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Ray Hill, director of Synseal fabricator and installer Polar NE, recently built his dream home in a picturesque village in Teeside, using all the latest building components and techniques available to him, including Legend PVC-U windows from Synseal.

“After a lifetime of buying and renovating second-hand properties, and not getting what we really wanted, we decided to design and build our own home when the opportunity presented itself,” Ray explained. “One of our main objectives was to build it to the best possible standard.”

To this end, Ray followed the mantra ‘seal tight and ventilate right’, which required the careful selection of building materials, since “many traditional building methods are not typically airtight,” he explained.

Once insulated and airtight, the house was efficiently ventilated using a heat recovery system, which made the house the most efficient building in the area according to the local council.

Polar NE started life making domestic PVC-U windows, before moving into the commercial aluminium sector. However, Synseal windows still account for about 20% of the business and Ray was keen to choose Legend windows foiled in Golden Oak for his own property. “We are very proactive about keeping up- to- date with energy ratings,” Ray said, “and I knew we couldn’t achieve a top energy rating with an aluminium window at the time.”

The Legend windows were made using double glazed units with a warm edge spacer, argon gas, and low-e glass; “the best I could get without being silly,” Ray said.

“We’ve been in the house five years now, and the windows have really stood the test of time – they are still as good as new.”


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