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  • 18 / June

    Blog: Conservatories Are Still Cool (even in the Summer!)

    A lot of people associate the idea of a Conservatory with a cheap looking, over-fussy extension that is out of date, too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. If designed correctly, a Conservatory doesn’t need to be any of these things. A Conservatory can be very current, either in a traditional or contemporary design, and can…

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    • 13 / June

      Blog: What is Accoya Timber?

      Well, actually, Accoya isn’t a timber as such. There is no Accoya tree in the same way there is an Oak tree or a Pine tree. Accoya is the name given to the process that is applied to timber. So how did the Accoya process come about? After the First World War, the New Zealanders started growing Radiata Pine (or…

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      • 26 / January

        Blog: Timber Windows

        Very simply put, if you look after timber, or wood, it will last for centuries. One only has to visit some of the stately homes, listed buildings and old houses to find the evidence! So why has timber and timber windows come in for such bad press, and what is the reality today? Before we look at this directly, let’s…

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        • 1 / November

          Blog: Window Condensation

          At this time of year, we see an increase in the number of calls regarding condensation. Many people find that with their new windows, comes condensation, and this is often an unwelcome surprise. Although it may not be welcome, do be assured that condensation on the inside and/or outside of your windows is proof that your new windows are doing…

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          • 31 / October

            Blog: 3 Window Trends for 2018

            What are some of the things people are looking for when they decide to replace their windows? We take a look at the trends we’re seeing on people’s wish lists; the top 3 window trends for 2018. Trend #1: Maximising Light The primary reason for installing windows in our homes is to let in light. It’s the very reason windows…

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            • 18 / September

              Blog: When should I replace my double glazing windows?

              Most of us inherit our windows from the previous home owner and if we’re lucky, the windows are perfectly fine. However, if the windows are more than 10 years old, are damaged, ill-fitting, or just not looking their best, it may be time to think about replacing them. Other than the functional purpose of letting in light, your windows should…

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              • 10 / July

                FAQ: What are Bi-Fold Doors?

                Often referred to as concertina doors, sliding doors and even zig-zag doors, doors that fold back along a track to create a room that is fully opened on at least one side are now very well known, even if their name isn’t. The term ‘bi-fold door’ relates to the fact that there will be a minimum of two panels that…

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                • 19 / June

                  Double Glazing Windows – A Glossary

                  A window is a window, until you come to purchase new windows and suddenly you’re hearing terms that can mean very little, but can make all the difference to the aesthetics and workings of your windows. Here’s a handy double glazing windows glossary of the industry terms. Casement: Another name for the sash. Concealed Drainage: Drains water underneath the window out…

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                  • 9 / May

                    FAQ: What is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

                    This is a question we are often asked. Both are extensions of your living space, both have a mix of brick and glazed areas and both have glass roofs. So, what is the difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery? The simplest explanation is that a Conservatory has a roof that is all glass whereas an Orangery has a roof…

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                    • 7 / April

                      Blog: Marine Environment

                      The good old British weather; anybody who has lived near the coast, or in an exposed location, has probably seen the worst of it! These areas tend to get even wetter and windier and our homes – including the windows and doors – bear the brunt if it! Having a marine grade finish on your windows and doors is therefore…

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                      • 31 / March

                        FAQ: What Planning Permission Do I Need For A Conservatory?

                        If you’re looking to add a conservatory to your home, you may not need planning permission. Conservatories are usually exempt from building regulations when: They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area The conservatory is separated from the house by external walls, doors or windows There is an independent heating system with…

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                        • 21 / March

                          Blog: Timber Bi-Folds

                          Timber has long been associated with windows and front doors but not necessarily bi-folding doors. Timber bi-folds are as versatile as the more well-known aluminium bi-folds when it comes to colour and double and triple glazing options, and can suit both a contemporary and traditional setting. Timber bi-fold doors are typically available in Spruce (softwood) or Meranti (hardwood) but also…

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                          • 28 / February

                            Blog: The Emergence of the Mechanical Joint in uPVC Windows and Doors

                            If you’re looking for new windows, either in a new build project or to replace your existing windows, you may not consider a seemingly insignificant part of the window. You’ll deliberate over uPVC windows versus timber windows versus aluminium windows, colour options, grains, opening configurations, glazing, but the joint? What difference does the joint make? It’s all in the detail….

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                            • 17 / February

                              Blog: Steel Windows

                              Metal windows have been used for centuries, way back in Tudor times in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The Georgian period saw timber take over as the most popular option and this carried on through the Victorian and Edwardian times. In the 1920s and 30s, steel windows took centre stage once again, most notably through the Art Deco period with…

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                              • 10 / February

                                Blog: A Brief History of uPVC Windows

                                The double glazing boom began in the 1970s with the introduction of aluminium windows, sliding patio doors and secondary glazing. By the 1980s, property prices were starting to increase, uPVC windows were introduced to the UK from Germany and replacement windows were all the rage. Aluminium was a cold material and the thermal break systems weren’t effective, causing the frames…

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                                • 3 / February

                                  Blog: uPVC Window Design

                                  The double glazing industry has earned itself a bit of a mixed reputation – and rightly so! Many homes have been visually destroyed in the name of better thermal performance – and a salesman’s commission! Due to the nature of double glazing sales, and the fact that most homeowners didn’t appreciate the potential return on investment, we’ve ended up with…

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                                  • 27 / January

                                    FAQ: What are Flush Casements?

                                    Flush casements are increasing in popularity but what exactly does the term ‘flush casement’ mean? The easiest way to explain it is that when the window (or sash) is closed, it sits flush within the frame, creating a flat surface on the outside.  A lipped casement window is the more widely known design today. This is where the sash overlaps…

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                                    • 20 / January

                                      Blog: The Importance of a Showroom Visit

                                      It’s highly unlikely you’d buy a car without first visiting the dealer’s showroom. The same should be said for your new windows and doors too. They are likely to be one of the largest investments you make, and arguably the most important when it comes to the look and value of your home. Even if you have a very good…

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                                      • 16 / January

                                        FAQ: Is There a Limit to the Amount of Glazing I Can Have in an Extension?

                                        There is a stated guideline for an extension that the glass area must not exceed 25% of the overall floor area. However, this is a guideline and not a rule and there is a common misconception that this cannot be overcome. There are many ways to get around this issue to maximise the glazing in your extension and these are…

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                                        • 11 / January

                                          Blog: Glass Options

                                          Safety glass, acoustic glass, self-cleaning glass, privacy glass, the list is endless! You’ve already spent a considerable amount of time choosing your windows and doors, and now there’s glazing to consider too! There’s a plethora of glazing options available today, all designed to keep you safer, warmer and more comfortable, with the odd added luxury thrown in too. Glass can…

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