If you are only replacing windows in a non-listed building then you should not need planning permission as they will have little impact on your neighbourhood and neighbours.
There are a couple of exceptions; if the house is a listed building (see notes below), if your house is in a conservation area, windows in flats and any buildings under Article 4 Directive.
We can still sometimes replace windows and doors under these restrictions, but your selection would be limited to those allowed by the relevant authorities.
Listed buildings in England are protected by the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. This covers both the interior and exterior of the building.
If you are unable to have double glazing in your house, then secondary glazing is an alternative option that is not subject to planning permission and still offers many of the benefits of double glazing. However, at present, we do not offer secondary glazing.
If you are not bound by any restrictions such as the above, you have a wide choice of colour and style available to you. This will of course depend on the size of the window, and compliance with current Building regulations (for example, bedrooms should have openings large enough to enable escape in case of fire).
The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-Value of a window. This is for the whole window assembly (including the glazing, frame and spacer bar). The lower the U-Value the greater a windows resistance to heat flow, so the better its insulating properties are.
The Windows Energy Rating (WER) is an important consideration when looking for new windows. They are very similar to the energy ratings on electrical goods.
The most efficient window would be classed as an A+, whilst a window seen as inefficient would be rated a G.
The Windows Energy Rating is calculated using the following values:
U Value – Thermal Transmittance, G Value – Solar Factor, L Value – Air Leakage
More details can be found at the following site.
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As the name suggests, Flush casement windows sit flush in the frame and do not have the lipped appearance of a regularly used Casement window.
The choice is purely an aesthetic one.
If you desire the most thermally efficient home and want windows to accentuate this, Triple Glazing is the best option. An added bonus is that triple glazing is superior in external noise reduction than the abilities of double glazing.
Double glazed glass has an overall thickness of 28mm, meanwhile, Triple glazing is 40mm so as to accommodate the extra layer of glass.
Composite doors are manufactured using a variety of materials including uPVC, wood, insulating foam and a GRP skin (Glass Reinforced Plastic). The result is a very strong, secure door with a great variety of colours and styles available. These are mainly used for the front of properties.
PVC doors are made from PVC plastic. The internal panel can be a mixture of PVC and Glass or simply a glass panel. These can provide a great offering of light into the home. They are not restricted to a specific size, as such, can be a great option for unusually sized doors. These are mainly utilised at the rear of properties.
Some of the Composite door choices may not be suitable, but other options will be available to you. Your surveyor or advisor will be able to inform you of your choices.
Yes! We make doors with low thresholds and extra wide for disabled access, although there are limited options in the composite door category. Your surveyor or advisor will be able to help you with your selection.
Yes! We fit cat flaps and pet flaps in our doors. They are best fitted in uPVC doors and we can fit in both plastic and glass bottom panels. Contact us to discuss options and charges.
Our doors are made to Secure By Design specifications. They are PAS 23/24 rated. They employ a 5-point locking mech and safety glass. There are additional options available such as laminate glass for extra security.
Absolutely not, our quotes are free.
We have a number of payment options available to you. You can pay 50% deposit with the balance of payment on completion of fitting. You can pay by Bank Transfer, cheque, card payment or of course cash. We are sorry we do not accept American Express payments.
We do offer a fantastic finance option. This is a 3 year interest free option which is an FCA approved product from Hitachi Capital. Please see the Payment /Finance page for full details.
The minimum order value for the finance option is £1,000.