All secondary windows are designed to either face fix or reveal fix.
It is recommended that when measuring the window reveals, several width and height measurements should be taken. 6mm or less is then deducted from the smallest measurement to determine the window size.
If the aperture is not square this deduction may have to be amended accordingly.
For windows that are face fixed against the primary window or timber subframes we can supply self adhesive foam which is designed to insert into the Outer frame channel creating a compressed seal. This is optional on our order forms.
There are various glazing options available for our secondary system up to a maximum of 6.4mm (this would include the use of Stadip Silence glass). Generally speaking the windows would be set 100mm from the primary glass pane for optimum sound reduction.
It is possible to fix the secondary frames directly to the primary window bearing in mind this will not always provide the optimum glass to glass cavity and the primary window hardware may foul the operation of the secondary window.
When setting back 100mm in the reveal several fixing methods can be used, horizontal sliders can be fixed directly to the reveal, through the sides of the frame.
(Note: Do not drill into the bottom track as the roller wheels travel in the track section).
The bottom section can either be adhered to the window board or face fixed into a baton as described below.
For face fixing:- Lift Out, Fixed, and Vertical Sliders 100mm from the primary window it will be necessary to provide timber batons (usually 2 x 1 inch planed timber,) around all four reveal sides allowing the secondary to be screwed directly to the batons.
Our vertical sliding secondary is manufactured and delivered as a glazed up item. Carefully remove the plastic cover trims from the outer frame using a flat blade or Stanley knife and determine the position of your screw fixings (Not Supplied). Pencil mark the aluminium channel usually 100mm from each corner and centred at approximately 300mm centres thereafter face drill the outer frame suitable for your screw fixings.
The frame should be lifted into the reveal, set plumb and level at the desired position from the primary window and care taken that the aluminium sections are correctly packed and supported at the critical positions. It is advisable to initially wedge and pack the window in place whilst it is squared and levelled.
Once the window is set correctly and secured with two or three screws initially it may be advisable to carefully operate one panel checking again that it runs square within its outer frame before final fix is carried out.
Please note our vertical sliding panels do not tilt in for cleaning purposes.
NB. Face fixing vertical sliders directly to the primary window will restrict cleaning from the inside.
All horizontal sliding panels should be removed whilst preparing and drilling the outerframe. Once packed and aligned, two or three screws down each side (excluding the bottom track) should be used to secure. Be aware that in the case of horizontal sliders the track must be flat and level, if it is tipped even slightly the Fitch catches may not align correctly.
The sliding panels can be lifted into place by dropping the wheels into the track first and ensuring the panel is the correct way up with the nylon wheel blocks at the bottom. It is important to make sure the panel is securely pressed down onto the wheel carriers and can slide freely to ensure the outer frame is fitted plumb and square.
Care should be taken when surveying that allowance is made in the width for hinges and catch which is a total of 50mm.
Please see diagram for hinge and catch sizes
These are face fixed and size permitting can be installed with the panels in place which helps when checking they are square etc.
These are face fixed and designed as a permanent panel. Care should be taken to make sure the glass is clean before fixing to the primary window frame. It is strongly recommended that foam tape is used for an optimum seal.
It is usual after installing the Secondary window to fill gaps between the outer frame and the reveal. Dependant on the size of the gaps and once the plastic screw cover trim has been fitted they can either be covered with D moulds (not supplied) or silicone/caulk sealed using the correct sealant. Acoustic mastic can be sourced from your sealant supplier.