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Discovering sustainable weather-proof fenestration solutions

By: Saket Jain, Fenesta Building Systems (a unit of DCM Shriram Ltd.)

Leaving traditional materials behind, uPVC and aluminium doors and windows have emerged as the top choice for fenestration solutions.

In India, where wide climatic variations prevail in areas such as the cold north and the rainy south to the arid, dry regions in western border zones and the humid, subtropical climate of the northeast, using sustainable weather-proof fenestration products is imperative.

In extremely hot or cold conditions, temperature control is indispensable via energy-efficient windows and doors that reduce electricity bills. Power costs can also be curbed with the installation of double-glazed glass, heat-resistant coatings and airtight frames. But it is necessary to use UV-resistant materials that won’t fade with time and especially materials that don’t warp due to extreme variations in temperature. Also, one must take into account the rising and setting sun’s orientation when choosing the right windows and doors so the home isn’t prone to unnecessary cooling or heating.

The Significance of Premium Products

It is here that premium fenestration products ensure residential and commercial structures are well-ventilated while allowing the ingress of ample natural light. Unlike fixed windows, however, operable products are ideal since they can be opened and closed to promote better ventilation.

One should consider several important aspects before deciding on the best fenestration solutions for their space. This is required particularly because a plethora of materials, colours, shapes, styles and sizes are available in the market along with different kinds of technological benefits.

But considering the impact of global warming and concomitant environmental damage, one should opt for modern fenestration solutions such as uPVC and Aluminium. Both are eco-friendly and offer varied benefits individually and collectively.

Aluminium windows and doors, are excellent for transforming homes as their frames provide aesthetic appeal along with vibrant characteristics. The minimalistic sightlines coupled with possibility to cover large apertures make them an ideal fenestration solution. Aluminium windows and doors also include airtight sealing and powered with thermal break insulation they provide high energy efficiency, thereby reducing electricity bills.

Besides aluminium, uPVC windows and doors are the latest trends with multiple options. Strength and efficiency rank as the prime characteristics of uPVC products. The strength is derived mainly from a multi-chambered uPVC profile reinforced by galvanised steel. Being sturdy and highly durable, uPVC profiles are resistant to cracking and flaking.

Moreover, uPVC windows increase the energy efficiency of homes as they are low conductors of heat when combined with proper installation. To plug gaps around uPVC windows or masonry walls, it is best to use weather-proof silicone sealants that create an effective barrier to prevent heat gain or loss.

In choosing appropriate fenestration products, one must note the climate and weather conditions as well as the altitude. For instance, in regions prone to heavy tropical showers, both windows and doors should be able to withstand torrential rains and high-velocity winds. In these conditions, rain tracks and hurricane bars are offered as extra components.

Additionally, together with sealants, window gaskets can be used to seal gaps and openings in windows. This keeps out dust during extreme weather conditions and also prevents the ingress of rainwater even in heavy rains. But window gaskets must have a minimum thickness of 3mm as well as UV and ozone-resistant material.

Additional Benefits of uPVC and Aluminium

Outlined below are some advantages of using uPVC and Aluminium windows and doors:

Robust thermal insulation: Thermal break Aluminium and uPVC fenestration solutions are ideal for various climatic conditions since they ensure a low loss of heat in winter while limiting heat gain in summer because of efficient thermal insulation properties. A thermal break positioned between the inner and outer sides of aluminium profiles builds insulated barriers within window frames. Therefore, it reduces the requirement for constant heating or air-conditioning.

Great sound insulation: Perfectly installed uPVC and Aluminium Windows & Doors which use Laminated or DG Laminated glass help block external noise and also protects personal privacy since indoor sounds can’t be heard outside.

High durability: Both uPVC and aluminium doors and windows can last for years without any damage arising from physical factors.

Low maintenance: Unlike wood or other traditional materials, uPVC and aluminium fenestration requires almost no repairs, maintenance or painting. One only needs to do basic cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth.

Healthy hygiene: If uPVC and aluminium windows and doors are shut tightly, no pollen, dust and breeze can penetrate indoors, minimising ailments related to these elements.

Environment-friendly: As an eco-friendly alternative to wood, windows and doors made from uPVC and aluminium can be recycled and reused, ensuring less deforestation. Furthermore, the extrusion process of manufacturing uPVC is more environment-friendly and energy-efficient compared to other materials. Whereas, Aluminium being eternally recyclable helps in providing a greener option compared to traditional options.

That’s not all. Aluminium and uPVC fenestration products are available in diverse designs and even customised as per customer requirements. Finally, the safety and security of occupants are assured 24×7 with advanced multipoint locking mechanisms.

Given their overall benefits, uPVC and aluminium products can act as a top-notch combination for sustainable weather-proof fenestration solutions.

Saket Jain, Fenesta Building Systems (a unit of DCM Shriram Ltd.)

Business Head

Saket Jain heads the business unit at Fenesta, one of India’s leading companies providing windows and doors in India. Under his able leadership, Fenesta, a division of DCM Shriram Limited, has substantiated its competence with more than 3,50,000 windows and doors installation across homes, colleges, hospitals and hotels. Saket Jain joined DCM Shriram in 1999 and held various positions. He has immensely contributed to the business by streamlining the processes and expanding retail growth. His expertise, leadership skills, futuristic vision, great interpersonal skills, and guidance have paved a path of growth for every employee at Fenesta.

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