FAQ

If you are interested in any of high quality aluminium systems for your project, we have anetwork of dealers/installers throughout the United States that can advise on productchoice and installation.

As all our jobs are custom made (built especially for you) it generally takes between 4-8weeks to complete a project lot of windows and doors depending on our workload, size andtype of your job. We are more than happy to talk to you about your time lines for yourorder.

For all our projects we like to spend time with you talking through the scope of your projectsand the options we have available this enables us to provide you a windows & doors quotethat fits your requirements.

We would normally supply the window frame with the glass, if you have a reason to supply your own glass come and talk to the team about your requirements.

The SIMPAS Live Better collection features an extensive range of products in hundreds of colours and finishes for bespoke designs:
Aluminium windows and doors
Sliding patio doors
Curtainwalls
Bifold doors
Pivot doors
Slim Frame Windows
Entrance Doors
All types of glass

Yes we sure can. We specialize in create custom made windows and doors to suit your space.

We use energy efficient safety glass from most trusted glass suppliers. We use safety glass as a standard, meaning our glass windows and doors are stronger and more secure than standard single glazing. Depending on your location, budget and building requirements, we can supply single, double or thermal glazing for your windows and doors. This ensures you get the most cost effective and energy efficient solution for you.

We can custom build any size window or door that you need. Provide us with the measurements of the existing window or door frame, or the opening you have, and we’ll supply the correct product.

Of course. In fact we only use safety glass in our windows and doors, not standard laminate. This means that all of our products are stronger and more secure than market standards, making your home or business safer from adverse weather and accidents.

We can make your windows and doors in a huge range of colours, meaning we can match to your existing fixtures or install new products to suit your home or business aesthetic. Aluminium frames are available in any RAL colour, thanks to a process called powder coating. Grey’s and blacks are a very popular colour amongst architects, especially when creating a contemporary new build, with wow-factor glazing. You can also choose to have dual colours, whereby you would have a different colour on the outside of the window compared to the inside, allowing you to match the frame colours perfectly with your property and decor.

 Aluminium is a great option for window frames and front doors, and is especially popular for glazed doors, due to the lightweight robust profile, which is capable of hosting wide spans of glass. Aluminium frames offer slim sight-lines, improved security and high thermal efficiency. The smooth finish and flexibility in colour make them a very popular choice for contemporary builds.

Aluminium is durable and requires little upkeep, a simple wipe with a damp soapy cloth is what we recommend for cleaning. Its a great option for exposed locations, such as near the coast, or an estuary. With a pre-anodised finish, the frames are even better equipped to resist the effects of the harsh elements such as salt air from coastal locations.

As aluminium profiles are easy to work with, thin profiles with neat, square edges are easier to achieve with aluminium over PVCu or wood; both of which would have much thicker/wider frames. As well as contemporary builds, aluminium can also be used for traditional properties. Aluminium allows you to create a period style metal frame with a modern twist, helping to create an architectural feature of your windows.

This question can have multiple answers depending on your location. Advances in glass has also meant there are many options for thermal insulation these days.
Double glazed glass provides good thermal insulation. Due to the air space between the two panels, less heat is transferred between the exterior and interior of your home. This means that in winter less heat is lost to the outside, and in summer less heat is allowed inside.

In terms of sound insulation, the most effective glass is laminated glass, as it absorbs sound more effectively than any other variety of glass.

Aluminium is a great option for window frames and front doors, and is especially popular for glazed doors, due to the lightweight robust profile, which is capable of hosting wide spans of glass. Aluminium frames offer slim sight-lines, improved security and high thermal efficiency. The smooth finish and flexibility in colour make them a very popular choice for contemporary builds.

Everything is made to order and we do not keep any stock. All our orders are custom made to suit your needs

In most cases, aluminium is a stronger material choice than uPVC, which allows us to make a slimmer frame featuring a larger glass surface. Aluminium also tend to have a longer life expectancy than uPVC, resulting in a higher price tag.

 

Yes, provided they are thermally broken using polyamide. All of our windows are fitted with innovative polyamide thermal break technology to prevent heat loss. Aluminium windows from SIMPAS Live Better will keep your home/office warm all year round whilst saving you money on your energy bills.

All of our windows are designed and manufactured to meet your personal specifications. For this reason, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer as to how much they will cost as the price will vary with each situation.
Aluminium windows have an impressive life expectancy of 30 years. When made of the highest quality, their lifespan can increase a further 10 years. Although they are initially more expensive than uPVC they tend to last much longer, making them an investment worth looking into.

Although they feature a slimmer frame, they are extremely secure. They are much harder to damage compared to other materials such as uPVC and timber.
When you purchase an aluminium window from SIMPAS Live Better you benefit from;
Multi-point locks – From the leading and most recognised company in the lock industry, multi-point locks provide an extra layer of security.

Casement windows are the most popular window choice for homeowners in the US due to their modern and sleek design. Suitable for all types of properties, our casement aluminium windows are extremely energy efficient and perform exceptionally all year round.

Our products are manufactured at our only factory location at Ampelia, Ioannina in Greece. To see the location tap here: https://simpasus.com/contact-us/

Low-E glass refers to glass with a low-emissivity coating. It reduces heat gain or loss by reflecting long-wave infrared energy (heat) and therefore, decreases the U-value and solar heat gain, and in doing so, improves the energy efficiency of the glazing. Because of its relative neutrality in appearance and energy efficiency, low-E glass is widely used in residential and commercial buildings and is expected to continue to increase in usage in the coming years.
Based on how it is manufactured, low-E glass can fall into two categories: pyrolytic deposition (hard coat) and vacuum deposition (sputter coating) low-E. The difference between the two is that the pyrolytic deposition method applies various metals to molten glass during the float glass manufacturing process. Vacuum deposition, on the other hand, applies various metals off-line in a large vacuum chamber. Pyrolytic coatings have higher solar heat gains and U-values and may not meet energy codes. They also can be less crisp in appearance compared to sputter coatings. Sputter coatings are offered in a wide variety of color and performance options, including post-temperable versions, and can meet and exceed energy code requirements.
Guardian Industries manufactures SunGuard brand post-temperable sputter coatings at multiple locations in the U.S. and Europe. The SunGuard coatings are sputter coatings, not pyrolytic.

Currently, the industry offers low-E on both the #2 surface and the #3 surface. On which surface would you recommend applying the coating to achieve the best solar performance?
Most commercial or residential buildings in the U. S. are glazed with the low-E coating on the #2 surface for the maximum benefit in reducing heat gain to the interior of a structure. Reducing solar heat gain in the summer is more important for commercial buildings than increasing solar gain in the winter because the cost to air-condition a building is much higher than its heating cost. Low-E on the #2 surface reduces solar heat gain to the building’s interior. Certain low-E coatings are approved for #3 surface applications, but require a tinted or coated outboard lite. Please consult Guardian for a product recommendation based on glass make-up.

Glass specifying can be a very complicated and time-consuming process. It starts from the fundamental question: What is the building’s overall function and design purpose, and what role can glass play to achieve the design objectives? Several key considerations include, but are not limited to, aesthetics, light transmission, energy performance requirements and codes, safety requirements and codes, etc. The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) “Specifiers Guide to Architectural Glass” is a good reference.

Guardian has developed a Product Performance Comparison Tool to assist in comparing the performance data for SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass products. This tool will also generate a short-form specification

U-factor and U-value are interchangeable terms referring to a measure of the heat gain or loss through glass due to the difference between indoor and outdoor air temperatures. U-factor or U-value is also referred to as the overall coefficient of heat transfer. A lower U-value indicates better insulating properties. The units are Btu/(hr)(ft²)(°F).

R-Value equals a measure of the resistance of the glazing to heat flow. It is determined by dividing the U-value into 1, (R-value = 1/U-value). A higher R-value indicates better insulating properties of the glazing. R-Value is not typically used as a measurement for glazing products. Both U-value and R-value are a measure of resistance to heat flow and are referenced here to help understand U-value.

Insulating Glass Units (IG Units) can be made with air or other gases between the two lites of glass. While air itself is a good insulator, filling the gap between the glass panes with a lower-conductivity gas such as argon can improve performance by reducing conductive and convective heat transfers. This phenomenon results from the fact that the density of the gas is greater than the density of the air. Air-filled IG units are commonly used in commercial applications. However, an argon-filled IG unit sometimes might be required in order to meet specific requirements and energy codes.
The use of a less conductive gas in an IG unit has insulating benefits but may come at a higher initial cost compared to an air-filled IG unit. There are also concerns about maintaining the gas fill levels over time. Argon permeation is greater than air for most IG sealants, which can result in negative pressure in the IG air space. Argon-filled units also cannot use breather tubes for high-altitude applications.

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the percent of solar energy incident on the glass that is transferred indoors both directly and indirectly through the glass. The direct gain portion is the solar energy transmittance, while the indirect is the fraction of solar energy incident on the glass that is absorbed and re-radiated or transmitted through convection indoors. For example, 1/8″ (3.1 mm) uncoated clear glass has an SHGC of approximately 0.86, of which 0.84 is direct gain (solar transmittance) and 0.02 is indirect gain (convection / re-radiation).

The Shading Coefficient (SC) is a measure of the heat gain through glass from solar radiation. Specifically, the Shading Coefficient is the ratio between the solar heat gain for a particular type of glass and that of double-strength clear glass. A lower Shading Coefficient indicates lower solar heat gain. For reference, 1/8″ (3.1 mm) clear glass has a value of 1.00 (SC is an older term being replaced by the SHGC).

In either case, a lower number indicates improved solar control over the 1/8″ clear glass baseline. With a long air-conditioning season, it is most important to reduce solar gain and therefore reduce air-conditioning loads.

New high-performance windows offer a number of benefits such as decreased energy costs, vastly improved comfort, and a possible increase in home value. Increased comfort is the greatest benefit a homeowner will experience after replacing windows. New windows can decrease drafts, keep more heated or conditioned air in a home, and eliminate the sweltering and chilling effects of sitting right next to a window. On average, installing new energy efficient windows will make a home more valuable.

New high-performance windows offer a number of benefits such as decreased energy costs, vastly improved comfort, and a possible increase in home value. Increased comfort is the greatest benefit a homeowner will experience after replacing windows. New windows can decrease drafts, keep more heated or conditioned air in a home, and eliminate the sweltering and chilling effects of sitting right next to a window. On average, installing new energy efficient windows will make a home more valuable.
The NFRC is a non-profit organization that provides fair and accurate window labeling and ratings based on energy efficiency and performance. Windows that are certified by the NFRC have undergone several quality inspections and energy efficiency tests. Certified windows are adorned with a label depicting the most important window performance information.

Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a single-number system used to rate the airborne sound transmission performance of a window, wall, panel, ceiling, etc. The higher the STC number, the better the product’s ability to block sound transmission.