Open your home to the fresh air of your garden and witness the best views your home has to offer with our delightful French windows. A classic and charming option, these windows give fantastic ventilation and allow you to feel more connected to the outside world.
French windows have two main panels that open out together, giving you an uninterrupted view and also serving as an effective fire escape route. French windows have been used for centuries, and this timeless design will be a stylish addition to your home for years to come. This style of window complements all properties, but we think they add a specific charm to cottage type homes.
French style windows never age and all our products are manufactured at our local site to precise specifications, so you can relax knowing that your windows are beautiful and long lasting.
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French windows are often a good choice for windows higher up a property if there are better views, but can also serve as a first-floor option if your current opening isn’t large enough to meet fire escape regulations.
Contact us today to get a free no obligation quote, or visit your nearest showroom. Our consultants are happy to offer their expert advice so you can find out more about how this classic window design can work for you and your home.
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What is the difference between French windows and French doors?
Both French windows and French doors open and close in the same way, but they have different locking systems and handles. This is because of the different sizes (French doors are big enough to walk through) and the different levels of security required.
French door frames and sashes are much thicker than French windows, and the size is also different; French doors are much taller and thinner than French windows. Despite these differences, both have two side-hung sashes that open from the middle with no pillar between them. This means that when both windows or doors are open, you have an unobstructed view of the outside.
French doors are most often used as doors that open out into the garden, whereas French windows are smaller and can be used on any floor. They give you increased ventilation and a fabulous view!
Why are French windows called French windows?
This story is the same for both French windows and doors. In the Renaissance during the 17th century, new ideas in art and architecture were developing, with light as a central theme. To get more light in their homes, they started to use more glass in their windows. This trend came over to France, where they made large windows that could either be used in the home as doors or as a way to get out onto their balconies on summer days. This meant they could light their homes more effectively, and the design became popularised across Western Europe in a few decades.
Are French windows secure?
French windows can be as secure as any other window depending on the quality of the materials used to make it, the type of glazing and the lock mechanism used. At Britannia, we take security very seriously, and all our products are approved by the Police-led Secure by Design initiative, which works to reduce burglaries in the UK. We use three-point locking systems, locking shoot-bolts, and high security hinges on all our windows, and we use thermally toughened glass if the window is on the ground floor. Either way, our expert installers won’t leave your home until your windows are completely secure and they have explained how to lock them correctly.
Do French windows swing in or out?
Thankfully, this is a decision you get to make – it’s completely up to you! Some people prefer inward-opening windows because they are easier to clean from the inside, however if you have large, heavy curtains then it could cause a slight obstruction.
Outward opening windows mean your indoor space is not hampered by any window frames. Our windows have modern anti-slam windows, so it is unlikely that they will get caught by sudden bursts of winds. Outward opening windows also collect less rain and debris in the frames, but ultimately the decision lies with you and which would work better for you and your home.
What are the advantages of French windows?
French windows are prized for their ability to give you unobstructed views out from your home. This makes French windows an excellent option if you have beautiful vistas – you will be able to enjoy the landscape without any pillars or panels in the way. Not just good for views, French windows also allow you to ventilate your home effectively, as there is nothing preventing the breeze from flowing inside. These windows can give you increased light, better views and more efficient ventilation; talk to one of our experts today to see how they could work in your home.
Can French windows be used as a fire escape?
The UK government-authorised scheme FENSA requires that on upper floors, each room must be fitted with fire escape windows as long as they aren’t over 4.5 metres above ground level – which is generally the case for most standard first floor windows. The stipulations for a fire escape window is that it must be able to open to create an unobstructed space of 0.3 metres squared. French windows open without any obstruction so as long as they are the right size, they can be considered a FENSA-approved fire escape window.
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We have built up a great reputation over years of delivering a first class service and excellent products, all from our local, no nonsense all-about-you company.
From characteristic country cottages to contemporary town houses, we’re confident that our products will offer a style and finish to truly transform your home. Through constant innovation the quality, durability and security of our products is genuinely second to none. As a local company we are proud to offer British Standards BS7412/PAS24 for enhanced security.
We refuse to compromise on quality
Our windows are made from British Made, high quality MarinespecTM components, with up to 25 years anti corrosion. They are built specifically for the more exposed areas of corrosion, such as coastal environments to give you worry free performance beyond your guarantee. We believe spending more on components is worth every penny, and sets us apart from our competitors.
State of the art fabrication for best quality
We have invested millions of pounds into one of the most state of the art manufacturing facilities in the UK. This enables us to provide you with consistently high quality products at exceptionally good prices. Our loyal factory workers are well trained and take pride in their work, they really care about quality. Our machines are maintained according to a rigorous servicing regime to keep them in top condition.
Superior energy efficiency
Our ‘A’ rated energy efficient and triple glazed windows are tested by the BFRC, which will save you money on your heating bills. By law your windows and doors have to meet strict thermal performance regulations but you can be rest assured that our products exceed current requirements.
Energy saving is incredibly important and so is keeping your fuel bills down. We are continuously looking for ways to make our homes energy efficient and one way is to choose new PVCu windows and doors. Not only will they help to keep your home warmer, they will reduce your energy loss.
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Our suppliers conform to strictly controlled and independently monitored Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, to ensure that everything is done correctly and according to best practise.
Our windows are tested independently by British Standards for security, weather tightness and strength performance. This means that periodically, we have to send them to independent test houses, in order to be tested to destruction.
These are just some of the many standards the products in our vast range conform to. Needless to say we take the quality of our products very seriously indeed.
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The styles available are endless and the choices to suit your home are bigger than ever before. Traditional, contemporary or modern; our versatile window and door designs will create the look you want to complement and enhance your home. If you want windows that are as individual as you, our range of coloured and woodgrain windows offer you fifteen different colours and finishes.
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Our sales consultants, surveyors, admin team and installers really care about you and your home. They are highly trained, motivated and want to go the extra mile to do the best possible job. Our fitters will treat your home with care and respect and will take time to ensure that you are delighted with the end result.
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