Is this year going to be the year that you finally replace and upgrade those tired, old windows and doors?
If so, here’s a brief rundown of some of the top consumer trends for 2018…
As in previous years, energy efficiency remains a popular topic for homeowners – especially when it comes to replacing old windows.
Having the most up-to-date and energy-efficient glazing in your home helps reduce your carbon footprint, as well as saving you money on your energy bills.
According to the Glass and Glazing Federation, a quarter of the heat loss from our homes occurs through single-glazed windows, or those with old and inadequate double glazed units…and if the windows are of poor quality or badly installed, you’re liable to lose even more heat!
Installing replacement windows – such as the ‘new generation’ PlatinumNRG PVCu windows – can reduce heat loss by half. More heat will be retained, unwanted draughts will be kept to a minimum, and energy efficiency will be improved, making you a saving on your energy bills.
When it comes to choosing your windows, look for the Window Energy Rating (WER).
This is an average efficiency rating system, from G to A++, that helps customer see at-a-glance how energy efficient the product is.
Energy efficient windows come in a variety of frame materials and styles.
Adding a splash of colour to your window frames is an effective way of updating both the interior and exterior of your home, providing a new, modern and stylish look, and enhancing the style and character of any home.
No longer do you have to be restricted to shades of black, brown, silver and white – PVCu window manufacturing technology now means you can choose almost any colour you want!
Homeowners can now specify any colour they choose, by a RAL number, Pantone colour, or an exact match to their own sample.
If, for example, Ultraviolet – Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018 – takes your fancy, simply let us know and we can get it made and installed.
Not only that, it’s also possible to have different colours on either side of your window – meaning you can keep the traditional look on the outside of your house, while matching them seamlessly with whatever colour palette you’ve decorated with on the inside.
Your front door is the first thing most people see and come into contact with when they visit your home, and upping the ‘curb appeal’ by fitting a colourful front door can be a quick way of adding some sophistication to your property.
Whether you want to be understated with a pastel violet or duck-egg blue, or go all-in with a vibrant yellow or purple, changing your front door can give you the freedom to express yourself in a way you might not want to with your interiors.
The main function of windows is to allow natural light into a room – our PVCu PlatinumNRG slimline windows have profiles designed to minimalise frame thickness and maximise the glass area, allowing the maximum amount of natural light into any room.
Aluminium windows will provide even more of a slimline look; although this option tends to be a little more expensive than PVCu windows.
The strength and durability that aluminium provides enables the frames to be manufactured with a much slimmer profile.
Another option proving fashionable to homeowners is aluminium bi-fold concertina doors.
These doors can open up your home, producing a stunning effect that seamlessly connects your house and garden!