Many modern replacement windows and doors, regardless of the construction material, can look great in catalogue photos, and even in the showrooms, but to imagine what they might look like when installed to your property, is not always as easy as it might at first appear. It’s very important then that you make the right choice before placing a firm order because you will probably have to live with them for quite some time.
It’s a good idea to first take a long look at your property, and compare existing doors and windows with any adjacent properties or similar properties nearby. That doesn’t mean that you have to follow any particular trend, but do you really want to make too much of a statement or stand out too much from the rest? There’s nothing wrong with being different as long as the differences are perhaps a little more subtle, and not alienating.
There are no hard and fast rules about whether you select your new doors and windows to be made from timber, uPVC, or aluminium, as manufactured looks and styles can be very similar. However, if your home is a period property then you might want to consider restoring some of those period features, for example timber sash windows for a property built during the Georgian or Victorian periods. This could actually make the property more valuable, and increase its desirability.
Some features are standard with all modern replacement doors and windows including energy efficient glass and security locking systems, so when looking for inspiration you should maybe consider these other factors:
- Type of construction material for doors and windows
- Age, type and style of property
- In keeping with neighbouring properties
- Finished colour of doors and window frames
- Maintenance factors
It is probably more important to make the right choices for the front or entrance to a property, as the rear is often viewed less often, and therefore tends to be less of a consideration.
For help and advice about selecting the right doors and windows for your property, visit our showroom and talk to one of our experienced advisers.