Apeer has launched a range of aluminium casement windows under its Silka brand following a curious twist of development that began with the quest to match the manufacturer’s ali lookalike doors.

The company says homeowners had asked for windows with a surface to match its Silka residential doors which, ironically, were designed to give an aluminium look to a GRP-faced residential door – hence the name.

Since then, Silka has been developed into a significant sub-brand of Apeer, with a range of door styles made in its own dedicated factory space.

The Silka window range boasts a 50mm sightline which designers believe to be the slimmest to offer triple glazing.

Profile thickness is 66mm with the aluminium foam-filled profiles powder coated in the 60-micron thick, fine textured ‘Silka’ finish as standard. Marine grade power coating is an option. The system is capable of achieving an ‘A’ rating with triple glazed units. Colour will be anthracite grey or black and with white internally as an option. A wider colour palette is available, with longer lead times.

The range also includes the Silka Lift ‘n’ Slide door with 144mm Aluminium profile thickness, standard or 25mm extension cill, 5-point locking, and Siegenia hardware, and heavy-duty rollers capable of carrying for 300kgs. Thermal performance is said to matching the Silka window.

Managing director Asa McGillian said: “When we developed the Silka finish it was for one or two door styles that would become part of our larger range but it was so popular immediately with all door buyers, not just those with aluminium windows, that we had to ramp up production and add new styles.

He continued: “It’s not lost on me of course, the irony that we developed Silka to emulate aluminium and now we have a range of aluminium windows of our own. But this comes from demand, from significant numbers of homeowners that are asking if we supply aluminium windows to match Silka doors. So, we have obliged them.”

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