Enjoy garden views and lots of fresh air with our range of French windows. With a classic look that adds character to your home, these windows are ideal for adding light and ventilation to your home.
French windows are made up of a frame, with two panels inside that open outwards. Once open, you get an uninterrupted view of the outside world, and you let lots of fresh air into your home. This is a timeless design that will look great for many years, and while they work in both contemporary and classic homes, they can look particularly good in cottages and cosy properties.
French windows have the kind of look that never goes out of style. St. Ives Windows manufactures all French windows in our own factory, so you can get one that’s the precise fit, in the style and colour you want, that’ll last for a long time.
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French windows are suitable for all areas of your home. If you need first-floor windows that serve as a fire escape, they can be made to meet regulations. They’re also great for higher floors, as they provide an uninterrupted view when opened.
Find out more about installing French windows in your home by getting in touch with St. Ives Windows. You can visit our showroom and see some examples of our products, or we can visit you in your home to provide a free, no-obligation quote for new windows.
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Are French doors different to French windows?
The main difference between French doors and French windows is how they are used. They both have the same sort of design and open in the same way, with two glass panes inside the same frame, opening up without anything in the middle such as a pillar. This allows for an unobstructed view and/or access.
French doors are installed either on the ground floor, opening up into the garden like patio doors, or onto a balcony or terrace. Great for enjoying the view or just getting lots of fresh air.
Are French windows secure?
French windows can be as secure as any other window, depending on the quality of the materials used to make it, the type of glazing and the lock mechanism used. At St Ives, we take security very seriously, and all our products are approved by the Police-led Secured by Design initiative, which works to reduce burglaries in the UK. We use three-point locking systems, locking shoot-bolts, high security hinges and thermally toughened glass on all our double glazing, and our expert installers won’t leave your home until your windows are completely secure.
Where do French windows get their name?
French windows and French doors are both styles that date back to the Renaissance period. In 17th century France, architectural styles involved lots of natural light, so people in the finest homes started to use more glass and have bigger windows and doors installed. This included large windows that could be used as doors, allowing them to access balconies. The style caught on across Europe in the following decades and has been a major trend since.
Do French windows swing inwards or outwards?
Because St. Ives Windows manufactures your French windows to your specifications, we can build them to swing either inwards or outwards. Inward-opening windows can be useful, as you can clean them from the inside of your home, so can be good for high rise homes. But you do need unobstructed space and things like curtains can get in the way.
Windows that open outward are the most common choice. When you open French windows, you get a great view of your outdoor space, and they have anti-slam technology that stops them from slamming if there’s a sudden gust of wind. However, the decision as to whether you have inward or outward opening windows is down to you.
Why should I consider French windows?
French windows are ideal for when you want to enjoy the view outside. When they are open, there aren’t any panels or pillars in the way, just unobstructed views, so they’re popular with those who live in the country or on the coast of Cornwall. French windows are also a style that’ll give you a lot of ventilation, and you can prop them open to whatever angle you like to allow a small breeze or lots of fresh air into your home. Our team will be happy to discuss some of the advantages of French windows to you.
Can you use a French window as a fire escape?
According to FENSA regulations, if you have an upper floor that’s under 4.5 metres from the ground, it must have a fire escape window fitted. Fire escape windows need to be able to provide a space of over 0.3 metres squared, that’s unobstructed, in case anyone needs to escape through these windows. French windows are excellent as fire escape windows, as they have no central pillar, so it’s easy to make them the right size to use as a fire escape window.
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We have built up a great reputation over years of delivering a first class service and excellent products, all from our local, no nonsense all-about-you company.
From characteristic country cottages to contemporary town houses, we’re confident that our products will offer a style and finish to truly transform your project. Through constant innovation the quality, durability and security of our products is genuinely second to none. As a local company we are proud to offer British Standards BS7412/PAS24 for enhanced security.
We refuse to compromise on quality
Our windows are made from British Made, high quality MarinespecTM components, with up to 25 years anti corrosion. They are built specifically for the more exposed areas of corrosion, such as coastal environments to give you worry free performance beyond your guarantee. We believe spending more on components is worth every penny, and sets us apart from our competitors.
State of the art fabrication for best quality
We have invested millions of pounds into one of the most state of the art manufacturing facilities in the UK. This enables us to provide you with consistently high quality products at exceptionally good prices. Our loyal factory workers are well trained and take pride in their work, they really care about quality. Our machines are maintained according to a rigorous servicing regime to keep them in top condition.
Superior energy efficiency
Our ‘A’ rated energy efficient and triple glazed windows are tested by the BFRC, which will save you money on your heating bills. By law your windows and doors have to meet strict thermal performance regulations but you can be rest assured that our products exceed current requirements.
Energy saving is incredibly important and so is keeping your fuel bills down. We are continuously looking for ways to make our projects energy efficient and one way is to choose new PVCu windows and doors. Not only will they help to keep your project warmer, they will reduce your energy loss.
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Our suppliers conform to strictly controlled and independently monitored Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, to ensure that everything is done correctly and according to best practise.
Our windows are tested independently by British Standards for security, weather tightness and strength performance. This means that periodically, we have to send them to independent test houses, in order to be tested to destruction.
These are just some of the many standards the products in our vast range conform to. Needless to say we take the quality of our products very seriously indeed.
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The styles available are endless and the choices to suit your project are bigger than ever before. Traditional, contemporary or modern; our versatile window and door designs will create the look you want to complement and enhance your project. If you want windows that are as individual as you, our range of coloured and woodgrain windows offer you fifteen different colours and finishes.
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Our sales consultants, surveyors, admin team and installers really care about you and your project. They are highly trained, motivated and want to go the extra mile to do the best possible job. Our fitters will treat your project with care and respect and will take time to ensure that you are delighted with the end result.
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