Known for bringing fresh air from the garden into the home, French windows also provide beautiful views and allow natural light to find its way indoors. Characterful and classic, French windows can help to ventilate your living spaces and blend the outdoors with indoors.
French windows are timeless and synonymous with style and character. Their design lends itself to a variety of home styles, though it’s cottages in particular that are most compatible, as the windows ooze charm and warmth. They consist of two panels which can open together to give uninterrupted views of your outside space, whilst simultaneously acting as a fire escape.
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French windows open in unison, offering all the benefits of a wide opening, including the option to use these windows as a fire escape.
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If the upper floor of your property is blessed with a stunning view, French windows are a great way of getting the best out of it. However, they can also be used on the first floor if which can help you comply with fire escape regulations.
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What is the difference between French windows and French doors?
The principal difference between French windows and French doors is their size and the way in which they’re used. Both have the same mechanism and design, which encompasses a pair of glass panels that open from the centre. There is no pillar in between them, so when you open both doors, your outside view is uninterrupted.
French doors are most commonly used as patio doors, allowing you to look out into the garden and blend your inside and outside living spaces together during the summertime. French windows, on the other hand, are smaller and work for any floor of a home.
Are French windows secure?
When high-quality materials are used, French windows are secure and durable; the locking device and glazing type (which at CTG is thermally toughened) play a large part in this. Here at Britannia, the degree of security our products offer is extremely important to us and consequently, every product is approved by Secured by Design, a UK police-led initiative that works to reduce burglaries in the UK. Features such as high-security hinges, three-point locking systems and locking shoot-bolts will keep your home protected.
What are the advantages of French windows?
French windows are known for the beautiful uninterrupted views they have the potential to offer. If you’ve got a stunning view of the garden or landscape around your home, French windows are an excellent choice. Regulate how much enters your home by angling the doors accordingly and benefit from their ability to bring natural light indoors. Speak to one of our experts today, who will be more than happy to discuss the benefits of French windows in more detail with you.
Why are French windows called French windows?
Both French windows and doors possess the same history. During the 17th century Renaissance period, innovation was happening in both art and architecture, with light being a central element in both. Doors and windows that let in large amounts of light began to develop, and the French started using them in their homes. It became apparent that their design lent itself well to increasing the amount of light that inside the home. The popularity of French windows and doors then spread across Western Europe in the decades that followed and remain one of the most favoured window designs today.
Do French windows swing in or out?
This is totally up to you! Some people find inward-opening windows are their preferred choice because they can be easily cleaned from the inside, though large and weighty curtains can become obstructive. In the case of outward-opening windows, your inside space won’t be impeded by window frames, nor will these frames be susceptible to collecting debris and rainwater. All windows are modern and anti-slam, so you don’t have to worry about the effects of sudden gusts of wind.
Can French windows be used as a fire escape?
Here in the U.K, the government-authorised scheme, FENSA, means all rooms on upper floors have to possess a fire escape window as long as it isn’t more than 4.5 metres above the ground, as is the case for the majority of regular first-floor windows. A fire escape window constitutes as one that opens to create an unobstructed area of 0.3 metres2. French windows can function as a FENSA-approved fire escape window, as they are able to open without being obstructed and can be made to regulation size.
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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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