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.
Enfield Windows has always believed that the best advertisement for our work is to see the finished product.
Nothing better illustrates what we do than a beautifully refurbished house with brand new timber windows, standing out from all the others in the street.
Chances are you are reading this now after doing a Google search for replacement windows, yes? Well that’s how our latest client found us too – which lead to this major installation contract for Enfield Windows.
If you live in a house with stained glass in the windows, perhaps you’re thinking that the colours are getting a bit faded?
Well, as we’ve written before on these blogs, Enfield Windows can come to your rescue with genuine replacements that will match their original look.
Our most recent installation, in Barnet, North London, was just such a job, as the pictures can testify.
Our client’s objective was to replace his existing windows with a slimline system that would be thermally efficient, maintenance-free and above all, would stay faithful to the original features of his large bay windows.
That meant replacing over 20 stained glass units and original lead squares using traditional soldering techniques, rather than the typically manufactured self-adhesive lead strips.
Unlike many large national companies that will only offer their own products, Enfield Windows are proudly independent – meaning that we can hand pick the very best products on the market from a much broader range of items.
We also pride ourselves on making sure we have a thorough discussion with our clients so that we can understand their vision of how they want the installation to look, before we draw up detailed plans and measurements.
For over five years Enfield Windows has been working in tandem with what is arguably the industry’s leading stained glass manufacturer, in North London. Using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, they can replicate any stained glass unit to an almost perfect match – they say 99% perfect!
On this installation in Barnet each decorative unit was carefully removed and taken away for renovation, and to be recreated from a single pane to a 28mm A-rated double glazed unit.
For the non-stained glass units, our client wanted traditional wielded lead squares, to give the windows a traditional, original look, but with modern and efficient windows.
For Enfield Windows, one of the most important parts of the whole process is the survey, after the contract has been agreed. Our surveyor has been in the industry for over 20 years – 10 of them as an installer – so he has a keen eye for detail.
Such was the size of the bay window, with the added complexity of installing a much slimmer frame than the original, that every detail required meticulous checking. But our surveyor’s ability to look at the project as an installer enables him to understand the full process, from removing through fitting to finishing.
The installation was carried out by our two highly-skilled operators, Paul and Scott, who carefully removed the old frames before installing the new units. As the photos show, the five-day project was a great success and our client was delighted.
In fact, while the work was going on, we were handing out business cards to admiring neighbours – so we’re confident that Enfield Windows might be making more trips to this part of North London before too long!
How do you make the most of a long, hot summer? Enfield Windows can show you how!
In this blog, we are proud to showcase a fabulous glazed extension that we recently installed on a lovely property in Cuffley.
As in most cases, our clients found us through an internet search and we quickly arranged to go to the property for a site meeting with the owners and their builder.
Their brief was to transform the kitchen and dining area at the back of the house where it faced the swimming pool and garden.
Our clients wanted a big and airy space with a glass roof and large folding doors that would fully open to create a stunning alfresco area flooded with natural light.
After much discussion, we suggested some options and products that would be a good fit for the project. Our clients favoured the Atlas roof system, which has a super slim architectural beam which is only 40mm thick. The colour was to be jet black with self-cleaning active neutral solar-controlled glazing to ensure the room remained cool under strong sunlight.
The bi-folding doors were also to be jet black and ultra slim with a 55mm frame, divided equally into six sections containing A-rated toughened 24mm glass. The door sections would be split three-three in the middle to fully fold back to the side walls.
Now, one big advantage of using Enfield Windows is that we have an experienced surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the industry – including hands-on installation work. His job was to make sure the roof and doors would fit perfectly onto the builder’s new brickwork.
The lead time for the chosen products was up to four weeks, during which time the installation date was booked in and the materials purchased to enable a swift and thorough installation.
We began by installing the roof with weather-sealed lead work, followed by the fitting of the bi-folding doors – all of which took only three days to complete.
As the pictures show, a fully glazed roof system gives a wow factor that you simply can’t get from velux windows set in a tiled roof. Our client was delighted with the bright new look to his property created by Enfield Windows.
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.
If you are having replacement windows fitted you will rightly demand the best and most efficient installation.
Well, here at Enfield Windows we are meeting that demand with the help of an exciting and relatively new product – the “Residence” range of replica timber windows.
The R7 and R9, as they’re known, are based on the depth and scale of the original timber frames, so that new windows can be fitted without all the mess and bother of cutting back the internal plaster line.
This makes the Residence range the ideal solution for replacement windows in period properties. They are beautifully engineered, offer fantastic insulation and look good enough to be used in conservation areas.
One of our clients had original windows, dating back to the 1930s, on his house in Watford, and was looking to replace all the windows at the front with high-end replica frames. After searching online, he came across the Residence range.
These are arguably the leading brand in uPVC replica timber windows. They are handcrafted using the very best materials and specification best suited to original windows with flush sashes — mechanical joins, a bespoke range of handles, working and dummy butt hinges — every detail is based on original timber windows.
The choice of colour our client favoured was a soft cream to match the original fascias and soffits. Our sales team set about obtaining a quotation based on the colour, opening configurations, and choice of hardware.
On receipt of our invoice, Enfield Windows registered the installation with the IBG Insurance backed guarantee scheme. This is a policy that covers the installation for 10 years plus monies paid.
The survey was then booked the following week, when our fully trained surveyor noted the final dimensions for manufacturing, which would include, among many details, the depth of the fanlight angles for the bay window sills.
Our surveyor also took photographs and listed any specific items and trims to enable the installation to proceed with minimum fuss and disruption.
After the survey, the order goes through to order processing and once processed and fully checked it is signed off and sent over to the manufacturers ready for production. The lead time for the R7 and R9 is generally six weeks, though some suppliers can vary.
The installation itself was carried out over two days, in which we replaced the lounge and front bedroom seven-part bay windows and a further single front bedroom window.
The completed pictures show how the R7 window is a great match to the original timber without the maintenance hassles. Our client was delighted with the installation and was full of compliments for our hardworking team.
For more information on the R9 and R7 windows go to our website, or visit our showroom and see the product in full working order.
Phone: 0208 363 3233
149 Chase Side, Enfield
London, EN2 0PN