Matte grey and wood decor dominate current window and door design
photo Continental | Matte grey and wood decor dominate current window and door design
Glass windows have continually evolved since their invention around 2,000 years ago. Today, almost anything is possible in window construction, from active room ventilation to intelligent glass that automatically adapts to the light conditions. No matter what their functions, however, windows have always remained statements about design. In addition to window profiles made of wood, aluminium or combinations of the two, window profiles made of PVC plastic have established themselves as versatile all-rounders. Thanks to pioneering surface coatings, they can be given any desired appearance or feel.
Standard white has long since ceased to dominate when it comes to PVC window profiles, a development that is due to highly specialised film manufacturers such as Continental. The company produces a wide variety of synthetic coatings for windows and door profiles under the skai brand in Weißbach, Württemberg. Its portfolio includes realistic aluminium looks as well as deceptively real wood structures. And all its products have huge advantages compared to the original materials.
As a leading surface specialist, Continental is never far away when it comes to the latest trends.
Continental has perfected this popular matte look with two new product lines: in 2020, the company launched skai mattex, the most matte coating for plastic profiles currently available. The surface structure in colours from jet black through anthracite grey to white corresponds exactly to the powder-coated aluminium look.
To achieve this, Continental has further improved the resistance capability of its films: skai mattex and skai woodec window profile films have a water-repellent and chemical-resistant polyvinylidene fluoride layer (PVDF). This makes them particularly easy-to-clean and they remain in top form even after years of extreme weathering. Patented cool-colours technology is standard for all skai window profile films: Special pigments reflect the near-infrared radiation of the sun, and the window remains cool and dimensionally stable.
Modern plastic windows can last for up to 40 years without any particular maintenance. And afterwards? They can easily be recycled and the PVC obtained then used for new window profiles.
This is good news for the booming construction industry, where sustainability is becoming increasingly important.
Continental is a leading designer of surfaces for a wide range of applications. The surface specialist supplies films and coated substrates to the automotive, furniture, construction, and DIY industries, as well as providing elastomer-coated solutions to the printing industry. For building elements, the specialists manufacture and market high-quality exterior films for window profiles, front doors, garage doors and façades that combine design and function. They are also partners to planners and architects. With a total of around 5,400 employees, Continental produces its surfaces at 16 locations worldwide in China, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and the USA, and markets them through 25 sales locations.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company provides safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machinery, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs more than 235,000 employees in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company is celebrating its 150th anniversary.