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
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
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.
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.
When it comes to door cores (the material that is contained within your doors), it’s easy to think ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, the reality is that what is contained within your doors can make a huge difference to the acoustics in your home, as well as contributing to the overall durability and life expectancy of your door as a whole. If you’re unsure about the different options available and how they relate to your home and lifestyle, then bear in mind these considerations:
Standard or hollow core doors are the most popular choice in many homes, as they have the benefit of not only being light and easy to move, but also more cost-effective than alternatives.
At only 35mm or 40mm thick, the core itself is often a multi-cell or spacer pad which contributes to the lightweight nature of the door. Due to their lower price, they are a great option for a quick update around the home, as numerous doors can be replaced to refresh your interior without a significant financial investment.
Although hollow core doors are a great solution for a quick and effective refurbishment, a downfall is that they don’t always provide the best sound insulation. For this reason, it’s worth thinking about the intended use of the room before you select a door, ensuring that it will meet your requirements from the offset. For example, is the room a home office where privacy is needed or a noisy laundry room? If so, it might be worth choosing a door with a middle or heavy weight core to keep sound at bay.
Doors with middle weight cores have on average an extra 2kg added to the overall weight of a 35mm or 40mm door, which can go a long way in reducing noise in adjacent rooms. A solid or heavy weight core which can weigh up to 45kg can however offer optimum acoustic performance, which will not only benefit you and those you share your home with, but may also provide an additional selling point if you ever decide to put your house on the market.
If your household has a low number of occupants and minimal through traffic then you may wish to consider a standard or hollow-core door. Although this type of door won’t provide you with the highest levels of durability, it is suitable for most applications.
However, a solid or heavy weight door core will deliver the greatest protection against damage and impact, reducing the need for any ongoing maintenance. A solid door also offers a general feeling of sturdiness and quality along with a more secure and satisfying clunk and click on closure.
When combined with a high-quality timber such as white oak or real wood veneer, heavyweight doors can also create a high-end and more luxurious finish.
The good news is that no matter which door core you choose for your home, there are a wide selection of designs to choose from. This means that whether you opt for a hollow core door in one room or a solid door in another, you don’t need to compromise on style. Many ranges also offer synergy across different door types, which enables you to fit doors with an identical appearance throughout your whole home.
To find out about more about our internal door ranges, click here.
Double, or paired, doors are often seen as strictly for exterior use – leading into a garden or patio space – but they can also be the perfect solution for interior use too. Offering similar benefits to folding sliding room dividers, pairs can be just as affective when it comes to opening up your home.
Here, Chris Miller, Doors Product Manager at JELD-WEN, provides some advice on the benefits and practicalities of choosing interior paired doors.
There are many benefits to complete open plan living but it isn’t for everyone and there are some drawbacks – especially if you like to have a cosy, quiet space to relax, without being able to hear the rest of your household such as the washing machine whirring away, or if you want to keep warmth in your room more effectively during the colder months.
Opting for paired doors between key ground floor areas in your home – such as between the hall and living room, or kitchen and dining room – can create a sense of additional space when you want, all whilst having the flexibility to create privacy and close off the space at any time for the best of both worlds. You could even experiment with paired doors leading from a master bedroom space into dressing room to create a luxurious finish. Then simply divide the spaces up again by shutting both or just one door when appropriate – allowing your home to adapt and work around your changing needs and lifestyle.
Depending on which way your house faces, sunlight entering the rooms from outside will vary at differing times each day and throughout the seasons. You can maximise this natural brightness coming in through the clever use of glazed panels, which will allow light to flood through from room to room. Glazed paired doors are ideal and will bring the sunlight into even in the smallest of rooms, such as the hallway or a small kitchen.
There are many options available when it comes to glazing, so think about choosing this option from our moulded glazed doors, white oak and primed doors with pair maker systems. For a minimalist look, why not choose a design where the glass covers almost the entire surface to maximise flow of light. If you would prefer the flexibility of open plan, but still want to create a sense of privacy there are also etched options available to suit every interior taste.
When it comes to choosing paired doors that complement your property – whether ultra-modern, classic or somewhere in between – there are many solutions available in both a white oak and primed finish. The primed finish options can be decorated too once in situe, so if you have your heart set on a particular grey, or period tones such as sage green and cornflower blue, world is your oyster.
You can also customise your selection further with hardware and our pair makers, which sit flush between the doors to ensure a neat overall look and keep any draughts at bay. All our pair doors are available as a single door option, so you can ensure complete co-ordination throughout the home. To find out about more about our paired doors collection and see which combination would be perfect for your home, click here.
January is upon us, which means not only a number of resolutions to make 2017 a positive year, but also a host of new interior trends to look out for.
Whether your home has a sleek and contemporary style with clean lines and muted tones, or is host to a more timeless, period feel, you can easily introduce a new design element by updating your interior doors. Here we have rounded up the door trends that should be on your radar.
Real wood may be a material that has been used since time began, however aside from being extremely practical due to its durability, the appearance of a natural woodgrain can be a design feature in itself. With different wood types and finishes offering unique textures and colours, it’s easy to pick a real wood interior door that will seamlessly blend into any home. Opt for an oak door for a traditional look, or if you prefer a more modern style, real wood veneers (as pictured above) combine the appearance of a natural woodgrain with a contemporary edge.
Natural lighting is the ultimate interior feature and can transform a room instantly, which is why glass continues to be a key trend. Perfect for small rooms, or areas of the home that can feel enclosed such as hallways, glazed panels allow light to flood in and illuminate the space around. Larger glazing panels allow more light to flood in, however smaller glazing panels still create a feeling of space. For additional privacy, consider a frosted glazing panel, or opt for a design with choice – allowing you to select a glazed option for doors downstairs and a non-glazed equivalent for bathrooms and bedrooms.
A timeless tone, shades of grey suit interior doors perfectly, with darker hues making a statement and cooler greys setting the perfect accompaniment to a neutral design scheme. Where brighter colours can come in and out of fashion, grey remains a strong feature in 2017 interiors, meaning if you fit doors in this shade, you needn’t worry about painting or replacing them for years to come.
Indoor-outdoor living was big in 2016, creating additional living space by removing the barriers of walls between kitchen/dining space and patios. But this year, consider instead increasing flexibility inside your home by maximising the openings between different rooms. A feature that you can make the most of year-round, folding doors give you the best of both worlds – allowing you to enjoy separate, cosy rooms when you’re having a relaxing night in, whilst also offering potential for open-plan living. Simply fold the door away and watch the space transform.
To beat those Post-Christmas blues, freshening up your home interior décor can be just the thing to ensure you go into the New Year feeling good. With today being Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year according to researchers – it’s time to start thinking positively about your home. To help you on your way, here are four top tips to revamp your home by painting or changing your existing interior doors…
First, look at the condition of your current doors and decide if you need to do any touch ups to the surface with wood filler. If you are already happy with the door, then you can move straight onto sanding the entire surface before applying a wood or multi-surface primer. Once the primer has dried you may wish to go back over with sand paper and then apply another coat of primer for an extra smooth foundation. You can do all of this preparation work with the door still attached to the frame, or even better move to a dust free area and lay flat.
2. Colour Selection
Once the prep work is done, you are ready to add a splash of colour. Before putting brush to door, think carefully as this is your opportunity to make a feature of the door in its own right, or perhaps choose a subtle complementary colour that will set your room off in just the right way. If you’re unsure of what will work best then cream, sand and ivory are understated neutrals that can add a warmth to your home. Or opt for a grey, which is a safe yet beautiful option.
3. Painting the Door
Now the fun can begin and you can start to get your hands dirty and paint your interior doors. Typically, two coats of paint for doors are required with drying time between, but be sure to check your chosen paint type for instructions. Go for nice long and even brush strokes for a professional finish and don’t load your bush with too much paint, or the paint could go on unevenly. A mini roller suitable for gloss paint will also create a smooth end result.
4. Treat Your Home
Perhaps your existing interior doors are very old, worn, or you would just like to treat yourself to something new and different. Interior doors – such as JELD-WEN’s new Moulded Newbridge range, which includes a range of designs and glazed options, are primed ready for you to decorate at home. Alternatively, woodgrain moulded doors are available with an option to be fully finished with one coat of undercoat paint and a top coat of gloss, so you can leave all the hard work to the professionals and have the beautiful door you’ve always dreamed of.
We all know that first impressions count and when it comes to the home, these begin at the front door. The entrance to your house is undoubtedly a defining feature that should embody the character and feel of the home, and people, behind the closed front door.
It’s the first thing that visitors, friends and family will come into contact with before they come inside. It’s something that everyone in the house will use and it sets the tone for the rest of your home. Just think of all the famous doors, from number 10 Downing Street to 221b Baker Street; they’re all doors with a story to tell and really set the scene for the people who live there.
With the Christmas festivities just around the corner it’s the perfect time to refresh your front door and find the right door for you. Not forgetting though that looks aren’t everything and there’s so much more to consider than just the style to keep your home warm and safe this winter.
This is likely to be your first thought and the good news is there’s a lot of different options to consider, particularly with timber doors, so you’re sure to find the front door to fit your property and personal style. You can go for a simple, understated style or add interest through glazing designs, interesting panel detail interesting panelling and even vibrant colour choices.
If you have a smaller hall or the front of your house doesn’t tend to receive a lot of sunlight, a door design featuring a glazing detail makes for an attractive choice. It will help to allow natural light to filter through and brighten up any dark corners inside and transforming the front of your property.
It will also work to withstand all weathers on the outside while working to keep you warm on the inside, and every door option will vary in how it performs so don’t forget to look out for thermal performance indicators such as U values.
Safe and sound
The make-up of a front door will impact on the level of security it can provide and there’s various ways in which this can be improved to give you real peace of mind when locking up every day. Opting for doors that are certified under the police approved Secured by Design scheme, will give you complete peace of mind that your home is safe can sound this Christmas.
Once you’ve selected the door design for you, you can then choose whether to finish it in a way that matches your windows from the inside out and even your internal doors.
Dual colour finishes are a great option if you want to create an impact, when someone walks past your home or comes up to ring your bell, but need the door to blend more harmoniously into your interior décor.
And don’t forget about the hardware – choosing the right handle can really add the perfect finishing touch and is another detail that doors made from other materials can’t always offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you have a new idea for your home, it’s hard not to get carried away isn’t it? You want to make a change there and then, and don’t really want to wait to turn your interior vision into a reality. Once the domain of qualified tradesmen and practical dads alone, DIY really is now something that anyone can dabble in – it just takes a bit of preparation first.
Why wait to update when there’s many tasks around the home that you can tackle yourself?
Whether you’ve lived in your house for many years or you are about to move into somewhere new, you’ll undoubtedly want to make your mark as soon as possible so it feels like home. One element that can make a huge difference to every room is your internal doors. They’re a key feature, so a dated design or doors that show the wear and tear of family life – can bring down the whole room. It used to be one of those jobs best left to a trained joiner, and therefore could be a bit more involved and cost quite a bit when adding up all the doors you need.
But no longer!
If you want to spruce up your home in just a few hours, new internal doors are just the ticket. And with an EASY FIT door kit from JELD-WEN you’ll have everything you need to get going.
Whereas hanging a new door would typically mean ripping out the old frame and starting again, with EASY FIT there’s no need, you simply install it straight in the existing door opening. And what’s more, there’s no chiselling or planing to be done as all parts are supplied pre-machined ready to be secured in place. EASY FIT makes it, well, easy!
It doesn’t matter if you’re more a hapless harry rather than a Handy Andy, we promise these kits will walk you through the process and give you everything you need to hang a new door yourself. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at our handy step-by-step video.
Suitable for most standard sized door openings, there are two kit options available to suit opening widths of between 683-695mm and 759-771mm, both for an opening height of between 1988-1996mm.
You can be sure to find a door to fit your personal style too, with six different moulded door design options. Opt for the four or six panel doors for a traditional look, choose the appealing Cottage door kit for a touch of charm or, to let the light flow through from room to room, select one of the glazed door options.
Pre-painted in a crisp white finish, you’re new door will be good to go as soon as it’s hung – just don’t forget to pick up handles to suit your desired look. The difference it makes to how your whole space feels will probably make you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
So, rather than tracking down and paying for a tradesman to complete the task, why not open the door of opportunity and update your doors yourself this weekend?
There’s nothing more uplifting than the sun shining and the smell of freshly mown grass – and the promise of BBQ’s being fired up for some al fresco dining.
It doesn’t get much better, does it?
It’s in our nature to welcome the warm weather with open arms and to grab onto every last moment, as we’re never too sure how long it will be here to stay.
To make the most of the longer, sunnier days, timber patio doorsets are a welcome addition to any home and can really open up your living space. From traditional French two door designs through to folding and sliding options that have large floor to ceiling panes of glass, patio doors let the light in and work to blend your indoor and outdoor living spaces – all year round.
No matter how big or small your home, patio doors are a real option worth considering if you want to make the most of your very own great outdoors whilst welcoming in plenty of natural light to make your rooms feel more spacious and airy. They are also a solid investment and something that will enhance the appeal of your property should you come to move in the future.
There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing the best solution to suit your home…
1. Design: When it comes to design, 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 openings.
A good starting point is to think about the operation of the doors. A traditional French patio doorset is a good replacement for a window, or if you have a small opening that you want to make the most of. A sliding mechanism can also be the most practical solution in a small area. On the other hand, if you have a larger opening to work with, a full folding sliding patio doorset will really open up the home.
Next, choose a design that’s complementary to your home and don’t be afraid to have fun with the design for example adding bar detailing.
2. Configuration & operation: if you opt for a French doorset then consider whether to add side lights to allow extra light to flood in.
If it’s a bi-fold patio doorset that gets your vote then you’ll not only need to consider the amount of doors required, but also the way the doors open. Folding sliding doors can be configured with a full set of doors that fold and slide back together, or with a single independent opening for added ease of daily access – whichever works best for you and your family.
And don’t forget to consider whether you want your doors to open in or open out, it may sound obvious but this decision can have a big impact, especially if space is limited.
3. Finish: as with the design, the type of finish you go for will often be influenced by the look of your existing windows. Opting for timber patio doorsets that are supplied fully factory finished will take away the initial stress of finishing them yourself, plus you can choose from a vast array of paint and stain colours.
Oak patio doorsets have high-end appeal, whereas paintable materials such as hardwood or softwood will allow you add interesting paint finishes so you can be as bold or harmonious as you like. Paint finishes such as slate grey and conservation green are very popular of late and add a touch of personality, white and black are classic choices.
4. Energy efficiency: patio doorsets as with other exterior joinery products offer varying levels of thermal efficiency. Opting for a patio doorset that offers Low-E coated double or triple glazed units with low U values can increase your home’s energy efficiency and keep heat in which will ultimately save you money on your energy bills.
5. Security: this is usually the number one concern for us all. When choosing your patio doorset look for ranges that offer high quality hardware including multi-point locking systems. For added peace of mind choose a patio doorset with Secured by Design specification.
Whether the warmer weather is set to stay or the summer is cut short, with patio doors you can be sure to make the most of your outdoor space whilst making a real difference to your indoor environment, come rain or shine.
Are you in need of timber windows that combine modern design and performance with traditional appeal? If so, our softwood Sliding Sash window provides the ideal solution, watch our video below to find out more.
If the Sliding Sash window range is the perfect choice for you, why not find your nearest JELD-WEN retailer, or if you want to find out more you can explore the full range here.