Whether it’s a warm summers day or a spring-time shower, looking out of your windows onto a beautiful view is a wonderful way to past time. But what if your windows were the feature you were looking at instead? What if they captured your interest more than the view itself?
Does that sound impossible? Not with our stunning made-to-measure windows. From casement and tilt and turn to our new Heritage and Über windows, as well as our fixed glazing, we’re sure to have exactly what you are looking for.
To help you decide as to which ones are best suited to your self-build, home renovation or improvement project, let us answer your most frequently asked questions in this, our complete guide to bespoke windows.
What style of windows should I pick?
We have a few different styles you can choose from and depending on the style of your home, you may want to match or contrast it with your new windows.
- Casement windows
Casement windows are the quintessentially British style of windows. Attached to its frame by one or more hinges, this window opens outwards, away from your home. Classic in design, this style of window luckily suits both contemporary and traditional homes.
- Tilt and turn windows
Tilt and turn windows are of a more European style and are not often found in your typical British home. However, they are becoming more popular with self-builds, home renovation and improvement projects due to their innovative hinge mechanism which allows you to tilt the glass panel inwards for ventilation, and open it fully into the room on its side hinges – giving the window its name!
Even though this style is more modern, they can still work well in traditional homes, offering a contemporary touch to the design as well as the functionality.
- Heritage windows
Our Heritage windows are designed to replicate the look and feel of classic steel windows but with the benefits of modern manufacturing. With the option of glazing bars, these windows are perfect for a historic refurbishment project or making a bold statement in a more contemporary home, and they’re are super-chic.
- Fixed windows
Fixed glazing is the perfect solution to adding light to your home where you don’t require or don’t have the space for opening windows, and they can be produced in a variety of different shapes to fit all sorts of unusual spaces. This versatility will also enable you to enhance a traditional feature in a classic home – such as the original wood beams below – or create a whole new feature in a contemporary home.
What material should I choose for my new windows?
Our casement, tilt and turn, and fixed windows are available in timber; aluminium and alu-clad – a composite material where aluminium is on the exterior of the window, and timber is on the interior – and our Heritage windows are available in aluminium.
We also have two different styles of casement windows; our classic casement (seen above) – in timber, aluminium and alu-clad – and our new Über casement windows (see below) – available in aluminium only due to their slimmer frame options.
If you are looking to match the style of your traditional home, timber will most likely be the best material for your windows, and our classic casement or tilt and turn windows are likely to be the most ideal design choice too.
However you could choose to make more of a statement and contrast the traditional style of your home with a more contemporary material such as aluminium and alu-clad, whilst still sticking with the design of window you love the most – casement, tilt and turn, Heritage or even fixed, as they can all work well in a traditional home, adding a modern twist.
As you’ve probably guessed, if you want to match the style of a contemporary home with your new windows, aluminium or alu-clad will be the best material option for you, and all of our window designs – especially our new Über windows – will be a great addition. This doesn’t mean you can’t opt for timber though if you’d prefer, as with the option of any RAL colour or wood stain, you can create a very modern-looking design. Remember though, you will only be able to choose from our classic casement, tilt and turn or fixed window options.
Why choose alu-clad over aluminium?
If you love aluminium but feel you might be missing out on the warmth that timber can bring to the interior of your home, this is exactly why you should choose alu-clad.
Although we want to let you into a little secret…because of new technologies, aluminium can now fully compete with the thermal performance of timber, and is just as warming! Don’t believe us, read our timber vs aluminium blog where we’ve compared the two.
How do Kloeber’s windows open?
As mentioned above, our casement and Heritage windows open outwards, away from your home, and our tilt and turn windows open inwards. Our fixed windows, of course, don’t open at all.
Are Kloeber’s windows safe?
All of our windows are fitted with high security double or triple glazing as standard, and super secure locking mechanisms too. Each of our windows is also BSI Kitemark approved. This means they, along with our bespoke doors, are independently tested against tough industry quality standards – ones which have been recognised for more than 100 years – and have achieved this third-party certification – as seen below.
Alongside this, our timber fixed and casement windows, and our aluminium Heritage and Über windows have been tested to the PAS24 standard – another industry-recognised accreditation for measuring the quality of windows and doors – and our aluminium casement windows and Heritage windows have been awarded the Secured by Design certification (as seen below) – withstanding numerous break-in attempts as part of the testing.
Even though some of our windows have not been tested in the same way, they have all be manufactured to the same standards. Therefore, you can feel reassured that all of our windows are super safe and secure, and not easy to break into!
Are casement, tilt and turn, Heritage, Über and fixed windows energy efficient?
The simple answer is yes! Each of our windows, as mentioned above, is fitted with high performance double or triple glazing as standard and because of this, they each boast low U-values – which means they are exceedingly energy-efficient.
Not sure what we mean by U-value? This measures the rate of heat transferred through the frames and glass of our windows and doors – the lower the U-value the better it the windows or doors are at reducing heat transfer and therefore, the more energy-efficient they are.
Find out more about U-values.
Our windows our eco-friendly and sustainable too
Timber is known as being a fantastic insulator making it a great choice for reducing the carbon footprint of your home. Our timber is also sourced from FSC certified forests which are governed by the Forest Stewardship Council who are dedicated to ensuring the highest environmental standards are met. Therefore, our timber windows and doors are even more eco-friendly and sustainable.
We don’t just stop there, our aluminium is also extremely environmentally friendly as it’s 100% recyclable, saving a huge amount of energy which is normally needed to produce aluminium from raw materials, and due to today’s technology (as mentioned above) aluminium’s thermal performance is just as good as timbers.
Our alu-clad material won’t let you down either. With its mix of the two materials; timber and aluminium, you can enjoy all the eco-friendly and sustainable benefits that they each bring.
You can read more about the sustainability and eco-friendliness of our windows and doors materials here.
How big/wide can Kloeber’s windows be? What size do they come in?
Not only are we specialists in the three material options we have mentioned, but we’re also specialists in bespoke made-to-measure windows and doors too! This means your windows can be completely tailored to your self-build, home renovation or improvement projects requirements, and to the exact size you need.
There are some maximum and minimum heights and widths to be aware of, but we’re pretty sure these sizes will still meet your needs – especially when we’ve already helped customers great windows as big as this!
To find out these sizes, it’s best to contact our team as they’ll be able to talk through your project with you and offer you their expert advice as to what size windows will be best suited to your project’s desired design.
How much do Kloeber’s windows cost?
As there are so many different varieties available when it comes to the style, material, colour, glass and size of our bespoke windows, it does make it hard for us to provide you with a rough cost so again, it’s best to speak with our team as, once you have spoken with them, they’ll be able to provide you with a custom quote.
Don’t worry, there is no obligation to make a purchase with us after you have spoken to us or even once you have received a quote from us, we’re just happy to help you with your project by sharing our knowledge with you.
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