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What is the Difference Between an Average and an Outstanding Replacement Window Installation?

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This is a question many UK homeowners ask themselves, as they try to justify the high investment of replacing all the windows and doors in their home, and the short answer is, attention to detail. If we take a look at the core science of window and door replacement, it is a question of removing rectangular or square frames (usually timber) and replacing them with either uPVC or aluminium units that are double glazed. As no two buildings are identical, the ideal way to go about window and door replacement is for each unit to be fabricated to millimetre-accurate dimensions and with the customer’s choice of opening styles, colour and features, the new doors and windows would fit like a glove.

Interior Reveals

Once the replacement window frame is securely fixed to the window opening, the double-glazed unit can then be fitted, sealed with neoprene and the interior making good can begin. Plaster and either wallpaper or paint will soon restore the inner reveal to its original state, then comes the interior window sill – which would typically be stained mahogany – and finished to a very high standard. Where the window frame meets the plaster, the installers would run a very thin line of high grade silicone, which cushions the very slight movement of the frame due to temperature changes. The finishing side of replacement windows requires attention to detail and this is one indicator of a quality installation, which is why our time-served installation teams pride themselves in their finishing, which is second to none.


It isn’t just a question of how the windows are fitted, indeed your choice of styles, colours and features are many and with the help of our in-house design team, you will select something that will add character and style to the property. Composites offer a maintenance free alternative to traditional timber frames, yet seasoned wood is often the preferred material for a period property, and at The Window Centre, we understand the importance of aesthetics and strive to help our customers complement their home with the perfect double glazing. Stylish and elegant porches offer a cost-effective way to add some living space and aren’t as costly as you might think.

Quality Materials & Fabrication

Aside from the way the units are fitted, one must also take a look at the actual window make-up, which would either be of uPVC or aluminium, while seasoned timber is also popular for rustic properties and the surfaces are guaranteed not to fade, crack or peel and can handle the harsh UK climate. The ideal spacing for a double-glazed window would be 16mm and with hermetical sealing, the argon gas-filled cavity provides an optimum heat loss barrier.

If you would like us to sit down with you and discuss your window and door options, we’d be happy to send one of our experienced design consultants to your home, where you can explore the possibilities. If you’d like to see what we are capable of, our website contains some fine examples of previous projects and together we can design, fabricate and install the perfect double glazing solution that will stand the test of time.

Call us on 0208 429 0383 or email to and we’ll be in touch very soon.



Discovering unique architecture in Harrow

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Discovering a new place or seeing something culturally interesting, rather than experiencing the same old scene, is what brightens up our weekends. So, if you’re one of these people who enjoys seeing something fresh on the eyes, here are some unique buildings and architectural anomalies that you may never have known existed in Harrow and Pinner.


St Paul’s Parish church

Reminiscent of an old 1800s factory building, this commanding structure is actually a local humble parish church at the centre of its community. Located on Corbins Lane, St Paul’s Parish church is built with brick but modified to an impressive grey, white industrial look. It’s extraordinarily tall and thin stain glass windows give it extra height.

Wealdstone Motors

Built in 1933, Wealdstone Motors is still a car dealer but the building they run from certainly catches the eyes of passersby. This red brick striking structure is in the art deco style, with a clock tower at the top, and forms a parade of shops and flats. It’s square and symmetrical design, including the windows, really makes a statement and can be found on Pinner Road.

St Mary’s Harrow on the Hill

The hill walk leading up to this wonderful little church is already filled with some lovely architecture including Harrow School and Vaughan Library. But as you head up the narrow paths to the Church, the first thing you’ll notice is its Spire that overlooks the entirety of Harrow on the Hill. Its jagged and uniquely designed spire isn’t like a usual stone spire you see atop of churches – in fact, it’s made up of 12 tons of lead. Don’t forget to go inside to view its beautiful stained glass windows and stone carvings too.

Pinner High Street

In the peaceful and quiet area of Pinner, the High Street road really stands out as a charming little hamlet. With its old style Tudor buildings, it’s like stepping back in time to Shakespearean times (minus the Starbucks and the Sainsburys). The typical Tudor style black and white architecture with diagonal leaded windows commands the upper section of the street near the Parish church of Saint John the Baptist and makes for a picturesque photo opportunity too.

The Window Centre – unique windows, door and skylight designs in Harrow

At the Window Centre in Harrow and Pinner, we specialise in unique designs in windows, doors, porches and frameless skylights too. By creating personal and bespoke designs, from coloured and patterned glass to distinctive skylights, we can bring your home vision to life. Find out more about our range of designs and get in touch with our team today.




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Things to do on a cold rainy day in Harrow

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With London being such a diverse and huge place, there is never a loss of attractions, activities or adventures to throw yourself into, even in pouring rain or chilly winds. But what if you’re in a London Borough, but further out and away from the hustle and bustle of zones one and two?

As a company who operate in and around Harrow, we need to think outside the box to keep occupied when the sun isn’t shining. But don’t worry, we have some top picks for things to do on a rainy, chilly day.


Get clued up on the local history of Harrow by visiting Headstone Manor & Museum. With four buildings to explore, including a 14th-century manor house, there’s lots to occupy yourself with here. Take a guided tour around, stop off at the Moat Cafe or wander around one of the guest exhibitions – inside the warmth and comfort of this attraction, there is plenty do.

Harrow on the Hill

Arguably one of the prettiest areas in London, there’s no stopping you from a visiting or wandering around Harrow on the Hill even if it’s raining. Its picturesque streets, churches and the iconic Harrow School make it a fascinating place to explore and photograph. But if it’s protection from the chilly weather and rain you need, there are plenty of unique places to go too.

Seek out St. Mary Church and their Spire Cafe. Or stop off at The Castle around the corner, an award-winning pub at the heart of the area. Or if an alcoholic beverage doesn’t take your fancy, try something cosier just down the road at The Doll’s House on the Hill. Whichever place you choose, take a window seat and watch the world go by with a hot drink, sandwich and a cake or two.

Harrow Arts Centre

Found in the area of Pinner near Hatch End station is the Harrow Arts Centre. Whether catching a theatre or music performance, a dance or spoken word event, or just simply popping in for lunch, the Arts Centre has it all. Take a stroll around the art exhibitions in The Gallery or even sign up to a class or workshop to learn something new – you can keep up to date with event listings here.

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Less than half an hour’s drive from Harrow you can discover a magical world in Watford. This is a must-do experience for any Harry Potter fans, but even sceptics will be mesmerised by how much there is to see. Featuring sets and props from the films, visitors can explore Hogwarts School, Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts Express and more, as well as taking part in a number of activities; a chance to try butterbeer, explore extensive gift shops and interact with magical creatures. All in all, an enchanting day out away from the wind and rain.

The Window Centre – double glazing experts

Whether you like to head outdoors in the rain and cold or stay at home with a hot drink and a good book, make sure your home has the best windows and doors installed for the cold weather. As well as saving money on your energy bills, new double or triple glazed windows and doors will keep you toasty during the wetter, colder months. Based in Harrow and Pinner, at The Window Centre we provide these high-quality services – request a free quote from us today.



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What are the benefits of triple glazing?

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Thinking about getting new windows for your home?

In the search for the perfect windows for your house, you’ll come across many different window styles and designs. You’ll also have to decide between double and triple glazing.


First things first, what is the difference between double and triple glazing?

Double glazed windows have two glass panes. These retain heat indoors by trapping air in the space between the two glass panes. This gap is also filled with a poor heat conducting gas, which makes it difficult for heat to escape your house through the windows. This results in your home staying warmer for a longer time. The extra glass panel also keeps noise out.

Triple glazed windows will have three glass panes instead of just two. These serve the same purpose as those of double glazed windows, but they increase the level of heat retention are even more effective at reducing noise pollution.

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of triple glazing to help you decide whether it’s right for you:


Triple glazing can make your home feel warmer as they’re more effective at heat retention

A U Value is the measure of how energy efficient a window is. The lower the U value, the higher the level of thermal efficiency. To give you an idea, single glazed windows that haven’t been replaced for a while could be as high as 5 in their U value.  Double glazed windows that are older could go up to 3, while new double glazing could be around 1.5.

A triple glazed window will have a U value of just around 0.8. This is quite an improvement over double glazed windows. If you’re looking for optimum thermal efficiency, triple glazing is undoubtedly your best bet. If you live in a country where it never really gets that cold, double glazing windows might be sufficient for your needs.


Triple glazing saves you money on your energy bills in the long term by preventing heat loss

Now, the costs for a triple glazed window are higher, but this can also be viewed as an investment. As they’re so efficient at heat retention, you won’t need to run your heating systems for as long. The savings you make in your energy bills over the long term will make the higher upfront investment worth it.

To add to that, the reduced energy consumption will have a positive impact on the environment in the long run, making triple glazed windows an attractive eco-friendly home improvement choice.


Triple glazing can increase the value of your home

Not are triple glazed windows a great choice for keeping your home warmer than the cold seasons. There can also be a positive financial impact on your property in the long-term. Although the installation itself is costly, you can view triple glazing as a long term investment in case you ever want to sell your property one day.

Homes that are equipped with triple glazed windows will be valued more highly as they make the home more comfortable, secure and energy efficient for potential buyers. Quality double glazing will have a similar effect, but single glazing can put buyers off as they will usually just want to avoid the hassle of having to install new windows when they move in.

And before you sell your home, you can enjoy the many benefits of triple glazing yourself!


The extra pane of glass means less noise comes in from the outside than double glazing

This is a huge benefit of getting triple glazing for your windows.  If you live near a busy high street, close to a park , or simply in a noisy area, triple  glazing can significantly reduce the volume of any outside noises coming in. This is simply due to the extra glass pane –  this makes triple glazed windows 30% thicker than double glazed windows and three times thicker than single glazed windows.

You’ll be surprised at how effective triple glazing can be at blocking out noise. You’ll notice an instant change in the sounds in your home as soon as you get it installed. The lack of noise can also result in a great night’s sleep!


Your home will be more secure if your windows are triple glazed as they’re more difficult to break

Worried about potential intruders? Install triple glazed windows and they’re less likely to be able to break in. This is simply due to the additional pane of glass which adds another shield between your home and the outdoors. Not only does this shield your home from the noise, it also makes it a lot more difficult for any burglars or intruders to break through. Triple glazed windows are able to withstand quite a high level of pressure and very difficult to penetrate without making a lot of noise.

In fact, any wannabe intruders that spot your triple glazed windows will already be deterred. They may not even attempt a break in as they’re aware of how difficult it will be to break through all three panes of glass.

Now that we’ve covered the main benefits of triple glazing, let’s take a little look at the cons to help you decide. As mentioned, it is more expensive than double glazing with higher upfront costs. It can, therefore, take longer to get a return on your initial investment. The windows themselves are heavier and could damage your walls and reduce how much light comes into your rooms.

Essentially, a high quality double glazed window could do a similar job to a triple glazed window. But triple glazing provides that extra level of reinforcement of additional security, strength and better heat retention. If those things are of value to you and you live in a cold climate country, it is worth making a higher initial investment and getting triple glazed windows installed in your home.

If you’d like to keep costs down, you could get a combination of triple and double glazed windows installed through your home.

Now that you’re aware of all the pros and cons of triple glazing, let’s move onto the different window styles. Once you’ve decided on the design for you, you can get your new windows fitted in no time.


Different types of window styles

Casement windows:
The most popular style of window in the UK, casement windows can be opened with a hinge on one side

Sliding windows: For a more contemporary style, opt for sliding windows. These are often made o two/three sashes which you simply slide into each other.

Double hung windows: They tilt inwards and have two sashes which can be slid open vertically and cleaned with ease.

Bay windows:
Perfect to look out into sweeping views, bay windows have three frames and the middle one is fixed.

Awning windows: With hinges located at the top, you can swing these windows out so it looks like an awning. They’re ideal for those rooms which require ventilation, such as kitchens or bathrooms.


At The Window Centre, our friendly and knowledgeable team is always on hand to offer advice on window installation and other home improvements. To book a consultation or ask a question, get in touch today.

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The Difference Between French Doors and Sliding Doors

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Keen for more natural light in your home?

Choosing the perfect set of patio doors for your property can be a key factor in increasing the amount of light that streams into your home. If you’re considering new patio doors, there are many styles to choose from, including sliding doors, bi-fold doors, and French doors.

French doors and sliding doors are currently the most popular options that people in the UK opt for. Read on for a closer look at both to help you decide:


French doors

French doors are hinged and open from the centre in a swinging manner. You can open one side or both doors at the same time.

Design-wise, they’re more traditional looking than modern. They could be more suitable for a home with more ‘classic’ style of decor. Their frames are chunkier than sliding glass doors, and you get less natural light as they have smaller dimensions.

French doors can bring a touch of elegance to your home. The frames are usually made of either uPVC or aluminium, and you can choose from  a wide selection of glass decorative options to customise your doors to your taste and personality.


Sliding doors

Also known as gliding patio doors, sliding doors bring in more natural light as they’re made of larger glass planes. As the name suggests, you slide them open and closed. Depending on the style you choose, they could slide over each other or slight out from the centre.

As the doors tuck into each other to open, some people think that sliding doors offer a neater look. This feature also makes them the more space-efficient option. Sliding doors could also be a better choice for those households where there are disabled or elderly people, as they can be slid open with ease whereas french doors can be a little heavier to handle.

Aluminum sliding doors are more contemporary looking, and may fit in well in a home with a more modern style of interior decor. They also offer a more uninterrupted view of the outdoors, as their frames tend to be narrower than french doors.

If you’re worried about insects or pests making their way in when you keep your sliding doors open in the summer, you can also get them with a screen door installed.


At The Window Centre, our team is always on hand to offer advice on home improvements. To book a consultation or ask a question, get in touch today..


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7 ways to increase property value on a budget

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If you’re a homeowner looking to boost the value of your property, extensions or renovations are probably the most guaranteed value adds. But, what if you’re on a budget?

It is still possible to increase your home’s value without spending thousands. Here are 7 ideas to get you started:


Redesign your kitchen

Even if you don’t have the funds for a total overhaul of your kitchen, you could add value to your home by making small changes. For instance, getting unique new tiles fitted or installing new worktop surfaces can refresh the look of your kitchen in an instant.


Additional storage space

Lots of storage space is a huge selling point in a home. Make use of any dead space and build shelves or cupboards. There may be valuable unused nooks and crannies so get inventive and create more space for people to stash their clutter.


A conservatory extension

While this doesn’t sound like a budget idea, the return on investment on adding a conservatory to your home is significant. It introduces a lot of natural light into your home, which is always a selling point. You’ll want a conservatory which blends into your outdoor space to create a spacious feel, for example with the use of sliding doors.


Add a wall to create an additional room

If you don’t have the space or funds to extend to a new bedroom, you could create one by adding a wall in an existing room. This can be much more cost-effective than getting a full-blown extension.


Replace your rear wall with bifold doors

Bifold doors create the feeling of space in an instant, and create a more seamless blend between the indoors and the outdoors. And we all know that space and natural light sells!

Spruce up any outdoor spaces

Do you have an outdoor space that isn’t currently getting much use? Think about how you could make it more appealing. You could set up a balcony garden, or create a seating area. It doesn’t cost much, and potential buyers will then be able to envision how the space will be used.

Add a shed

Like conservatories, a  well designed shed could add more value to your home’s property than the cost to build it. And sheds aren’t just great for storing your clutter. An insulated shed can be used as an extra bedroom, living room, or even a home office.

At The Window Centre, our team is always on hand to offer advice on home improvements. To book a consultation or ask a question, get in touch today..


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Why You Should Install Double Glazing In Your Home

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Looking for ways to increase the cosiness in your humble abode? Double glazing provides a cosy, secure environment during harsh weather conditions along with many other benefits that include:

Cooler in summer

Something that we’ve really noticed this year is how double glazed windows can keep the home cooler on steaming hot days! In the same way they keep the heat in during winter, they insulate interiors of your home in the face of extremely high temperatures, thus trapping the cool air inside the house. Double glazing helps minimise the heat penetrating through the windows.

A warmer home during winter

One of the most known advantages of double glazing, warmer interiors is something you cannot say no to during the freezing winter nights. Double glazed windows and doors provide the ideal type of insulation which helps store a higher percentage of natural heat from the sun in the winter while single glazed windows tend to let out around 50% to 70% of the heat into the interior.


Cut down energy usage

Since cool and warm air stays trapped in during extreme weather conditions, you might no longer need heating devices, fans or air conditioning that will drive up your energy bill unnecessarily. Reduced use of air conditioners bodes well for the environment as well!


No more condensation

Condensation can be a serious issue, especially in older houses. Condensation has the tendency to cause mould as well as mildew. In certain cases, condensation will also promote timber to rot especially in the frames of the windows and doors. This poses a significant threat to your entire family. If your home is mostly made of timber, ensure that you double glaze the windows to reduce the excess moisture of your interiors.

Minimises external noiseDouble glazing minimizes the external noise for tranquil, calmer interiors. While high performance double glazed windows can minimise the noise by a maximum amount of 60%, it is also a practical investment if you live in a suburban area or a city.

More resale value for your home

If you are looking to put your home on the market, double glazing is an effective way to increase the resale value of your house. An older home can be made desirable to the next owner who wishes to ensure that the house they are planning to purchase is insulated for efficient energy consumption and comfort at the same time.

Stop furniture from losing its luster

The harmful UV rays from the sun have the chance of fading the colours of the drapes, furniture, and carpets over time. Double glazing with special varieties of glass combinations can reduce the transmissions of UV radiation. And, you will no longer need the thermal drapes that can block that pleasing exterior view.

Boosts security

The double-glazed windows and doors will discourage intruders from breaking and entering thus ensuring the safety and security of your home. It is more difficult for trespassers to break through the windows that are glazed, especially if you add laminated or toughened glass combinations.

A superior service!

Our team here at The Window Centre have extensive experience in double glazing installations for commercial properties as well as new and old homes.

Why not contact us today at or 020 8429 0383 for a free quote or professional advice for your double glazing needs?


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Five Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Home Windows

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Typically, well maintained and good quality windows should last for up to 20 years. However, like most things in your home, windows can eventually become less efficient and will need to be replaced. They may be letting cold air in, leaking moisture into your home or simply not doing their job anymore due to general wear and tear.

Good quality windows will help keep your home both warm and quiet while also reducing your energy bills. The type of windows that you have in your home can massively affect how long they last. While uPVC windows are known for their durability and strength, wooden windows are known to warp, expand and contract over time.

The last thing you want in your home is condensation or draughts due to faulty windows, particularly in the colder months. Without realising, your energy bills may be far higher from struggling to heat up a draughty home.

Below we take a look at the five most common signs that it is time to upgrade your windows.


Draughts and cold air is coming in

If you feel cold air or a draught coming from your window, this is a big sign that they need replacing. There are several reasons why your windows may be letting in a draught. Below are three common reasons:

  • Broken hinges.

A very common reason a draught may be coming in through windows is damaged or broken hinges which can be down to general wear and tear. Rust and dirt can form and get into hinges which will stop them from opening and closing normally. Because of this, hinges can go out of alignment and stop the sash (the opening section of the window) from shutting against the seal properly, leaving small gaps for air to escape from. This issue can be fixed by replacing the hinges of your windows.

  • Window seal failure.

You may be experiencing draughty windows because the seal of your window pane has broken. When the seal breaks, the argon gas between the glass of your window escapes meaning that your window is no longer acting as an insulator. Seals can be broken by various things: age, extreme weather, movement (they may have broken during transportation) or mould.

  • Old windows or window styles.

Sometimes, old windows simply stop doing their job. A lot of old windows have a single pane, making them far less effective than double or triple glazed windows. With a single pane window, there is only one piece of glass between your home and outside. If your windows are old or only have a single pane, upgrading your windows should stop the draught.

Similarly, if you notice sounds from outside coming into your home through your windows then it is time for an upgrade. Windows do not only act as barriers against cold air, but against outside sounds such as traffic, roadworks and people too. Noises invade your home exactly the same way as cold air does: through cracks, holes and general damage.

Your windows are racking up your energy bills

Following on from above, if your windows are letting in cold air and draughts then your energy bills may be higher than usual as your heating system is working harder to warm up your home. In colder months we need our windows to be as efficient as possible in order to keep our homes heated and warm. Draughty windows will allow lots of heat to escape, so investing in some new ones should help to keep your energy bills down. If you notice cold air coming in from your windows and high energy bills then it is time to upgrade

to some new energy efficient ones.


There is visible damage: cracked and leaky house windows

Living in the UK, your windows are likely to endure a lot of rain and cold weather and consequently, they are susceptible to wear and tear.

If you notice that your windows are leaking then it is time for an urgent upgrade. Leaky windows can easily lead to bigger problems, causing damage to your home. Water and moisture from leaky windows can cause mould and damp on walls and around the window which can result in unpleasant smells, various health issues and unattractive patches of black, brown or green on your walls.

Similarly, damp and mould can be caused by cracked, rotting and decaying windows. When windows are cracked they let moisture, water and cold air in which can then cause damage to other areas of your home. If you notice any leaks or cracks, it is certainly time to get some new windows installed.

It’s time for new windows if you notice warping

Warping can be a big problem, typically occurring in wooden-framed windows that are getting old. Warped windows occur when the wooden frames are exposed to a lot of water. This water absorbs into the wood, causing it to swell up, resulting in a warping effect that can let cold air in and completely reduce your home’s energy efficiency.

Warped windows can also be a result of extreme changes in temperature which can cause the wood in your windows to expand and contract. In the UK, 2018 saw both snow and hot temperatures over the course of just a few months. These extreme changes in weather can have a damaging effect on our windows. Intense changes in temperature can cause windows to warp, fade, crack and chip.

If you notice that your windows are warping, it is time for some new windows. When you upgrade, choose other materials (such as vinyl, aluminium or fiberglass) instead of wood for your windows.

You have noticed condensation

Double glazing should reduce the amount of condensation in your home, so if you are noticing condensation around your windows then it may be time for a replacement. Condensation happens when water vapour comes into contact with a cold surface (the glass of a window, for example). This water vapour is a product of lots of different things: washing up, cooking, doing laundry, and even just breathing. Condensation can cause damage to your home’s wallpapers, curtains, window fittings and paintwork so you want to make sure that you have high quality windows to prevent this damage.

If you are noticing condensation on the inside of your window pane then this is a sign that the glass in your window is at a temperature that is too low for the amount of water vapour in the room. Double glazing acts as an insulator, causing the surface temperature of the window glass in the room to be a higher temperature than it would be with single glazing and therefore reducing condensation.

If you notice condensation inside the cavity of your window then this is an indication that there is an issue with the seal. In a watertight and airtight sealed unit, there should never be condensation in between the two window panes. Condensation in this part of your window is a sign that moisture has got into the tight air space or that moisture is leaking into the window cavity from the room.

The Window Centre: specialist and expert installers of double and triple glazing in Harrow and Pinner

Here at The Window Centre we know how important it is to have high quality, energy efficient windows in your home. We have been Harrow and Pinner’s local double glazing installers since 1993, providing a reliable and excellent service to ensure that you never feel a draught. Our friendly and specialist team of experts have carried out over 16,000 installations to date, with each product we install having been tested and researched thoroughly to make sure that it meets the highest standards.

Our friendly family owned company fit uPVC and aluminium windows and are always happy to help and guide you in the process of choosing the perfect oriel, bay, casement or sliding windows for your property. If you have noticed any of the above signs, then it is time for a replacement. To find out more, visit our showroom in Harrow or simply contact us today.

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Tips on choosing the right design of doors for your property

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Choosing the right design of doors for your property can be a challenging task. While you want your door to be stylish and to complement the exterior of your property, you also want to choose a door that is safe, secure and thermally efficient. A good front door should last you decades, which is why you should ensure that the door you choose is the best quality and design for your home. Below we share a few tips on choosing the right door design for your property.

Choose the right type of door for you

When choosing a front door for your property, it is important that you choose a type of door that both suits and complements the exterior of your house. There are a range of different doors that you can choose from. Below, the first two options are ideal for front and back doors, and the final two are ideal for the back of a house or a garden door.

  • Composite doors

Composite doors are made up of a combination of different materials. Instead of being composed of one single material (such as uPVC or wood), composite doors are composed of a mix, such as timber, glass reinforced plastic and uPVC. The combination of different materials results in a strong and sturdy door, ruling out common flaws experienced in singular material doors.

Composite doors are resistant to seasonal changes and harsh weather, making them ideal all year round. These types of doors have an insulating foam core, unlike traditional wooden doors, meaning that they have a far higher thermal resistance and are more energy efficient for your home. In terms of style, composite doors are ideal for the front entrance of almost any home; they are designed to look like wooden doors, but they won’t fade and can be wiped down easily to clean.

  • uPVC doors

uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) is ideal for both front and back doors. Strong, sturdy and easy to maintain, uPVC doors are low cost yet high quality which makes them the ideal option for those on a budget. This type of door is available in different wood grain effects and various different designs.

Again, uPVC doors are water resistant and effectively retain both heat and cool air in a home. They are more suitable for homes than traditional wooden doors which can shrink and warp under different weather conditions. uPVC doors are extremely low maintenance and can be wiped down easily with a damp cloth. In addition to this, uPVC doors are resistant to mildew, mould and insects.

  • Bi-fold doors

Bi-folding doors are ideal for those wanting to open up their living spaces at the back of a house. They are also ideal for connecting kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and more. Bi-folding doors are available in a range of different materials (such as wood and uPVC), however aluminium bi-fold doors are the most popular and recommended option due to durability and performance standards. In addition to this, it is also the most widely recycled material!

Aluminium bi-fold doors are both lightweight and strong; aluminium frames, unlike wood, are resistant to twisting, expanding and contracting under various weather conditions. They are aesthetically pleasing, offering unparalleled natural light into your home and connecting the inside of your home with the outside without restricting any views. Bi-fold doors are also very energy efficient and can come in a wide variety of different styles.

  • French and patio doors

Patio and french doors are ideal for small to mid-sized entrances, adding a touch of elegance to any home. French doors are, traditionally, hinged double doors that open outwards. The main benefit of french doors is that you have access to the entire width of the opening. Sliding patio doors allow you to achieve much wider opening spaces and are extremely beneficial for properties with restricted space.

Both options allow natural light into your home and do not restrict garden views. French and patio doors are energy efficient and will keep heat in your home during the colder months.

Consider style

Doors come in lots of different designs, styles and colours. Choosing the right style for your home can be difficult. Below we break down a few different styles to consider:

  • Victorian

Victorian doors, inspired by period architecture, usually feature ornate panelling and decorative glass styles. They add a traditional touch of elegance to any home.

  • Georgian

Georgian doors typically feature fanlights – either a rectangular or semi-circular segmental window at the top of the door.

  • Contemporary

Contemporary doors are available in different styles; many have minimal panelling and geometric windows which look sleek and stylish.

Consider security

Did you know that in over 65% of burglaries, access is gained through the front door? It is extremely important that the doors you choose for your property, whether it is your home or business, are strong and secure. All of the doors discussed above provide high levels of security which is why we recommend them.

In addition to choosing a door that offers high levels of security, it is sensible to consider additional security features to give you further peace of mind and to ensure that your property remains safe and secure against potential thieves and trespassers. Extra features that you can add include security cameras, effective locking systems (such as a digital keyfree lock) and anti-snap locking cylinders.

Work out the measurements for your door installation

The next step in choosing the perfect door for you is to work out the measurements. If you are buying a replacement interior door, do not measure the existing door; instead, measure the door frame. As a general rule of thumb you should take three width measurements: at the top, the middle and the bottom. The widest measurement will determine the width of your new door. To work out the height of your new door, measure the inside of each vertical side of the frame, remembering to take any floor covering into consideration.

Many reputable door companies will come to your home and measure your new door themselves to ensure the best fit possible. Following this, they will provide you with a quote.

Choose the right door for you with The Window Centre

The Window Centre is Harrow and Pinner’s leading door installation specialists and have been providing and installing high-quality doors for over 25 years. Our experienced and skilled team are able to provide you with all of the guidance and support you need when choosing the perfect door for your property – whether you are a small household or a large business.

We provide entrance and patio doors in a wide range of different styles – from modern composite doors to classic hinged doors. If you are looking to open up your property with bi-fold doors or an elegant pair of French doors, our team at The Window Centre can assist you. We offer a comprehensive range of personalisation options, tailoring our service to meet your requests. As a member of the Energy Efficient Homes Group (EEHG), our high-quality products will help you to save money while increasing sustainability.

At The Window Centre we also supply a wide range of windows, porches and frameless skylights. To find out more about what we offer, either visit our well-stocked showroom in Harrow or get in touch to request a free quote today.

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Double and Triple Glazed Windows Cut Back on Bills

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According to the Energy Savings Trust (EST), installing energy efficient windows helps to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills . Apart from saving money, the EST also reports that there are three key areas in which installing double or triple glazing can provide benefits to your home:

  • Comfort
    If you install energy efficient glazing, this will reduce heat loss through windows, which means fewer draughts and cold spots.
  • Less Noise
    Since energy efficient windows essentially mean more layers of glass, they will also insulate your home against external noise as well as the cold weather.
  • Less condensation
    Because of the way they are engineered, these energy efficient windows reduce condensation build up on the inside of windows, which means a healthier environment to live in.

Energy efficient windows will also certainly reduce heating bills. We all know how cold the UK winters can get, but a small outlay now on installing double or triple glazing will see a massive investment over time by saving money year on year.

Not only will you definitely be saving money, but you’ll also reap the above benefits listed by the EST, so it makes sense not to delay putting in energy efficient windows if you don’t currently have them. This includes double glazing for the windows on any doors or porches too.

How Much Could You Save?

According to the EST, you could save between £25-35 per year on your heating bills if you live in a flat anywhere in the UK. Flats tend to be more insulated because you have neighbours above or below you or both. So actually, the amount you save does depend on where your flat is placed in the building. However, if you do feel the draughts in the flat where you live, a £35 saving is definitely worth the investment, as you’ll feel more comfortable after putting energy efficient windows in, as well as the saving it can bring.

The EST estimates that mid-terrace or bungalows can benefit from anything up to a £60 reduction in bills, dependent on the age and style of home you live in. Semi-detached homes can save up to £80 per year, whilst fully detached homes see the biggest saving at up to £110 per year.

All of these calculations are based on typical gas-heated homes and will vary depending on the geographic location of your home. If you live in a place that is yet to have energy efficient windows installed, then according to this information, you are guaranteed to save money on bills annually. It is a wise choice to put in double or triple glazing if any of the windows in your home are still single glazed.

You can come and visit our showroom at Rayners Lane for advice, a free quote, or simply to find some inspiration. The Window Centre showroom is located at 393-395 Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9EF. That’s the A4090 and is easy to find if you take the A312 junction, northbound, off the A40. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8429 0383, and you can also send us a query through the contact page of our website, and we’ll call you back.


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