Thermal break technology

Thermal break methodology

Thermally broken window and door frames offer several advantages including energy efficiency, decreased condensation and reduced radiated cold, resulting in money saved and comfort increased.

After extensive research and testing, the EDGE team determined the best results could be attained for our clients by combining both Polyurethane and Polyamide strip technology in the U-MAX™ thermal break window and door frames.

Types of thermal break barriers

The process of debridging removes a minimum of 5.5mm of metal, creating a break in excess of the requirements of the formal definition of a thermal break. (more)
A Polyamide strip is crimped between two separate extrusions. (more)
A simple, efficient system with a thermal separator or spacer and external clamp bar which is through fixed to retain the separator and create the break.

Thermal break benefits

Long considered the “thermal wound” of a building, windows and doors notoriously allow outside temperatures inside, costing money, wasting fuels and reducing the usable space in a building. Thermal break offers a better way.

In colder climates, the thermal break reduces heating cost and the reduction of “cold spots” within rooms.

In warmer climates, the thermal break  reduces cooling costs generated by the heat that transfers through a standard frame and radiates into a room.

In humid climates, thermally broken frames reduce condensation. Condensation on window frames results in water pooling on sills and often tracking onto walls and floors. Water damage and mould are the inevitable consequence of condensation on frames.

Increased energy efficiency in a building leads to lower energy costs and increased liability of a space. An environment with a more effectively controlled climate is more pleasant from wall-to-wall. The end user doesn’t find cold spots or hot spots they want to avoid.

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