Extended to doors

The Smartglass brand from Clayton Glass – synonymous with conservatory glass – has been bought to the bifolding and patio door markets, with Smartglass-W.

Typically, the glass used in ‘A’ rated and above windows is designed with an element of solar heat gain within the calculations. This is all well and good in typical domestic properties for replacement windows, but where there are large areas of glass this is the exact opposite of what is required from a technical standpoint – when there is on average 5m2 of glass in a typical bifolding door that is 2,100mm high x 3,000mm wide and assuming 80% glass coverage.  

Smartglass-W has been designed to minimise solar heat gain in bifolding and patio doors, along with all conservatory side frames, and there are three variants in the range. All boast warm edge technology, argon filling and a U-value of 1.0W/m2K, with enhanced versions offering anti-fade properties, self-cleaning properties, along with enhanced acoustics and security.

The cost differential between the entry level Smartglass-W and the typical glass used in ‘A’ rated windows is marginal, yet the performance differential is considerable, according to the company. There’s also the benefit of deliveries direct to site to any UK mainland postcode within the Clayton Glass fleet of vehicles, five days a week and with am delivery option.

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director of Clayton Glass, said: “Technically better performing glass for bifolding and patio doors is great for the sector, with the obvious sell on opportunities for installation businesses eager to capitalise on a sales hook.”