Modern double-glazed steel windows minimise these problems. West Leigh Ltd has gone a step further and introduced the W50TB steel window. This system is based on highly engineered, thermally broken steel sections. Importantly, these have been designed to be as similar as possible to solid, hot rolled steel sections of the W20 and W40 steel windows which, as the bedrock of steel window manufacturing, are key to the aesthetic of so much of our built heritage since the 1920s.
Both the W20 and W40 ranges comply with current building regulations for thermal performance and offer incredible versatility. Rather than replacing these steel window profiles, the W50TB extends the range of solutions and lends itself to heritage buildings as well as outstanding contemporary architecture. Initially at least, it is likely to be employed in top end commercial buildings where the highest thermal performance is required but the essence of the classic profiles of the W20 and W40 needs to be retained.
For designers, the W50TB not only offers superior thermal performance, it also provides all the benefits traditionally associated with steel windows: slender profiles, clear sight lines, big panes of glass, good light transmission and large opening windows. As with the vast selection of other steel windows, doors, screens and internal partitions that are available, West Leigh can manufacture, supply and install W50TB products.
As with the W20 and W40 windows, a wide range of handles and stays is available to complement the windows in both traditional and contemporary styles. Concealed frictions hinges and multi-locking systems may also be used to provide the highest level of security. The glazing units can be specified to achieve the same decorative aesthetic as in the past with clear, leaded and heritage styles available.
For the industry, specifier and ultimately the end user, the introduction of a thermally-broken product opens many new opportunities and secures an exciting and continuing place for steel windows at the forefront of fantastic architecture.
If you would like anymore information on W50TB, get in touch with the team.