Bay window installation in Barnet

Outstanding double glazed window installation in Barnet, North London

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.

Traditional techniques

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.

Perfect match

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.

Meticulous checks

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!

Black bifold doors onto swimming pool

Bifold doors and Atlas glass roof installation in Cuffley, Hertfordshire

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.

Natural Light

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.

Experienced Surveyor

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.

 

Timber window installation in Chingford

Impressive timber window installation in Chingford, North London

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.

Timber bay window installation in north london

Timber window installation in North London

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.

Future-proof guarantee

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.

Timber windows and doors installation in Epping

Stunning period timber windows and doors installation in Epping

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.

Like-for-like replacement

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.

R7 bay window installation

Residence 7 windows installation in Watford, Hertfordshire

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.

Fantastic Product

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.

Insurance policy

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.

Installation booked

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.

Happy client!

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.

uPVC window installation in Edmonton, North London

uPVC windows and bifold door installation in Edmonton, North London

As the old saying goes: “the eyes are the windows to the soul.”  Here at Enfield Windows, our motto could be: “the windows are the soul of the house” because there’s nothing more important for the look of a house than the quality of its windows.

Our recent uPVC flush windows installation was in Edmonton, north London where the client was going for a complete refurbishment, as well as adding a loft and rear extension.

We were referred by a top building company we have worked with over the last year. After the initial call was made, we arranged a site visit to discuss the windows required, the product type and requirements the client had for the project.

Colours and finishes

The client wanted uPVC windows for ease of maintenance and longevity, though rather than conform to the usual white gloss windows — and also because the house was undergoing a full refurbishment — the preferred choice of colour was to be dark grey (the popular RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey.)

The majority of uPVC windows come with a foiled finish. At Enfield Windows we have sourced a flat grey (non-grained) window with a flush casement, giving the look of a modern window with the added benefit of a unique graft weld system that creates seamless joins in every corner of the frame.

The bi-folding doors to the rear were to be made of aluminium because of the wide six-metre opening. At this size, bi-folds in aluminium or timber are far superior to uPVC doors.

Blinds and curtains

Finding a good placement for blinds in bifold doors can be a problem and can sometimes detract from the stylish look of the doors. In this case, our client had opted for electrical blinds which are concealed inside the two glazing units and can be operated using a simple remote control. This gives a sleek and stylish finish.

Quotation and contract

Within days the client received our quotation, giving a detailed breakdown of all the locations to each window and door, plus glazing requirements for the project.  The client came back with some tweaks regarding the choice of handle for the doors and windows and once amended, the quotation was revised to a contract. We then made arrangements for a deposit payment and of course, a full site survey.

Lead time and installation

Lead time for the grey flush windows doors is three weeks and four weeks for the blinds. During that time the installation was booked in to be carried out over four days with the blinds to follow a week later.  The house now looks fantastic, a complete transformation. What could have been just another house in the street is now the envy of the neighbours.

For more information on our Flush graft weld uPVC windows please contact us or make an enquiry through our website.

Timber bifold doors in Finchley

Timber bifold doors with stained glass windows in Finchley, North London

Here at Enfield Windows we pride ourselves on being able to replicate stained glass windows and to match any bespoke design.

This was something that came in handy on our recent installation of timber bifold doors in Finchley, north London.

As is often the case, our client found our company by searching online for timber windows and doors.

Our sales representative, Nick, visited the property, which still retained the original timber French doors with decorative stained glass in each top-light. Our client was very specific that the replacement stained glass should match the original design.

Stained glass workshop visit

At Enfield Windows, our clients can even visit the stained glass workshop to pick out coloured glass styles and layouts to ensure they are exactly what they want.

After the full quotation was sent over, the client came back and placed the order and a survey was arranged.

For products such as timber bifold doors or detailed windows, full CAD drawings are created, allowing the client a clear view of the spacing of the frames, the glazing layouts and opening directions.

Production process

After everything was signed off the order went into production. There’s a six to eight week lead time due to the various processes our timber goes through, from the cutting of the profiles to assembly and painting. All doors are constructed in the factory to ensure they leave in full working order.

Two weeks before delivery an installation date is booked in with our clients. All our Installers are experienced and have a great eye for detail, and unlike many other companies we choose not to work on a schedule of rates scheme which can often lead to a rushed job or corners being cut.

Happy client!

We pride ourselves on the quality of product and workmanship which is featured in so many of our blogs and most importantly our Google reviews.

As the pictures show, the finished article is a flawless new timber bi-folding door with stunning replica stained glass units. Our client was so thrilled with the installers and the product that he has asked us to quote for work on the rest of his property.

 

 

Internal view of timber french bay doors

Timber windows installation in Muswell Hill, North London


It’s always nice to get a big “Thankyou” from clients for a job well done – especially when our designers and installers are faced with strict conditions, like this project in the Muswell Hill area. Our client made contact via our website and requested a quotation to replace the old timber sash windows and doors at his house. The property is in a conservation area with strict stipulations that had to be adhered to.

Specification

Due to the design of the windows and to achieve a slim external sightline, a hidden spring system was suggested. Most sash windows are installed from inside to cover the box where the weights are hidden. Frames installed externally leave no place to hide the weighted section. Spring loaded sash cheeks are 60mm, whereas traditional weighted are 110mm.
 

Sales meeting

At the sales meeting we put together a detailed quotation on all the items to be replaced: sash windows, a side door and a large replica floor to ceiling timber French door bay window. Within two days the quotation and drawings were sent over via email for the client to carefully read and consider. We make sure the client is under no pressure to agree anything until fully satisfied.
 

Small details matter

The original sill to the French door bay set was curved and had to be replaced like-for-like to keep within the tight conservation restrictions. This was an important part of the project which required careful planning and accuracy on the survey. “Astragal” glazing bars were also required to match the original timber sash windows, along with the ironmongery. After the CAD drawings were agreed, showing all the relevant glass and Georgian bars, the order was signed off for production.
 

Manufacturing process

The manufacturing process takes up to eight weeks, during which every item is meticulously made using the very best CNC machinery. After construction, the windows go into a two-week painting phase, which is carried it in a dust-free sealed spray booth. All our timber products start with an anti-fungal sealing paint, followed by two coats of primer, then a further two coats of Remmers Micro-porous paints.
 

Installation planning

Mid way through the manufacturing process our operations department liaised with the client regarding delivery and installation. Two weeks before that, the date was confirmed and the installation was carried out in just four days.
 

Completed installation

Our client was thrilled with the new timber windows and doors and had great praise for the way Greg and Adam went about the installation, not only for their superb work but also for taking great care around the property. And we are delighted that a neighbour has now also placed an order based on this installation.

Hampstead white timber bifold doors

Timber bi-fold French doors, windows and skylight installation in Hampstead

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.