The dark interior spaces that potentially result from converting Victorian houses into flats can be transformed through the use of steel windows and doors. Screens manufactured and installed by Steel Window Association members offer the benefits of narrow profiles and excellent sightlines, so bring extra daylight into interiors while providing good views out and a contemporary aesthetic.
Modern steel windows have a timeless quality with crisp detail that is in keeping with the style, fenestration and proportions of older buildings.
Bespoke screens of virtually any size can be designed to include fixed and opening lights as well as single and double doors to create a unified look.
A key benefit of steel windows and doors is that they ensure long term durability and low maintenance. The frames are generally hot dip galvanised and then finished in a factory-applied polyester powder coating in a colour to suit the overall scheme.
The frames use the Part L bead, developed by SWA members, to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations and achieve a 1.8 W/m2K overall frame U value based on the standard reference door.
An added selling point for flat conversions is that modern steel windows offer enhanced thermal performance over their Victorian counterparts. Insulating double glazing units and moulded rubber draught proofing seals are coupled with precision locking which provides a good sense of security. A comprehensive range of handles and stays is available and multi-locking functions can be added if required.
For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.