So how important is the style of windows and doors in your home when it comes to kerb appeal?
Firstly always remember that the style of windows and doors in a property has a direct impact on its kerb appeal and no other building material or system can affect a successful sale quite so much. Homeowners should essentially be led by the architectural style of the property. Many members of the Wood Window Alliance are well recognised by architects and property developers for producing traditional timber window and door designs in period styles. We work closely with all of our clients – specifiers, developers and private end-users - to achieve the best possible design aesthetic, modifying and adapting the standard product until it is perfectly suited to the property in every way.
What type of window is proving more popular with UK homeowners and why?
Our most popular window design by far is the Georgian sliding sash which suites with our highly coordinated Conservation™ range of windows and doors. In this collection we offer a double glazed box sash window that offers the best of both worlds with authentic period styling and 21st Century performance. It is operated with weights and pulley wheels whereas the more modern version of our sash window is operated with pre-tensioned spring balances.
For those who feel that the spring balance detracts from period aesthetics we have recently introduced the innovative boxed-spring sash – the spring is there but it is completely concealed behind a simple box which can be removed for easier maintenance. This product, along with most of our Conservation™ windows and doors, meet PAS24:2012 Secured by Design accreditation which makes it a very clever product indeed and is valued for its high levels of security which we know is of great important to homeowners.
Noticeable design trends
We are seeing a continued trend for Arts & Crafts styled leaded light casements and coordinating Bi-folding doors which lend a distinctive and attractive design detail to new builds and property makeovers. We have increased the height and width of our Bi-folds which has considerably improved their popularity and there is an SBD option for extra peace of mind. Also, fixed glazing for staircases provides maximum impact and drama particularly in a new build property while Balcony doorsets have seen a new lease of life and are being specified as part of the overall fenestration system. Glazing and glass options are becoming increasingly sophisticated and we anticipate change here.
With solid, panelled entrance doors, a trend in fan lights and fixed glazed panels is becoming the norm. They allow maximum natural light to enter large, spacious halls which makes a significant impact to interior aesthetics, light and space, and contributes to wellbeing.
Is the type of timber used in windows important?
It’s important to understand the value of using the very best engineered timber and the part it has to play in fine joinery; using the correct timber has massive impact on the performance, aesthetics and longevity of the finished product. Why? Because timber is the common sense, responsible option which sets a manufacturing benchmark in our industry. Timber has gone full circle and the warped and tired timber window should be a relic of the past.
Aesthetics are important of course, but so is performance
Finally, as good timber windows and doors play an important role in the thermal performance of a home, and as we’ve seen the essential part they play in the overall aesthetics of the property, it is important to choose the very best fenestration your budget will allow. Our high quality timber fenestration achieves excellent thermal and acoustic performance with U-values that surpass the requirements of Part L Building Regulations. This ultimately means that homes will require less energy to heat them, helping to keep the £ in your pocket, while essentially controlling CO₂ emissions for the benefit of our planet – and all the time remaining kerb-appeal-smart.