Renovating, extending or building a new home?
This can be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at the same time. So when it comes to windows and doors it pays to educate yourself on what options are available and which ones suit your lifestyle. Unlike paint they aren’t an easy fix if you get it wrong.
Take some time to read some of the most frequently asked questions below and discover what to look out for.
Is there an indicative pricelist for different window and door products?
In short, no. Every situation is different. The cost will depend on;
• How many windows and doors are required
• What size are the windows and doors
• What colour i.e. standard or premium powder coated or anodised joinery
• What performance requirements are needed i.e. high wind zone or heavy units
• What type of glass i.e. single glazed, doubled glazed, toughened, laminated, tinted, low-E or Argon Gas filled
• What type of hardware and locks are required
• Is installation required, if so how easy is site access and has the hole been prepped
The best solution is to have one of our consultants quote against plans or visit the site and assess your requirements. Talking through the options will allow you to learn what windows and doors will suit your lifestyle and achieve the best solution for your budget.
How long does it take you to make and deliver the joinery?
Generally if you allowed five weeks it is highly likely your joinery will be ready. It does depend on how busy we are and how big the job is. That said some jobs can be done in as little as two weeks from acceptance of quote.
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Do you install the aluminium windows and doors?
The majority of our window manufacturers do – if they don’t they can organise a local contractor to, or you can have your builder install them. We are happy to just manufacture and deliver to site.
What joinery colour options are there?
We have 70 standard colours, 15 of which are the most popular colours selected. There are more than 200 others to choose from, so there is a colour for everyone.
In addition to powder coated joinery we also have anodised options which come in bronze, silver and black.
Your window furniture (handles) can also be colour matched to your joinery.
What are the benefits of double glazed windows?
Double glazing has an array of benefits; it can halve the heat loss through the window significantly improving the thermal comfort of your home. It can also reduce perceived external noise, and reduce condensation built up in cold weather.
Double glazed windows become a vital part in achieving a well insulated home. They keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. With energy costs rising rapidly, standard single glazing is a liability, losing nearly 50 per cent of heat in a fully insulated house in winter, while at times allowing almost 90 per cent of solar heat gain during summer.
Can double glazing be put into my existing joinery?
The majority of the time the answer is, yes.
It depends on the current condition of your existing joinery. Sometimes handles, window stays and door rollers may have to be replaced due to general wear and tear or to support the additional weight added by the double glazed unit. The worst case scenario is that you may need a full replacement.
Which doors are best, bifold or sliding?
The old adage ‘horses for courses’ comes to mind. They are both great options but some are more appropriate in certain scenarios. If the passage outdoors is narrow, then a sliding door may be a better solution than a bifold or French door, as the doors don’t open into the passage. Conversely, if you have a limited opening, then bifold doors will almost double the access from indoors to outdoors. It is about selecting the right door for your home.
What is the best way to clean and maintain joinery?
Both anodised and powdercoated joinery will require a regular clean in order to maintain its look and integrity, view our Care & Maintainance Guide for instructions on how to maintain joinery.
For hardware, roller or weather seals maintenance, please contact your local supplier for an assessment on how best to remedy.
Other important considerations
• The door can have a key both inside and out (key – key)
• Or a key on the outside and a knob on the inside (key – turn)
• Or no key outside and just a turn knob on the inside
Lock options include; single point, two point and four point locks.
• Single point for low level security – Garages
• Two point – Commonly used for front doors
• Four point – These lock into the top and bottom of the window or door frame as well as the standard two point
A Four point lockset is ideal where wind and rain present issues. It ensures a more weather-tight seal against the prevailing elements.
Glass plays a major role in the performance and comfort of your home.
• Low-E glass
• Argon fill
• Storm resistant glass
• Energy efficient glass
• Tinted glass
• Self cleaning glass
• Laminate glass
• Toughened glass
Aesthetics, practicality and functionality go hand in hand. It’s all in the detail.
• Low step Smoothtech® sills allow an easy transition between spaces as well as being low maintenance to clean and because there is no trough or channel they are aesthetically pleasing and don’t collect unsightly dirt and debris.
• Door hardware like the Malta® range means you can have a family of styling that goes from all exterior doors and windows right through to bedroom, bathroom and your showpiece – the front door.