For many years previously, customers only had two choices: uPVC windows or timber windows. uPVC windows are now available with a woodgrain foil on them but even that is only fairly recent. For many, particularly with older or high-end properties, uPVC windows were simply not suitable (and are sometimes not even allowed in conservation areas).
Hardwood timber windows on the other hand, are very expensive and of course, come with maintenance issues such as the need to re-paint and treat the wood against bowing and warping.
This did leave a large hole in the market for a product in between the two. Something with the look of timber, but without the maintenance or cost (not as high a cost as timber, anyway). Evolution windows really pioneered the process with their Storm 2 and Evolution Flush timber look uPVC windows, which are great systems. We then experienced the release and subsequent (and continued) boom of Residence 9; a product with unique features such as a 100mm profile depth, mechanically joined sashes and a foiled-through rebate to name a few.
We have both of these on show at our showroom just outside Maidstone, Kent. We also have carrier samples we can bring out to your property to hold up to existing windows to get an idea of how they would look.
With that brief overview of the advent of timber look uPVC windows done, we can move onto these customers, who stumbled into our showroom. They saw the Residence 9 sample we have on show in there and, as many do, thought it was real timber. They duly enquired and Dan attended site to measure everything up and firm up designs. It was to be white woodgrain or “white ash” Residence 9 windows, with mechanically joined outer frame and sashes along with black monkey tail furniture to match previous.
The front door took a little more time to iron out. Using the English Door Company brochure, which you can download here, we eventually managed to get to the end design. This was a Nash/Ballingdon design, with letterbox and ring pull knocker. The customers would then add their house name as a sticker onto the door afterwards.
Check out the before and after photos below, which demonstrate two of our most popular products in all their glory – great installation!
Before and After Photos
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