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Smart Systems are the UK’s largest aluminium systems company providing a substantial range of residential and commercial glazing, windows and doors. Based in Yatton, Smart Systems extrude and powder coat aluminium profiles.

About Smart Systems

The Smart Systems name is well known in the fenestration sector for more than forty years. The company has its own extrusion presses, powder coating lines and substantial warehousing and stockholding. Also in Yatton is a substantial showroom, sales and marketing centre where the Smart range of products is available to view.

Originally under private ownership, Smart Systems is now part of the European Corialis Group.

Markets served by Smart Systems

Whilst Smart products are better known in the residential market, the company also has an extensive presence in the commercial market.

For residential property, Smart Systems has a full range of products. These include several types of windows and doors, bifolding and sliding doors, rooflights, front doors and conservatory systems.

What Smart Systems is best known for

Their best known products residentially are Alitherm Heritage for steel-look glazing and the Visofold and Visoglide range of bifolding and sliding doors, two of the best selling brands in the UK. The Designer Front Doors range provides some of the best aluminium front doors.

For commercial systems, there’s a significant range of commercial aluminium doors with the Shopline system, curtain walling and all manner of commercial windows, including alternative opening solutions such as parallel opening.

Another excellent colour solution provided by Smart Systems is their Alchemy and Sensations range of colours. These provide textured, distinctive and special colours making their product range difference from standard products and suiting traditional or contemporary colour schemes.

The Smart Systems Product Range

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Catering to the commercial or residential markets, the Smart Systems product range provides solutions for glazing based on sightlines, design, price or product functionality

Smarts Residential Products

Alitherm 300 Windows

The Alitherm 300 range provides slimline fixed side and top hung casement windows designed to also integrate within the residential doors range. This system comes with several frame style options as well as double or triple glazed designs.

Alitherm 500 Windows

The 500 series in the Alitherm range is a flush casement aluminium window design, with consistent sightlines and intended for residential or commercial property needing this design. It’s also available in specialist woodgrain, textured and dual colour finishes.

Alitherm 600 Windows

Choosing Alitherm 600 promises both commercial and residential window solutions with low window energy ratings but taking inspiration from classically styled windows. Alitherm 600 windows also come with flat modern profiles as well as ovolo, chamfered and square. This range also suits application needing slightly larger window opening vents.

Alitherm 700 Windows

For parallel opening windows, Alitherm 700 provides an altogether different window opening option. It’s ideal for casements in curtain walling as well as where windows need to open onto pathways or ground floor areas.

Alitherm 800 Windows

The Alitherm 800 collection of fixed, top or side opening windows has the best thermal performance of all the Smart Systems range with U-Values below 1.5Wm2K without having to use a triple glazed unit. The 70mm frame depth makes Alitherm 800 suitable for replacement window installations as well as new build.

VS600 Vertical Sliding Windows

With the demise of Clearview Alumatherm sliders, VS600 by Smart Systems are one of the few aluminium sliding sash windows available on the market. These come in both styles suitable for commercial buildings as well as having the necessary accessories such as sash horns for residential projects.

Alitherm Heritage and Heritage HD Windows and Doors

When it comes to choosing aluminium steel look windows and doors, the Alitherm Heritage system is one of the best and most credible products in aluminium. Comprising windows, screens and patio doors, Alitherm is Heritage is widely available either marketed as the Smart Systems product or rebranded and modified by brand such as Aluco, Sunflex, Duration windows and others. The Alitherm HD system has the same 52mm frame depth, but allows for larger window opening sizes, often needed in commercial projects.

Alitherm Plus

Replacing previous versions of Smarts residential doors, Alitherm Plus is a domestic door product for single and double doors and optional side or top lights. The system features the latest adjustable hinges and locking systems, a more modern styling, larger 2500mm door heights and low threshold options. It’s also suitable as a residential door in commercial developments such as balcony doors.

Aliver Orangery Roof

Creating lantern roofs is the Aliver product. European in design, contemporary styling and double glazed, it’s an alternative product matching the looks and performance of similar roofs such as Atlas aluminium lantern products or Korniche.

Aliver Rooflight

For projects requiring a flat fixed rooflight, Aliver Rooflight products come with thermally insulated profiles, a discreet aluminium frame and comes as triple or double glazed. One excellent feature of Aliver rooflight is being able to replace the glass in the future without having to remove the entire rooflight.

Designer Front doors

Different from other aluminium front doors on the Market, Smart Systems Designer front doors provide an aluminium solution with better design and engineering. Their standout feature is not having the ‘glaze in’ panel arrangement of many aluminium doors. Instead, these doors look like any other flush designed door giving a more premium feel. The specifications of this door product are substantial, including many high security features as well as a choice of contemporary or traditional styles. It’s the only door product made by Smarts and supplied as a complete product.

Slide 2000 Doors

The slimline sliding door solution by Smart Systems, Slide 2000 doors is an updated version of their European inspired patio doors range, suitable for both door replacements and new openings. Available as 2, 3 or 4 panel doors and up to three tracks, Slide 2000 is made around the glass and can come cut down with a single point lock, making horizontal sliding windows.

Ultraglide Sliding Doors

For the largest sliding door panels and heavy duty applications is the Ultraglide product. This substantial sliding door product is also used commercially such as car showrooms needing large display windows with the accessibility to move vehicles. Residentially the bold styling of these doors also makes them ideal for larger door openings where minimal sightlines aren’t important.

Visoglide Plus

Sliding doors in the Visoglide Plus collection are contemporary sliders with pleasing sightlines such as an 83mm mullion and come in two, three or four panel configurations. The engineering of Visoglide plus makes it suitable for both residential installations as well as medium-duty commercial installations. Another feature of Visoglide Plus is automation of the doors using after-market automatic door operators.

Visofold 1000 Bifolding Doors

One of the most popular bifolding doors on the market, widely used and tried and tested. Visofold 1000 bifolding doors have classic styling, pleasing sightings and above all are reliable when well made and fitted. The 1000 model is also available in square profiles giving a more modern look. This bifold is also extensively used in commercial applications such as bars, cafés and restaurants.

Visofold 2000 Bifolding Doors

Visofold 2000 is the commercial quality bifolding door and the most suitable for heavy duty applications such as retail and leisure buildings. The styling of this product is more traditional with thicker sightlines and more floating mullions.

Visofold 6000 bifolding doors

One of the slimmest bifolding doors on the market, Smart Systems Visofold 6000 is not only well-styled. It’s also one of the best steel-look bifolding doors when used with a heritage sash option. With 94mm mullion sightlines, 76mm or 82mm frame depths and substantial colour options.

Smarts Commercial Products

Eco Futural

Widely used in commercial applications, Eco Futural is a comprehensive suite of windows and doors. The windows comprise fixed, casement, pivot and tilt and turn opening versions. The doors use matching aesthetics and providing a complete solution for high-use buildings as well as developments of dwellings.

MC 600, MC Wall and SC Frame Curtain Walling

Three different curtain walling products by Smart Systems deliver low and medium-rise curtain walling as well as expansive facade glazing. The MC600 is the newest in the range with options for site assembly using the ladder format or arriving on-site pre-assembled such as a unitised system. MC Wall provides similar options and features. The SC Frame system suits lower rise glazing such as ground floor treatments or up to first-floor level.

Shopline Commercial Framing

Shopline is a widely used commercial framing system for shopfronts, ground floor screens and other commercial installations. It’s also suitable as an entrance screen for apartment buildings combined with high security access control commercial doors such as Smart Wall. Shopline benefits from a mechanical square-cut construction allowing this system to easily assemble on site.

Smart Wall

Complementing Shopline Commercial Framing is Smart Wall – a collection of centre hung, rebated and anti-finger trap commercial doors. These doors come with the full options list for hardware, creating high security, access control, fire-exit and plant room doors. They’re also designed for any high-traffic use such as shops, offices, retail parks, schools and transport hubs.

How to buy Smart Systems Products

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The entire range of Smart products is only available via a fabricator or dealer network. It’s not possible for homeowners or the trade to buy direct.

The trade looking to buy Smarts has access to a substantial nationwide network of manufacturers providing trade supply windows and doors.

Homeowners can also easily access Smart Systems product through a substantial presence in hundreds of retail showrooms all over the UK. Smart Systems products are also sold under other brand names such as the REAL Range made by Customade UK.

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