Category: Finishing

Choose made to measure windows for your property

Although there are many circumstances where standard windows can be a suitable solution, it’s always worth considering made to measure options too. Whether you live in a period property, with unusual shaped openings, or a modern home that has more reliable measurements, there are a number of benefits to selecting windows that are tailor-made for your house.

Perfect proportions

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One of the major benefits of going made to measure is the ability to choose windows of any shape and size. If you are struggling to find a suitable replacement for an unusual shaped opening, then choosing a manufacturer that can make a custom replacement could be the perfect answer.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that you can create a unique focal point in any new structure that you are building. For example, if you are extending your home, consider incorporating bespoke triangular windows that will allow additional light to flood in and add to the architectural appeal of the property.

Specification

As well as ensuring a window fits perfectly, going made to measure gives you the opportunity to upgrade the specification – offering more flexibility and even allowing you to adhere to building requirements for any work that you may be planning.

Sliding Sash Windows

Many designs will enable you to select the operation of the window, for example with JELD-WEN’s Sliding Sash range you can upgrade to tilt options which are particularly practical for easy cleaning and maintenance. It is also possible to select an assisted spiral balance, making it easier to open and close the window.

Upgrading your windows is also a great opportunity to improve the thermal performance of your home. Moving from single to double glazing will make a big difference, however for the best performance, upgrade to triple glazed products that will give you the highest energy rating whilst also minimising noise.

In addition to this, you can personalise your windows with obscure glazing options for added privacy in bathrooms and any other areas that are exposed. 

Impress with finesse

 Dual Colour Timber Windows

The devil is in the detail, so if you’re looking to add an element of personalisation then made to measure windows will enable you to select finishing touches that not only match your taste, but also perfectly mirror the style of your home.

For a more striking look on the outside of your property and a neutral shade that blends with your décor on the inside, customise your windows with a dual colour finish. In addition to standard palettes, many manufacturers offer windows in any RAL colour too. A factory finished or stained window will also usually come with an increased guarantee, giving you confidence that it will stand the test of time.

Also consider upgrading your hardware with handles, catches and locks that complement your scheme. Polished chrome finishes work well in contemporary properties, whereas antique black and gold may be a better fit for period homes.

Tip: Made to measure for conservation areas

If you live in a conservation area or listed building, it is particularly important to consider the character of your property and what solutions will keep with the overall look. Oak windows have a traditional charm, so upgrading to this material is a great option for period properties.

Oak Windows

Personalising with bar designs will also allow you to create a truly distinctive look with that touch of authenticity. The overall design is an important consideration too, with sliding sash windows working particularly well in more traditional properties and casement windows a great all-rounder that can suit any property.

To find out about more about our Made to Measure ranges, including windows, click here.

Simple maintenance for Spring-ready windows

The elements can have a big effect on your windows, particularly over the winter months where wind and rain can take their toll. However even if your frames and glazing are looking a little worse for wear following a cold and wet winter, the good news is that a little maintenance will go a long way. Read on for our top tips to maintain and repair your windows to ensure they’re in tip-top condition.

Add some sparkle

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More often than not, a simple spruce up of the glazed panels will transform your windows from drab to fab. Start by removing any build-up of dirt around the window corners and window sill with a dust-pan brush or toothbrush for any tricky corners.

Follow this by cleaning the panels with a sponge and warm soapy water solution, making sure you gently wipe down both the glazing, surrounding frame and windowsill. A simple solution of water and washing up liquid will do, however try to keep foam to a minimum to avoid unnecessary mess. If you opt for a stronger cleaning solution, then be careful to avoid surrounding areas, as this may damage any paintwork.

For a smear-free finish, wipe away any excess water with a squeegee or micro-fibre cloth and ensure that there is no remaining water left on the surfaces.  

This cleaning process can be repeated on both the inside and outside of your windows, to make them sparkle from every angle.

Take care and repair

Particularly with old windows, you may start to find signs of paint cracking allowing moisture in, which can result in peeling and exposure of the wooden frame to the elements. In time this can result in rot, which if left untreated may mean that you need to replace the entire window frame. To avoid this, make sure you tackle any signs early on. If rot is present, then chisel it out and replace with a filler, before sanding down and repainting. JELD-WEN windows are guaranteed up to 40 years on rot and fungal attack.

Add a splash of colour

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First and foremost, it’s important that you pick a paint that is designed for outdoor use. Although you may have found your dream shade in an interior emulsion, the reality is that the paint won’t be designed to stand up to wear and tear caused by weather, moisture and sun exposure – potentially causing rot and peeling paint.

Instead, choose a Hi-Build microporous paint that will provide long lasting protection from the elements. The good news is that there are a wide range of paint options available, so there is sure to be a shade perfect for you.

Opt for a Dark Red or Sapphire Blue for a statement look, or if you’re after a low-key colour with subtle interest, then go for Pebble Grey or Conservation Green. The joy of painting your windows is that you can be as creative or understated as you like, so don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are repairing a single window, then choose a paint that is the closest match to the windows across the rest of your property.

Before you paint your frames, make sure you remove any previous paint residue and sand the surface with both rough and fine-grit paper, ensuring you wipe down afterwards to remove any residue. For a clean finish, apply masking tape around the glazing panels and surrounding wall, as this will prevent any paint being applied to areas it doesn’t belong.

Replace

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Well-maintained windows should last a number of years, however if you have discovered severe damage, then it may be cheaper in the long run to replace rather than repair. To ensure your windows stay protected, choose a fully finished or stained option that will give a superior finish. Selecting this option will not only increase the lifetime of your windows, but will also guarantee paint finish for up to 10 years – not only reducing decoration costs, but ensuring minimal ongoing maintenance too.

As well as providing an instant facelift for your home, installing new windows can also improve the energy efficiency of your property, so it’s worth looking into the different options available so you can make an informed decision.

To find out about more about our window ranges, including made to measure options, click here.

Why refacing is the new renovating

While updating the interior of a building is often at the top of the list when undertaking a renovation project, the external appearance is often left much to be desired for. Although making changes to the outside of a building may seem like a large and daunting affair, updating the primary features such as external joinery can make a world of difference.

Exterior doors

As the gateway into your home and the first thing guests see, updating exterior doors can undoubtedly help make a great first impression and establish the look of your home. There are a range of styles and collections to choose from which give you unlimited potential. Exterior doors can create a classic or contemporary appearance depending on style and you can tailor your look further by choosing hardware to match your décor, or glazing for added light in the hallway.

INSULUX Burghley Timber Composite Doorset

Opt for classic timber materials such as white oak for a traditional look, or choose to paint a plain door in a bold colour to create a statement entrance. For the best of both worlds opt for doors that with a dual colour finish, enabling you to select a standout colour for the front of the door and a more neutral colour inside to suit your hallway décor.

Windows

Replacing the windows in a property can make a real difference to the light, ambience and feel of the interior space, with design and performance being vital considerations.

From traditional to contemporary, casement to slider and painted to stained, you’d be amazed at the range of options on offer, as well as the possibility for made to measure sizes. Once you’ve picked a style to suit, the wood finish and final touches will allow you to be creative.

Stormsure Casement Victorian Bar

The joy of timber is that it can be painted or stained in any colour, with the possibility of a dual colour finish making it easy to reflect the style of your home. Fully finished and factory glazed timber windows also save both time and money due to not having to be decorated, and in the long-term provide even more value thanks to greater guarantees with premium manufacturers offering up to 10 years paint finish guarantees – delivering true peace of mind.

For further customisation and a look that matches local styling, there are a number of different bar designs to choose from too. Single horizontal or deco bars are ideal for subtle detailing, whereas Victorian or cottage bars can add more personality.

Although easy to get carried away with style and design, remember that the operation of the window itself e.g. a hinged casement or slider, can also make all the difference to a home update.

Patio doorsets

Just adding a small patio doorset can transform a living or dining area and have an immediate effect on light, space and functionality. Even if space is restricted, patio doorsets can still be a possibility as there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward of openings.

For a smaller opening or window replacement, French patio doorsets are a great option and offer an understated and traditional look. To open the space further without adding another door, it’s possible to incorporate sidelights, which allow extra light to flood in.

Darwin French Patio Doorset

However, to truly merge indoor and outdoor living areas, folding sliding patio doorsets are an ideal solution, especially if there is a larger opening. They can be configured so that all the leaves fold all the way back, or with a single independent opening door for added ease of daily access.

Not only should style, strength and performance be a consideration, but the ability to choose a colour that blends perfectly with the exterior of a property should be too.