Lindman, best known for its composite doorsets, has launched a complete suite of windows made in pultruded frame material which is expected compete strongly against PVCu systems as well as commercial aluminium applications.
A new company, Lindman Fenestration, will manufacture and supply Pultec Window Systems, made from pultruded, glass reinforced, thermosetting resins, a product at the very cutting edge of plastics technology from a process protected by patents. Lindman will target two markets initially – the housing sector and commercial windows, including curtain walling.
Chris Dixon, Lindman’s managing director, says: ‘Fibreglass has long been regarded as the coming ‘Messiah’ for windows and the natural successor to PVCu, although – until now – no other complete system has been offered in the UK. With 15 years’ experience and credibility as the pioneer and established market leader of fibreglass composite residential doors, Lindman has the best platform from which to introduce Pultec.’
The Pultec range is claimed to have many advantages over extruded PVCu, with a 200 per cent increase in life expectancy which should appeal to the more discerning architect in all market sectors where ‘best value’ is required. It is guaranteed for 20 years, but has a life expectancy of over 50 years.
The Pultec profile is load bearing, like aluminium, but needs no metal reinforcing inserts, like PVCu. Therefore, far larger windows and glazing screens can be produced than is possible with PVCu – but without the thermal disadvantages of aluminium.
For architects who specify aluminium in commercial and public buildings, the appeal of Pultec will lie in its high performance characteristics and the degree of accuracy and detail in the finished product, which is obtained through the state-of-the-art thin wall pultrusion process. Pultec Window Systems will also compete with aluminium on price while providing a more versatile appearance.
The systems are available in all today’s popular window designs – traditional open out casements including bay windows, with side hung and top hung vents; vertical sliding sash windows; tilt and turn windows; horizontal sliders for larger applications like schools and hospitals where conventional openings are not appropriate; and patio doors including a full panoramic design. Lindman Fenestration will offer a full installation service.
Pultec Window Systems will be available for installation from September 2002 onwards.
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