Installing new windows? Here’s what you need to know
- Credit: Metwin
New windows are always a worthwhile investment, so you want to make sure you’re doing it right. Dan Anderson, director of leading Crittall windows and doors supplier and installer Metwin in Essex, shares his advice on what you should think about before making a decision.
Check your building regulations
Different buildings will have different rules regarding the size, design and placement of your window installation. Using a reputable company like Metwin will ensure the process runs smoothly, abiding by the regulations applicable to your property and ultimately avoiding legal complications following the installation.
“Steel windows are timeless,” Dan explains, “this enables them to be versatile in their design - they are commonly used in conservation of listed buildings or to add a sleek, minimalist look to contemporary homes.”
The Metwin team are highly experienced installers of Crittall windows from period properties to newly built apartments and houses.
You can create a bespoke design
You should choose windows that are in keeping with your home décor, and make sure the design matches the style of your house and other windows. “I’d recommend choosing a supplier who is versatile and can tailor products to your requirements,” Dan suggests.
Metwin can create bespoke designs of authentic Crittall windows to fulfil your needs for the home. “Our team offer a variety of styles, sizes, insulations and performances to choose from, so your windows can be truly personalised to you,” he says. Round portal, angular and floor-to-ceiling designs are just a few of the shape options that Metwin have available.
You could also consider using your windows as partitions or doors within the home, too. “We’ve done lots of work on residential properties, where clients have wanted to divide their open-plan living space into zones, separating the kitchen from the living or dining room, for example,” Dan reveals.
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Think about lighting in your home
We all feel better for getting outside into the sunshine, but even when you’re inside, it’s important to utilise the daylight and keep your home light and airy.
Steel windows are the best for bringing in light, with their slimline profiles allowing for larger panes of glass.
There are various ways you can incorporate windows into the design of your home to increase the amount of light. “Integrating windows into the interior, as well as exterior, design of the home utilises the natural light and diminishes dark shadows or corners of the house.
“By using Crittall windows as doors to the garden, patio or balcony, you’d be welcoming light into the home rather than blocking it,” Dan says, “and you can even replace entire walls with interior Innervision screens, flooding light all through the house, all-day long, regardless of where the sun rises and sets,” he adds.
Make sure you’re getting genuine, high-quality windows
Authenticity is crucial when buying windows for your home, and using replicas of branded windows can result in them gathering rust, requiring far more work long-term. Crittall products require minimal maintenance due to galvanising and powder coat options that are now available.
“You want to prioritise the security of your windows,” Dan explains. “Crittall steel products have an attractive, minimalist aesthetic while the material has a strength three times stronger than aluminium, permitting the use of large expanses of glass and added security.”
Many companies claim to provide the genuine product, but don’t. So, make sure you’re using an authentic supplier and installing the brand that you ordered. Trademarks are the most obvious detector to distinguish between a replica and a genuine. Be wary of companies selling a ‘style’ or ‘type’ of branded window.
Metwin is a long-established, well-respected window supplier that only sell genuine Crittall products – which are British heritage, British quality and British made.
For more information on the Crittall products Metwin has on offer, visit metwin.co.uk or crittall-windows.co.uk/. To arrange a free quotation, visit metwin.co.uk/contact/. For further enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 523 2081.