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Directeur des ventes – Québec

BIENVENUE DANS L'ÉQUIPE!

NeüFenster est très heureux de vous présenter notre nouveau membre de l’équipe, Sylvain Imbert, qui assumera le rôle de directeur des ventes dans la région de Québec.

Le rôle de Sylvain comprend la direction du développement des produits Internorm avec les architectes, les constructeurs et les développeurs.

Cela implique la prospection de nouveaux partenaires, ainsi que la présentation et la vente de nos produits et services.

Une personne très intelligente et méticuleuse, Sylvain est bien informé et s’efforce constamment de trouver les moyens de répondre au mieux aux besoins de ses clients.

« Depuis mon début avec Internorm je prends un énorme plaisir à représenter des produits de haute qualité, ce qui me permets d’aller au-delà de la satisfaction de mes clients. » – Sylvain Imbert

LA VIE EN EUROPE

Sylvain est nouveau au Canada, commençant ce parcours avec nous de l’Europe, où il a travaillé pour la filiale Internorm France.

Son rôle en France a consisté à développer un réseau de distributeurs, ainsi que la mise en place de constructeurs spécialisés dans les constructions passives, ainsi que le suivi des architectes.

LE PARCOURS DE SYLVAIN

Une passion pour le design et la construction a commencé à un plus jeune âge, car Sylvain a commencé à étudier la menuiserie au Gaudier Breszka à seulement 15 ans. À la fin de ses études, il a intégré des entreprises entant que contremaitre, puis responsable de production, et enfin, conducteur de travaux. Il a principalement travaillé dans la menuiserie extérieure.

Un individu très charismatique, Sylvain a toujours été un communicateur naturel, et avec l’influence de plusieurs fabricants, il a commencé sa carrière en tant que représentant commercial en 2011. S’appuyant sur ses fondamentaux techniques, la transition pour Sylvain a été facile, car il a su diriger clairement et informer pleinement, établissant ainsi une confiance bien méritée avec ses partenaires et clients.

BIENVENUE SYLVAIN

Nous espérons que Sylvain s’installera confortablement alors qu’il commence son parcours passionnant et stimulant avec nous ici à NeüFenster, en plus de commencer une nouvelle vie avec sa famille à Montréal, au Canada.

Si vous souhaitez accueillir Sylvain, n’oubliez pas de laisser un like et un commentaire ci-dessous!

Bienvenue dans l’équipe, Sylvain!

Directeur des ventes – Québec

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Presenting Director of Sales – Québec

Welcome to the team!

NeüFenster is very excited to present our newest team member, Sylvain Imbert, who will be taking on the role of Director of Sales in the Québec region.

Sylvain’s role includes leading the development of Internorm products with architects, builders, and developers.

This involves prospecting for new partners, as well as presenting and selling our products and services.  

A very intelligent and meticulous individual, Sylvain is well-informed and constantly striving to find ways to best suit his clients’ needs.

“Since my start with Internorm, I have taken enormous pleasure in representing high-quality products which allows me to go beyond the satisfaction of my customers.” – Sylvain Imbert

Life In Europe

Sylvain is new to Canada, embarking on this journey with us from Europe, where he worked for the Internorm France subsidiary.

His role in France consisted of developing a network of distributors, as well as the establishment of builders specializing in passive constructions, along with monitoring architects. 

Sylvain's Journey

A keen passion for design and construction began at a young age, as Sylvain started studying carpentry at the Gaudier Breszka at only 15 years old. At the end of his studies, Sylvain continued on his journey in carpentry where he joined companies as a foreman, then as a production manager, and later as a supervisor. He mainly worked in exterior carpentry.

A very charismatic individual, Sylvain was always a natural communicator, and with the influence of several manufacturers, he started his career as a Sales Representative in 2011. Relying on his technical fundamentals, the transition for Sylvain was easy, as he was able to direct clearly and inform fully, therefore building well-earned trust with his partners and clients.

Warm Wishes

We hope Sylvain settles in comfortably as he commences his exciting, stimulating, and challenging journey with us here at NeüFenster, in addition to beginning a new life with his family in Montréal, Canada.

If you wish to welcome Sylvain, be sure to leave a like and comment below!

Welcome to the team, Sylvain!

Presenting Director of Sales – Québec

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Eliminate Winter Window Condensation For Good

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Unless you have to deal with condensation on your windows of course…

Le fait de ne pas pouvoir voir correctement à l'extérieur, une maison mal isolée avec un gaspillage d'énergie thermique et, pire, la possibilité de moisissures dans les cloisons sèches et les meubles, sont tous liés à la condensation.

Important Factors to Consider

In simple terms, condensation is when humidity in the air and a cold surface come into contact, turning gas into liquid, i.e. the water we can see forming on the windows.

Products currently available in the North American market suffer the most, even including Energy Star approved windows, where condensation continues to be an issue. The separation between the indoors and outdoors is greatly compromised, and the indoor panels are almost as cold as the outdoor panels, leading to severe condensation.

High performing windows like Internorm, allow the cold air to stay on the outdoor panel and the indoor panels to stay warm, therefore limiting any condensation.

An isothermal graph illustrates the effects of proper thermal insulation, and therefore high performance windows.

Oh Canada

Canada is notorious for cold winters, and with reason. So why does one of the coldest countries continue to install low quality windows, with poor capabilities of keeping us comfortable and safe in our homes during the harsh winters?

Many people think that making the air inside the home dryer can solve this problem. What they lack to acknowledge is how important more humid air is to our health, and how uncomfortable dry air can be, affecting our daily life.  

 

According to Healthline, the following are ways in which dry air can negatively affect one’s health:

  • Asthma and bronchitis
  • Sore throat
  • Dry skin and dermatitis
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose bleeds
  • Higher stress levels
  • Dehydration
  • Risk of infection

So, can you get the best of both worlds?

The answer is YES you can!

It is in fact possible to have both an ideal amount of humidity in the air whilst completely eliminating condensation and the risks associated with it. The solution? Install high-performance triple pane windows.

Automatically eliminating any condensation that we normally associate to this time of year, you are even able to sit right next to your window comfortably without feeling any cold coming through.

Not only are you more comfortable in a home with triple pane windows, but you are actually saving money.

Energy Efficient European Triple Glazed Windows versus North American Double Glazed Windows NeuFenster Canada

Triple pane windows allow for the warm air inside your home to stay warm with a fraction of the energy that would normally be necessary when double pane windows are installed. Proper insulation keeps heat in and allows you to take advantage of the energy already being used.

That means that the cost of maintaining your warm home is significantly reduced, and you are even contributing to a better tomorrow, since Co2 emissions are not being exhausted in order to provide your home with the energy it needs.

Our Contribution to The Environment

NeüFenster remains extremely proud to offer clients such high-quality premium products, while having a real positive impact on the environment. We believe it is our duty as human beings to make educated purchasing decisions, where we can contribute in building a better tomorrow. 

With the ability to save energy, protect the environment, and use long lasting materials (thus decreasing waste in landfills), we can confidently say that the desperate need for environmental protection and sustainable development is met with all of our products.

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ECLAZ® Glazing: Building A Brighter Tomorrow

tHE NEW STANDARD

Internorm by NeüFenster windows has set the bar high by using premium glass coating ECLAZ®, the best insulating glass production on the market, as a standard for our products.

Nous savons que la lumière du jour est cruciale pour la santé et le bien-être des individus. Par conséquent, en choisissant la bonne fenêtre avec le revêtement de verre approprié, on peut maximiser ces avantages au maximum.

lET'S COMPARE

When comparing to conventional market glazing, we know that ECLAZ® offers:

In Other Words

The list of advantages is simply unbeatable, and thanks to Saint-Gobain’s extensive research and development, the creation of new-found premium reinforced thermal insulation glazing was made possible.

Ambiente UPVC Tilt-and-Turn Doors
Ambiente UPVC Tilt-and-Turn Windows

ECLAZ® truly allows us to experience the best of both worlds; the thermal insulation of triple glazing (no matter the orientation or the region) combined with the level of natural light of double glazing. 

Our Contribution to the Environment

NeüFenster remains extremely proud to offer clients such high-quality premium products, while having a real positive impact on the environment. We believe it is our duty as human beings to make educated purchasing decisions, where we can contribute in building a better tomorrow. 

With the ability to save energy, protect the environment, and use long lasting materials (thus decreasing waste in landfills), we can confidently say that the desperate need for environmental protection and sustainable development is met with all of our products.

Building A Brighter Tomorrow

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KF 520 is Everything You’ve Been Waiting For… And More

The Future is here

Introducing The KF 520 window

A uPVC/aluminum window, the KF 520 is the newest addition to our extensive list of premium windows. Combining innovative design with astounding technical features, this is the new generation of windows.

What can you expect from the design-window KF 520?

The Window Sash & I-tec Secure

A crucial part of the overall construction and durability of the window, a window sash holds the glass and the framework around the glass to keep it in place. KF 520 offers a seamless look as the glass appearance of the window sash allows it to not be visible from the outside.

Maximum security is a NeüFenster top priority for our clients. With the revolutionary locking I-tec Secure, levering of the window is impossible. Additionally, integrated flaps press on all sides into the frame interior when locking and thus ensure extraordinary burglary protection.

Let's Get Technical

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Up to 46 dB for optimal sound reduction

Efficacité thermique
UW aussi bas que 0,63 W / m²K

Sécurité
Resistance class RC2; a fully integrated locking system

Profondeur de construction
uPVC: 90 mm | uPVC – Aluminum: 93 mm

Features

The high-quality subtle square-edged handles match perfectly with the straight-lined design of KF 520 windows. Lockable handles or Secustik handles ensure even more security.

A range of special glazing options are offered to best provide our clients with optimal performance.

Optimize your interior and exterior design choices by choosing from our wide range of colours and finishes. 

The Future is Here 

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The finished installation of Hyphen Project

Our Collaboration with Hyphen Studio

The collaboration between Internorm by NeuFenster and the Hyphen Studio is one of a kind.  We are undoubtedly, extremely proud of this alliance. This collaboration has unquestionably resulted in a beautiful, magnificent and a highly energy-efficient custom home in the Greater Toronto Area.

Products Used for this Collaboration Project :

This small home looks and feels like a big space with installing Aluminum exterior- Wood interior HF 410 windows et HS 330 lift and slide doors. The large open windows and doors bring this rather seeming contrast to make the home very warm and well-lit.

The HF 410 is extra stable with I-tec core technology.  Laminated Veneer Lumber ( LVL ) makes up the structure of the window frame. HS 330 is characterized by the I-tec glazing feature. This provides continuous connection between the frame and the glass pane. This in turn, results in improved sound reduction and thermal efficiency. Both HF 410 and HS 330 provide excellent all-round protection with glass pane bonded. Further, the window sash ensures high-level of stability, thermal insulation, and security.

The Signature Style of the Hyphen Studio:

Showcasing the Hyphen Project
Installation Process of the Hyphen Studio Project

The installation of our large sized windows and our large floor to ceiling lift and slide doors have created bright and open spaces.

The warmth of the Hyphen Studio architects is felt abundantly in this home. This indeed, is the signature style of Hyphen Studio.

Collaboration in Installation:

Hyphen Project Window Installation
Vlad, our Window technician, assists the process on site.

Although Internorm By NeuFenster did not install the windows and doors for the project, we had our experienced window technician on site to guide the installation of the windows by the Hyphen Studio team.

A Low-Energy Home:

The Project is an excellent structure with efficient insulation as a result of installing our premium Internorm products. In conclusion, this home will bring you ever so close to the Passive House Standard.

 

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I-tec Ventilation

I-Tec Ventilation For Your Windows

Ventilation is the provision for circulation of fresh air within any habitable architectural structure. There are two kinds of ventilation: Mechanical and Natural Ventilation. Mechanical ventilation is when there are fans and exhausts to drive in or drive out fresh/stale air respectively, for air circulation. Second is, Natural Ventilation where there is an intentional passive air flow into the building which is planned for air circulation.

Then there is mixed ventilation mode which utilizes both Natural and Mixed ventilation systems for optimal air quality. Internorm’s unique I-tec Ventilation system is one step beyond: it has a heat exchanger integrated into the window system to avail more efficient air circulation than a natural ventilation does. This is a boon for homes in extreme weather conditions-cold or hot, when the weather does not permit opening or closing of the windows for a long time.

How does I-tec Ventilation ensure Energy Efficiency?

Internorm windows’ ventilation mechanism- fitted with a heat exchanger, is completely integrated into the window frame system. This supplies the interior with fresh air on a demand basis and makes it comfortable while simultaneously keeping the heat loss to a minimum.

Unregulated quick air exchange or permanent air leakage can lead to massive thermal and energy loss. Thus the heat exchanger is a safety net with an almost 93% heat recovery. It also reduces the energy losses to a minimum.

With I-Tec ventilation feature of the Internorm windows, rooms are ventilated automatically, thermally efficiently, and according to your personal specification.

How does this system contribute to your health?

Fresh air ensures clearer minds, better sleeping, increased concentration and generally improved performance. Allergy and hay fever sufferers can breathe clearly again by choosing the option of filters in the I-tech ventilation. This prevents fine dust and flower pollen from coming into your home. Due to the regulated I-Tec ventilation your home’s air quality will significantly improve.

Does integrating this system spoil the design?

No, only a narrow ventilation grid is visible on the outside and inside of the window. The windows look classy and modern without compromising the energy efficient,high-performance.

I-tec Ventilation

The ventilator is fitted during the installation of the windows and not after they are installed. This ensures the intactness of the design.

The I-Tec ventilator is fully concealed and integrated into the window systems KF 500, KF 410 et KV 440.

Does this system have any safety and security features?

Yes, the I-Tec ventilation system has tight security benefits. Due to the window staying closed during the air exchange and therefore, the locks remain engaged to ensure maximum protection against break in. When leaving the house there is no uncertainty as to whether the windows have been left open after airing, therefore giving ultimate peace of mind that your home is properly secure.

 What are the other comfort factors that come along with I-tec Vent?

Windows that boast integrated I-Tec ventilation give your home a constant supply of clean, fresh air. Alternatively, damp, used air, unpleasant smells and pollutants are sucked out of your home and exchanged for fresh air. The control component is fitted to the window to enabling easy usage and convenient operation when ventilating your home. I-Tec ventilation can be controlled via the Smart Window App on your tablet or smart phone for incredibly easy usage.

The optional installation of filters prevents any fine dust or flower pollen from penetrating. The fan can be easily operated via a discreet control element attached directly to the window.

Can you covert these windows into smart windows?

Of course, yes! Internorm is a smart window product line!

If you want your home to be a more comfortable place , then Internorm’s I-tec SmartWindow could be a perfect solution. With this intelligent building control technology you can conveniently operate your windows’s ventilation and shading via your smartphone, tablet or PC – whether you’re at home or away.

Convenience is at the heart of Internorm’s I-tec SmartWindow. The easy-to-install system can be hooked up via your router to give you instant control of a range of features – from I-tec ventilation (giving you fresh air with minimal heat loss) and integral blinds through to fan light opening. You can roll shades up or down at the swipe of a screen and adjust the internal temperature to suit your requirements. The setup can be fitted with weather, temperature and humidity sensors to provide intelligent ventilation, too.

Furthermore, the technology can be extended to other home automation elements, such as dimmer lighting – you can fully adjust the living environment according to how you want to use a given room. Every element is controllable individually, but you can also pre-program various modes to suit activities such as watching movies, party set up, etc. You can even set up holiday modes so the house looks lived in while you’re away.

Whether you’re considering on renovation or new home building project, Internorm’s I-tec ventilation is the way to go! This integrated SmartWindow technology provides you the ability to make quick, convenient adjustments to the climate and atmosphere in your living spaces and hence, is a great choice!

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NeuFenster Partners with Nexcem ICF Manufacturers

What are Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)?

Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are cast-in-place concrete walls that are sandwiched between two layers of insulation material, mostly expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation forms. The foam blocks are used as interlocking blocks, connected with steel reinforcing rods. They offer well-insulated, airtight, energy-efficient building enclosures.

How are ICFs energy-efficient?

In terms of energy related high-performance, ICFs are efficient in two main ways. First, they seal very well, preventing air leakage through the walls. Second, they have two continuous layers of insulation-one inside and the other outside with no thermal bridges. Most importantly, this is a great mechanism to reduce the air infiltration and thereby, heat loss.

How are ICFs installed in homes?

ICFs are premade block structures that fit together like lego pieces. As in, they have interlocking structures that lock into each other seamlessly. The outside of the form is flat sheets of foam insulation. These sheets are connected with plastic framework. During construction, the ICF blocks are fitted together, laced with rebar, and filled with concrete. This concrete holds the blocks tightly.

ConcreteNetwork.com states, “Homes built with ICF walls require about 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than a comparable wood-frame house, based on a study of 58 single-family homes located throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

How are ICFs weather-resistant?

ICFs are highly resistant to earthquake/hurricane prone areas as they absorb shocks as well as withstand winds in excess of 250mph. As a result, they are greatly suitable for regions prone to severe weather because of their strong impact resistance.

Nexcem ICF blocks

Nexcem ICF manufacturers
Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms-Superior Design By Nature

Nexcem standard non-thermal ICF block units have an insulation value of R-8 to R-12. Block thickness and inherent insulation properties of the Nexcem material determine the R-value. These units have a range of insulation values from R14 to R28+ (thermal mass not included). The higher R values are achieved by incorporated mineral fiber insulation inserts within the cavity of the ICF concrete unit at the time of manufacture. As a consequence, the thickness of the insert incorporated will determine the overall R value of the wall assembly.

How are Nexcem blocks different?

The choice to use mineral fiber insulation is deliberate because of its non-combustible and moisture resistant properties that complement the Nexcem material. Mineral fiber is a great alternative to Styrofoam. Nexcem is a leading non-styrofoam insulated concrete form manufacturer. The insulation inserts in Nexcem thermal blocks are positioned toward the exterior of the wall which results in additional protection and energy efficiency that is not possible with other insulated concrete forms. Since the R-values for the thermal units are based on the unit type, you can choose the optimal insulation value based on the requirements of your specific application.

Nexcem blocks’ R-value range between between R-8 and R-28. The Nexcem material has an R-value of 1.75 per inch. This means that all Wall Forms regardless of thickness have a basic R-value of R-8.2. The R-value of the 10?, 12? and 14? units can be increased by incorporating additional insulation inserts into the Wall Form at the time of manufacture.

However, Nexcem also incorporates other ICF concrete material inserts (such as poly-isocyanurate) for higher R-values upon special request. Incorporating non-standard insulation inserts could achieve an R-value up to R-40.

What does this partnership between Internorm by NeuFenster windows/doors and Nexcem ICF blocks bring to the table?

Partnership between Internorm by NeuFenster and Nexcem ICF Manufacturers
Internorm By NeuFenster Partners with Nexcem ICFs Manufacturer.

According to Imre Máté, the Director of Business Development of Internorm By NeuFenster, “it is of at most importance to build quality structures to fulfill the desires of the customers in terms of security, comfort and yet be sustainable. The partnership between Internorm by NeuFenster and Nexcem ICF is a bridge creating a system and an envelope that is symbiotic and effective in creating high-performance Passive House standard homes. In conclusion, without stronger and better insulated walls, installing high-performance windows is not effective and similarly, choosing to install ICF walls without better insulated windows is a futile investment!”

Further, this partnership stresses harnessing of the concept of ‘thermal mass’ to regulate the internal temperature of the homes. Above all, this will enhance the energy performance of our living spaces. In addition, it aims at reducing the negative impact on the environment and save energy bills in the long run.

A Call for other ICF manufacturers to partner with Internorm by NeuFenster

Internorm By NeuFenster would like to take the opportunity to call for other ICF manufacturers to partner with us and hence, lend us a hand in building quality homes in Canada.

Therefore, partnerships between quality products’ is very crucial to build a quality housing community.

Please contact us if you are an ICF manufacturer in Canada who wants to partner with us.

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Side capture of the KF 405 Internorm window showing it's frame

ALUMINIUM ANODIC OXIDATION

Aluminium Anodic Oxidation is the second type of aluminium surface treatment after aluminium powder coating treatment that we dealt in detail in our previous blogpost.

The anodic oxidation – also called anodising – is an electrolytic process by which an oxide layer is created on an aluminium surface.

Why prefer Anodic Oxidation?

This oxide layer is more than hundred times thicker than the naturally formed layer. This way weather resistance and also resistance against chemical pollution is ensured. Additionally, the metallic character of profiles is being conserved over a long period.

Due to practical experiences as well as through weather experiments such as outdoor exposure in countryside, town, industrial and maritime climates, it was found that certain layer thicknesses are required to achieve a certain protective effect. In the building industry, protective layers of 20 ?m are usual for outside applications (up to 30 ?m for industrial atmosphere).

Next to thickness, proper compression is crucial for good protective effect of the oxide layer. Proper regular cleaning is required to retain the protective effect and keep it looking good.

Quality Criteria

Anodising is carried out according to quality control of EURAS/EWAA guidelines (Called QUALANOD now). QUALANOD is a quality label organisation founded in 1974. It is a standard set by several national associations encompassing architectural anodizers in the European Anodizers Association (EURAS) and in conjunction with the European Wrought Aluminium Association (EWAA). This organisation is committed to maintaining and promoting the quality of anodised aluminium and its alloys.

Evaluation of decorative looks of colour and structure is done without any aids, for outside viewing from a distance of 5 m, for inside viewing from a distance of 3 m.

 Anodized pre-treatment

Pre-treatment of anodised aluminium parts through transparent oxide layer is crucial for optical effect. Chemical pre-treatment through pickling (results in matt surface) or mechanical pre-treatment through brushing, sanding or polishing.

 Types of anodized surfaces

As a consequence to the above varying types of pre-treatment, various types of surfaces-dull, even-looking surface, gloss-surface, even light surface, smooth glossy surface or matte rough surface can be made. Two versions which imitate a metal surface look like stainless steel. As the surface treatment is based on anodising, the application is only available for aluminium elements in anodised quality.

Limitations of anodized aluminium surface treatment:

Although, this treatment has a lot of pros, there are reasons that weigh it down as listed below:

  1. With the anodised version, big colour differences can occur between aluminium profiles and aluminium sheets. Special sheet quality (Alcan red dot) is required to achieve a good match between profile material and aluminium sheet. Sheets with the conventional anodised quality are not sufficient.
  2. Quite a few of the parts of the doors and windows are not available anodized. Eg: Two-coloured portal profiles,Designer panels,glass covers (e.g. aluminium entrance door model ET-F); Ray connection (no anodised quality),
  3. With wielded (heat-treated) aluminium elements, structure difference can become a source of possible marks through heat treatment of semi-finished products. Please note this is specifically with weld connections (threaded bolt).
  4. Untreated semi-finished aluminium elements need to be stored in dry ventilated rooms as otherwise there is danger of pre-corrosion. Furthermore, always wear clean gloves during processing to prevent formation of corrosion (sweat from hands).
  5. One of the biggest disadvantages of anaodized surface treatment is that once scratched, it cannot be fixed or re-done.

But this is where Internorm’s aluminium anodized coated products have a higher edge over the other products as they are available in durax al colours. The option of having the durax al colours is advantageous in terms of getting them re-touched and re-done when scratched. So, it is highly recommended that one goes for durax al colours if you are choosing aluminium anodized oxidized surface treatment for your Internorm windows or doors. Below is a list of DuRAxal colour options that is available for Internorm products.

DuRaxAl colours

With the brief explaination on the topic above, one needs to weigh the pros and cons of using anodic oxidation versus other forms of aluminium surface coating.

Internorm uses both powder coating as well as anodic oxidation as methods of surface treatment on aluminium products.

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Diagram showing the composition of the layer of the powder coating of aluminium

Aluminium Powder Coating Treatment

Aluminium clad windows are increasingly becoming the smart choice for homebuilders. Environmentally friendly, durable, weather-resistant and easy to maintain, aluminuim has therefore become a popular choice. Aluminium is equipped with very good natural corrosion protection as a thin transparent oxide layer forms already on the blank metal surface. Based on qualitative considerations, the surface of aluminium profiles is treated and protected by colour coating (powder coating) or anodising oxidation. Aluminium Powder coating is hence, a standard proceedure which is explained below.

Internorm windows and doors have an extensive range of aluminium clad windows and doors which go through this standard proceedure in their making.

What are the advantages of Powder-coating?

Powder-coated aluminium facades have been used in architecture for more than 20 years. With proper care they can withstand demands of environmental and climatic influences.

With powder coating, an electrically charged paint powder is applied to aluminium profiles and afterwards burned-in (approx. 180°C). Through this, a closed polyester resin film is formed which is characterised by high resistance against environmental influences and mechanical stress.

Weather resistance is measured through laboratory tests along with short term as well as long term weather resistance tests. With long term tests, coated aluminium profiles are exposed to natural UV radiation and are checked and evaluated in regular intervals for residual gloss and colour changes.

Colour coated aluminium profiles are also checked for resistance to chemicals (e.g.: mortar, cleaners etc.) and also offer relevant protection for these. Electrostatic powder coating is therefore, environmental-friendly technology as it completely avoids any solvents. Correct cleaning should be carried out twice per year or depending on the degree of dirt, more often.

What is the Set-up of powder-coated surface?Diagram showing the composition of the layer of the powder coating of aluminium

  • Suitable pre-treatment is the most essential pre-requisite for a lasting coated metal surface. Degreasing and staining remove dirt and the natural aluminium oxide layer.
  • Above this, a thin yellow or green chromite layer is applied to provide a good adhesion and prevent infiltration on cutting edges or with paint damage.
  • The powder layer is applied on top of the chromate layer and burnt in. The thickness of the powder coating is approx. 50 – 150 ?m depending on profile geometry and colour.

What are the Quality criteria of a powder coated surface?

Powder coating is an industrial coating which is carried out according to the quality criteria of the GSB International (GSB AL 631). This provides the quality label, licensing and regulations for the coating of building components and pre-treatment of chemicals.

Evaluation of decorative appearance (colour, structure, etc.) is rather made without the use of any tools. The following viewing distances apply for quality assessment:

Outside viewing with 3 m distance and inside viewing with 2 m distance

Gloss level

The required gloss level of surface with powder coating depends on the type of colours-(Standard/Special) used on the aluminium surface. Standard colours manufactured with matte surface require about approximately 25±5% gloss level. Whereas the special colours according to the RAL chart manufactured with gloss surface require about almost 80 to 95% of gloss.

What is HM (HWF)?

HWF is highly weather-resistant and fading resistant powder coating. Here, the surface is treated with improved gloss and colour retention properties. This characteristic is available in limited pigments due to certain limitations. It has lower chalking tendency. Therefore, the high-quality coating of the HMF surfaces result in high value retention of property. In addition, HMF coated aluminium products have been tested in extreme weather conditions in South Florida.

Furthermore, this coating is certified and approved by the QUALICOAT quality label which is an international association of product quality for liquid and powder coatings on aluminuim for architectural applications.

The above explained standard and a quality proceedure is consequently, a testimony of the way powder coating is done on Internorm’s aluminium clad windows and doors.

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