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Latest Trends from Europe

Latest Trends from Europe

Monday, April 09, 2018

A recent visit to the world’s largest window fair Fensterbau Frontale 2018 in Germany revealed the latest trends in windows and doors. The main focus was on integrated drainage for level threshold doors, airtight window installation, sophisticated entrance door designs, burglary resistance and shading options, as well as smart home and automation solutions. Thresholds Whether it be hinged doors or sliding doors, the trend towards level thresholds has been noticed here in Australia over the last few years. However there was also a high chance of water penetration issues during heavy downpours. A number of companies have now invested time
Windows with Quality Assurance

Windows with Quality Assurance

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Windows and doors of a building carry many responsibilities and are used every day. They ensure inhabitants can get in and out of the building, and take in the view of a garden or the street, and allow light and fresh air to enter the rooms. But in the background they work hard as the link between inside and outside. Windows and doors must insulate from the heat or cold, reduce noise, provide security, and on top of that – also look good! These are many tasks all at the same time. Only those consumers who receive a quality product

Indoor / Outdoor Living: Bi-fold Doors

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Alfresco living is much in demand for entertaining. The trend towards building homes with an abundance of natural light and a seamless connection between interior and exterior spaces is growing. Open up your house with either sliding doors, French doors or bi-fold doors. What are the advantages of each and which one should you chose? Let’s look at bi-fold doors Imagine an opening of up to 10 meters wide or up to 2.8 meters high, removing the barrier between indoors and outdoors to create one large entertainment area where friends can mingle with a glass of wine and nibbles, have
Window Coverings for Tilt & Turn Windows and Doors

Window Coverings for Tilt & Turn Windows and Doors

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We often get asked what to do with curtains or blinds when we make tilt and turn windows for our clients. Here are some possible answers including the latest in window furnishings. With a double or triple glazed Paarhammer window you should only need curtains or blinds for privacy and decoration, not for insulation to keep the cold or heat out. Having said that, it is always important to shade your windows from the summer sun with the best results achieved by external shading, especially on the western side of your home. Curtains for tilt & turn windows How far
Keep flies outside

Keep flies outside

Thursday, November 16, 2017

In joking, the Australian salute or greeting is a wave of a hand in front of ones face. Why? Flies of course! They serve an important role in our eco system but are annoying and we generally don’t want them in the house. As Paarhammer windows open to the inside, we often get asked “what about a flyscreen?” The answer is easy - the flyscreen is fitted to the outside of the window or door. Depending on the product range, Paarhammer removable flyscreens are either made with a timber frame in the same colour as the outside of the window
New Building Regulations coming soon

New Building Regulations coming soon

Monday, October 09, 2017

At the recent conference of the Australian Windows Association (AWA), new upcoming building regulations were announced. Policy changes to enable greenhouse gas reductions are being discussed with changes for commercial buildings possible as early as 2019 as per the Australian Building Codes Board 2017. Residential building requirement changes may be introduced in 2022. Other key points are to recognise NABERS Energy and Green Star as compliance options, and ensuring that residential buildings perform well year round. These will soon be reflected in the National Construction Code, and State and Territory specific regulations.  Buildings are responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas

Client Experience - Watch Video Clip

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The journey with Paarhammer often begins with a show room visit for a meet and greet to see the products first hand, operate the German hardware, and take a tour of the factory to see production in action. With a variety of ranges, timbers, finishes and glass to choose from, a visit in person to our factory or a visit to our stand at the latest home expo can help with the final selection. Discussing the scope of work over a coffee is a great way to get to know our clients window needs, understand the objectives of their individual

Energy Efficient Video Series

Monday, September 11, 2017

  Video 1: High Level Energy Efficiency This video provides information on what is driving the requirement for energy efficiency, including the 2015 Paris Agreement; general energy policy; aims for future energy targets and compliance with the National Construction Code and state and territory specific regulations. Video 2: The science of energy and energy efficiency The science of energy and energy efficiency is investigates here and it includes information on the factors that affect energy requirements including in depth information on the physics behind window performance U-Values (comparison to R-values); Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient; low-E coatings; double glazing and triple
Architectural Window Hardware

Architectural Window Hardware

Saturday, August 19, 2017

No longer just a hinge and a lock The quality of window and door products is enhanced by hardware which seals against the elements, is easy to operate, while at the same time discouraging burglars. The tilt & turn hardware fittings feature the flexibility of two opening positions. The sash will swing inward - casement style - when opened in the turn position. Alternatively, hinges at the bottom and a tilting arm at the top allow it to open inward at the top like a hopper window (tilt). Both actions are activated by the turn of the handle, a smooth
Home Security

Home Security

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Security is very important, especially in your own home. Paarhammer entrance doors feature concealed multi-point locks with pin-bolts and hook-bolts, and our energy efficient windows offer optimal security by using multi-point metal-to-metal locking. Household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia. In some areas statistics mention a burglary rate as high as 1 in 11 households, while in other areas it is 1 in 27 or 35. The tendency is rising in most areas. Crime statistics agency data shows that home invasions are up by 40%, with the majority of burglaries taking place when no one is
Bushfire - Policy Changes NSW RFS

Bushfire - Policy Changes NSW RFS

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The latest fact sheet by the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) details their policy changes in relation to Combustible Construction in Bush Fire-Prone Areas. Paarhammer fire resistant windows and doors, tested to and compliant with AS1530.8.1 and AS1530.8.2 respectively, are permitted to be used in BAL-FZ areas in NSW. The factsheet states that ‘for building elements subject to a radiant heat flux of greater than 29kW/m2, the use of exposed timber is generally not suitable without specific testing in accordance with suitable protocols.’ Paarhammer windows, doors, sliding doors and fixed glass units have been tested to BAL-40 in 2010
New low-maintenance Entrance Doors

New low-maintenance Entrance Doors

Friday, May 26, 2017

The entrance door reflects the individuality of a home – and its owners - like nothing else. As the actively used interface between public and private spaces, it has a high architectural value but also has to satisfy function. The new doors from Paarhammer combine both and are low maintenance to boot. The new aluminium door range is available in different designs and colours with or without glass inserts. All doors are highly energy efficient with U-value starting from a low 1.4. The Pu-foam filled panels have a thickness of 46mm, and feature double or triple glazing if used. Side