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Create the perfect home office with high performance windows

Published: January 25, 2022

A home office space has become a ‘must have’ for any dream home – a dedicated room which the whole family can use, whether to ‘work from home’, catch up on school work, or manage a busy household in peace. The ideal home office should be comfortable, practical and productive, which means it must have the perfect indoor climate – the right balance of light, temperature, air quality and noise control, something which high performance windows can help deliver.

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Build It Awards 2019 - VELFAC composite glazing named ‘Best window’

Published: December 5, 2019

VELFAC aluminium / wood glazing has been named ‘Best Window’ at the 2019 Build It Awards, presented by Build It magazine. The Awards recognise innovation and excellence in the custom and self-build home sector, and attracted entries from across the UK.

Commenting on the Award, VELFAC Director Rachel Attwood said: ‘We are delighted to win a 2019 Build It Award for our composite window system. The Award underlines the quality of VELFAC glazing, its versatility and affordability, and also its stylish and elegant design.’

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VELFAC wins two 2019 sustainable building awards

Published: September 12, 2019

VELFAC – the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of composite glazing – has been named Best Sustainable Window Manufacturer in the BUILD Magazine 2019 Sustainable Building Awards, also scooping the UK & BUILD Excellence Award for After Sales Services.

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Replacing existing windows - what to consider

Published: August 8, 2019

New windows are a priority for many home renovators who want to improve insulation and acoustic control, while also adding contemporary style to an older property. If you’re planning to change your windows, here’s some helpful advice from our expert team.

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Ordering VELFAC windows? Read our top tips on how to keep costs low

Published: August 8, 2019

With so many ways to go over budget, managing costs is a major concern for self-builders and renovators. Here’s some advice on how to keep costs down when specifying VELFAC windows:

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Sliding, bi-fold or hinged? How to choose the ideal glazed patio door for your home

Published: June 24, 2019

When choosing patio doors, many self-builders and renovators are confused by the range of designs and functions on offer, and not always sure if their ideal design will suit their home. Here’s some advice on how to make the right choice.

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Condensation on windows

Published: June 4, 2019

Condensation on glass window panes is a natural phenomenon that cannot be completely avoided, no matter how well insulated your house or how efficient your double-glazing is. This blog post explains how and why condensation occurs, and what you can do to control it.

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Double or triple glazing windows - What to choose?

Published: May 8, 2019

You might have not noticed, but when you look out through your windows, you are very likely to see through several layers of glass. Unless your windows are very old, there will typically be two or three layers of glass, and if you are planning to install new windows, the choice will also be between double or triple glazing.

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Published: September 5, 2018

If you’re a fan of TV homebuilding shows then you’ve probably seen the VELFAC system being installed in some of the UK’s more interesting self-build projects.

A firm favourite with architects across the country, VELFAC windows and doors are also a popular choice for self-builders and renovators, who like the system’s clean lines, contemporary design, and composite frame construction. They also appreciate the system’s eco-friendly performance, and the VELFAC commitment to sustainable manufacture. Here are just a few of TV’s ‘grand designs’ which feature VELFAC:

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Composite, wood, PVCu or metal windows? Choose the right window

Published: March 16, 2018

Choosing the right type of window for your project can make a big difference to the comfort of your home, your energy bills and your ongoing maintenance costs.

Here’s a quick guide to the different window materials currently available, to help you start the decision making process.



Warm, natural wood has always been a popular choice of window frame. It adds character and style, inside and out, and has great design flexibility as wood can be painted, stained or varnished, and can be used in both traditional and contemporary projects. In terms of window performance, wood is a good insulator, and is also an environmentally friendly, renewable building material.


Wood has a naturally short lifecycle, and wooden window frames need regular repainting or repairs, especially in exposed locations, such as on the coast. Timber frames often feature thicker sightlines (frame width) which reduce the amount of natural light entering a room, and also reduce acoustic insulation.

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