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Composite Door styles, which style are you?

Our new range of composite doors now offer an even wider range of styles without skimping on quality. We are proud to fit “endurance” doors which are made with a solid laminated timber veneer lumber core, making them up to 10% thicker than most composite doors on the market.

Our new range of doors now offers a choice for every type of property from victorian terraces in Cardiff to country cottages in Cowbridge. These new styles enable our customers to choose composite doors that fit in with the style of their home instead of being limited to single glazed timber doors that don’t offer as much security. Although upvc doors are still very popular, our grp doors are bridging the gap between timber and pvc offering style, energy efficiency and security.

Each door is available in a choice of 14 colours, many of which are available with a matching frame and weather bar. Our new heritage range is proving to be extremely popular with traditional edwardian and georgian homes, the high security locks emulates the trditional cylinder pull on original doors.

Our glass range can dramatically alter the look of your new door- whether you choose a simplistic obscure glass, ornate bevel design or a modern etched look, there really is something to suit everyones taste.

Visit our brochure page today to take a look at our fantastic new range of doors or browse our recent work here for examples of our high quality doors fitted in customers homes.

For a no obligation appointment call 02920 734573 today.

Cardiff Double Glazing- Is it time for new windows?

We get many enquiries regarding repairs to windows and replacement of double glazed units. Although we do not carry out repair work, we find that many customers are actually putting off the inevitable by trying to repair their windows when they really need replacing. If you are considering your options, here is how to tell whether it is time to splash out on new windows for your home

1. The age of your windows
If your windows are over 15 years old, the chances are that they are nearly ready to be replaced. They may not look too bad from a distance but new upvc windows are much more advanced in terms of security, energy efficiency and ease of use.

2. Gaps around the window or wobbly frames
It could be that your windows were fitted by the previous owners If they were done cheaply the chances are they are badly fitted. Even the best window in the world will not perform effectively if they not been fixed in securely or adequately sealed.

3. Broken hinges and locks
Many customers do not realise how much the cost of high qualty locks and hinges add to the price of windows. If you are splashing out on new locks, are your windows strong enough to fit the locks into?. Our windows are all fully reinforced with steel allowing the locks to fix firmly into place. Our 9 point locking system is also much more secure than older windows that will have fewer locks.

4. Allowing lots of noise through
When we change our customers windows, the first thing they say is “it’s so quiet”. Peace and quiet in your home is important, it’s very easy to get used to background noise without realising it.

5. Fading furniture and curtains
Modern glass techniques can perform a range of functions to suit your needs. Whether it be uv protection, extra security or heat retention – our planitherm glass does it all.

6. The frames  are rotting
This is a clear sign that your windows have had their day. If your frames have got to this stage, it is time to dig deep and start getting quotes for new windows.

7. It’s time for a change

With the wide variety of styles and colour options available, new windows and doors really can change the whole look of your house. Take time to consider what style your are looking for. A reputable double glazing company will be more than happy to help you design your new windows and doors.

For your no obligation quote call 02920 734573 or visit www.inspirewindows.co.uk

Grey Upvc Windows in Cardiff

Gone are the days of white upvc windows being the only option, coloured windows and doors are now  a common request from our customers. Coloured windows are not reserved for newer prooperties, they can also look fantastic in traditional properties, when some thought and care is put into the design

We recently installed some beautiful anthracite grey windows in Victoria Park, Cardiff. The house currently had green timber windows that were in need of replacement, the customer wanted to know their options for retaining the original stained glass. We gave advice on the cost of either copying the stained glass or reglazing it into the new windows. The clients decided to have it reglazed into the new windows to retain the property’s character.image (26)

When having a colour on the outside of the window it is common to have the inside as white. Having a darker colour on the interior can make the room look dark and is much more difficult to give a clean finish when trimming around the windows. This can be done in 2 ways, either a white frame has a coloured foil applied to it or frames can be sprayed with colour. We always aim to offer the foiled version as it has a grained effect that looks more like wood, it is also much more resistant to scratches.

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Whilst the new windows were being fitted, the glass was sent to our specialist restorer who will clean the glass and reglaze it into double glazed units.The customers are extremely happy with the completed windows. The stained glass stands out beautifully against the anthracite grey frames and suits the period of the property perfectly.

If you are considering new upvc windows for your home, please call us for a no obligation quote on 02920 734573. We only fit premium products including rehau windows and doors. Alternatively visit our website www.inspirewindows.co.uk for upvc double glazing in Cardiff and the surrounding areas

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Replacing a window with upvc French Doors

With the summer approaching, our minds turn to the outdoor space in our homes and how we can make the most of it during the warmer weather. The main consideration is increasing the access to the garden to make the whole house a more workable space. We recently had an appointment with a young couple in Barry who had just bought a house and wanted to improve the access to the garden before they moved in.

During the appointment they decided that they would like to remove a window from the existing dark lounge and install patio doors with sidescreens. To match in with the exisitng windows, the doors were designed with georgian bars. These kind of projects can be slightly messy although we always cover surfaces with dustsheet before any work is started. The existing window was removed and the new opening cut out by our building team, a new lintel is installed to support the walls and the new french doors were fitted. Of course, we always hoover and clean up before we leave, as well as removing all of the rubbish.

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Once the French doors were fitted we plastered the walls internally and rendered the external walls. The change to the house was dramatic with the customers now having a light and spacious room that will be ideal for entertaining during the summer months. If you are considering this type of project for your home in the cardiff area, why not give us a call for an initial appointment. We can discuss the different options such as french, patio or bi fold doors and discuss the timescale and price for your home improvements. There are a few factors that may affect the price such as moving any electrical points or pipework, we are always happy to deal with this for you or let you organise the work before we arrive to carry out the fitting. For details on our doors take a look at the doors section of our website

Our building team have over 30 years experience in the cardiff and newport area, they are skilled in conservatory bases, extension cutouts and brick ups. Our building and fitting teams work seamlessly together to ensure that all of our projects go smoothly and cause our customers the least disruption possible,

For high quality rehau windows and doors in cardiff and newport, give us a call on 02920 734573 or email enquiries@inspirewindows.co.uk.

Upvc Windows in Cardiff with stained glass

During our initial appointments we spend as much time as possible designing the windows and doors that you would like for your home. Purchasing new double glazing can be a large outlay and it is vital that as a customer you receive the quality and look for your home that you want.

We recently replaced all of the windows in a house in Radyr, Cardiff, which currently had wooden windows with stunning stained glass. The customers told us that they wanted to keep the original stained glass as it was one of the features that they loved about the house. When considering having decorative glass in your home, there are 2 options; we can either copy an existing or new pattern onto your new windows when they are manufactured or we can remove the existing glass and have it put into double glazed units. Even glass that has some damage to it can be restored or repiared by our experts.

To the front of the house we installed black on white bay windows, this matched the original colour of the windows and many of the neighbours properties also. From the inside the refurbished glass looks stunning against the white rehau frames.

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We also produced some of the windows using rosewood on the inside and white on the outside. This is an unusual request and slightly more expensive but it fitted in perfectly with the interior design of the house. The original stained glass looks lovely against the rosewood colour.

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In addition to replacing the windows for upvc, we also fitted new French doors in white on rosewood.

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If you are considering changing your existing wooden windows for upvc, why not give us a call to arrange an appointment. We can talk you through the different options for your home and tailor a quote to your requirements. There are many companies in cardiff who offer plain cheap double glazing, we are not one of them! We only fit the highest quality rehau frames, planitherm glass and locking systems, and fit them with skill and care. Take a look at our decorative glass page to see the various designs that we can offer.

For premium windows and doors, expertly fitted in and around Cardiff, give us a call on 02920 734573

Cardiff Double Glazing Prices, why do they vary so much?

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It’s that time of year again where double glazing companies are offering 55% off their prices along with lots of free extras, the majority of us understand that these massive discounts are not realistic. Although there is higher competition in January for window and door installers, a reasonable discount is 5% to 10% for any company that offers genuine prices during the rest of the year.

All window companies want to keep their fitters working so there is always a little room to negotiate in January. The problem is what to do, when everyone tells you their windows and doors are the best, but the prices vary massively?

Take a few moments to consider which window you preferred the look of; after all it is your family that will be looking through them every day for the next 10 to 15 years. Did one of the frames suit your home more, did it feel sturdier and were the handles easier to operate?

Many window profiles now offer the same standards; A rating, argon gas filled with low e coated glass and secured by design status. However there are a few important factors that could make you question that suspiciously cheap double glazing quote. Here is our checklist for ensuring a quality installation;

  1. Glass- The glass should have a low e coating on the outside, argon or krypton gas filled and Planitherm or similar coating on the internal face. This will reduce condensation on the window and help to keep the heat inside your home.
  2. Locks and hinges- Are there a sufficient amount of locks and are they from a reputable manufacturer. We use Mila locks, handles and hinges on our doors and windows which have won the G awards for 2 years. Good quality ancillaries can be considerably more expensive than their cheaper rivals.
  3. Manufacturing – A window profile is nothing until it is actually put together by the manufacturer. How long has the manufacturer been making this profile, how often are there problems with the windows or doors?
  4. Finishing – Finishing off a window with trims or plastering is one of the most time consuming parts of fitting a window. Any company that takes time and care will need to charge a little more to allow for this. Ideally your windows should be sealed internally with stelmax instead of silicone which should not discolour or go mouldy.
  5. The fitting team- Do they have the required experience and are they actually employed by the company on a daily rate? Some window fitters work on a price rate of how many frames they can fit in a day, we would prefer our installers to fit 4 windows perfectly rather than 7 badly. As with every industry, it costs more to employ good staff than it does bad ones.
  6. The guarantee- Is the guarantee transferrable if you sell your home and does it cover everything. Many companies only cover the glass, locks and handles for 1 year, we cover everything that we fit for the full 10 years.
  7. The company – To the frustration of the double glazing industry there are still people out there who will offer a fantastic price but have no plans of being around in 5 years time when you may need them. It costs money to run a business professionally and pay your staff well; this will generally be reflected in the quote that you receive.

Of course there are situations when as a customer you will have a limited budget and just pick the cheapest quote. Don’t be afraid to ask for the job to be split into two parts so you can have better quality windows and doors without the big outlay. We very often fit the front of a house and then return when the customer is ready to complete the back. You, the customer are happy and as a business we know we have work for the future.

Take another look at your double glazing quotes and consider which one actually offers the best value for money. Ask each company if you can have an address where they have fitted windows in the last couple of months and a year or two ago, this way you can see the quality of fitting recently and ascertain how the frames have weathered.

If you are still feeling confused, there are many forums where tradesmen will give an impartial view on the best frames and fitting techniques, one of the better ones is my builder.com. Having a little more knowledge can give you the confidence to hand your hard earned money over to the right people.

Composite front doors in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale

Composite doors are now taking over as the most popular choice for homeowners looking to change their front door. Quality composite doors are now a much more affordable option, due to the increased demand, prices have dropped over the past 2 years; on average you will pay 50% more compared to a upvc panel door.

A composite door is made with a glass reinforced polyester (grp) skin and either Polyurethane thermally insulated foam core or a solid laminated veneer core. Both options offer excellent thermal and security features, the solid core filled offering the best security.

The foam filled door is an ideal choice for customers in Cardiff and Newport who want a maintenance free door with the look of wood and excellent thermal qualities. Our foam filled doors are manufactured by door stop, the UK’S leading composite door supplier.

The solid core filled door is the Rolls Royce of front doors that really will stand the test of time. Tested to be virtually impenetrable to burglars, these doors are more expensive; you can expect to pay at least twice the price of a upvc panel door. Our solid core Endurance composite doors are manufactured by Rocal, one of the leading suppliers of modern composite doors.

During your appointment, we at Inspire Windows will take you through the various design options to create your perfect door. All of our products come as standard with the secured by design police approved locking system and a 10 year insurance backed guarantee. Our doors suit many different property styles throughout South Wales; the range of colours, styles and glass design offer hundreds of different combinations.

We have fitted many composite doors throughout Cardiff, Newport and South Wales. Along with our high quality Rehau windows, a composite door can give your home the makeover that it deserved.

To arrange an appointment call us on 02920 734573 or visit www.inspirewindows.co.uk for instant online prices.

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Peace & Quiet: Double Glazing for Noise Reduction

double glazing cowbridgeSecurity and energy efficiency are great, but for some people, the biggest perk of double glazing is the noise reduction. Good quality glass (the kind we use here at Inspire Windows, for example) can dramatically reduce the amount of noise that makes it through the window; in fact, our UPVC windows can cut outdoor noise by up to fifty percent!

Of course, the degree to which you are bothered by outdoor noise will depend on where you live, but if your home is located near the centre of Cardiff then quiet moments are probably few and far between. The Welsh capital annoys its residents with all manner of sounds, from incessant construction work to screeching baby seagulls. Traffic is a constant disturbance for residents of Newport Road and other busy routes, and many homeowners have to put up with the regular rattling of the railway as the trains pass behind their building.

These are all fantastic reasons to invest in some high-quality double glazing. You’ll be astounded at just how much difference a thicker pane of glass can make, so get in touch with Inspire Windows today and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. You can call us on 02920 734573, or email enquiries@inspirewindows.co.uk; either way, we’ll soon have you sorted out with some slightly more soundproof windows. Maybe then you’ll be able to have a lie-in without being troubled by the Cardiffian cacophony!

French Casement windows in Groesfaen, Llantrisant

Would you like to throw open your bedroom windows in the morning and imagine you were in the South of France? Our French casement windows offer your home a taste of the French life, with no central mullion the windows can be opened fully allowing the light to flood in.

Our French casements are ideal for smaller windows that need to act as a means of escape in the event of a fire. Under current building regulations, a window that is also a means of escape must have a clear opening of 0.33m2, a standard casement window will restrict this access with the central mulllion. The flying mullion on this design ensures that the window is as secure as a standard casement window when closed.

French windows are commonly fitted in stone cottages that tend to have smaller window openings, a popular choice is the addition of internal georgian bars to add a classic twist to this popular window style. On a practical note, fitting easy clean hinges makes the windows extremely simple to clean from the inside. The sash simply slides along to allow easy access to the external pane, allowing you to say goodbye to your weekly window cleaning costs!

We recently fitted French casement windows to a customers property in Groesfaen, Llantrisant. We designed the windows with internal georgian bars and easy clean hinges, the finished product sits seamlessly into the stone cottage. Our customers are delighted with the windows and French doors that we fitted and were even more thrilled with the affordable price that we charged compared to some of the Newport double glazing companies who also quoted.

If you would like more information on French casement windows, or any other style, please call us on 02920 734573 or email us at enquiries@inspirewindows.co.uk

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Reinforce your Home with Double Glazing

Burglary will always be a big concern for people who live in the city. Statistics from police.uk suggest that, on average, Cardiff sees 60 burglaries a month; even the wealthiest parts of Cardiff are prone to the occasional break-in, and an important part of home ownership is ensuring that your property is as secure as it can be. There are many ways to do this, but most of the tips you’ll find online are related to reinforcing your doors. Chains, deadbolts, and stronger frames are all common suggestions for burglar-proofing a house.

But what of the windows? It doesn’t matter how many locks you’ve got on the door if the living room window is still a big weak point. Double glazing is essential if you want to keep your home burglar-free, and Inspire Windows are the people to call if you’re looking for double glazing in Cardiff. Our ‘A’ rated Planitherm glass is as strong as it gets, giving you maximum security against anyone who might want to break your windows and burgle your home.

Our window frames are fantastically secure too, reducing the possibilty of someone forcing them open. Cardiff is a wonderful place to live, but nowhere is completely crime-free and when it comes to your home’s security, you can never be too careful. Get in touch with Inspire Windows today for double glazing in Cardiff and the surrounding area.