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Monthly: September 2015


Want Timber? Try Timber Alternatives. Love Modus.

Modus windows from Trade WindowsWhen we think of Peak District period properties and Derbyshire stone cottages, we generally think of traditional timber windows. The image is idyllic but the reality is hours of sanding and painting up a ladder and the risk of wood rotting. On top of the regular maintenance, old single glazed timber windows can’t compete with the security or warmth you get from a double glazed PVCu window.

Standard white PVCu windows may solve the problem, but you might think they won’t be in keeping with the appearance of the house or the surrounding area. Luckily with the right frame design and colour choice to suit your home you don’t have to choose between how your PVCu windows perform and look.

Modus® flush sash windows give you a high performance, authentic timber alternative with all the benefits of a PVCu window.

There are 30 colours and woodgrain finishes to choose from with Georgian bar options, so you can find a design that’s perfect for the age and style of your home. The light wood finish of Anteak looks great against brickwork whilst White Ash compliments traditional stone. Black Ash lends itself to Tudor properties and Slate Grey gives a more contemporary feel to any house.

Because Modus is a new window system, it’s been designed to achieve the highest A+ energy rating. Put simply that means your windows work to keep the heat in, stop draughts and prevent those uncomfortable cold spots you sometimes feel. That should stop you reaching for the thermostat and lower your heating bills.

The super strong, six chamber frame of Modus combined with a multi-point locking system, gives you all the benefits of high security too.

Modus windows tick all the boxes when it comes to style, keeping draughts at bay and making sure your home is secure. Best of all, remember those hours spent up a ladder sanding and painting that we mentioned at the beginning? You can now spend them doing something far more enjoyable.


The Trade Windows Door Awards

Welcome to the Trade Windows Door Awards 2015.

We’ve picked our winners for the best composite door designs available for different style properties. We’ve also chosen the 2015 Colour of the Year and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for the door that never goes out of style.

 Best Choice for period properties: Chartwell


Charltwell green

Chartwell Green burst onto the glazing scene back in the late nineteenth century and is a stunning choice for Victorian, Edwardian or even Georgian properties. The vintage shade has taken the industry by storm over the last few years and this Renown style door, complete with Georgian bar glass design and elegant gold push handle, letter plate and numerals makes for some serious kerb appeal.






Best Style for modern new builds: Esprit C09L


Peacock blue


Leading the way in minimalism, Esprit C09L has captured the hearts of self-builders across the East Midlands. The simple, elegant design is a fantastic match for the smooth, pale renders of new eco-homes. Peacock is a popular colour choice but Mandarin or Deep Cerise with plain glass both ooze effortless style.





Best for brightening dark doorways: Coral Lighthouse
Salsa Red comosite door


For brightening the darkest of doorways, Coral Lighthouse is a winner. The bright shade of the composite door adds a flash of colour to dingy porches whilst the Eclat style with crystal bevelled glass makes the sun shine brighter, allowing natural light to flood dark hallways. The colour in the Coral glass design completes this door, the champion of brightness.






The colour of 2015: Granite




The people’s choice, Granite has made 2015 a year of its own. Picked for properties old and new, on every style with every glass design imaginable, it’s been the runaway colour winner over the past year. This design with zinc Andaman glass and Satin furniture completes the on-trend grey entrance.







Lifetime Achievement Award: The Little Black Door


Little black door



Understated, sophisticated, chic. The Little Black Door wins our lifetime achievement award for its unfaltering popularity through the decades. This black composite hides a multitude of sins and the classical style with enduring gold hardware completes a timeless look that’s been adorning homes for generations.





For more information about our award winning doors, choosing your own bespoke design or how a composite front door could change your home, visit our showroom on London Road in Derby or call 01332 755551.