I would love to hear from Sash & Door shops who are using the European style extruded cladding systems that attach to the exterior of the sash or door using clips. It maintains an air gap between the wood and metal cladding which drains away any condensation and minimizes any decay issues.There doesn't seem to be any videos that might show how to install the cladding. Any tips you might share would be most appreciated.
Euro cladding is easy to install with simple jigs for locating the clips. When I get back to my shop I will take some pictures.
The difficulty is acquiring all the materials you need at a reasonable cost. Small quantities will kill you on shipping. There are several ways you can order from Gutmann
1 - just buying the raw cladding mitering and finishing in your shop and mechanically connecting or welding the parts yourself.
2 - ordering completely assembled frames from them that are either welded or mechanical connected, anodized in colors of your choice. Job by job this would be very expensive and all kinds of problems if something damaged in shipping.
There are a few other ways, ordering in the cladding anodized and sawing and crimping the corners yourself etc.
The bottom line if you want to do this it would require a big investment up front to get everything you need for cutting, assembling and finishing. A lot of different parts are needed beyond windows if you do swing doors or sliding systems.
What window system do you use? These systems are driven by types of windows, example IV 68, 78 or other. Depending on your system FFI carries a bit of cladding.
There has been talk of a Italian company setting up to make the cladding here. That would make this a lot easier.
Thank you Joe for your clarity. I build all types of windows and can use the cladding as a guide as to what it will work on and what it won't. What I am most interested in is learning the cladding system to know how it assembles and attaches to the wood etc.
A video would be helpful; or perhaps a class for Alpine Workshops to present ? FFI is a nearby resource for me but offer no classes or workshops on Cladding.
Go to the Uniform link and click on technical sheets. This will give some idea of how this works.
The clips are installed on the frame and sash using a simple jig. Distance apart is not critical but distances from edges is. This is what the jigs achieve. You simply put the assembled Alu frame on the sash and connect them by rotating the clip with a special wrench. If your dimensions are correct they go on easy. We were just in a German shop that was drilling locating holes for the clips on a Weinig Contourex but it is not difficult to manually do this.
This is a system that fits one of my windows that is all wood. So the window can be all wood with stops or cladding added if you desire. The profiles at FFI are purpose made to accept cladding and cannot be a wood window. If you look around the Uniform site you will see many systems. Same with Gutmann, Benaco, Bug and a few others.
This link shows a mechanical fastened frame and I think a crimping machine. The best quality though is a welded frame. At Gutmann they have robotic welding and nicely sand the frames on stroke sanders before anodizing. As mentioned difficult to order these in here.
I am a little slammed at work but will try to get some pictures when time permits.
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