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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…

      Posted by Carly
      • 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…

                      Posted by Carly
                      • 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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                                      • 6 / January

                                        FAQ: Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Glazed Extension?

                                        Many terms are used for a glazed extension these days including conservatory, orangery, lean-to, livin room or glass structure. Regardless of the description, they all fall under the same guidelines when it comes to planning permission for extending your home. Over the years, planning laws have changed and continue to do so. In recent times the majority of these changes have…

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                                        • 19 / December

                                          FAQ: What is the Difference Between In-Line Sliding Doors and Lift & Slide Doors?

                                          You may have heard a number of terms being banded around when looking for your sliding doors. These refer to the different types of operation and result in a variation in both their performance and looks. In-Line Sliding Doors are the conventional method that we are all familiar with. Normally in two, three or four panel configurations, the doors sit…

                                          Posted by Carly

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