Are Sliding Doors Right For Me?


When it comes to choosing the perfect doors for your home, there are several options to choose from. French, bi-folding, and sliding doors are all available. Each different type of door offers different features and benefits. We explain the features and benefits of sliding doors to help answer the question – Are sliding doors right for me?


Triple track aluminium sliding doors

What Is Unique About Sliding Doors?

Unlike your other options, sliding doors neither open inwards, or outwards. As the name suggests, sliding doors simply slide from one side to the other. This is a brilliant feature that does not sacrifice space inside, or outside. Unfortunately there is a drawback. As sliding doors do not open like a conventional door, there is always a section that is fixed. If you have a small opening, sliding doors may not be the best option for you. In these cases, you would be better to look at bi-folding or French doors.

If you have a medium to large sized opening, sliding doors could be the door type best suited to your home. As sliding doors are not hinged and rely on a roller system, they provide the largest glass to frame ratio of any door style.


Foiled uPVC sliding doors

Which Material Should I Choose?

As your local glazing experts, we offer a range sliding doors in both uPVC and aluminium. Sliding doors made from uPVC are a very popular choice among our customers. They are available in configurations of 2, 3 and 4 sections, can span a width of up to 5m and have the option of a triple track. Further features are available from aluminium sliding doors than their uPVC alternative. Offering much thinner sight lines, sections that slide both ways, and the function of a lift & slide.

The chosen material will depend on a few factors. Our uPVC sliding doors are a great option if your space is limited and you do not want a door leaf taking up room when it is open. They’re also a fantastic option for creating large openings to your outside space, and a budget friendly alternative to aluminium. If the purpose of your new doors is to have the highest glass to frame ratio available, open up a large expanse and picture frame your beautiful views, aluminium is definitely the material of your desires. Offering sight lines as slim as 20mm and huge unobstructed views, our sliding doors can open up your living space and bring the outside inside like never before.


Slimline aluminium sliding doors

What Else Should I Consider?

There are many configuration choices when it comes to sliding doors. From a conventional 2 section sliding door, to sliding doors with multiple tracks and sections. Due to their versatility, the possibilities, like the views they offer, are vast. Our expert advisers are on hand to discuss your project, and give advice on the solution that best suits your needs.

To find out more about how our sliding doors could enhance your home, call our team on 01395 268712 or get in touch via our contact form.


5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

Windows that need replacing are normally quite easy to spot. Whether it’s condensation in the glass, windows becoming hard to operate or simply a case of them being very old, there are signs that it is time to upgrade. Unfortunately windows do not last forever, although high quality windows can last for 30 years or more, replacing them at some stage is inevitable. Below, we explore 5 common signs that it’s time for change.

Poor Window Operation

Over time, parts can wear out and begin to fail. Even when maintained correctly, hinges and handles don’t last forever. It may be that some parts can be replaced, but the older the windows are, the harder they are to source due to industry advancements.

Failed Window Components

Eventually, sealed units will fail and you will start to see condensation. It is possible to change the unit only, which our glazing department can assist with. Depending on the age of the window, it may be that you have a thin glass unit, so a replacement double glazed unit will be much less energy efficient than a replacement window. As well as blown units, other problems we see are bowed windows, warped frames and shrunken gaskets. These are all signs that your windows need attention by either repair or replacement. Our experts will provide the best solution to your problem.

Poor Energy Performance

The window industry has introduced energy saving measures such as energy efficient spacer bars, low-e coatings and argon gas. Many measures have been taken to greatly increase energy performance. If you find yourself leaving your heating on in spring or you experience drafts, these are reasons to change your windows. This is more important now than ever with the increase in energy bills. Replacing your old windows with more energy efficient ones, could potentially save you hundreds of pounds per year.

Bad Soundproofing

The population is increasing, roads are getting busier and our surroundings are becoming louder. If your windows are old, the chances are, you hear a lot more of the noise from outside than you need to. Modern double glazing offers superior soundproofing over older windows. We can now also offer acoustic glazing which is a great option for homes in particularly busy areas. It’s not the high performing windows that improve the soundproofing, it’s also how well insulated and sealed the frames are during installation.

Tired Appearance

Your home should be something that you are proud of. Windows are one of the biggest external features of a home. Simply replacing old, tired windows with a modern alternative can transform your home instantly. Coloured uPVC and aluminium windows are also a very popular option and can really make your home stand out from the crowd.

For professional advice about changing your windows and doors, or for any other enquiries about our services, you can get in touch by using our contact form.

What is a Flush Casement Window?

What is a Flush Casement Window?

Infinity flush casement uPVC windows and door in foiled anthracite grey. Composite tiled Ultraroof.

Flush casement windows are now a very popular option for homeowners. This is due to their even sight lines and aesthetic appearance, but what are they?

Simply put, when the window is closed, the whole window sits flush. This creates a smooth, flat surface on the outside of the window. This is unlike a traditional casement window where the sash protrudes from the outer frame.

Flush windows are not a new concept, traditionally a lot of timber windows were made to fit flush within the frame. Since then, casement windows with a lip became more and more popular. What we now consider a standard casement window has been the most popular choice among homeowners and property developers. 

Due to exciting advancements within the glazing industry, we are now seeing the rise of the flush casement window. With uPVC and aluminium versions available, you can choose modern, maintenance free flush windows. You can also pick from a huge array of colours to suit all homes.


Why Would I Have Flush Casement Windows In My Home?

Traditional Style 

Flush casement timber windows have been around for centuries and many people love the look. Traditional is timeless and a modern twist has enhanced the beauty.

Perfectly Balanced Sightlines

Our sight lines are balanced and equal. A flush external finish paired with dummy sashes create a window that is more visually appealing than a standard window.

Virtually Maintenance Free

We cannot take away from the beauty of timber windows however they do need a lot of care. Timber can swell, shrink, warp and twist depending on the weather. Also, paint flakes, fades and peels. uPVC and aluminium windows on the other hand are tough, durable and insulating. They need very little care. They open easily and when they are closed, they are secure.

Affordability

Modern timber flush casement windows can be expensive to purchase, and expensive to maintain. uPVC flush casement windows are generally far cheaper to buy than their timber counterparts with little to no cost to maintain.

Conservation Areas

Planning authorities are recognising that there is a fine line between preserving the past, and being stuck in it. As the look of timber alternative flush windows has been perfected, they are becoming more accepted. They can now be found in conservation areas and even listed homes. There are many period colours, especially in uPVC with wood effect finishes, including grained timber, painted white and cream plus many more.

If you would like to read more about flush casement windows, please click here.

Infinity flush casement windows in English oak foiled uPVC.

How Much Are They?

Naturally, uPVC is more of a low cost option than aluminium and a more popular choice. As with all projects we undertake, the cost is determined by the amount of windows and doors, the dimensions, specification, finishing and glass choice. It is very difficult to provide an estimate for a project without knowing all of your requirements. We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form or we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We are aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years. 

Bi-Fold Doors VS Sliding Doors

In this post MPS explain the difference between Bi-folding and Sliding Doors and how both can be a benefit to your home renovations or newbuild, allowing you to make a more informed decision. 

What’s the difference? 

Bifold doors fold back against themselves, concertina-style. Typically, more than two panels are connected by hinges and run along a track within the door frame. Sliding doors tend to be made of two or more large panes of glass which slide sideways to the end of a frame. Due to the bi-fold opening up the aperture to create a seamless transition between indoors and out, the doors will require space for the panels to be stacked to one side or both sides, either indoors or outdoors. Sliding doors will always remain within the track, taking up less room but not allowing you to open up the complete space.

Above is an example of a four section bi-fold door. The existing patio has plenty of room to accommodate the door leaves when open, transforming the space with a seamless transition between indoors and out. 

Above is an example of two six-section sliding aluminium doors. Two sections sliding in to the third either side, giving a large open space without the intrusion inside or outside the property. 

Available Colours?  

We offer many, many various colour and finish options to suit your home. Weather it’s subtlety or statement, we are sure to have what you’re looking for. For aluminium bi-folding and sliding doors you have the choice of hundreds of RAL colours as well as textured finishes. uPVC is a little more restricted but still a vast array available from modern shades to traditional woodgrain finishes. All colours are available to view in our showroom. 

What materials are available?   

We manufacture both bi-folding and sliding doors in aluminium, which is a premium product and now the go-to material for newbuild homes and extensions/conservatories. Homeowners are seeing the benefits from the ultra slim and sleek look that aluminium offers and you only have to look at the samples in our showroom to see why it’s the product of choice. We also offer sliding doors in uPVC, which is a more cost effective option. uPVC is more restricted in both size and colour but still a great option is you’re on a tighter budget. One of the more popular colours in uPVC is Anthracite Grey, giving the modern look of aluminium. Although not as slim and sleek profile as the aluminium alternative, it’s still a great option and one to consider. We do not offer bi-folding doors in uPVC due to the insufficient performance. 

How much are they?   

uPVC is more cost effective than aluminium and a popular option for replacing an existing door. As with most projects, your sizes and specifications will dictate the overall cost. With various colours, furniture finishes, tinted glass colours, thermal/acoustic glass options, integral blinds and installation type, it’s difficult to give an estimated cost without knowing your exact requirements. We are happy to provide an accurate quotation online through our contact form, or we can arrange to visit your property at a date and time to suit you. We are aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advise as market leaders for 30 years. 

Adding value to your home

We demand a lot from our homes, they need to accommodate the ever changing number of occupants, through various stages of our lives. We look at why homeowners are adapt their homes.

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Do I need planning permission for an extension?

Whether it is the costs associated with moving, potential interest rate changes, or a growing family, many people will see staying put and adapting their home as the most viable option.

If you are considering building work you will probably be doing your research into the type of extension you wish to make. 

Our series of buying guides aims to give you as much information around our industry and products before you get a quote. So let’s begin with the basics…

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