Many ex­cel­lent op­tions for win­dows and doors

Win­ter light can have a funny ef­fect on your eyes, and it’s only when the bright sun­shine of sum­mer ar­rives that the true na­ture of cer­tain things is re­vealed at last.

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I’m think­ing par­tic­u­larly about dirt, grime and de­cay, all of which man­age to pass sneak­ily un­der the domestic radar dur­ing win­ter’s grey, chilly months, but tend to lurch alarm­ingly into re­lief when we ven­ture to look out of our win­dows once more. This ef­fect, real or psy­cho­log­i­cal as it may be, is surely re­spon­si­ble for the phe­nom­e­non of the ‘‘spring clean’’ that’s such an in­trin­sic part of any home­owner’s an­nual cy­cle. And if, as we’re some­times told, the ‘‘eyes are the win­dows to the soul (!)’’, then just as cer­tainly win­dows are your Kiwi cas­tle’s eyes to the out­side and a ma­jor com­po­nent of your prop­erty’s face on the world. A good clean goes a long way to bright­en­ing things up when it comes to win­dows and glass doors of all types, but the truth is that win­dows, doors and par­tic­u­larly their frames have a fi­nite life. Much can be done with a proper pro­gramme of main­te­nance in prevent­ing de­cay, rust­ing, warp­ing and crack­ing, but sooner or later it can be time to think about a change. To­day you have many ex­cel­lent op­tions which not only serve the es­sen­tial func­tions of let­ting light in and keep­ing cold and wind out, ex­te­rior spa­ces with their fold­away de­sign. So if your prop­erty seems to be blink­ing in shock at the sum­mer sun­shine, per­haps it’s time for a sea­sonal makeover. Why not take a look at your win­dow choices and brighten your out­look this year? Your home might just thank you.

but can also gen­uinely en­hance your home with their ap­pear­ance and sea­sonal flex­i­bil­ity. Dou­ble-glaz­ing is a fu­ture stan­dard, and its in­su­la­tive prop­er­ties are start­ing to be­come well known in New Zealand, hav­ing been pop­u­lar else­where in the world for sev­eral years. Not only does dou­ble-glaz­ing pro­vide ex­cel­lent ther­mal in­su­la­tion, but the twin­pane air­lock also keeps out sig­nif­i­cant amounts of en­vi­ron­men­tal noise. In ma­te­rial terms, wooden win­dows are still a real­is­tic pos­si­bil­ity to­day, and some won’t be able to look past their nat­u­ral ap­pear­ance and feel. How­ever, alu­minium op­tions con­tinue to grow in qual­ity, style and sub­tlety, and have al­ways pos­sessed an edge in ease of main­te­nance and dura­bil­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally, a range of Euro­pean-style flex­i­ble move­ment choices have come onto the mar­ket in re­cent years, such as bi­fold and mul­ti­fold doors and win­dows. Th­ese stylish and in­tensely prac­ti­cal units of­fer se­cu­rity, flex­i­bil­ity of use and un­par­al­leled out­look whilst ex­pand­ing the range of life­style pos­si­bil­i­ties for your in­te­rior and

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