So ALL Box™ joinery is in aluminium right? Correct. But there are still many decisions to be made.
- Black. Silver. White: About 95% of homeowners go for our matt black joinery. And there’s a good reason for that. Not only is black in keeping with the low-key cladding of our homes, but it doesn’t reflect light. As a recessive colour, it does not detract the eye from any view through the glazing.
- Standard aluminium frame or insulated (thermally broken) frame: If you live in the centre of the North Island, or down South, insulated will make a toasty difference. In Auckland, the value/cost proposition isn’t as great. You will typically pay an extra $10-$15 K for a houseload of insulated frame windows.
- Standard double-glazing (with air between the panes) or argon gas-filled double glazing: See above.
- Full-length glass or vision rails: Vision rails naturally serve the purpose of safety in that small children are less likely to launch themselves through a window or sliding-door pane. But did you know that it is also less expensive to have vision rails because only the bottom panes need then be made of costlier toughened glass.
- Casement or awning: When side-hung casement windows are opened, they let the rain in. Awning windows are hinged at the top so are shower proof.
- Tinted or not: Tinting protects furniture from harsh UV and heat, particularly in a bach that gets closed up for long periods. Also helps with privacy.
We are very touchy about our modernist appeal so our strategy for joinery is:
- Floor-to-ceiling glazing (except where there’s a bench seat). Always take the window up to the ceiling so there are no bulkheads or lintels on view – in keeping with our streamlined aesthetic.
- No transoms (the cross bar on glazing) positioned at eye level when seated or even lazing in bed.
- Louvres in bathrooms and laundries for cross-ventilation (also can be left open while maintaining security.)
- Tall slot windows are a Box™ trademark. We just like them.