Our uPVC windows come in four design types. Casement windows, tilt & turn windows, fully reversible windows and French windows. No matter which design you choose, all of our windows effectively reduce noise, are low maintenance, have several safety & security features and of course, are highly energy-efficient. Of course, each design type does have its own unique features and benefits and one of our team would be happy to advise and recommend which design would suit your needs, your property and your budget. This can either be done at an appointment at your property or at our Kent showroom where we have all of the design types and many colours on show.
Our high-quality uPVC casement windows will instantly improve the appearance, comfort and security of your home.
Casement windows are outward opening windows and are by far the most popular design type we provide and are the type used in the vast majority of UK properties. By opening outwards, casement windows don’t take up any interior room space, which is often a desirable feature for our customers.
Our uPVC tilt and turn windows are also a popular choice with our customers. They “tilt” down from the top allowing fresh air to pass through without compromising security and they also “turn” (open inwards) to fully open for easy cleaning while standing inside your home.
Tilt and turns are particularly useful for larger openings as they can go wider and higher with one pane of glass. So, if having the largest glass area possible to allow maximum light is a priority for you, then tilt and turns might be the window type for you.
Whilst not a hugely popular design type, our uPVC reversible windows are in some situations, the only option.
Designed to invite maximum light into your room with easy maintenance, our reversible windows unique 180 degrees reversible action means you can clean the external glass on upstairs windows from the inside of your home, safely and securely. Child-safety catches restrict the aperture so that children cannot fall through, while still allowing high levels of ventilation.
If you’re looking to bring the outside in to your home, look no further than our uPVC French windows.
These windows are essentially casement windows with the addition of what’s called a “flying mullion”. A flying mullion means the central frame of the window is attached to one of the opening parts. This means when you open both openers of the window, you get a fantastic clear opening with no central frame blocking the view, bringing the outside, inside.
As any of our team will show you, we use multi-point shootbolt locking mechanisms on all of our uPVC windows. This essentially means that when you turn that handle to lock the window shut, not only do bolts lock into their keeps next to the handle, but shootbolts at the top and bottom of the window lock into their keeps too.
One the non-locking side of the window, we also put excluder devices, which, as one of our team can demonstrate, lock into one another to stop the window from being jemmied open, which is what many burglars do.
There are two positions in which you can close our windows. First is the normal fully locked position. Secondly, you can close the lock the window in “night-vent” mode, which locks it so it is just slightly open, allowing ventilation into the room without having to leave windows wide open. This opening position is obviously not as secure as the fully closed position but it is certainly a good middle-ground that many of our customers find appealing.
Our uPVC windows are all internally glazed to prevent intruders popping out the bead and glass and gaining entry. Surprisingly, some uPVC windows are still externally beaded.
Spacer bars are the things that separate the two (or three) pieces of glass in a double or triple glazed unit. Up until a few years ago, the industry standard was for this spacer bar to be made out of metal. If your windows are more than 5 years old, the chances are, they will have metallic spacer bars. These metallic spacer bars are still available and are still used by some companies to save money. The problem with these metallic spacer bars is that they allow the cold to shoot straight through the bar and make the glass area on the inner pane around the metallic bar cold, causing the condensation all the way around the edge of the glass, which many people have experienced in the past. However, now we use what’s called ‘warm edge composite spacer bars’, which are made out of a composite material designed not to transfer the cold meaning the glass on the inner pane does not get cold as it does with metallic spacer bars. By only using modern warm edge composite spacer bars, we can ensure that our customers don’t experience condensation on the inside of their windows whilst improving the BFRC energy rating too. The standard colour for these bars is black, but we also offer them in in white.
Our glazed units are all argon-filled as opposed to inferior air-filled units. Argon is a noble glass which means it doesn’t react to anything as much as normal air does. This applies to glazed units with Georgian bar and to leaded units too. This means that heat is not lost as easily through the unit. If you use air-filled glazed units, the heat can escape through the unit much more easily. This of course contributes to the overall energy rating of the window.
To make it even harder for heat to escape from our customer’s homes, we use multi-chambered profiles in our frames. This means that the inside of the uPVC frame is split into many chambers. It’s comparable to leaving the house with 6 jackets on. This of course, improves the thermal efficiency of the window and its energy rating too.
In our uPVC windows, we use Saint Gobain Planitherm Total Plus. In situations where building control or architects have specified a certain thermal U-value, we use Planitherm One glass to further improve thermal efficiency. These glass systems help to make our customers homes more thermally efficient as follows.
On the inside pane we use the latest magnetron-coated ‘Low-E’ or Low Emissivity glass, which has an invisible coating on it that dramatically reduces heat transfer and also increases heat reflection back into the room. Therefore, glass without a low-e coating will absorb the heat from your home and radiate it out onto the colder outer pane, where it is more easily lost. Low-e glass has a special coating which is a poor radiator of heat and does not allow heat to be transferred to the outside. Instead, the low-e coating actually reflects the heat back into your room.
On the outer pane, we use an ultra-clear Low Iron Glass, which not only allows as much light in as possible but also brings in the suns rays increasing the windows ‘solar gain’, which means you’re heating up your home with free energy from the sun as opposed to reflecting it back out as you would with other less energy-efficient glass.
The importance of energy efficiency is summed up by the British Fenestration Rating Council’s (BFRC) introduction of the Window Energy Ratings Scheme. With this universal rating scheme, it is now possible to independently measure the efficiency of windows just as you would with cars, fridges or washing machines. This is great news for the consumer who now have a much better idea about the thermal efficiency of the windows they are buying.
The BFRC rate the windows from A+ to G, with A+ being the most energy-efficient and G being the least. Those achieving a C-rating or above demonstrate they have been designed, manufactured and tested to provide a good level of overall thermal efficiency. Thankfully, all window installers must install at least a ‘C’ rated or above window.
Not only do we guarantee our products to you, but for added peace of mind, we also pay to have our guarantees insurance-backed, so if anything happened to us as a company, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you still have your full guarantee. Our guarantee on our uPVC windows covers the uPVC profile, the installation, the handles and the hinges from decomposing or discolouring, to the glass unit breaking down. Everything except accidental damage or misuse is covered.
We are also members of CERTASS, who are a recognised governing body designed to improve the workmanship and customer service in our industry. CERTASS anonymously check much of our work to make sure we’re doing what we should be.
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