• 7 / July

    Why is My Bifold Door Track Full of Water?

    There is nothing worse than installing beautiful bi-fold doors only for the track to fill with water and leak into your home. If this is happening to you, then you will want to find an effective solution. Check out the most common reasons for this problem and find out how to fix them with our handy guide. Problem 1 –…

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  • 30 / June

    What is the Difference Between Astragal or Georgian Bars?

    If you live in a period property or you want to create a classic look for your home’s exterior, then choosing between Astragal or Georgian bars for your window may be causing you stress. The majority of people who purchase new windows are not aware that there is a difference between these two types of bars, nor do they know…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 11 / June

    What To Do About Chipped Paint On Aluminium Window Frames

    Aluminium window frames offer a host of benefits to homeowners, so it isn’t too surprising that many people opt for them over the alternatives. However, if the paint on the window frame becomes chipped, what can you do about it? Here, we offer you some top tips to point you in the right direction. The Benefits Of Aluminium Windows Some…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 4 / June

    How To Repair Scratches On Coloured Window Frames

    Coloured window frames are a great addition to any home, adding aesthetic appeal to your property. However, coloured frames are, unfortunately, no less susceptible to damage than plain white ones. Although uPVC is remarkably resilient and durable, it can still be scratched and pitted by mechanical means. For example, if you accidentally scrape a mortar trowel on the window frame…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 28 / May

    How To Prevent Window Condensation

    No matter what type of building you live in, whether it be a period property or new-build apartment, you may experience an issue with condensation. While it may appear to be a minor problem, if you don’t deal with it quickly it could cause long-lasting problems that can be costly to fix including mould and damp. Here, we take a…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 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,…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by tina
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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…

    Posted by Carly
  • 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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