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High-Performance Window Upgrade for Historic Northamptonshire Windmill

A really unique and interesting building: surrounding roughly half of a beautifully maintained windmill, this semi-circular structure has had a major upgrade in the form of class 4 airtight Danish aluminium-clad timber windows. Our Danish Window Manufacturing Quality goes into detail about quality assurance in Danish manufacturing.

Artistic shot of a home with overcase skies
Fake sliding sash designed outward opening windows

The installation method for a performance window is very important. If the frame is just sealed via silicone (like a typical UK plastic install), the seal will fail way before the window, and all the money spent on the window would be wasted. We follow a German installation detail: a flexible expanding tape is the primary weather seal – you can just about see this black shadow line surrounding the windows. And, behind that, expanding foam forms the primary airtight seal. Both of these components allow the building and the window to expand, contract and move naturally, without seals splitting and ruining the insulation.

STM Tinium outward opening side hung window with brushed steel hinges
STM Tinium window with Aluminium clad arched head on a short cill

A lot of the ground floor windows were originally sliding sashes – inherently poor at insulating and very draughty. The straight forward solution here is to make a outward opening casement look as though it were a slider… These faux-sash configuration (with a topguided unit above a fixed pane) is certainly not going to fool anyone who knows what they’re looking for. But they’re perfect to maintain the character of a building without compromising on interior comfort. Every other 1st floor window was given a similar configuration, but with an off-centre horizontal split to provide a larger opening area.

STM Tinium Topguided over Fixedlight pseudo sliding sash design
STM Tinium top guided false sliding sash design interior

There’s a lot of choice when asking for a double door. In this case, we have handles and locks both inside and out. And the doors can hold themselves open at any point up to 90 degrees. Simply putting the handle down the position you’d like it to stay, and it’ll stay there!

STM Tinium terrace door with poweder coated and colour coded door cill
STM Tinium Double terrace door with keylock

Products used:

  • STM Tinium
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    Aluminium clad Windows and doors in RAL 9010 Pure White
    STM Tinium window and door upgrade
    STM Tinium triple casement window with open trickle vent
    STM Tinium triple fixedlight with colour matched aluminium cill
    Triple casement STM Tinium window with horizontal glazing bar

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