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.
You need to apply for listed building consent if:
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. We do not at present offer secondary glazing
If you are not bound by any restrictions as above, you have a wide choice of colour and style available to you, but this of course will 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 property is.
The Windows Energy Rating (WER) is an important thing to look at when looking for your windows. They are very similar to the energy ratings on electrical goods.
From the most efficient A+ to G which is a very inefficient window.
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 normal Casement window.
The choice is purely an aesthetic one.
If you want the most thermally efficient home and want windows that will conserve the heat in your home, Triple Glazing is the best option. An added bonus is that triple glazing reduces external noise more than double glazing.
Double glazed glass has an overall thickness of 28mm with Triple glazing being 40mm 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 a purely glass panel. These can allow for a lot of light into the home. They are not restricted to a size of the panel and can be a great option for usual sized doors. These are mainly used for the rear of properties.
Some of the Composite door choices may not be offered 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 some of the composite door styles are not available. 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 PVC doors and we can fit in both plastic and glass bottom panels. These will be an extra charge.
The term French door applies to a pair of doors one left hand one right, which can open in or more usually out. Patio door is generally the term given to a door that slides on rollers to one side or the other. Both will give light into your home.
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.
Simply contact our office for an appointment, we will book you in to meet with our surveyor.
No, 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.
Our PVC windows are made from uPVC plastic with steel reinforcing, whereas our Warmcore Aluminium product offer an Aluminium external finish around a PVC core for thermal performance.