Which version of Lumi is right for your project?
Which version of Lumi is right for your project?
Windows aren’t the kind of item you buy on a whim. You need to do your research and find windows that not only match the look/décor of your home but also fulfil needs you mightn’t have thought of before.
With any considered purchase, it helps to get a little clarity on all the distinct and specific features a product has. When it comes to our high-quality windows, there can be a lot to think about, especially if you’re buying for the first time.
Thankfully, Lumi windows have something for every home. We have a small but mighty range of window options to choose from, and it helps to know what you should be looking at in terms of material and size. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking of buying Lumi windows.
Getting to know why Aluminium is a great material for windows
Aluminium windows are an excellent option for many people looking to improve their homes. Aluminium as a material is strong, lightweight, and affordable while still providing a pleasing look to the exterior of your house.
Lumi aluminium windows are made from aluminium frames. This helps create a window which is lighter and slimmer with the same resistance and strength of larger traditional double and triple-glazed windows.
If you’d like to see our full range of aluminium window options, click here to view our most recent brochure.
Knowing why Profile Thickness matters
For an outsider to the window industry, picking a window system can be a daunting task. After all, how can you be expected to know the difference between a 56mm window profile and a 72mm window profile? We offer Lumi windows in three different thicknesses (56mm,72mm & 80mm). Here’s a little on when you’d opt for one over another.
56mm Profile Windows
56mm is most popular in England, due to differences in window openings (known as reveals). In England, openings are generally squared off, allowing for a slimmer profile to be used without having to worry about clearance. Many customers prefer the 56mm profile to the 72mm profile, largely due to the slimmer frame blocking out less of your view and letting in more daylight.
72mm Profile Windows
72mm Profile is most popular in Ireland, where window openings step in and get narrower on the outside of the window, leaving a ledge which the window is sealed against to provide a stronger external seal. The downside of this method is that window profiles have to be thicker to accommodate the outside opening being narrower and provide the necessary clearance. One advantage of the larger profile is that it allows for additional reinforcing, perfect for large, heavy windows. It’s also great in north-facing homes and when you need windows that can brave the elements.
80mm Profile Windows
Our 80mm profile is made from fibreglass and is designed to be the ultimate energy-efficient window system. It’s designed with new builds in mind and specialises in exceptionally large windows. Fibreglass offers an incredible strength-to-weight ratio as well as energy efficiency, so you really are getting the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for a stand-out feature window in an open-plan space, 80mm is the way to go.
Need help knowing what size window to get?
While it’s useful to know what you’re getting, it’s also not something to get too concerned about. We’ll do our part to make sure you’re getting the right option to suit your project. If you have any doubts, whether it be about profile height or what thickness to go for, you can get us on 03300 415 014 or by emailing email@example.com
The Glazing Conundrum: Double or Triple?
An age-old battle; which is better, double glazing or triple glazing?
For all of our Lumi projects, we’ll review your project to make sure both double and triple glazing are being utilised to their full extent, allowing each option to play to its strengths. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, which is important to know about:
Advantages of Double Glazed Lumi windows
One of the main advantages of double glazing is, that it’s significantly cheaper than triple glazing. With less raw materials and lighter installations, double-glazed windows can be very cost-effective.
Double glazing also excels over triple glazing for Solar Gain. Double-glazed windows offer around 10% greater solar gain than triple-glazed windows. This makes them perfect for the south-face of your home, which gets most of the sunlight during the day.
Disadvantages of Double Glazed Lumi Windows
With double glazing, you’re not getting such an incredibly high level of insulation. Noise reduction also isn’t as strong as triple glazing, but it can be hard to even notice the difference.
Advantages Of Triple Glazed Lumi Windows
The major advantage to triple glazing is increased insulation and U-values (around 50% better than our double-glazed version). A triple-glazed window will leave your home warmer and quieter than a double-glazed alternative.
Disadvantages of Triple Glazed Lumi Windows
Triple-glazed windows work out considerably more expensive than double-glazed windows, however, they also bring along some advantages too
Triple glazing also decreases heat gained from sunlight. While this not be optimal when it’s cold outside, it means when we do get a heat wave or a spell of warm weather, it’ll help to keep your home cooler, with any heat not being captured in the cold being more than made up for by the increased insulation of the windows.
So where do you go from here?
While there’s no one size fits all solution to windows, there are plenty of different options available to mix and match. If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to speak to our expert team for advice on your project and learn how Lumi windows could be just what you need in your home.