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What is Super Spacer?
Standard windows use a highly conductive metal spacer bar to hold the two panes of glass apart, which sucks heat from inside to the outside. Super Spacer introduces no-metal warm edge technology to windows, helping to deliver windows of the highest standards. Super Spacer® is a no-metal, pre-desiccated, structural foam spacer system. Its award winning, patented Thermal Set Spacer (TSS) technology gives the ultimate in high performance spacer systems. Since it was first introduced in 1989, Super Spacer has become the dominant force in thermally efficient spacer systems.
Super Spacer has 100% memory and allows for expansion and contraction, a major cause of fractures in conventional sealed units. In accelerated testing Super Spacer has been shown to last over twice as long as other dual seal systems and five times longer than single seal systems.
Windows using Super Spacer achieve the highest Window Energy Ratings from the British Fenestration Ratings Council, allowing every step of the supply chain to win more business.
Most PVC-U and traditional timber windows include low line glazing beads and gaskets. This creates problems for standard aluminium spacer bars which protrude into the sightline of the window. Super Spacer has a lower sightline (equivalent to only 9.8mm from the edge of the glass) which eradicates the problem.
Super Spacer also takes on the appearance of the colour of the profile into which it is glazed. For example, if Super Spacer is glazed into white profile the spacer reflects back white. This eliminates the need to stock a wide range of different colours and simplifies ordering and stock control.
It also passed EN1279 Part 2 and Part 3 – a legal requirement for all sealed units and Super Spacer is subjected to rigorous testing worldwide to meet the customers’ needs internationally. This means Super Spacer is proven to withstand temperatures from -15° to 125°, well beyond any temperatures we experience in the UK.
Help & FAQs:
Warm Edge Technology – The Reality Behind The Hype:
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers on Warm Edge Technology.
- What is the definition of warm edge?
- Aren’t all warm edge technology spacer systems the same?
- How large a unit can Super Spacer support?
- Can Super Spacer help noise reduction?
- How durable is Super Spacer?
Warm Edge Technology is a generic term for any spacer bar or system that has better thermal performance than highly conductive aluminum spacer bar.
While we use the generic term WET, there are many different types, some with higher performing attributes than others. Different types include stainless steel; plastic spacers with and without metal backing; tin plated U-shaped spacers; flexible spacers from thermoplastic matrix; butyl-matrix spacers and thermoset structural foam spacer systems.
An outstanding trial took place at Schollglas in Dresden, Germany where Super Spacer® TriSeal™ was applied to 2 float glass panels, each with an area of 20.79 m² and a thickness of 6mm. Held simply by TriSeal alone the panels were immediately lifted and held in a vertical position from one side by a vacuum lifter. The 6.30×3.30 meter, 311.85kg jumbo panel withstood the test and didn’t give by even a single millimetre.
Sealed units incorporating Warm Edge technology have been proven to reduce noise transmission by up to 2db over units with standard aluminium spacer. Super Spacer is made from closed polymer foam, a construction that not only speeds up manufacture but also transmits very little sound.
Super Spacer has excellent resistance to nitrogen and argon gas absorption. It has high UV resistance and can cope with a phenomenal range in temperature from -51°C to +127°C. It has 100% memory and therefore allows for expansion and contraction, which is a major cause of stress fractures in conventional sealed units. In accelerated testing Super Spacer has been shown to last over twice as long as other dual seal systems and a staggering five times longer than single seal systems.
What does Super Spacer look like in an installed window?
Most PVC-U windows and traditional timber windows now incorporate low line glazing beads and gaskets. This creates problems with standard aluminum spacer bar protruding into the sightline of the window, Super Spacer has a lower sightline equivalent to only 9.8mm from the edge of the glass, eradicating this problem. Super Spacer also takes on the appearance of the colour of the profile into which it is glazed i.e. if glazed into a white profile the spacer reflects back white. This eliminates the need to stock a wide range of different colours and simplifies ordering and stock control.
Cut heat loss through your windows and save the environment and 15% on your fuel bills
Did you know that almost half of all the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from our buildings and homes? Windows play a huge role in this. According to the Energy Saving Trust, around 20% of the heat lost from an average home occurs through the windows. The heat lost contributes half a tonne of CO2 per home to the atmosphere and increases fuel bills.
Super Spacer is 950 times less conductive than aluminum and, as most of the heat loss through a window occurs at the edge of the unit, standard metal spacer bars act as a thermal energy drain allowing heat to escape from your home. Super Spacer blocks the escape route.
Award winning Super Spacer, with built-in energy saving is a foam spacer which delivers energy saving technology. Windows with Super Spacer reduce heat lost through your windows which helps to keep your home warm. Less heat lost means lower fuel bills and lower carbon emissions.
There are many other benefits of installing windows with Super Spacer. It reduces condensation by up to 70% virtually eliminating the potential breeding ground for bacteria, mould and dust mites that can be harmful to people with respiratory diseases. Super Spacer also reduces noise transmission by up to 2dB which helps you keep your home an oasis of calm, away from the noise of the outside world.
Super Spacer is equally at home in PVC-U, timber or aluminum frames so you can have energy efficient windows whatever the style of property.