Door cores – It’s what’s inside that counts
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.
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Beat blue Monday and brighten up your home
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.
To find out more about JELD-WEN’s interior doors ranges visit www.jeld-wen.co.uk/products/interior-doors/products/
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.
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.
Confused about glazing?
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.
Replacing windows in conservation properties
‘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.
The most important piece of advice is to do your research! The Historic England website is another helpful resource worth visiting for further advice, as is the Wood Window Alliance website so there’s plenty of information at hand.
Made to measure, made to last
No matter how much personality your property has – doesn’t every home have its own quirks? – JELD-WEN timber windows are made to measure so any bespoke size or shape can be catered for. Phew!
The result? Complete peace of mind that you have preserved the period features of your property whilst ensuring your investment makes your home your castle for many years to come.
To explore the full range of JELD-WEN timber windows visit the website or you can find your nearest retailer here.