SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 231
R E N O VA T I O N S ▲
TIMBER is the classic material
for door and window frames.
It offers a warm ambience and
also provides the best sound
insulation. The higher the
quality of the wood, the better
the frame will be.
But timber does tend to
require more maintenance.
Wind, rain and the sun's rays
expose the paint to wear, so
wooden windows and doors
should be painted every five
years or so to protect them.
ALUMINIUM frames are
a lot cheaper than timber - and
they don't require painting.
Offering the slim sightlines
many renovators want, the hard
surface resists denting and
weathering well, particularly
if you opt for a supplier that
adds extra protection by
powder-coating. And because
aluminium is such a tough
material, frames made of this
protect well against intruders.
Most affordable are PVCu
frames, but keep in mind that
they are nowhere near as
robust as timber or aluminium.
COMPOSITE is a comparative
newcomer, offering the cheaper
price of PVCu frames but with
the security and durability of
aluminium. Another version
of a composite is to use a metal
shell under a timber frame.
'If there's one
on, it should
Not only do
it every day,
but so do
Be brave with
- make that
GLASS TO BE
Seen in early-to-mid-century
domestic and commercial buildings,
'Belgian' windows and double doors
are the ones with steel frames - often
divided into small sections - and
they've recently shot up in popularity.
Their Art Deco-esque lines make
a strong visual statement that, as
well as beautifully suiting classic 1930s
houses, can work well in modern
properties too - especially industrialtype or loft-style homes.
As well as giving a stylish finish,
Belgian windows offer excellent weather
protection and admit lots of light.
So having selected the type of frames
for your needs, you'll have to pick
someone to supply and fit them. Look
for a company with a good reputation,
preferably one that's been around for
a decade or two. Talk to its people
and gauge whether their ideas are
reflecting, firstly your budget and then
your taste and priorities.
Whether you've opted for aluminium,
timber or PVCu - or even perhaps
a combination of these - and have
chosen between single, double or
triple glazing, you can set about
customising your windows or doors.
Choose from a range of handles
and think about colour - you have
the option of lacquering the frames
in any shade you fancy. With the
right supplier, you can let your
imagination run as wild as you dare. >
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WORDS: TRISH LESSLIE, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES