Introduce your property to fresh garden breezes and enjoy a better view by installing classic-looking and stylish French windows. Add effortless charm to the place you live, while filling your rooms with fresh air – and, of course, bringing the outdoors one step closer.
Featuring two panels that open outward in unison, French windows provide an unbroken view of the outdoors, while also doubling-up as an escape route. This style of window has proven a popular choice over many centuries – thanks largely to its timeless appearance, which means it will never go out of fashion. This style is often ideal for enhancing the character of cottage style properties.
Our French-style double glazed windows will never grow old. Each one is carefully built at our dedicated site and to each customer’s precise instructions. This means there won’t be any surprises when your windows arrive.
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French windows are often used in the higher areas of a property, so as to give access to more pleasing views. They are sometimes used at ground-floor level as an escape route, in cases where an existing opening is too small to comply with fire regulations.
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How can I tell French windows and French doors apart?
The mechanism used in both cases is identical. The size and method of operation are, however, different in both cases. The design comprises twin glass panels that open from the middle out – with no intervening pillar in the centre. When your doors or windows are opened fully, you’ll have a clear vista of the outdoors.
You’ll tend to find that French doors are used as patio doors to introduce a home to the outside. Windows made in this style are smaller and can be installed at any level of a property. They provide remarkable ventilation (and did we mention the incredible views?)
Why are French windows called French windows?
This story is the same for both French windows and doors. In the Renaissance during the 17th century, new ideas in art and architecture were developing, with light as a central theme. To get more light in their homes, they started to use more glass in their windows. This trend came over to France, where they made large windows that could either be used in the home as doors or as a way to get out onto their balconies on summer days. This meant they could light their homes more effectively, and the design became popularised across Western Europe in a few decades.
Are French windows secure enough to protect my home?
They are no more or less secure than any other style of double glazing. It all comes down to the hardware, mechanisms, glazing, and materials used at the manufacturing and fabrication stages.
We value security as much as you do, which is why our products meet the precise criteria of Secured By Design – a police-led initiative designed to reduce the frequency of burglaries throughout the UK.
Our French windows showcase three-point locking systems, shoot-bolts, extra strong hinges, and thermally-strengthened glass, making it almost impossible for intruders to gain access to your home.
What are the main benefits of French windows?
One of the key – and most recognised benefits of this style is its ability to create wide panoramas of the outside. If you live in a picturesque area, you will probably want to make the most of the beauty on your doorstep – which this style of window will allow you to do.
Apart from creating outstanding views, French windows excel at inviting in cooling breezes that will keep your home feeling fresh, while also reducing the possibility of damp-related problems.
Of course, you’ll also be able to enjoy access to more light, making your rooms feel brighter and creating a better sense of space.
How did French windows get their name?
It’s the same narrative for both French windows and doors. During the Renaissance, new concepts and ideas were sweeping across Europe. This affected architecture too, especially in relation to how light could be used to better effect in homes. This led to the advent of more glass, an idea that found its way to France. Larger windows capable of doubling up as doors became the norm. The concept remained popular and spread to other countries.
Do French windows swing in or out?
French windows only ever open outwards. This is beneficial, as your internal areas are not infringed upon by your frames. Friction hinges are included which can open up to 60° – or you can opt for an egress window with a 90° opening arc (it can also function as a valid fire escape route). These hinges can easily be adjusted and don’t move in the wind.
Can French windows double-up as a fire escape?
FENSA is a scheme authorised by the UK government. It requires that rooms on upper floors must have fire escape windows, provided they’re not fitted at a height greater than 4.5 metres. A fire escape window has to be capable of creating a clear space that’s 0.3 metres squared. French windows, if made to the correct size specification, fulfil these criteria and can, therefore, be considered valid by FENSA.
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We have built up a great reputation over years of delivering a first class service and excellent products, all from our local, no nonsense all-about-you company.
From characteristic country cottages to contemporary town houses, we’re confident that our products will offer a style and finish to truly transform your home. Through constant innovation the quality, durability and security of our products is genuinely second to none. As a local company we are proud to offer British Standards BS7412/PAS24 for enhanced security.
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Our windows are made from British Made, high quality MarinespecTM components, with up to 25 years anti corrosion. They are built specifically for the more exposed areas of corrosion, such as coastal environments to give you worry free performance beyond your guarantee. We believe spending more on components is worth every penny, and sets us apart from our competitors.
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We have invested millions of pounds into one of the most state of the art manufacturing facilities in the UK. This enables us to provide you with consistently high quality products at exceptionally good prices. Our loyal factory workers are well trained and take pride in their work, they really care about quality. Our machines are maintained according to a rigorous servicing regime to keep them in top condition.
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Our ‘A’ rated energy efficient and triple glazed windows are tested by the BFRC, which will save you money on your heating bills. By law your windows and doors have to meet strict thermal performance regulations but you can be rest assured that our products exceed current requirements.
Energy saving is incredibly important and so is keeping your fuel bills down. We are continuously looking for ways to make our homes energy efficient and one way is to choose new PVCu windows and doors. Not only will they help to keep your home warmer, they will reduce your energy loss.
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Our suppliers conform to strictly controlled and independently monitored Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, to ensure that everything is done correctly and according to best practise.
Our windows are tested independently by British Standards for security, weather tightness and strength performance. This means that periodically, we have to send them to independent test houses, in order to be tested to destruction.
These are just some of the many standards the products in our vast range conform to. Needless to say we take the quality of our products very seriously indeed.
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The styles available are endless and the choices to suit your home are bigger than ever before. Traditional, contemporary or modern; our versatile window and door designs will create the look you want to complement and enhance your home. If you want windows that are as individual as you, our range of coloured and woodgrain windows offer you fifteen different colours and finishes.
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