Windows & Doors
Three factors to consider when choosing windows & doors
Finding the perfect windows and doors to meet your needs can be a daunting task. No doubt you’ll have a budget in mind so it’s important that you focus on three attributes:
- Aesthetics– are you looking to stick with the same or something that will change the overall look of your property?
- Security– the security of your new windows and doors is paramount and security should form a key component of your buying decision.
- Thermal performance– technology in glazing has really moved on in recent years so by replacing your windows and doors you’ll be significantly contributing to the thermal performance of your property – and of course you should notice a reduction in your heating bills.
There is multitude of window styles available today and we will be happy to guide you through them.
In many instances your choice will be governed by the style of your property i.e. whether you have bay windows, a period property, require the need to have a ‘tilt and turn’ for easy self-cleaning or inward opening.
One of the major considerations is the colour of your windows and the frame shape.
We can show you a broad range of samples from traditional white and light oak right through to the chartwell green, black and the increasingly popular grey colour spectrum.
You will also need to choose a frame style, either a bevelled frame or an ovolo frame. Both your colour choice and your frame choice will be governed largely by the style and character of your home.
Window and door security is paramount. Apart from contributing to a beautiful façade to your property, your new windows and doors will ultimately prevent a break-in.
We will talk you through the security features and benefits of your windows and explain to you how they operate and help to protect your home.
Whichever windows you decide for your property be sure that they include multiple locking features, without hindering either the convenience of opening and closing your windows, or indeed spoiling the aesthetics.
Understanding the energy performance of one window over another is an important part in helping you make an informed choice about your new windows.
Thermal performance tests look at three things:
1. solar heat gain
2. thermal losses
3. air leakage
Combined, these three tests provide a rating from an ‘A rating’ to a ‘G rating’ – A, of course being the best. It’s worth bearing in mind that to meet the Government’s thermal performance targets and current Building Regulations, all replacement PVC-u windows are to achieve an energy rating of ‘C’ or better.
Energy efficient windows will help to reduce heat loss from your home and save you money by reducing your energy bills.
Choosing the right doors
Deciding on the right doors for your home improvement project is often given little, or no consideration. A door is a door, right? Wrong! From single doors, to French doors, to sliders to bi-folds, deciding on what’s right for your project is essential.
Often the size of the opening will be dictate the style of door that’s right for your property, if it’s a single width opening then a simple door will do the job, but if you’re creating a wider opening – perhaps with the addition of a glazed extension then a whole world of choices opens up to you.
If your home improvement project is large-scale then the odds are that your architect might well define the style of opening. But given the frequency in which you’ll be using your new doors, this guidance might help you make the right choice.
Blending the garden into the home is common place amongst home improvers looking for a seamless transition between the indoors and out. In this instance bi-fold doors or sliding doors are a great option. Bi-fold doors are perfect if you want to completely eliminate any sense of glazing between outside and in. You can design in a ‘slave’ door that gives you the ability to exit your property without the need for operating the entire bi-fold.
Similarly, sliding patio doors are also a really versatile way to add interest to your glazing, particularly if you’ve got the opportunity to create a wide opening. In some ways sliding patio doors are even more flexible than a bi-fold, particularly as a partition between 2 rooms. Because the doors slide across to open they don’t take up valuable space in either room.
Traditionally, French doors, with two outward or inward opening doors were the first choice for doors at the rear of a property. Mostly used in double-width openings, French doors often benefit from glazed panels at the side, a great way to flood your home with light. One of the considerations when choosing French doors, particularly if they are in high traffic areas, is how to secure your doors to eliminate them from slamming shut. Cabin hooks are often used allowing you to fix your doors open in these instances.
The Suffolk Door Collection is a range of 23 PVC-u ‘timber look’ door styles including designs which are traditionally only available in wood, now replicated in timber effect PVC-u to retain classic features and proportions.
PVC-u doors now offer something to homeowners which looks, feels and performs like wood, without the same level of maintenance required. Robust, hard-wearing and easy to look after, Suffolk doors meet the demands of modern day living.
Whether you live in a modern town house or a period country home, you can choose from traditional, classic and contemporary designs with beautiful glass effects and sophisticated door furniture. There are a number of standard woodgrain textured door colours to choose from or you can choose to have your new door in the RAL colour of your choice.
Certified Installer Network (CIN)
We are proud to be a member of the Certified Installer Network (CIN), representing over 100 door, window and conservatory installation companies across the UK. By using a CIN member, homeowners are assured a quality product, quality installation, clear terms, clear communication, professional conduct and an insurance-backed guarantee.
The Certified Installer Network helps consumers find the highest quality tradesmen with the best products. Every member of the CIN is vetted on a regular basis, has signed up to the ‘CIN Charter’ and complies with the ‘CIN Better Fitters Code of Practice’. All CIN members belong to an appropriate governing body, such as FENSA or CERTASS, offering reassurance to homeowners every step of the