What is a French Window?
A French Window was traditionally a pair of opening doors, situated in an exterior wall, which acted as both a large window and a pair of doors opening out onto a courtyard, terrace or balcony. These days the term French Doors best describes this kind of opening and is a very popular feature in houses in the UK. A French Window is now reserved more often than not for a smaller opening, which is not able to be walked through. However, the concept remains the same with both sides of the window opening out to at least 90 degrees allowing an unobstructed view out of the building.
Known in the window industry as a 'floating mullion' window, the French Window is becoming increasingly popular across the UK. Not only does a French Window allow a much better view of the outside vista or Garden, it can also serve as an extremely effective fire escape, allowing a person far more space with to get through in the event of fire than any normal standard casement window would do. Like all of our unique product range, this window is constructed using the highest quality grade Aluminium. The core is thermally constructed using a Polyamide break, and the window can be finished in virtually any RAL paint colour or a luxurious range of wood-grain effects. Being Aluminium it is far stronger than a UPVC window, requires virtually no maintenance and has a projected lifespan of 30 years +
Choose from double glazed, triple glazed, even privacy - the choice is yours...
Once you’ve chosen the most suitable frame option, you once again have the luxury of choice with regards to glass specification. The technical specification of the glass will largely depend on whether you opt for Energy Rated Windows, but there’s also a wide variety of aesthetic options such as leaded glass, internal or external georgian bars (astragal bars) and of course obscure / patterned glass.
Double glazing has long been, and remains, the most suitable specification of glazing for the majority of domestic properties, so much so that many people simply refer to windows as ‘double glazing’. Double glazing owes its superiority over single glazing to the insulating cavity that is created by the two panes of glass, the intelligent properties of the glass itself and other materials and components that make up the ‘sealed unit’. Energy efficient A-rated windows are easily achieved with a double glazing specification.
Our Triple Glazed Units help to improve energy performance and thermal efficiency, for the ultimate in comfort and safety, whilst also contributing to a healthier environment. With a U-Value as low as 0.6, our Eco-lite™ Triple Glazing Units help to keep homes warmer during the winter and cooler in the summer months. They are the perfect solution for improved Window Energy Ratings (WER) to achieve the maximum in energy savings, resulting in better comfort through the elimination of draughts and cold spots.
As its name suggests triple glazing comprises of three panes of glass that make up the complete sealed unit. Triple glazed windows and doors look all but identical to those which are double glazed and they offer the same fantastic benefits but, crucially, triple glazing provides a greater level of energy efficiency. The extra pane of glass used in triple glazing creates a second insulating cavity which also helps to further reduce draughts and cold spots in homes that are subject to particular extreme and cold weather conditions.
Bathroom windows and front doors are prime examples of where privacy glazing is quite often essential in order to let in natural light without compromising your privacy. There are a number of varied yet appealing patterned glass designs which obscure an onlooker’s view so that you can feel comfortable in your home. Patterned glass can be used in both double glazed and triple glazed sealed units so energy efficiency and noise reduction need not be sacrificed.
Choosing the right windows & doors for your home...
When you’re investing in new windows and doors, it’s important to keep in mind your reasons for doing so. Are your current windows simply tired and ineffective, or are you addressing a particular issue like insulation, security, aesthetics or all three? Our knowledgeable sales and design consultants will be able to help you to get the absolute most from your investment. We offer a free, no obligation design and quotation service to all customers.
Simply contact us using the forms below to arrange an initial meeting either at our showroom or at your property.
Window configurations vary widely. They can open from the side or from the top, they can tilt and turn or vertically slide, while doors can now slide and fold. Whichever option, or combination of options that you choose, it is important that your new windows and doors work for you - with your lifestyle, property and space that you have available. Please give your design consultant as much relevant information as possible so that they can offer you the most suitable solution.
Our consultants will visit your property to assess and advise you on which designs and configurations will work best for you. We work closely with our customers, in a passive and consultative way to find the right solutions for you and your building.
By deciding to replace your windows and doors, you’ve given yourself the opportunity to significantly improve the efficiency of your home, lower its running costs and reduce your household carbon footprint. The energy efficiency of windows – how much or little heat they allow to escape - is scored using an energy rating scheme akin to that used for electrical and white goods, with an 'A-rating' being among the best ratings achievable.
We offer a range of windows with different energy ratings to suit all types of properties.
Security will no doubt be high on your agenda. The materials, components and fabrication processes used to manufacture windows and doors will all impact upon the level of security provided, as will the quality of the installation. High quality, modern windows and doors should all provide impressive security as standard but ‘Secured by Design' windows and doors which are manufactured to British Standards and approved by the UK Police may be another option to consider for installation in particularly vulnerable locations such as ground floors.
As members of the GGF and FENSA, we offer the most comprehensive aftercare service and product guarantees in the industry. From the moment you pay your order deposit, you are covered. Even your deposit is insured in the event anything should happen to us before your installation is complete! Our products are guranteed for 10 years and designed to last many, many more years into the future. We have dedicated Service Engineers just a phone call or email away, who will visit your property to rectify any issues free of charge during your guarantee period.
By using Micron Home Improvements, a Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Member Company, you are dealing with one of the elite companies in the industry – an established, trusted company, working to the highest professional standards and installing high quality products as well as guaranteeing you the unrivalled GGF Consumer protection.
There are literally hundreds of colours, finishes and combinations to choose from...
Even if you already have a very good idea about what you’re after, there’s still plenty to consider such as a whether you’d prefer a textured woodgrain or a smooth surface finish, and whether you want the same colour on both sides of the frames, or different colours on the inside such as Oak externally and White internally. The common denominator of every colour and finish across our range is durability and long lasting charm.
Window frame colour has become a key issue when improving the look of your home. Choose from many colours and wood effects, with different gloss and matt finishes also available.
The 11-stage powder coating, paint process that Contemporary Aluminium is subject to allows strong paint adhesion and results in a true colour which is sheer quality to look at and touch. Similarly, Contemporary Aluminium woodgrain finishes benefit from a unique process known as sublimation which results in Walnut, Rosewood or Oak appearances which are utterly convincing and second only to real wood itself.
The sublimation heat process is a state-of-the-art way of creating the traditional Timber effect, without using a foil process. The sublimated timber finishes we offer at Micron are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. We highly recommend visiting one of our showrooms to see the woodgrain finish for yourself!
Although white has been the accepted colour choice for windows and doors for a generation, we had many requests from customers for other colours. Due to the success of our initial colour range we have now increased our Heritage Range of classic colours from seven to twenty one stylish colours. Our exciting sublimation process also gives us our 3 Woodland finishes with the texture, colour and aesthetics of wood grain, replicating the 3 most popular timber shades. Our powder coated finishes on our aluminium windows are extremely long lasting, low maintenance with a thicker surface coating.
All aluminium wood effect and powder coated windows feature thermal barriers to prevent heat loss and the formation of condensation on the window frames. Foam infill is used in jambs and heads of outer window and door frames to further enhance thermal insulation. All Aluminium Windows come with our 10 year product and installation guarantee.