Ryan Schofield, Managing Director Thames Valley Window Company, discusses window and external door options for your build project
There are many things to consider when deciding on your windows and external doors for your building project. From contemporary aluminium and uPVC window frames to composite and traditional door styles, there are a variety of options available to suit all property types.
One of the first things you will need to consider before choosing your doors and windows are Building Regulations, as most installations will need to comply with modern regs. It’s advisable to use a company that is registered with FENSA to ensure the work complies with building regulations, is energy efficient, and registered with the local council. You may also need to consider planning permission if your property is listed or is in a conservation area. If you’re planning on installing windows and doors yourself, or with a builder, then you’ll need to appoint the local authority building officer to inspect and certify the work.
In terms of design and style, this would very much depend on the character of the current property or the design of the one you are looking to build.
uPVC windows are one of the most popular window frame choices, they are often a great affordable option, durable and non-corrosive and are a favoured choice by many homeowners. Nowadays they are available in a variety of colour finishes and with mechanical joints for a more timber-like appearance to suit all tastes and property types.
For an on-trend industrial look, opt for aluminium windows. Lightweight and strong, aluminium windows generally have slimmer frames which maximise the glass area, allowing more natural light into your home, however, thermal performance tends to be lower.
Timber windows not only are environmentally sustainable but they are also extremely strong and durable and can be painted to any desired colour or stain. However, it is worth noting that wooden windows are often more expensive and can require more regular maintenance with the likelihood of retreating and painting over time.
There are many high-performance contemporary products available now too. Composite products of aluminium and timber combine to provide ultra-thermal performance and modern styling. These products are typically Tilt and Turn operation, which allows for bigger openings and larger glass areas.
Function is Key
When choosing your windows it’s important to consider who will be living in the property. Style is important but functionality and ventilation are also key.
If your project is in a noisy area Triple Glazing can help to block out noise and create a calm, peaceful home to relax in. Single Glazed Windows tend to loose 20% heat, so opt for Double or Triple glazed windows, if budget allows, for better insulation, which will help reduce your energy bills too!
External Door Options
Bi-Folding or Sliding Doors are also seemingly a must for any property renovation these days and these are typically available in uPVC, Timber or Aluminium as well as the Composite products.
It’s important not to overlook your front door, after all, it is the first thing anyone will see when visiting and can make a real impact to your build right from the start. From modern composite doors to aluminium eco-friendly options, choose a door that not only looks great but is also durable, draft-excluding and thermally efficient.