Tradelink’s Tougher Take On Thermals

Tradelink, the major UK fabricator, has widened the range of options on its casement windows while working to improve energy performance in line with changes to part L of the building regulations.

Tradelink fabricates from the Rehau, Kömmerling and Residence Collection PVC-U range of profiles and also the Smart aluminium suite.


 “In recent times, we have seen more customers opting for the improved aesthetic appearance of seamless welds – with the Rehau Rio and the Residence Collection – rather than the more pronounced groove.”

– Stuart Walker 

Divisional head of special projects, Tradelink


Energy performance

“Then, in terms of energy performance,” continues Tradelink’s Walker, “we have been making a number of changes, such as introducing compliant trickle vents right across our ranges and we will soon be seeing updated aluminium systems with thicker thermal breaks to respect the latest part L requirements.

“Key attributes such as security, acoustic performance, durability and the products’ environmental credentials have similarly all received appropriate attention.”



Tradlink manufactures in Cambridgeshire and has window collection points, branded as Windowcenters, across the country. The company has a 10-working-day lead time for white PVC-U casement windows – extending to 15 days for coloured frames.

Walker adds: “Our customers often look after private residential owners but we have larger installers who carry out replacement contracts for councils and housing associations, where PAS 24 Secured by Design status is considered essential. Others, meanwhile, get involved with commercial developments, typically utilising larger frame sizes.”



As well as having its own fleet of delivery vehicles to help guarantee just-in-time deliveries to clients, Tradelink also has its own glass plant at the its fabrication site where double glazed units are manufactured featuring warm-edge spacer bars and a choice of argon, krypton or Xenon gas filling and toughened, laminated or acoustic glass for enhanced safety and security as well as significant sound reduction.

Triple glazed units are further available through one of Tradelink’s established supply chain members.


Picture: R7 part of the Residence Collection from Tradelink.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
07th November 2022


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