Design & Trends

  • 24 / September

    Architectural 3D Visualisation Service for Home Improvements

    Our in-house architectural  3D visualisation service is a unique, one-of-a-kind visualisation software within the double-glazing window industry. Thames Valley Window company identified a need to provide a quality visualisation design service to residential customers for home improvements. We have been creating and offering this architectural 3D visualisation service for over 20 years, and it has evolved from traditional paper, pens…

    Posted by tina
  • 7 / September

    Crittall Windows and Doors Vs Aluminium

    Crittall Windows and Doors Vs Aluminium Crittall windows are renowned for their pencil-thin sightlines and industrial vibe they emit. These steel window frames were first manufactured in 1884 by a company called Critall Windows Limited in the county of Witham in Essex. Metal windows and doors made of durable steel has been a popular choice of art deco windows for…

    Posted by tina
  • 12 / August

    New Build Homes – Building New Builds

    Building the Dream Home!   Interested in new build homes? read on… Building your dream new build can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you can undertake. Whether you are first time buyers or not getting the opportunity to plan out each step of the process and make the decisions about your new builds property developments is…

    Posted by tina
  • 6 / June

    BLOG: Aluminium Flush Casement Windows – emerging technologies to look out for

    Aluminium Flush Casement Windows – emerging technologies to look out for. There comes a time when we want more from a window than just looking through it! We want style, high security and thermal efficiency, and of course, long life durability. There has been much revolution in the window industry over the last few years with a big increase in…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 19 / April

    CASE STUDY – Solarlux Cero Sliding Doors, Sunningdale, Berkshire

    We recently designed and installed a duo of bespoke Solarlux Cero Sliding Doors to complete the external aspects of Titlarks House, a £15m, five bedroom super mansion in Sunningdale, one of Berkshire’s premier locations. See the full transformation of this amazing project.   The addition of cero sliding doors to this stunning property – the first collaboration between Octagon Developments…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 21 / March

    BLOG: How to choose your new windows this Spring

    Whether you’re planning a brand-new self-build, undertaking a conversion or renovating a property, how to choose your new windows is too important to be an afterthought. We all know that windows are crucial to the look and character of any home – from contemporary feature windows that make a bold statement to discreet styles that blend sympathetically with a period…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 14 / January

    What is Accoya Timber?

    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 this process come about? Well, after the First World War, the New Zealanders started…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 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…

    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….

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 9 / December

    Blog: The Re-Birth of the Sliding Door

    Sliding patio doors have taken a bit of a backseat since the early 1990s. Considered old fashioned and passé, the market turned to the French Door for well over a decade. Then came the emergence of the bi-fold door in the UK, pushing its predecessor even further in to the shadows. However, the desire to integrate bi-folding doors in to…

    Posted by Carly
  • 22 / September

    Blog: Timber-Look Joint – The Next Generation in Windows

    The latest innovation in timber-alternative windows is a timber-look joint on the exterior frame. Timber-alternative windows are the perfect solution to the ongoing maintenance required with timber windows. They look just like the real thing – so much so, they have been approved for use in conservation areas where the character or appearance of the area must be preserved or…

    Posted by Carly
  • 21 / March

    Blog: The Changing Face of Composite and uPVC Front Doors

    If you’re looking to make a style statement with a new front door, be sure to check out how far composite and uPVC doors have come in recent years. Gone are the days of the old-fashioned ‘plastic door’ – with a woodgrain texture, the super stylish composite and uPVC options now available really do look like painted wooden doors, but…

    Posted by Carly

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