• 12 / August

    Window Frame Materials – Q&A’s

    Are you considering replacement double glazed windows for your home or you’re choosing windows for new build project or home improvement renovation? You’ll need to consider which window frame material is right for you and your home, be it wood, uPVC, aluminium, or composite windows. To help you choose we’ve collated a few FAQ’s from homeowners in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire,…

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  • 29 / July

    Buying a New Modern Front Door – Q & A’s

    Are looking to buy a new modern front door for your home? We’ve put together a few FAQ’s from homeowners in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Southeast which may help you decide on the best entrance door. · What materials can I choose from? Include the pros and cons of each. There are four materials you can choose for your…

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  • 1 / February

    Double Glazing Repairs & Maintenance – FAQs

    Double glazing repairs and maintenance at Thames Valley Windows is for our own customers where we have installed double and triple glazing into properties in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire and beyond. I’ve got mould on my window Windows don’t cause mould; what could be causing it is condensation. We would advise for increased ventilation. My door handle spins round and round…

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  • 24 / January

    FENSA Certificate for Windows – Choose an Approved Installer

    Replacing and installing windows doors is a home improvement project that should only ever be installed by reputable double glazing installers.  FENSA certificate for windows the survey, installation of energy-efficient double glazing is an assurance that you receive the best quality and what’s more, you’re going to need to know that the expertise and service you receive are of a…

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  • 3 / December

    Glass Roof Lantern Do I need Planning Permission?

    Planning permission is a question many homeowners ask when making home improvements to their property. If you are thinking about installing a glass roof lantern to a new flat roof home extension, or replacement roof for orangery or conservatory, let’s take a look if you need planning permission from local planning authority to install a roof lantern. What is a…

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  • 8 / November

    Window Mullions and Transoms – A Glossary

    What Are Window Mullions and Transoms? Here at Thames Valley Windows, we make sure to keep homeowners informed about all the architectural window jargon. You may not have heard of window mullions and transoms before; however, you have likely seen them! Ultimately, they are the specific names for the beams on modern windows. Let’s take a closer look. What Are…

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  • 19 / August

    Corner Bifold Doors or Sliding Doors for Open Corners – FAQ’s

    Corner bifold doors and sliding doors are one of the fastest evolving glazing trends for homeowners who want an open corner in their homes, for seamless indoor-outdoor, contemporary living. An open corner in both modern and traditional properties creates the ultimate wow-factor and is a must-have feature in new kitchen extensions. The trend that seems to have the most staying…

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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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  • 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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  • 27 / January

    FAQ: What are Flush Casements?

    Flush casements are increasing in popularity for home improvement projects but what exactly does the term ‘flush casement window.’ 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 a more widely known design today. This…

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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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  • 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…

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  • 4 / November

    FAQ: What is the Difference Between Solid Timber and Engineered Timber?

    Engineered timber is created by joining three sheets of timber together, where the middle sheet sits against the grain of the one above and below it. This is known as laminated timber. Alternating the grain of the wood like this prevents the timber from moving, swelling, shrinking and warping, creating a very strong and stable piece of timber. The timber…

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  • 27 / October

    FAQ: What is the new Part Q?

    Part Q is the latest industry buzz word, but what does it mean and will it affect your project plans? Building regulation Part Q applies to new builds only (or where a new build is formed by a material change of use such as a renovation or refurbishment) and took effect on 1st October 2015 in England. Part Q does…

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  • 27 / April

    FAQ: What is Secondary Glazing?

    Secondary glazing is a fully independent internal window, fitted on the room side of an existing window. The frames are slim but strong. They are made from durable aluminium and require little maintenance. Replacing your current windows isn’t always an option, particularly if you live in a listed building or conservation area. Secondary glazing gives you many of the benefits offered by…

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  • 8 / April

    FAQ: What are the benefits of triple glazing?

    What is triple glazing? Put simply, triple glazing is three panes of glass instead of just one (single glazing) or two (double glazing). What are the benefits of triple glazing? The energy efficiency of a window is measured as a u-value. The lower the u-value the more efficient your window is. A single glazed window will have a u-value of…

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  • 10 / March

    FAQ: What is a u-value?

    A u-value measures the effectiveness of a material as an insulator. It is measured as watts per square metre or W/m2k. The lower the number, the better the insulation. This is important when it comes to windows and can be seriously affected by the quality of not only the workmanship but the installation of your windows. We know that installation is…

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