In most Malaysian homes, you would normally find this window type in the bathroom or toilet. While it has some aesthetic value and give excellent ventilation, this type of window does not seem to help much with keeping the room cool other than ventilation.The window in the tilt position also offers protection from the rain when it is at an angle where water will drip of it back to the outside. Depending on the design, it can also serve as a security feature without sacrificing your ventilation for security as the window can be tilted open slightly for airflow.
And for ease of use, it functions using a single handle for both configurations, whether you tilt it at an angle for ventilation or turn to fully open, it still does not solve the problem of keeping the room cool and now a sudden realization that security is also an issue!
Personally, I recommend casement window for apartment and condominiums with higher floor.
Why so? It is because in Malaysian setting, even in the most affluent areas of residence, theft and break-ins can be an issue, unless you have some sort of security system, such as a security grille. However, this would not be recommended for landed property. And for ease of use, it functions using a single handle for both configurations, whether you tilt it at an angle for ventilation or turn to fully open. But it still does not solve the problem of keeping the room cool and now a sudden realization that security is also an issue!
Aesthetic to homes, seeing as I have a glass door that lets in lots of sunlight (could the sunlight be the reason Malaysian’s home is so hot?).
On top of giving a wonderful view of my patio, it also saves space as it slides to the right or left with minimal effort (provided the rolling mechanism is well maintained and well wd40-ed). Would other door designs allow for better security without a security grille outside?
French door (n.): A door, usually one pair, of light construction with glass panes extending for most of its length. They also can be referred to as French windows.
Which explains why French doors are also known as French window. Having glass panes, this door is aesthetically pleasing, with plenty of natural sunlight able to enter your home and heating up the room. In Malaysia, unless your house has really good thermal insulation or air conditioning, this can be a problem.
As the door can be folded to the corner, it takes up less space and allows for a bigger opening to the outdoors where heat and sunlight can easily enter your home. As for the concern of security, folding slide and fold doors can be designed with multi locking points on the door, making it harder for potential burglar to break in or completely deterring them from entering in the first place.
While this article has digressed from the search to solve the heat issue in Malaysian homes, one last door must be discussed.
The difference of this door compared to a conventional sliding door is that it features a multi wheel carriage that is engineered to provide support while enabling it to smooth opening and closing motion. By engaging the lever or handle, the door is lifted off the ground on the wheel system allowing for it to be opened or closed, while the lock position, the door becomes heavy and impossible to be moved, effectively locking it close.
This door seemed to be able to solve my problem of Heat and Security, but I am no expert.
And for the author being a non-professional in windows and doors, know that metal, be it steel or aluminium that most Malaysian windows and door used are excellent conductors of heat. This means it will heat up causing the temperature in the room to rise.
So, little research about material alternatives for thermal insulation and security was done. Hence, we came across uPVC, a material that has picked up traction in other countries since the 2000s.
Legacy Times team had approached Vinca Tropicale Window & Door, one of leading uPVC window and door providers in Malaysia to give some insight into what uPVC is and the benefits of using one. Legacy Times had managed to get a hold of the General Manager and the Director for Vinca Tropicale Window & Door, Mr Kong and Ms. Jasmine respectively. Read the entire interview here
What is uPVC?
The Vinca uPVC is the Tropicale Window & Door’s main product, it is the technological advanced chemical compound known as Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC).
Vinca’s uPVC window and door profiles are German imported and are of the highest quality, giving you the peace of mind when you have it installed. The uPVC material reduces the heat by up to 50-60% compared to normal aluminium profiles.
uPVC is an alternative to normal aluminum windows and doors that has better thermal insulation, but what about its security features?
According to this video here courtesy of Vinca, uPVC windows and doors seem to solve the security issues previously mentioned.
Click here to view the video!
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