If you want to bathe your home with natural light then a curtain wall, or ‘wall of glass’ is the ideal choice. In addition to inviting the views into your property, a curtain wall will help to light any awkward corners or otherwise dark corridors.

Usually extending over more than one storey, the clever use of transoms and mullions to divide the panes of glass can create a strong and unique design statement, whilst maintaining a high level of thermal efficiency.

With a heritage in facades for more commercial buildings, curtain walling has translated seamlessly to the self-build market. Available in a range of materials, curtain walling and window walling can create bold design statements for the elevations of your property, with clean, striking lines. With several systems incorporating a timber substrate to the interior it is still possible to provide a warm, cosy and soft feel to the interior. In contrast, the sharper, more slender profiles of aluminium or steel curtain walling will accentuate the clean lines of your scheme.

The flexibility of curtain walling allows for the introduction of shaped elements to create a stunning glazed gable end or even an arched head. With the option to introduce opening windows and doors, curtain walling offers the ultimate in flexibility in both look and feel for even the grandest design.

A wide range of materials

The variety of materials available will offer some important distinctions in terms of frame thickness, flexibility of unit sizes, variety of profiles available, cost and durability.

The strength of aluminium ensures that it can offer the option for supporting large pane sizes and a narrower frame profile than most other materials. It is light in weight and requires little to no maintenance. The design of modern system profiles ensures a good level of thermal efficiency.  Although the range of coatings is more limited than for some other materials, the resulting sharp looks can provide a very stylish finish to any property. A particularly popular material for glazed door systems.

A natural product that can be produced with a range of profiles and finishes that offer the greatest flexibility in overall look. Will typically create a warm yet robust and characterful appearance. Modern timber and coating technology ensures that maintenance is not the arduous task it that many perceive and whilst there is some requirement to maintain this product, durability is assured.

Combining the look and feel of timber, with the sharp external detailing and reduced maintenance requirement of aluminium. The full window frame is constructed in timber and then the aluminium pressings are affixed to the exterior. This product type is proving to be very popular in the bespoke new house market.

Often confused with aluminium clad windows, with this method the internal frame is made of timber and the opening element containing the glass is fabricated in aluminium. The clever use of ironmongery and weather seals offers the option for a more slender timber frame and consistent sight lines (dimensions) between differing elements within the system.

Steel windows offer the ultimate in decadent fenestration. The key to steel is its strength, enabling the thinnest possible frames for a window or door. The development of thermally broken steel profiles ensures that there is typically no sacrifice on thermal performance. It will come as no surprise to learn that steel windows are the most expensive, but the delicate beauty and durable performance should ensure that you will be well pleased with your purchase.