The traditional Indian wooden window has been re-designed by Fenesta with sumptuous features to make it chic and functional. A look by RANJANI GOVIND

Wood for window frames and shutters does add a rich look, but the material is not devoid of disadvantages. It especially adds more to the maintenance woes when out in the open to nature's mercy.

Always exposed to the outer environs, rain splashes on wooden windows are enough reasons to bring in dampness-related issues such as discoloration, expansion and decay.

Metal windows are other alternatives available in the market, even as the choice of wood has increased and quality finishes in polishing have surfaced for anti-termite and wear and tear protections.

However, filling the gap between metal and wood, India's windows and doors company Fenesta, dealing with UPVC windows, has announced its latest launch — villa windows — in Karnataka.

The company had earlier included a triple sealing system to its sliding windows to completely obliterate noise and dust, a rain-track for draining water outside…all this precision-engineered to withstand wind loads up to 3000 Pa (249 km/h) fitted with a special hurricane bar for high-rises.

Grill and mesh

Fenesta's villa window integrates the traditional Indian window design of grill and mesh (made of wood) with UPVC, the new age window material highly popularised by the company in India.

Fenesta's 95 per cent strength is derived from galvanised steel reinforcement, inserted in the UPVC (Un-plastered Poly Vinyl Chloride) profiles. UPVC is a widely used technology in South-East Asia and China. In Europe, over 70 percent of the windows and doors in the replacement market see UPVC. They are weather-enduring, do not discolour, fire retardant, termite proof, and look plain and non-dramatic.

Says Ram Kumar, Zonal Head-Karnataka, “The Fenesta villa window's dramatic shift (from the traditional grill and mesh on wooden frame) consists of an engineered UPVC frame that can accommodate a grill for security and a mesh to prevent insects from entering the home. The advanced UPVC blend makes the windows weather proof and provides insulation against noise and dust. It saves on air-conditioning costs and has negligible maintenance. Add to that the various wooden finishes, the villa window offers the best traditional window designs, rich finish and the benefits of UPVC.”

The villa window also expands the design possibilities available to home owners and architects. For the first time, sizes that span entire balconies and rise from floor to ceiling can be made in casements (windows with sash that open outside). In addition, bays, arches, and French windows can be created as the material has the flexibility of aluminium.

Exceptional strength

Fenesta has worked on specially designed steel reinforcements for exceptional strength to windows. The mullion provides adequate strength for use in high-rise buildings as well. The villa windows can withstand high velocity winds without the whistling or rattling through the window. In addition, Fenesta claims the villa windows will allow users to create bay windows at any angle, or for a slider-and-casement combo. Contemporary designs like glass-to-glass joints that allow windows to join at the corners without any members further add elements of style.

Design freedom

Says Ram Kumar, “Design freedom is also complemented with variety finishes that include light oak (teak), mahogany and walnut and pristine white.

Their insulation is through multiple-point locks, fusion-welded joints, and double sealing that ensure the non-entry of noise, dust and pollution. It cuts air conditioning costs by 30 per cent, and its fire retardant blend ensures safety.”

Consistency

The company explains that since Fenesta windows are factory made, they don't pose any problems in quality and consistency. The extrusion plant in Kota manufactures UPVC blend, especially engineered for India's harsh climate.

The profiles are extruded in Kota are sent to factories across the country.

The fabrication units of Fenesta are located in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Bhiwadi. The company has forged a technical collaboration with Spectus Window Systems, U.K. Priced upwards of Rs. 500 sq. ft, the windows can be customised in terms of size and specifications and will be available across the country.

Call 41231552, 41231553, 98450 71524 for details. Visit www.fenesta.com