Framing Options

Massclusivity offers you a great selection of frames in different materials and colours. They differ from each other optically, by look and feel and they have different performance characteristics:

Wooden frame - click to enlarge

A wooden window is a natural product and gives a warm feeling because of its material. The absolute wide range gives you the choice of different styles , different wood and a big range of colours. The window will get delivered with a finished surface (three times spray painted) like you´re used to the surfaces of high quality furnitures. Also the two sealings are matching the colour of the window as close as possible. With the choice of four different types of small panes you may marry the window from a modern looking up to the old Dutch style with cottage panes. Further on you may add a small aluminium cover to protect the most effected parts of the window from the weather and the sun. The wood is laminated from three pieces so it will never twist or bend.

 

Timber-Aluminium frame - click to enlarge

The timber aluminium composite range offers home owners the best of both worlds. Inside - internal framing draws on the characteristics of nature, beauty, craftsmanship and permanence.
Timber is aesthetically pleasing, providing both warmth and versatility. Timber can be stained or painted to match the decor of your home, allowing you the freedom of change.

External aluminium framing comprises complex hollow extrusions for added strength. Aluminium is a versatile and durable building material capable of being crafted into endless designs. The external aluminium frames are finished in a range of powder coated colours which eliminates the need for regular painting.
Composite windows and doors are extremely energy efficient, boasting excellent thermal qualities.

All products within this range feature anodized steel fixings, multiple weather seals and high quality hardware for security and ease of operation. This composite is available in a range of window and door styles.

 

PVC frame - click to enlarge

These days the most popular material for double-glazed window frames is PVC-u (Poly Vinyl Chloride Unplasticised). Its popularity is based on several factors and most notably the fact that is the cheapest material for frames. However, it also has excellent heat insulation properties and is very durable which makes it ideal for variable climates, especially for coastal areas. Multi chambered profile improve an excellent insulation against heat, draughts and noise. Dual compression seals, enhanced tightness against thermal insulation,water,air and sound. This helps create a comfortable peaceful environment in any room.

As mentioned above one of the primary benefits of The main selling point of PVC-u frames is the fact that it is a poor conductor of heat and therefore has ideal insulation properties for a window frame. Of course heat insulation is primary objective of double-glazing as the knock on effect is reduced heating and fuel bills. This quality profile with gloss finish surface is high resistance to UV radiation. In this respect PVC-u frames have the advantage over aluminium and to a degree wooden frames. Also, PVC-u are economical, durable and easily maintained. This easy maintenance further adds to the economic benefits of PVC-u frames particularly over wooden frames, which require regular attention and maintenance.

PVC-u frames are not prone to warping or discolouration. They do not need regular painting or protective coating. The only regular maintenance required is the oiling of hinges and locks.The attributes of PVC-u windows are clear in that it is cheap, has excellent insulation properties and is easily maintained. For modern homes PVCu frames are still the most economical option for a comfortable and peaceful home.

 

Aluminium-PVC frame - click to enlarge

The combination of a PVC window with an aluminium cladding on the outside allows to go for different colors. The window looks like an aluminium window from the outside and hasn´t got the edgy look like the aluminium window normally has. Also this combination is much cheaper than the pure aluminium solution. The aluminium is only clipped on the PVC that allows small movement what is needed because the both material expend differently.

 

Aluminium frame - click to enlarge

The aluminium range comprises a suite of heavy duty, high performance windows and doors. Durable Aluminium is the perfect external material for window frames.

Aluminium's characteristics of strength and rigidity, together with its light weight and ease of fabrication, make it an ideal building material. Aluminium has consistent properties which do not change with time. Aluminium will not swell, crack, split or warp. Because of its surface treatment, Aluminium resists corrosion due to rain, salt and smog. Aluminium is a sustainable material, consuming minimal resources as well as being plentiful and recyclable. The Aluminium frames are finished in a choice of powder coated colours that are extremely long wearing and low maintenance. Once powder coated, aluminium does not need to be repainted and will retain its appearance without aging.
Aluminium sections are heavy weight and durable, that in combination with quality locking systems and weather seals, provide strong, secure windows and doors that will effectively weather the harsh South African climate. Nearly all of the aluminium frames has got a thermal break to extend the advantage of the glass function.
The only disadvantage is the high price and the edgy profile look.

 

Overview of the materials

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Colour Options:

Wood: colour card
Aluminium: colour card
PVC: white

Glazing Options

Mainly we've got two different types of safety glass: Laminated glass and Toughened glass.
No one type of glazing is suitable for every application. Many materials are available that serve a variety of purposes. Different glazing types can also be used in combination to achieve maximum results. When choosing glass, consideration should be given to window size and placement, orientation, climate, privacy and security.

Laminated glass consists of a tough protective interlayer made of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) bonded together between two panes of glass under heat and pressure.
Once sealed together the glass "sandwich" behaves as a single unit and looks like normal glass. Similar to glass in car windshields, laminated glass may crack upon impact, but the glass fragments tend to adhere to the protective layer rather than falling free and potentially causing injury. The shear damping performance of the PVB makes laminated glass an effective sound control product. Laminated glass is commonly used in airports, museums, sound studios and schools to keep away unwanted noise from airplanes, heavy machinery and traffic, to name a few. Laminated glass offers greater protection for people and property over other glass products. The standard two-ply construction provides resistance to penetration when subjected to attempted force entry. Laminated glass blocks 99% of UV rays from entering your home preventing fading to furnishings and carpets. In multi-ply configurations, laminated glass can even resist bullets, heavy objects, or small explosions. In most cases, it takes many blows, all in the same spot, to penetrate the glass. Annealed, heat strengthened or tempered glass can be used to produce laminated glass. Laminated glass is not a double glazing, even it is made out of two glasses. Double glazing is a unit with a space in between the two glasses.

Toughened glass offers added strength and significantly higher compressive stress than annealed glass of the same thickness. This results in increased resistance to impact breakage, improved ability to withstand uniform loads and decreased chance of thermal stress breakage. When broken, it shatters into many small fragments which prevent major injuries.
This type of glass is required in areas at high risk of human impact such as bathrooms, glazed doors and windows closer than 500mm to the ground. The South African Building Regulation details these requirements. Please ask Axel Zimmermann for further information.