completely. This helps open up the indoors to the garden or outdoor space, bridging the gap between the two. However, it's important to remember that with bi-folding doors comes additional framework which may detract from a seamless view.

Sliding doors often look better when they're closed, because the large panels and minimal framework facilitate virtually uninterrupted views and a flood of light to enter the room. If the aperture that you have to work with is over four metres wide, sliding doors

may be the smarter option, although both do work well.

GLAZING DESIGNED WITH A PURPOSE Installing an aluminium conservatory means you will not only enjoy the outdoors a little longer in the winter, but also throughout the summer, with specialist thermal glazing technology in the form of solar glass. The heat is kept inside the conservatory in the winter, and reflected away in the summer. Self-cleaning glass is also a great option as it’s virtually maintenance free. The

permanent self-cleaning coating uses UV light and rain to actively break down dirt that builds up on the surface of the glass, keeping the panels cleaner for longer. With the wealth of options available, it’s easy to create a solution that suits your build. The beauty of aluminium is not only its eco-friendly qualities, but also that you can fully customise the colour to suit the design requirements with over 200 RAL colours available.

Steve Bromberg is managing director of Express Bi-folding Doors

Schueco’s window viewed as ‘go-to’ solution

Originally launched in 2014, the AWS 70 SC outward-opening aluminium window from Schueco UK delivers Schueco’s renowned ‘build quality’ at an economical price, a formula that has led to it being widely specified for domestic projects right across the country. Its versatility and excellent performance in use means that many specifiers now view the Schueco AWS 70 SC window as the ‘go-to’ solution for projects where high quality is paramount but budgets are tight. With a depth of 70 mm,

slim sightlines from 63.5 mm (outer frame/vent) and a choice of five vent profiles offering optimum cost/size/weight options, Schueco AWS 70 SC is ideal for punched openings, ribbon windows and curtain walling. Wide-span Patio Doors

Patiomaster by Framexpress is one of the best PVCu, inline, sliding patio door systems on the market, with a full range of design options to suit all kinds of self-build and renovation projects. Configurations are available with up to four panes, making the doors great for wide-openings. There is a wide range of colours to choose from as well as a selection of hardware.

Security is superb too. The doors are manufactured with a 3-star cylinder lock,

multipoint locking system, a patented interlock shootbolt system, a deadbolt and a dual-purpose anti-lift/sash stabilising trim. For further information, please visit the Framexpress website.

01952 581100 30 november/december 2018

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