If you are planning to spend good money on new windows and doors, the big question you’ll be asking is: who will do the installation?
Here at Enfield Windows we employ three full-time installation teams, each of them with a wealth of experience and combined knowledge of more than 25 years.
Enfield Windows latest astounding transformation of a property in Enfield, North London using a beautiful stained glass front door and porch detailing and double-glazed timber casement windows.
If you want to totally transform the look of your home there’s no better way than a full timber replacement of all your windows and doors.
Enfield Windows has just completed a stunning refurbishment of this lovely house in Cricklewood, London NW2. Not only replacing all the windows and doors but including replica stained glass traditional units.
Here at Enfield Windows we take pride in merging the very best of traditional style with all the convenience of modern materials. This lovely property in the Chingford area is a great example of how we go about it.
Our clients were wanting to replace their timber windows to give better security and insulation. But they were determined to keep the same “look” as the originals. This is something we specialise in, so we couldn’t wait to get started.
The owners of the house found us the same way that most of our clients do – through an internet search – and we quickly arranged a home visit to discuss their requirements and explain our products.
Attention to detail
A total of seven windows and frames needed replacing, including the construction of replicas of the original stained glass design in the fanlights. In addition, on the lower three-part front window a decorative internal panel was required to match the original.
Our sales ethos at Enfield Windows is to listen carefully to what the client requires, introduce our product range and work on the quotation back at our offices. Once we have finalised all the details a full quotation is sent via email for the client to study in their own time without hassle from us.
Gone are the days of sales-pressured home visits trying to sign up clients in a rush. We quote sensibly, competitively and fairly, allowing clients time to make their choice.
Showroom visit arranged
After the quotation, our clients generally visit our showroom to view the items listed and to get a feel for the quality and finish of the materials. This is also an opportunity for clients to make any amendments or additions. When everything is settled it is time to proceed and place an order.
Our installers do not work on a schedule of rates scheme, which many of our rival companies do, as we find this gives the installers the time they need to give the best service to the client with a top quality level of finish and detail.
A couple of days after the contract was signed our in-house surveyor visited our clients in Chingford for a full site survey, carefully taking all the measurements and noting all the special requirements ready for the ordering process.
Frames and glass manufactured
The lead time for timber windows is eight weeks from order sign off. During this period the bespoke timber windows are constructed from lengths of engineered hardwood using state of the art machinery. The new window frames are then spray painted with several layers of primer and microporous paints in airtight booths.
While that is happening we arrange construction of the glazing ready for installation. All of the stained glass we supply and install is made using the very best original patterns, colours and textured glass. This is generally a three-week process, so the glass is ready to be fitted when the frames are complete.
Look at any house from the street and one of the first things you’ll notice is the state of the windows.
Misted old glass and peeling frames make a house look neglected — just as a bright new installation will transform the look of a home, perhaps adding tens of thousands of pounds to its value.
Enfield Windows are proud to share one of our latest timber installations, in the Winchmore Hill area of North London. Our client, like many before him, found us through recommendation and searching online for timber windows.
Problems to overcome
His property still had the original windows which, because of their age, were suffering from flaking paintwork and faulty hinges and locks. They were also leaking heat and, because they were single-glazed, condensation was a major problem. Our client’s brief was to keep the character of the house while adding better efficiency and security.
Our sales team quickly set to work and provided a detailed quotation based on all the discussions that took place. Detailed drawings of the windows and their opening angles and catches were submitted with the quotation.
Top end materials
It was a major job, as we were to change two five-part bays and two other windows, all at the front of the house. All glazing was to be 24mm clear warm edge argon filled glass, whilst the lower bathroom was to be satin glass, which offers the most modern and discreet privacy.
After a few amendments and once the final quote was agreed, the project was put into contract. Everything was listed in detail, including handle design, hinges, glass type and lead layouts.
The next stage is very important for our clients’ peace of mind. Upon receiving the first stage payment of 25%, which is industry standard, we automatically register the installation with the Home Pro scheme.
This is an insurance-backed guarantee offering cover against faulty workmanship or a builder going bust before the work is completed. It guarantees all future payments and the installation for 10 years. The scheme has over a million policy-holders and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
After survey, our client’s order was placed into the production phase where our Operations Department carefully checked and liaised with the manufacturer on every detail on the contract.
With a six to eight-week lead time for manufacturing, this process consists of many phases from the initial CNC precision cutting of the raw material, construction of the frames and spraying of several coats of paint to keep them in prime condition.
The installation took three days and, as the photographs show, the house now looks as stunningly beautiful as it did when it was originally built.
As good as new – but even better! That’s our verdict on Enfield Windows’ latest installation, which we are proud to share on our blog.
Our client found us during a search online as he was looking for timber windows and doors to install on his stunning period cottage in Epping.
The very next day after his email inquiry, the client received a site visit from our sales rep. The brief was to replicate the property’s original windows, like-for-like, using high performance engineered timber.
Strength and Durability
Our timber is among the very best on the market, and is created using state of the art CNC precision machinery. Under this system, hardwood is engineered, giving greater strength and durability over many joiner-made windows and doors formed using a single timber piece.
It is the specialist spray booths that give each and every product a flawless finish. The glazing consists of a 24mm argon-filled unit made up of a 4mm internal pane, 16mm warm edge spacer bar and a further 4mm outer pane as standard. However, we can offer laminate-toughened and a variety of acoustic glazing applications, which are available on request.
Matching original designs
Many bespoke designs can be replicated using the in-house CAD system that adapts the manufacturing process to match original windows and doors including curved sashes, stepped arch heads and many more designs.
On this order, our detailed quotation was submitted and quickly accepted, and on receipt of a 25% deposit our head surveyor made a full site inspection to gather accurate dimensions of all the windows and doors that were to be replaced.
Most of them went straight to processing and manufacturing, although the angled and more technical part of the project required full CAD drawings to be re-checked on site prior to production.
During the eight-week lead time, we confirmed our client’s choice of door and window handles and a pre-installation date was scheduled. Carried out over five days in total, the finished result is a truly amazing like-for-like replacement. The property has retained its original look, while benefitting from thermally-efficient and more secure windows.
Enfield Windows recently installed timber bi-fold French doors, windows and a skylight to this stunning property in the leafy London suburb of Hampstead.
Our client found us after searching online for “timber windows and doors north London.” His most important condition was to retain the character of his home by installing timber units.
Many of the original windows were still in place, so adding uPVC window frames would have ruined the look and character of a house of this quality.
After sending over our fully detailed quotation and CAD drawings, the client decided to make a visit to our showroom where we have numerous timber windows and doors on display, along with an Atlas roof lantern.
Placing the Order
Our client was impressed by the quality and finish of the products and confirmed his order and contract. The following week our in-house surveyor went through all the details to arrange production of the new fittings, which included angular windows to be sited above the bi-folding doors.
Our timber products currently run on a six to eight-week lead time, as each bespoke product is carefully crafted using the latest state of the art CNC machinery. All finishes are carried out in moisture and dust resistant booths and finished using “Remmers” micro-porous paints.
Two weeks prior to delivery, the installation was scheduled in with the builder and our client.
On the first day, the installers fitted the new angled windows above the bi-fold doors and the Atlas roof lantern. On day two the upper windows were installed. These were casement style with Georgian glazing bars. On the third and final day of installation we fitted the stunning bi-folding doors and French doors.
Value of timber
As the pictures show, the renovation was a great success and the windows and doors have contributed to a clean and bright new look. This installation was a classic example of how the use of quality timber products will enhance and add value to a property – something that is rarely achieved by using cheaper uPVC or aluminium.
On properties such as this, making the extra commitment to install timber windows and doors gives back the character and quality many homes have lost since the uPVC surge of the 1980s. In recent years, timber has made a huge comeback on period properties and with reputable suppliers using the finest production and finishing methods, your home makeover can be truly stunning.
A recent installation was carried out in the Pinner area of north London. The client was looking to replace the original timber windows with new modern, energy-efficient timber casement windows.
With the windows taking up a large portion of the front the house it was very important for the client to carefully choose the right product in terms of the look and finish, not to mention the thermal efficiency and security.
As mentioned in previous blogs, our timber windows are constructed using engineered sustainable hardwood, softwood or oak. In this case, the customer opted for Meranti hardwood.
After initial email correspondence, we arranged for our salesperson to visit the property where they went through the windows and project specification in order to provide an accurate and detailed quotation.
For the fan lights, the client asked for a stained-glass design. The company we use for all our stained-glass work is one of the best producers in North London. They can replicate any original design using traditional methods, creating flawless designs. You can also visit the workshop to go through the various colour ranges available.
After the project cost was agreed and a contract signed, we requested an initial 25% deposit and the survey was booked in. Before the windows went into final production, copies were sent to the client for approval, showing all the opening configurations and final specifications.
The lead time was to be eight weeks, during which time the installation was booked. It was carried out over three days by our own skilled timber installers who meticulously removed the windows with as little damage as possible and installing the new ones to a high standard.
The client was thrilled with the new windows and the stained-glass finish. For more information please visit our showroom where we have many timber products and stained glass samples on display.