PVCu profiles.
All our products come with low-maintenance profiles.
As you do your research you'll come across references to PAS 23 or 24, Secured by Design, Document Q etc.
Modern doors and windows undergo independent testing certifying their security. Samples with a set specification are subjected to various attack tests and timed forced entry.
For you this means your windows and doors as a system undergo security testing at the design stage and are certified accordingly. We can explain more about door and window security when you contact us.
Bifolding and Sliding Doors
This section answers some questions around bifolding and sliding doors.
Whether you're replacing a dated set of doors or extending your home, there's no doubt sliding or folding doors remain the most popular for design and opening up your home on warmer days.
The current generation of PVCu bifolding or sliding doors are good products with good design, excellent security and well-made.
However, when it comes to patio doors, aluminium is stronger, slimmer, runs smoother. They also look better with slimmer more discreet hardware. Aluminium also allows you to have the larger sizes modern designs and extensions demand. PVCu is more restricted on door sizes.
Over the long-term aluminium patio doors, bifolding and sliding have proven to be the most reliable too. Correctly installed and used, it's rare to get service issues with aluminium.
If you're on a tight budget with your project we can talk to you about PVCu patio door products, but most professional installers prefer aluminium for doors. You will too.
For new extensions, we work with you and your builder so everyone is aware of what's needed, giving you that attractive flush threshold.
Usually this means your doors and the opening designed so your inner floor goes up to the inside of the frame and your decking or slabs at the right point on the outside.
Drainage of water and weather protection is very important for low threshold and we can explain everything with you.
All our bifolding and sliding door products meet the same standards for the quality of aluminium, the paint finish and glass. Any of these are fit-for-purpose in your home.
Where they differ is design, the components used, and the aesthetics they provide. How they feel also differs as well as the level of customisation available.
We use the bottom hung system with all our bifolds meaning all the weight is at the bottom and none at the head of the doors.
This means a more reliable door, less movement at the head and an altogether smooth slide and fold action.
This depends on the size of your door opening and the product too.
For instance, some of our doors go up to 1.25m wide meaning they need fewer panels compared to other brands only going up to 1m wide.
The number of panels also depends on how you want your doors to work and whether they're the only rear door you have leading out to your garden
Steel-look doors and windows
Steel-look glazing is incredibly popular for property renovation projects.
Here, we answer some of your questions around this distinctive and desirable style of glazing for doors, windows and screens.
Aluminium steel-look doors and windows provide a more affordable solution in this desirable style.
The steel look brands such as Crittall® are the genuine article but they also come with a substantially higher price.
Aluminium won't give you a true like-for-like product as the way they're designed and made is different. What aluminium will give you is the look of steel at a more affordable price.
Our advice is to compare both materials on aesthetics and price and decide what's best for you.
Yes. We use the same product as our exterior glazing but customised for use inside, subject to design and your requirements.
One feature available with interior steel look doors is no threshold so you get a smooth transition from room to room.
One feature around steel-look glazing is its made-to-order nature. The types of bars, colour, overall design, grid effect and glass all affect the price. Sizes also affect the price.
Contact us with your designs and we can provide you with a quotation.
Steel look windows and doors use the same insulated thermally broken profiles of standard aluminium windows. They also use the same specification glass.
U-Values and Window Energy Ratings depend on the individual product but typically you can expect Window Energy Ratings of B or C. All steel-look aluminium windows meet the requirements of current Building Regulations.
For fixed or opening windows, single doors, French doors or doors with sidelights, there are specific products designed from the outset in the steel-look.
Bifolding and sliding doors in this style typically use a standard slimline system which is then enhanced with the right bars and hardware giving the steel look. Bifolding and sliding doors are essentially the same as their non-steel look counterparts. Contact us for more information.
No. Aluminium has no fire rating. Only steel products and the right components and certification provide a fire rating.
Be careful around fire-requirements for internal doors and screens and always buy a fire-certified product.
Black is the most popular colour for steel-look windows but you also get the full choice of colours aluminium is best for.
Quotations, Installation and Process
This section answers some of the frequently asked questions around getting a quotation, the installation and our general sales and service process.
We are on hand to answer all your questions, so please do get in touch via our contact form or talk to us.
We are based in Stamford and cover the East Midlands, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and other areas.
As a minimum, we offer a ten-year insurance backed guarantee. Some of our products also come with their own manufacturer guarantee.
All our products are bespoke and we don't work with standard sizes.
Our prestige products such as Solarlux and Cero sliding doors are made in Germany.
Our installation times depend on the nature and size of the installation, products used and working with your own requirements. Contact us and we can discuss your individual requirements.
For quotations, we can generally work off your drawings, sizes, sketches or full plans.
When you place an order with us we will need to visit your property to carry out a full site survey and obtain the manufacturing sizes of your windows and doors.
Yes. We can work with your builder and your architect and frequently do on our projects.
It is possible to work to agreed sizes but this is not always recommended as every property is different.
It's essential we liaise with you or your builder especially on fine details such as floor levels and all parties being aware of each other's requirements.
Crucially for new openings, it's essential your builder creates the opening to suit the doors and as agreed by all parties.
We always recommend plastering and the fitting of your new floors is carried out after the installation of the doors.
All our doors and windows come to your home protected. Some products are glazed on-site, others come to you factory glazed.
With many new extensions, work continues in your home after we install the doors. We recommend the protective tape on our frames stays in place until building work is completed to avoid scratches and paint damage.