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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timber windows can stand up to even the harshest weather conditions and still last a lifetime, and there is no tougher environment than the Antarctic Peninsula to put this to the test.
Port Lockroy is one of Antarctica’s most historic locations and a highlight of any voyage to the frozen continent. It was originally set up in 1944 as part of a secret Naval mission during WWII code named Operation Tabarin. The base consisting of a large building ‘Bransfield House’ and a ‘Nissen hut’, was created and manned to provide Britain with a presence in Antarctica and saw the start of scientific research into climatic conditions. JELD-WEN (Formerly Boulton and Paul) created the prefabricated building ‘Bransfield House’ including the windows which was flat packed and assembled on site by the Royal Navy. This served as the main living area for the men at that time.
When the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) took over the management of the buildings, they chose JELD-WEN’s high performance triple glazed timber windows as part of the restoration of the historic Nissen hut. The UKAHT also requested support in providing new triple glazed timber windows to match the originals for “Bransfield House”, the main building which now acts as the living museum and ‘Penguin post office’.
Part of the reason for choosing timber was because it is durable and a natural insulator, all of which enables it to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the Antarctic. Protecting the environment was also a key concern and timber was chosen because of its natural non-polluting characteristics. Antarctica is the most unpolluted, unspoilt landscape on earth and using a natural sustainable product such as timber is all part of keeping it that way.
The Nissen hut was originally built as a storehouse and emergency refuge and was fully rebuilt in 2010 to the same specifications, but with modern insulation. The JELD-WEN products installed include two external timber doorsets, 35mm internal fire doorsets and triple glazed windows. The staff now use the hut as their living quarters because of its thermal performance and privacy. Its innovative adaptation won an award from the British Institute of Structural Engineers.
Lisa Avis, UK Operations and Communications Co-ordinator has stayed in the hut comments “The Nissen hut is incredibly warm and cosy. During my stay, at which point there were five of us living in the hut, the one additional heat source – a heater in the main lounge – was never turned on as we just didn’t need it! The windows, which are draft proof, do a fantastic job at keeping out the extreme climate, which when you consider that the wind can be extremely bitter and temperatures below freezing, is an absolute necessity.”
Port Lockroy receives 18,000 visitors each season. They visit the museum, purchase souvenirs and postcards from the Post Office and shop and come to see the large colony of 2,000 Gentoo penguins which also inhabit the island. Over 70,000 postcards are sent every year from the penguin post office to over 100 countries around the world.
To find out more about JELD-WEN’s triple glazed timber windows explore our range here.
When it comes to new or replacement windows, there are lots of things to consider and all the various options can make the process rather confusing, particularly when choosing glazing.
The type of glazing you choose will not only impact how much light comes into your home, but also how much heat is retained or lost; in fact, it’s quite a technical subject but one that can make a real difference to the performance of your new windows.
So, to make things a little simpler and to help you to make the best glazing choices for your property, here’s some guidance on the most important things for you to consider:
Are you looking to improve your home’s heat retention and keep those expensive energy bills down? For many of us the answer to this question I’m sure will be yes! If this is on the top of your list then there are a number of ways this can be achieved.
As a starting point increasing the amount of glass panes can provide instant benefits. For instance installing double glazed windows in a previously single glazed home can result in a saving of £160 a year on energy bills. For ultimate efficiency triple glazed windows offer even greater levels of thermal performance. Consisting of two air or gas filled spaces and three panes of glass, as opposed to two in double glazing, the extra cavity and layer of glass retains even more heat, keeping the house warmer still.
In addition to multiple panes of glass, the space between them is just as important. Glazing that has inert gas filled cavities, commonly argon, or krypton, as opposed to just air will improve its thermal efficiency, so look out for this.
It’s also worth considering whether the glazing has additional performance enhancing coatings e.g. glazing that has Low-E (low emissivity) coatings will help to stop heat from being radiated out onto the colder outside surface and instead reflect it back into the room, resulting in better U values being achieved.
Is there a particular look you’re after or need to adhere to, because of the area you live in?
If looks are the highest priority, you can be sure your windows blend in seamlessly with the style of your home, even if you live in a conservation area, when opting for a sensitive style. There are many glazing design choices you can make to ensure your new windows look as good as they perform.
Glazing bar designs add character and authentic touch to a window, putting a personal stamp on the exterior of any home. For a country cottage look consider a cottage bar design or alternatively for those period properties there are Victorian bar designs.
There’s also patterned glazing options available for an artistic flair and to create a sense of privacy, should you have a window that is closely overlooked by a neighbour or from the street, obscure glazing can make all the difference.
Perhaps you live on a busy road? If so, the type of glazing you choose can impact on the amount of noise transference. Triple glazed windows offer an even higher level of performance and will provide increased sound-proofing qualities. However, you may need to sacrifice the thermal performance to gain acoustic performance and vice versa, so it is important to find the right balance.
There’s also special acoustic performance glazing available should external noise be a real concern.
For enhanced security, double glazed windows with laminated glass or a triple glazed window will do the trick, and if you have a low level window, laminated or toughened glass would be recommended. Alternatively for a window that is high up, a self-cleaning coating can be applied to make this easy to maintain.
So, whilst there are a number of things to bear in mind when it comes to choosing the right glazing for your windows, there’s a solution to suit any property.
If you want to learn more about how glazing can impact on the performance of your windows the Green Building Advisor website is a really useful resource.
To explore the full range of JELD-WEN timber windows visit the website or you can find your nearest retailer here.
‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’, or so the proverb says, and it’s true; where we choose to make a house our home is incredibly important.
Our home is where our happiest times are spent. For some, their heart is in the country and for others, feeling connected to the past or living in an area full of local history or natural beauty is a home buying dream.
In Britain, we’re so fortunate to be surrounded by so many points of interest, of local and national significance. Did you know that in England alone, there are more than 10,000 conservation areas now designated due to their special architectural and historic interest, according to Historic England? That’s some one million properties that have special protection status.
From Bourneville, set close to the heart of the industrial revolution and home to the Cadbury family for more than 137 years, to Beaulieu, a beautiful village on the boundary of the New Forest, we have such a rich heritage and such protective measures ensure that the charm of the past remains very much in the present. There’s no wonder then that these are highly coveted locations and living in a conservation area means that we all have a part to play to protect the character of the properties within it.
Help is at hand
If you’re left feeling confused about your conservation home and the options available to you, rest assured you’re not alone. You may not know how to go about conserving or swapping your windows, but there’s plenty of help available.
Here are our top tips for navigating the whole process:
If you live in a listed building or in a conservation area subject to ‘Article 4 Directions’, you may need planning permission to replace or upgrade windows and doors. Be sure and check with your local council before you start
You will need to submit a proposal detailing the scope of work. It’s best to work closely with your planning or conservation officer, showing them samples, technical specifications and brochures from the start.
Even small changes can have a significant impact on the appearance of your property for example the position, the proportions of the sashes, arrangement of the opening lights, thickness of the profile of glazing, bar details and even the glass itself, so be sure to consider every detail carefully.
If you’re looking to upgrade from single to double glazed windows, in some areas you may be required to keep the original look with a like for like replacement, particularly in a terraced house that relies on a consistent look. A well designed double glazed replacement such as a flush sash casement window will provide an acceptable compromise between authenticity and modern energy performance.
Sometimes a specific colour may be specified in an area so at least with timber, you can be sure to find the finish to ‘fit in’.There’s more than standard white finishes to be had with popular greys and conservation green – think shades of sage for a beautifully harmonious look. Dual colour paint finishes can help you meet the needs of conservation requirements on the exterior, while also reflecting your interior décor.
And for a really authentic touch, details such as a monkey tail handle, concealed vents and invisible hinges can make all the difference to fitting with the style of your surroundings and make for the perfect final flourish to your home renovation.