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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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uPVC Windows Cardiff

Why are Casement Windows so Popular?

The majority of our customers opt for UPVC casement windows when they need new double glazing, but what exactly makes our casement windows such a popular choice? It’s not like they’re especially superior to our other products; our vertical sliders and tilt and turn options come with the same ‘A’ rated glass and the same 10 year guarantee as the casement windows.

But while the aforementioned alternatives do have their charms (vertical sliders, for example, are great if you’re going for a more traditional look), it’s hard to deny that casement windows are the most versatile choice available. The casement design allows us to install your windows any which way you please, so whether you want your windows to open at the top, from the bottom, or sideways, casement windows can cater to your needs.

But the customisation doesn’t stop there. All of our windows are made to order, which means that we’ll work closely with you to create a window that’s perfectly suited to your requirements. Our bespoke windows can be built to accommodate many different sizes, and we can even include some coloured glass if you’d like – these custom windows are made especially for you!

Choosing the Right Windows for your Home

Windows come in many different forms, but which windows are right for your home? It’s an important consideration; all of our double glazing products are stylish and secure, but each different design has its own specific advantages. So what’s the most important factor for you?

If you favour an old-fashioned kind of beauty, then our Vertical Sliders are the ideal windows for your home. The sash window design has been with us for centuries, and our vertical sliders boast the same antiquated beauty as their Georgian predecessors, but don’t worry – they’re just as sturdy and secure as any modern window!

Still, if you’d prefer a more modern look, then perhaps you’d prefer Tilt and Turn Windows for your home. The big advantage of these windows is the dual opening system, which allows you to open the windows in two different ways. You can open them at the top, for ventilation that keeps the room secure, or you can open them like a door when you want the windows open a little further. The latter method also makes for a handy fire exit, so Tilt and Turn products might be the safest windows for your home.

That said, our UPVC Casement Windows are still our most popular windows, and it’s not hard to see why. Casement windows can be used in all kinds of different settings, and our UPVC windows are made to order, meaning that you can have more or less any window you want for your home.

Whichever product you opt for, rest assured that Inspire Windows will only provide the highest quality windows for your home. If you’d like to know more about any of our double glazing products or services, contact us today and we’ll tell you anything you need to know!

The cost of making a new house into a new home

Moving house is a major upheavel in our lives, as well as a major cost; solicitors fees, estate agents fees and moving costs can soon escalate into a large unwanted bill. Once we are settled into our new homes, the spending continues; purchasing new furniture, decorating and home improvements.

A recent survey by Planitherm discovered “There are many aspects that go into creating a new home and we all have a seemingly never-ending to do list for things we hope to improve”. The research found that it takes on average 17 months and 12 days and £5044 to turn our new house into a home. Of course we all feel more settled in our homes once we have enjoyed momentous occasions in them such as birthdays, anniversaries and having children.

The top 10 things which make a house feel a home;

1. Making it warm
2. Enjoying a first Christmas
3. Filling all rooms with furniture
4. Cleaned top to bottom
5. Experiencing all four seasons in the house
6. Planting your own things in the garden
7. Fitting your own toilet seat
8. Stripping the walls
9. Having a birthday
10. Being on first name terms with the neighbours

Making renovations to the home are also a large part of settling in. This includes making decorative improvements, upgrades to double glazing and extending the home to add an extra room such as a conservatory.

The top 10 to do list around the home is

 

1. Paint each room
2. Lay new carpets in each room
3. Do up the bathroom
4. Rip out the kitchen
5. Fit new double glazing
6. Add new front door (or paint existing one)
7. Re-landscape the garden
8. Lay a new driveway
9. Add a conservatory
10. Extend/add another room

Making a plan of which renovations need to be done first can save you money if you plan carefully. For example if you need to replace your windows and add a conservatory, many companies will charge you less for having all of the work done at one time. It also makes sense to have any structural work carried out before you decorate or lay new carpets. There is no point in painting the walls only to have them replastered in a few months time when new French doors are fitted.

Inspire Windows is a Cardiff windows company with over 15 years’ experience in the supply and installation of high quality double glazing windows, doors and conservatories. We are an authorised partner of REHAU Windows, Europe’s leading manufacturer of some of the most secure and energy-efficient double glazing windows available. Coupled with Planitherm “A” rated glass as standard, REHAU windows are by far and away the best choice for upvc double glazing. Please take a look at our website for more information www.inspirewindows.co.uk

Double Glazing Offers – Too Good to be True?

Many companies offer discounts and special offers on their products but will you really end up paying the prices they advertise?

The most common deals and their catches are;

Buy one get one free– More often than not there will be a very high initial purchase price and will only apply to windows of a similar size

Six windows and a door for £1200 – Likely to be the cheapest frames available and windows so small that they will not be suitable for the majority of properties, meaning that the final quote will be much higher

35% off windows– This only applies if you have not had a quote from the company before – implying that they actually inflate the price and then reduce it again

Window scrappage scheme– Companies will promise to give you £1000’s of pounds back through a scrappage scheme that is actually nothing to do with the government. You would have to spend a great deal of money to qualify for the “scrappage allowance” which is just a discount on already inflated prices.

10 year guarantee – All frames of reasonable quality should come with a 10 years manufacturer’s warranty as standard so this is not an added extra.

The showhome promotion – Has your street been specially selected as a “show home” street? This is just a ploy to get into your home and give you a quote with a special added discount if you will advertise the companies name outside your home. The best form of advertising for a reputable company is word of mouth, not obtrusive advertising campaigns.

The added extras  – What else is not included in your quote; window cills, locking mechanisms, additional openers, upgrades to better quality frames & glass, extortionate finance charges… the list could be endless so make sure the deal you are being offered really is as good as it first appeared.

With so many special offers that are not actually that “special” it is important that you choose a company who you trust. It can be tempting to purchase through one of the national companies with their promise of guarantees and discounts and appealing websites. However, sales staff from national companies are working on commission and may not be primarily concerned about repeat business from their customers, making the sale the priority.

Choosing a local company who can advise you on the best purchase for your property without pressurising you to make a sale may be the best choice. The chances are they will have much lower overheads, more personal service, and reliable aftercare. They may offer you a more realistic and affordable quote to ensure that your home’s value, security and energy efficiency is maximised.

Inspire Windows Ltd are a Certass registered company, based in Cardiff. We offer a 10 year insurance backed guarantee as standard. We are also an authorised Rehau partner, fitting top quality windows, doors and conservatories. Take a look at our site www.inspirewindows.co.uk or give us a call on 02920 734573