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General window FAQs

What type of window is most secure?

Nobody wants to feel vulnerable, so when it comes to replacement windows you need to know that your new windows will provide security and safety for you and your loved ones. That’s why all our windows are equipped with a multi-point locking system - a locking system that bolts the windows into the frame and locks at multiple points at the turn of a key, giving you enhanced security.

Do your windows come with energy efficient ratings?

Any window from Plan-it Windows is sure to keep your house cosy and comfortable throughout the year, especially as they meet the latest building regulations for thermal insulation. We offer both double glazing and triple glazing windows, both of which will keep the heat within our home and save you money on your energy bills – something we know our customers love to hear.

What window styles are available from Plan-it?

We appreciate that every customer's requirements are different, everyone has different personal preferences and tastes which is why we offer a variety of different window styles to suit you. From sliding sash windows, to tilt and turn window, to casement windows; whatever your preference, we are confident that you’ll find the perfect style of window for your home.

Do I need planning permission for replacement windows?

Replacing windows falls under the permitted development rules in areas that aren't in designated areas or listed buildings, so luckily you won’t have to apply for planning permission. For extra peace of mind, we’d definitely recommend checking with your local council regarding the style, frame material, and opening method of your replacement windows to make sure they’re happy.

Rosewood uPVC casement windows
Kitchen with a Residence 7 Window

Residence 7 window FAQ

What colours are available with Residence 7 windows?

With traditional shades to more contemporary effects, Residence 7 are available in 14 different colours: Chalk White, Clotted Cream, Grained White, No 38 Grey, Painswick, Vintage Cream, Cotsworld Green, English Oak, Irish Oak, Golden Oak, Rosewood, Corse Lawn, Eclectic Grey, and No 10 Black, so whatever the style of your home, we are confident that we have a colour for you. This plethora of colours also includes the ever-popular customisation option of dual-colour, allowing for a different colour on the interior and exterior frame.

How energy efficient are Residence 7 windows?

Residence 7 windows are available in both double or triple glazing and can achieve an energy rating of A++, saving you up to £120 a year on your energy bills.

What is the difference between Residence 7 and Residence 9 windows?

The R7 window has a total of seven chambers, whereas the R9 features nine insulating chambers. Both have the capability to achieve A+ energy ratings, saving you up to £110 a year on your energy bills, and can be fitted with 28mm double or 44mm triple glazing.

Residence 7 Windows

Casement windows

What is a casement window?

Casement windows are one of the earliest forms of moveable windows and open from side positioned hinges in a similar fashion to doors.

What is the function of a casement window?

Casement windows allow more control of ventilation than flush-opening windows. They can either open outward or inward in order to direct breezes into a specific part of the room.

What materials are available with casement windows?

Our casement windows are available in either uPVC or aluminium, both of which are highly desirable window materials and meet essential levels of energy efficiency. What’s the difference between uPVC and aluminium? The main difference between these two materials is that aluminium windows tend to feature a slimmer frame and a larger glass surface area due to the strength of the frames.

Cream uPVC casement window
Sliding sash windows with astragal bars

Sliding sash windows

How do sliding sash windows work?

Sliding sash windows work by the sashes of the window sliding up or down with either weights, cords, or spiral balances, allowing you to smoothly open and close the window. When the window is closed, the top and bottom sash will be locked together at the mid rail to prevent them from sliding.

What houses do sliding sash windows suit?

Made to measure, our authentic timber-look sliding sash windows are crafted to suit any period-style property in the North West. So, if you’re renovating a Georgian, Regency or Victorian property, we can guarantee that their design will help you retain the unique character of your period property. However, due to the different personalisation elements from colours to glazing, we can guarantee that sliding sash windows will also enhance any other style of property too.

How do you maintain sliding sash windows?

When properly cared for, sliding sash windows can have a lifespan of upwards of several decades. To keep your window frames looking as good as the day they were installed, we’d recommend regularly cleaning them on a cloudy day (to avoid any unnecessary streaks) with a non-abrasive cleaner and dirt-free cloth.

Sliding Sash

Flush sash windows

What are flush sash windows?

Flush sash windows, also known as flush casement windows, are characterised by sashes that finish flush with the external face of the window. When closed, the window sash is level with the outer frame creating smooth and even external contours.

What are the benefits of flush sash windows?

Other than impressive aesthetics, flush sash windows from Plan-it can help to create more comfortable living spaces internally too. They do this through enhancing thermal performance, security, and maintenance ease.

What are the features of flush sash windows?

Classic flush sash windows offer an authentic timber aesthetic with a cutting-edge design that marries both style and function. The woodgrain effect creates a timeless design suitable for any property type, including period properties or listed buildings that require perhaps discreet and traditional aesthetics.

Flush Sash
Oak effect flush sash windows
Grey aluminium tilt and turn window

Tilt & turn windows

Can tilt and turn windows open outwards?

Generally, the primary opening direction for tilt and turn windows is inward, it is unusual to find tilt and turn windows that open outwards. The practical inwards opening structure is ideal for smaller balconies or terraces.

Are tilt and turn windows more secure?

Yes. Tilt and turn windows have stronger internal hardware and multiple locking points for enhanced security and enhanced levels of secure ventilation. This means that you and your family will be protected against unwanted intruders.

What are the benefits of tilt and turn windows?

There are many different benefits of tilt and turn windows, from offering varied types of ventilation, low maintenance, enhanced security, and the options to hide the sash and hinges for a truly minimalistic design.

Tilt & Turn

Double and triple glazing

What’s the difference between double and triple-glazed windows?

The physical difference between double glazed windows and tripled glazed windows is very simple – double glazing has two panes of glass whereas triple glazing has three panes of glass.

What U-values can double and triple glazing achieve?

The U-value measures the rate of transfer of heat through a structure, divided by the difference in temperature. On average, single glazing has a U-value of 5.6, double glazing has a U-value of 1.1, and triple glazing has a U-value of 0.6.

What glazing options are available?

To further enhance your double or triple glazing, Plan-it also offers many textured glass designs alongside our premium range of etched glass. From traditional and modern, to simple and sophisticated, we have 12 different double and triple glazing windows options to suit all homeowners: Charcoal, Chantilly, Digital, Contora, Florielle, Everglade, Mayflower, Minster, Pelerine, Oak, Taffeta, and Stippolyte.

Triple Glazing
Divided uPVC cream casement windows

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