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Why the right windows can transform your home

Many of us will spend a lot of time choosing the colour of our front door or the colour of our house. But, having the right windows can drastically change the look of your home. Not only that, but replacement windows can mean a more energy efficient home too.

Our Residence Collection windows outperform many other systems in terms of finish, quality and safety. Here’s how choosing R7 or R9 windows can make a difference.

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Glass balustrades: what are they and why do you need them?

Balustrades are panels that provide a barrier or fence, sometimes with supporting posts (balusters). They are typically used on balconies, staircases, terraces or decking areas.

They can be made from a number of materials, including wood, chrome and stainless steel, but it is the glass balustrade – frameless in particular – that the majority of homeowners are now opting for. While their primary purpose is usually as a safety barrier, glass balustrades are increasingly used to add sophistication and a contemporary style, both indoors and outdoors.

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Patio doors: French, bi-fold or sliding?

Homeowners’ increasing desire to create an open plan, light-filled kitchen or living space has redefined the ‘patio door’ from a simple two-door exit to a standout feature that can deliver unobstructed, panoramic views of the garden.

There are three broad types of patio door available today:

  • French doors – traditional double doors which both open outwards.
  • Bi-folding doors – multiple door sections which concertina back to fully open up the doorway.
  • Sliding doors – two or more larger panes of glass which slide sideways to open.
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Why choose double glazing?

In this month’s news piece we explain what double glazing is, how it works, the advantages of having it installed in your home and what types of double glazing are available.

What is double glazing? Double-glazed windows consist of two panes of glass with a layer of air or gas between them. In contrast, single-glazed windows have only one pane and no gap. How does it work? Double glazing works as an insulator in much the same way as a cavity wall. Having two panes of glass doubles the amount of glass that heat has to get through but the main insulating power is from the air gap. It is a poor conductor of heat and therefore keeps warm air trapped inside your home.

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