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Introducing the Origin Soho Collection

Manhattan’s Soho is a place of artistic expression and historic architecture, which the Origin Soho Collection aims to celebrate. 

Inspired by this New York neighbourhood of creativity and culture, Origin has been able to design and craft a cutting-edge door that accommodates today’s way of living. It encapsulates the very essence of Soho, replete with style and sophistication.

Design features

With sightlines of just 36mm, the Soho External Door ensures your home gets it all. Think expansive glass panels for maximum light, elite levels of security, and remarkable aesthetics to boot. 

Made using aluminium of the highest grade makes these doors strong, secure and stunning. They’re also able to accommodate large, complex layouts and configurations, meaning you can tailor your Soho door to suit your home and needs.

Impressive U-Values

Given that your door connects your home to the world beyond the threshold, Origin aims to do all that it can to protect it, for you and for future generations to come. Origin’s ethos of continuously improving its products is demonstrated by the fact that its products are already 2025 Future Homes Standard compliant for thermal efficiency. 

In fact, Origin Doors offer U-Values as low as 0.8W/m²K. Otherwise known as ‘thermal transmittance’, U-Value is a measurement of how much heat is transferred through a material or product. Given that Building Regulations currently require windows and doors with a U-Value of 1.4W/m²K, Origin Soho’s low U-Value of 0.8 is impressive. It means you can rest assured your doors and windows are doing everything to keep your home as thermally efficient as possible. 

Tailored to you

As an independent company, the team at Philip Whear are fully trained by Origin, which means we’re able to provide you with Origin Soho windows and back them up with reliable, professional service. This includes tailoring the window to you and your home. Specify the size, number of doors and configuration; choose from single or dual colours, opt for the best finish on accessories including hinges and other hardware, and even let us know whether you want your fittings to open inwards or outwards. After all, it’s your home – your door should function the way you want it to!

Back to colours, and not only is Origin powder coating flawless and hardwearing, it’s also one of the reasons why Soho External Doors are guaranteed for up to 20 years! Regardless of your landscape – be it rural, urban or coastal – origin has an extensive colour palette for you to choose from, giving you the opportunity to either blend your new door into the local vernacular, or make a statement with something bold.

Reassuring Security 

Soho external doors comply and exceed all required security accreditations, including PAS 24:2022 – the benchmark used to assess a window or door’s ability to stand up to burglars. Safety for the user is also paramount for the Origin R&D department, which is why these doors also feature finger-safe gaskets, magnetic catches, and optional door restrictors, all designed to keep the family out of harm’s way.

Exclusive Hardware Options

Solid yet delicate to touch, providing seamless operation, the quality of Origin Soho door handles can be seen, felt and heart each and every time you open the door. The handles are the perfect finishing touch, making an elegant design statement in any architectural setting. Choose from a classy selection of six Signature Knurled Handles, including Antique Brass, Brushed Black, Brushed Bronze, Rose Gold, Satin Brass and Satin Stainless. 

Contact us today if you’re interested to find out more about Origin’s Soho Collection and we’d be delighted to discuss your project.

 

 

Some advice on preventing condensation from Philip Whear

It’s the time of year when trying to prevent condensation is at its most prevalent. Here in Cornwall, with our often fairly saturated maritime climate, many of you will be familiar with condensation on your windows, particularly in the winter months. Not only does condensation make your home damp and cold but it is often the cause of unsightly and potentially hazardous mould, read on for our advice on preventing condensation.

Condensation is created by excess moisture in the air and isn’t limited to just windows. It will occur on the coldest surface in the room. Microscopic droplets of water all around us become more concentrated when it the air is humid. Known as the dew point, when these molecules in high concentration come close enough to each other around a cold surface they coalesce into visible liquid i.e. condensation. Read on to find out how to reduce condensation in your home.

Understanding the cause is the key to preventing condensation. Anything that creates moisture will contribute to humidity, this can be anything from people breathing (0.2 litres/hr per person), drying laundry (5 litres per load) to a shower/bath (1.5 litre per shower or bath). Airflow is key to reducing moisture in the air (hence why bathrooms have extractor fans).

Warm, sealed up rooms with a moisture source will inevitably have condensation occurring.

Temperature

A great way to prevent condensation at home is by maintaining a steady lower temperature for a longer period of time. If possible, keep a low heat on all day, coupled with background ventilation, rather than bursts of higher temperatures in sealed rooms with a moisture source. To help with this, insulate areas that are susceptible to condensation; colder surfaces like windows, window reveals and external doors.

Ventilation

Ventilating can help you prevent condensation in your home by removing the moisture that’s in the air. Make sure to increase ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom when they are in use so that the steam from various heat sources like showers, kettles, or hobs doesn’t form condensation.

Air rooms

If possible, open up vents in windows to let fresh air in and moist air out, especially first thing in the morning after a night of warm air being trapped in your home. If you have trickle vents fitted on windows, open them up to allow a steady stream of ventilation without compromising on the temperature of your home.

Allow air space around furniture

Locate wardrobes, cupboards and other furniture against internal walls rather than external walls. If your furniture is against external walls, make sure to leave a gap of ~50mm behind furniture to allow space for the air to circulate in and around your furniture. This way there is space for the moist air to travel rather than forming on walls and creating damp mould.

Remove sources of moisture

Reduce the amount of water entering your home. If water has already entered your home make sure to wipe it away as soon as possible. This will prevent the condensation from settling and forming mould which will be more challenging to remove than water.

Dry washing

Dry your clothes outside if you can, but if this isn’t an option, think about drying them in the bathroom or kitchen. To prevent condensation, keep the extractor on with windows open and doors closed so the drying is contained in one room.

Tumble drying

If you have a tumble dryer, vent it to the outside. Removing excess heat and moisture allows the damp air to escape so it completely avoids potentially cold surfaces in your home on which to form damp mould.

Put lids on pans

Just like you would close doors to rooms like your kitchen and bathroom which tend to generate more moisture, close off the source of the steam too where possible. This includes doing things like putting lids over pans and making sure shower curtains are pulled to keep moisture contained. By doing this, less moisture is produced and spread around a room, decreasing the chances of it landing on cold surfaces and forming condensation.

Clean away mould

If you already have condensation that has formed mould in your home, this shouldn’t be too challenging to remove if you act fast and clean it off as soon as you see it forming. Use a mould cleaning product to eliminate the smell and make sure walls and surfaces are clean and dry after use. Black mould has been proven to have negative effects on health, so stopping this at the source is the best means of prevention.

Double glazed doors and windows

Double glazing not only helps keep the heat in but it also helps in preventing condensation. The reason we see so much condensation on a single glazed pane is because it is more susceptible to the cold which stimulates the dew point from the water vapour in the air. The gap between the two panes of a double glazed unit acts and an insulator and helps to keep the internal pane of glass closer to room temperature and it is this temperature difference that stops the water vapour from reaching the dew point and forming condensation on the glass. While this is effective, double glazing can’t eliminate condensation entirely, so following a combined approach of windows, ventilation and reduced moisture is the only way to completely get rid of it.

Note – without following the tips above to improve ventilation and reduce moisture, the improved thermal performance of modern double glazing may simply relocate the condensation issue elsewhere.

Ventilation Systems

Old properties were often draughty and poorly insulated. Over time, our homes have become more energy efficient, warmer and less draughty, but the trade off has been trapping warm humid air that leads to condensation and mould. Along with double glazing to better insulate your home, many modern buildings are having Positive Input Ventilation systems installed to extract humid air from indoors and draw in drier air from outdoors. A very cost effective equivalent of this is opening your windows to let fresh air in!

How can we help?

Get in touch with us today to find out more about double glazing options for both windows and doors and how this can help you start preventing condensation in your home, keeping it warm and dry for the remainder of the colder months.

Origin doors from Philip Whear

Running in tandem with our own manufacturing facility in Redruth we also source products from vetted and trusted external manufacturers throughout the UK. We have a small portfolio of companies, that we believe can enhance what we can offer our clients in the south west; humbly recognising the fact that customer choice is paramount. One such company is Origin, a door and window manufacturer based in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. We are pleased to be an accredited supplier and installer of Origin’s exceptional products.

More about Origin

Founded in 2002, by cousins Victoria Brocklesby and Neil Ginger, their guiding principle from day one has been to bring to the market products that meet and surpass customer expectation. Today they are an award-winning concern with outlets in Florida and Dubai, offering an extensive range of extruded aluminium external doors, internal doors, residential doors, sliding doors and windows.

Origin Sliding Doors

Living in Cornwall affords many properties some of the most stunning and envied vistas in the country. However, situated at the confluence of two oceans we are harried by wind and rain that sweeps in from the west. It can be a testing place that demands we meet nature’s salvo with resilience, necessitating the installation of defences that are both functional but also aesthetically appealing.

This is an environment where Origin Sliding Doors come into their own. As part of their Home Collection, they are precision engineered and come with industry-leading guarantees. They’re available in four different slim sightlines across two different sliding door systems – the Artisan Slider and the Patio Slider. Both are modern, architecturally striking variations on the traditional patio door system and feature glazed panels, that slide in front of each other to create an entrance or exit. Both options offer a window onto land and sea, leaving you free to enjoy the view from the comfort of your home. Another benefit from such a system is that it increases the flow of natural light into your property, giving you a boost of vitamin D and B encouraging an increase in energy levels and productivity.

Sliding Doors

The Artisan Slider (OS-20) is a structurally bonded system that’s manufactured from premium grade aluminium possessing ultra-slim sightlines (the distance between a pane of glass on one door and the pane of glass on another door) of just 20mm. Because it is inherently strong means that it is ideal for spaces that warrant a large expanse of glass, making it both visually stunning and practically versatile. They can also be configured to work within a given space as they are made-to-measure.

The Patio Slider (OS-29, OS-44 and OS-77), like the Artisan, is completely bespoke and can be made to fuse with most properties. There are three sightline options available 29mm, 44mm and 77mm.

Doors

The Door Collection are a suite of doors made from premium grade aluminium. With two sightline options (either 49mm or 72mm) the Origin Door is available as a bifold, a traditional French door or as single door.

 The OB-49 is our slimline door system that has been optimised from our larger system. It is very robust and combines security with exceptional thermal performance.

The OB-72 is the system that started it all. Its genesis can be traced back to when a gap in the market was identified due to notable building projects struggling to find suitable doors. The result was a thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted sliding/folding door system that relies upon a free-gliding movement for operation.

Colour

With over 150 RAL (a universally recognised colour standard) shades to choose from, you’ll be hard pressed not to find one that compliments your interior. Origin’s extensive palette includes everything from bright primary colours via candy pastels to more earthy tones. Popular pigments include Anthracite Grey or Slate Grey, which whilst highlighting the vast panel sizes contrasts advantageously with the light wall of glass.

Operation

 The running gear that often compromises some systems is an area that Origin have given particular attention to. The result is a high-quality carriage system and robust runner that make it feel as though your doors are gliding rather than sliding.

Strength

Premium grade aluminium guarantees that Origin’s products are structurally sound making it an ideal material for complex door layouts without being too heavy. They source their billets (a small bar of metal for further processing) from trusted sources who are set up to supply top quality metals. Aluminium has other properties that make it an ideal choice – it’s energy efficient, very durable and resilient to flexing and warping.

Components

There are many smaller components to choose from to enhance your door system. From streamlined handles to unique 8-point locking devices Origin has seen to it that their core products are not compromised by not paying attention to the detail. The OB-49 comes with a 3-star diamond, BS kitemark locking barrel as standard, offering protection against snapping, picking, drilling and bumping. Other security features include specifically designed hinges that are robust enough to discourage the most determined intruder.

Thermal Efficiency and low maintenance

 Designed to meet the exigencies of British climate Origin door systems have been designed to keep you cosy when the weather plays rough. This in turn means that have a positive impact upon your energy bills and allow you to use your rooms every day of the year.

The very nature of aluminium doors means that they have advantages over uPVC and wood, maintaining alignment over many years, which means less maintenance for you.

Accreditations

Learn, evolve and improve. These are the three watchwords that drive Origin forward. To demonstrate this and as a way of measuring performance they work towards gaining certain accreditations, not because they have to but because they want to. As a consequence, they have acquired several BS EN certifications as well as ISO 9001 and 45001. This means that you can buy from a range that is safe, secure and environmentally considerate.

Gerda doors from Philip Whear

Quality is at the heart of everything we do at Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories. Alongside our factory manufacturing the highest quality uPVC windows and doors, we source first rate suppliers when it comes to items we don’t manufacture ourselves. We have recently welcomed Gerda Doors to our small yet carefully selected range of exceptional suppliers. When it comes to your door, style and performance go hand in hand and Gerda is an excellent advocate for this ethos, reimagining residential door standards and outperforming any other door. We have been offering excellent design and craftsmanship since business began in 1985 and now, we are delighted to offer a range of Gerda doors, all forged with strength, resilience and durability for your home.

Who is Gerda?

Gerda is a manufacturer of the highest-quality doors, operating for over 30 years, its long-standing presence on the market is a testament to the popularity of its products, which are synonymous with reliability, durability and the highest safety standards. The team at Gerda focus on modern technologies and are constantly looking for the best solutions to raise the bar higher and higher with each new project. 

Optima series

 Just one range of doors available from Gerda is the OPTIMA series, created with the highest comfort of customers in mind. These doors were made to provide the best protection against unfavourable weather conditions and thanks to the use of modern technologies as well as steel, wood and aluminium door frames, Gerda external doors have excellent thermal insulation parameters. The Tempo, Classic and Duo models also include discreet glass panels, adding lightness to the design with availability in a range of glazing types and colours.

Tempo

The Tempo is an anti-burglary external entrance door based on the best Gerda designs. Available in 33 patterns and 13 colours, choose from the warmer walnut to dark anthracite and steel grey. Begin by picking your type of door structure and determining the parameters. Then, match the pattern, veneer colour and accessories like sidelights, door handles, handrails and door frames for a cohesive and personalised aesthetic.

Classic

Classic doors are suitable for both single and multi-family construction, with availability in 20 different versions and ten attractive colours. Because of the range of patterns and colours available, they are suitable for both classic and more modern buildings, whether you choose the timeless white option or the elegant golden oak. Most importantly, these are anti-burglary doors that will keep you safe at home. The Classic doors are also available in 50mm or 60mm thick versions which differ in structure and allow you to pick the one with the best heat transfer coefficient for you. Thicker doors provide better thermal insulation and excellent protection against outside noise.

Duo

The Duo is another anti-burglary entrance door that contains discreet glass panels to add lightness to the design. They also come in nine patterns and twelve colours while offering a solution for those looking for a door with non-standard dimensions. Thanks to the use of passive leaf which is available with and without glazing while doubling as a sidelight, you can get more space. It also has a host of bonus features like an additional lock, anti-theft bolt, 2D hinge and thickness of 60mm. 

Tedee smart lock

Turn your smartphone into a smart door key with Gerda. The Tedee set is the world’s smallest revolutionary lock with an efficient battery that allows you to control access to the doors of your house, apartment, or business without even being anywhere near the property. By instantly connecting to your smartphone via WiFi, you can control the lock, grant access and check its status from absolutely anywhere in the world with an internet connection. It uses a safety cylinder that is the first of its kind to be certified in Class 6 and thanks to its modular design, it can be adapted to any door size easily and intuitively. The smart lock also comes with a host of useful accessories like a USB charger, micro-USB cable with magnetic adapter and cylinder and assembly keys. Let your friends in if you aren’t home yet and set automatic locking when you leave the house; the Tedee powered by Gerda will even do it for you at specific times so there is no more going back to close the door. You will no longer have to search for your keys with handfuls of groceries but simply set the auto-open mode on your smartphone and the lock will open by itself when you approach the door. Make entering and protecting your home hassle-free with the Tedee smart lock.

Hardware configurations

These are products from stiff chains and handrails to door handles and pulls that are characterised by high resistance to burglary, thanks to internal castings or heat-treated steel plates. The use of a hardened cylinder insert cover with a rotating disk prevents drilling and protects the inserts against tearing out. Stiff chains are intended to protect against the sudden opening of the door while handrails act as functional and aesthetic door additions.

Lock cylinder configurations

Gerda offers a diverse range of locks, padlocks and door fittings, all focussed on the needs of modern customers. These not only make your door more practical but significantly increase security. Padlocks are perfect for basements and hiding places while door closers are ideal for fire doors. Whatever your security or safety needs, find the configuration for you at Gerda.

Letter plate options

Customise your door with one of Gerda’s stylish letter plate options from the sleek black anoda or the classy silver or platinum anoda. These are made to blend seamlessly with any door design for a secure and beautiful finish.

Whatever your preference, come and visit our showroom in Redruth to see the quality of a Gerda door with your own eyes and have a demonstration of one the of smartest smartlocks on the market.

 

 

uPVC recycling for sustainable windows and doors

Here at Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories we place the environment and sustainability at the forefront of everything we do.  uPVC recycling and replacing windows can provide an environmentally friendly solution to improving the energy performance of your home as well as offering the homeowner other benefits, most notably an updated aesthetic and increased house value offering greater resale potential.

uPVC windows

uPVC windows are made from a strong, rigid plastic and are commonly used in modern construction because of their durability, energy efficiency and low maintenance requirements. Compared to traditional wooden or aluminium windows, uPVC windows are a cost effective way to improve the thermal performance of your home helping keep rooms warm in winter and cool in summer. These sustainable windows are also less likely to rot or corrode than wooden or metal frames, requiring less overall maintenance. Available in a wide range of styles and designs including casement, tilt-and-turn, sliding and flush sash windows, you also have the option to customise your windows with different colours and finishes to match the look of your home or building. 

uPVC recycling and sustainability

Although plastic gets a bad reputation these days, well-maintained uPVC can last in excess of 35 years. We selected our uPVC window supplier in part based on the fact that up to 75% of the plastic in their profile was recycled, making it one of the most environmentally friendly uPVC windows available. All of our timber products are FSC certified and glass and aluminium are both endlessly recyclable, so as far as our products go, we are very happy with their environmental credentials. While we can’t comment on the processes happening within the wider industry, at Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories we pride ourselves on our environmental credentials. 

Recycled uPVC

Our profile supplier has a unique process that means the uPVC can be recycled up to ten times so the lifespan of a door or window can actually reach 350 years. Materials are separated from old frames then the uPVC is broken down into fragments of uniform colour. After this, it is compressed into uPVC pellets which go on to make up to 75% of the new profile, giving the recycled material a new lease of life. Pretty much everything taken out of a house during the removal and installation process is separated and recycled, from glass and uPVC to aluminium and plastic. Even the masonry and rubble removed from a site goes on to be crushed down and reused as aggregate.

Energy efficient

To ensure our windows and doors are as energy efficient as possible, our products contain the highest energy-rated double-glazed units. As the majority of heat lost in a house is through windows and doors, this has the biggest impact on improving energy performance. Many of our customers have commented on how much warmer their homes are after upgrading their windows and doors, and this has a direct impact on their energy bills. With soaring energy costs, keeping your house warm this winter without even flicking on a switch is a brilliant benefit to upgrading your windows. We work hard to integrate energy efficiency into our product design and manufacturing process by constantly monitoring our working practices and specifying the highest energy rated products possible.

Other benefits of uPVC recycling

As well as being energy efficient, our uPVC recycling, windows and doors offer a whole host of other benefits. They are easy to maintain and require very little upkeep. Unlike wooden frames, they do not need to be painted or stained and do not rot or corrode like metal frames can. The rigidity of reinforced uPVC means our windows and doors can withstand a variety of weather conditions including harsh sunlight and heavy wind and rain which can be all too common on the coast. Not only will these windows protect you from the elements but intruders too. Our doors are highly secure with multi-point locking systems and laminated glass options are available for extra security. Our double glazed windows and doors are also perfect for your home if you live in a busy neighbourhood or perhaps by a road; they help reduce outside noise, making it easier for you to relax in the peace and quiet. 

From anthracite grey to Irish oak, or even a completely bespoke paint colour, the wide variety of style on offer give you the freedom and flexibility to choose designs that best match your home’s design and architecture.

Our customers are now more aware than ever of the importance of making sustainable choices and our uPVC windows and doors offer the positive impact of reduced energy bills without compromise on aesthetics. Manufactured locally at our factory here in Redruth, Cornwall, our windows and doors can be beautiful and energy efficient while our ten-year guarantee gives you the peace of mind that if anything goes wrong with your products, we will be on hand to fix it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website if you are interested in installing or replacing your windows with a sustainable and stylish upgrade.

Energy efficient windows from Philip Whear

As the sun sets earlier and the days get shorter, we begin to turn our homes into cosy, comfortable, energy efficient havens for us to return to after a day spent in the dropping temperature. Before this, however, comes the annual ritual of seeing how long we can last, wrapped up in layers, waiting to flick the switch that makes our bills soar. 

But what if there was an alternative to waiting out the winter temperatures? Our range of energy efficient products could be the answer to choosing between costly heating bills and a cold house this winter. Technological advances with glass mean we have a brilliant range of products to suit all budgets and warm every home. All of our double glazed sealed units meet the relevant British Standard covering safety, quality and thermal performance with the vast majority made right here in Cornwall!

Low ‘U’ value for high performance

Our top specification glass is high-efficiency and has an exceptional ‘U’ value of 1.2 W/m²K. The low ‘U’ value is an indication of high performing double glazing that ultimately means less heat transfer through the glass and increased insulation. This energy efficient glass can be implemented in doors and conservatories but is a particularly efficient choice for your windows, keeping every room in the house protected from the winter chill.

Reflective coating to keep the heat in 

The interior of the glass is also energy efficient, utilising a Planitherm Total heat reflective coating. This coating bounces long wave heat back into your room and further ensures heat retention alongside its low ‘U’ value. While the ‘U’ value keeps the cold out, this heat reflective coating keeps the warmth in without you even needing to turn on your heater.

Cavity space to reduce heat loss

While these two energy efficient options already sound like everything you need to get your home winter ready, there are a host of other products that you can implement in your doors, windows and conservatory to ensure you’re prepared. Not only does our glass keep the cold out and the heat in, but in most of our installations, our sealed glass units have 20mm of cavity space to help keep your home warm. Anything less can increase the likelihood of heat transfer and, consequently, loss. 

Argon gas for thermal efficiency 

 As a way of minimising heat loss, the cavity space also contains argon gas as opposed to air. Because argon gas is denser than air, adding it to your windows and doors improves thermal insulation. Used in combination with a low emissivity coating, argon gas brings the temperature of your windows closer to that of your room, eliminating the air currents and drafts that occur when the chilly winter air meets the contrast of your warm (and energy efficient) home.

Warm edge spacer bars to eliminate drafts

Our energy efficient warm edge spacer bar around the perimeter of your windows, doors and conservatory glass also works to improve the U-value of your double glazing. This will insulate the perimeter of the sealed glazing unit, the place where most of the heat is lost and condensation occurs which means no more damp window sills! These help to reduce conductive heat loss and increase your home’s energy efficiency while keeping it draft and chill-free. 

Toughened glass for added security

 In addition to the number of energy efficient products we offer, our products are also available in a range of patterns and obscurity levels. If toughened and laminated, they can easily keep your home warm, safe and stylish. Toughened glass is the least costly type of safety glass and with a high strength-to-weight ratio, when broken it will simply crumble rather than shatter.

 

Laminated glass for UV protection

 

If you would also prefer your glass laminated, this will add an extra safety element to your windows and doors. The laminate layer helps protect you from the small amounts of ultraviolet light that enters your house via windows. This can which can leaded lead to faded upholstery and UV damage to wallpaper and pictures and artwork on the walls. 

Energy efficient and cost effective

 Not only are these products energy efficient, but they also provide you with brilliant savings! If you look at the cost over just a few years, you save money every time you receive your heating bill once your investment has returned. 

If you are looking for energy efficient windows and low heating bills, why not get in touch with us to help keep your home warm this winter?

Windows and doors; which product is right for your home?

It almost goes without saying that windows and doors are an essential part of our home. They provide security, light and warmth, not to mention aesthetics and style. At Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories Ltd we are proud to offer a broad range of windows and doors to suit any home, and any family. 

 All of our uPVC windows and residential doors are custom made here in our factory, meaning you don’t just get an off-the-rack design, but one that you have chosen to service all of your needs. Our windows are our biggest seller, thanks to their energy-efficient design. We all know how chilly the winter months can get here in Cornwall but with our products, along with our 10-year insurance-backed guarantee, you needn’t worry about losing heat or money! 

Windows

Casement

Casement windows swing open, typically with a single handle on the side or bottom. This type of window allows for excellent ventilation as the entire window opens fully, and is easy to open with just one hand. Fully customisable, our casement windows are a great choice for any home. Details such as Georgian bars can be added to replicate a more traditional style of window. They provide excellent energy efficiency and, when properly maintained, will function smoothly throughout their lifespan. 

Sliding Sash

Sliding sash windows have been in use since the 17th century, and are still commonly found in traditional architecture, especially in cottages around Cornwall. This type of window is popular for those with period homes and is made up of two sashes or movable panels that slide vertically past each other in the frame. Sliding sash windows offer versatile ventilation and modern versions have a tilt function for ease of cleaning.

Flush Sash

Increasingly popular, flush sash windows are a modern take on the traditional. They get their name thanks to the frame sitting flush within the outer face of the window, creating a completely flat surface and giving a contemporary look that blends seamlessly with the rest of the building.

Tilt and Turn

This is a versatile choice of window as it opens from the top at a 45-degree angle as well as inward from the side. When tilted, these windows provide ventilation without compromising on security. In addition, as they open inwards a tilt-and-turn window is simple to keep clean.

Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing is an option for those who cannot, or perhaps do not wish to remove their single glazed windows. Perhaps you have a listed building with restrictions on the exterior, but you wish to improve its energy-efficiency. If this is the case then installing a secondary glazed window on the interior solves the problem.

uPVC windows

Commonly used in modern construction thanks to its durability, longevity and energy efficiency, uPVC windows have excellent insulating properties. uPVC windows offer value for money and come in a broad range of colours and composition to suit all homes. 

Timber Windows

Wood is a natural insulator and a popular choice for homeowners thanks to their natural beauty, durability and low carbon footprint. Often considered the more sustainable choice, our timber windows can be fully customisable and, thanks to their protective finishing coat, can last as long as a uPVC alternative.

Aluminium Windows

Compared to traditional wooden or uPVC windows, aluminium windows have a slimmer frame, allowing for more glass and so let in more light. With our marine grade finish, worries about aluminium corrosion are a thing of the past.

Doors

Bi-fold Doors

Also known as folding doors, these doors fold in on themselves to create a large opening, rather than a more traditional single or double door. Bi-fold doors are typically made up of multiple panels that are hinged together and fold in an accordion action. They can be used as interior and exterior doorways to create a seamless transition from one room to another. Made in aluminium, these offer great energy-efficiency. 

French Doors

Also known as double doors, French doors consist of two panelled frames that meet in the middle, with the hinges on the outer sides. They work well for connecting one interior room to another, or for opening up your home to the outdoors. With a choice of multiple glass panels, they add light to any room and with both modern and more traditional options they suit all homes. 

Front and Back Doors

There is much to consider when choosing a front or back door, with safety and security being number one. Our team is dedicated to finding you the right fit for your home, so you feel at ease wherever you live. Energy-efficiency and durability come a close second, as it’s important to choose a door with high insulation properties and one that will last the test of time.

Patio Sliding Doors

Often used as a means to access outdoor spaces, sliding patio doors consist of two or more large glass panels. Coming in a variety of styles, colours and materials, these doors are popular for their customisation, energy-efficiency and space-saving features and are often used in conservatories and sunrooms. Now available with a triple track, giving greater flexibility.

Stable Doors

As their name suggests, stable doors were originally used in farmhouses as the top half could be opened for ventilation, whilst the bottom half was kept closed to keep animals safe. Stable doors have seen a resurgence in popularity in modern homes. They tick all the boxes in terms of ventilation and security as well as adding a traditional aesthetic.

UPCV Doors

For those looking for a low-maintenance, durable, energy-efficient option, uPVC is the obvious. From our factory in Pool, we supply and install uPVC doors to homes in Cornwall in a broad range of designs and colours. These doors can also be fitted with various types of glass, including double-glazed and laminated glass, to enhance security and soundproofing. 

Timber Doors

Primarily made of wood or timber, these work well as both interior and exterior doors. Their classic, natural look makes them a stylish choice and with the correct maintenance they can last a long time. Being fully customisable in a variety of hardwoods or softwoods, means there is a timber door option to suit all properties.

Aluminium Doors

Aluminium is a lightweight and durable metal that is resistant to corrosion and warping, providing homeowners with a durable, low-maintenance option. These doors are extremely efficient, thanks to thermal breaks and added insulation, preventing the loss of cold air in summer, and warm air in winter. 

Composite Doors

Made using a combination of materials, these doors are created by bonding materials such as PVC, wood, insulating foam and glass-reinforced plastic together under high pressure. The result is a strong, durable product that is less likely to warp or twist over time and is resistant to wear and tear, making them a sensible financial investment. 

Speak to our team today

Windows and doors are an important aspect of any home. With so many options, colours and materials available, they can really elevate the façade of any property. Our expert team is always on hand to guide you through this selection process, in order to find the right fit for you and your home. At a time when we are striving to keep costs low and energy bills down, investing in a properly fitted, energy efficient solution to your windows and doors will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. We highly recommend a visit to our extensive showroom to see our ranges in person.

 

Conservatories; enjoy the outdoors indoors

Conservatories can provide valuable additional space to your home. With vast improvements in glass technology, they are now a space to enjoy all year round. A space where the kids can do their homework, where you can catch up with friends and family, or one where you can snuggle down and read a good book. It’s the one room of the house that can get a seasonable upgrade as the months drift into lighter, longer days. In summer especially, conservatories come into their own by bringing the outdoors in. Here at Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories Ltd, we believe that conservatories provide a space unlike any other. They can range from simple and functional, to remarkable living spaces that can transform the home. From our factory and showroom here in Cornwall we can create the perfect conservatory to complement your property. Our previous projects have spanned many architectural themes, from traditional country cottages to more contemporary dwellings. Regardless of your property type, we have a conservatory solution, in a wide range of materials, colours and styles, to suit you. 

Featuring masonry pillars between full-height window frames, and a lantern roof, an orangery is a more substantial structure that sits somewhere between a solid building and a conservatory.  Originally designed to house citrus trees, orangeries originated from Mediterranean outhouses that most of us picture as being filled with lush orange trees from root to ceiling. Some are still used for this function, however, today they are more commonly used as a living space or extension to our homes.

A gable-end conservatory features a dual pitch or apex roof. The triangular shaped gable end creates additional height in this style of conservatory, which really creates a larger sense of space within the room. The design structure of a Gable End follows that of a traditional home, with a pitched roof and vertical sides, so it sits nicely as an extension to the home. This kind of design can add so much space to the interior, extending a kitchen/dining space out into the garden, with the addition of large glass panels that let in lots of light. 

A self-explanatory name, a lean-to is built onto the side of a house, with a sloping roof that leans against a wall of the property. This particular design is popular, due to its simplicity, ease of installation and relative low cost when compared to more complex designs. It’s a little extra living space that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic of the home.

The design of a hipped roof is similar to a traditional house in that it has a pitched roof, but with the addition of one or more hipped sections. Thanks to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, this additional space can be made into a room that’s permanent, like a dining room, study room, or a reading room.

Much like a conservatory, except these are stand-alone structures. Designed to provide extra space in your garden or outdoor area, it’s essentially a room that allows you to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your garden. It can be used to grow plants, or it can just be an extension of your living space, be that a reading room or a workshop. They can be designed to be energy-efficient, with features such as insulation, double-glazed windows, and LED lighting to reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint. 

Instead of the more traditional glass roof, this solid roof design follows the aesthetic of the house, with a fully insulated solid roof. This style is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its ability to regulate temperature and provide a more solid room-like feel. The solid roof is designed to keep heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Not only does this design look more holistic with the exterior of the property, it’s also a great way to extend a room, or create a new one entirely.

Whether in an orangery or a flat roof extension, a Lantern roof features a raised glazed roof with a central ridge, and a series of smaller glazed panels around the sides, creating a lantern-like effect. It’s also sometimes referred to as a ‘skylight’ or ‘roof lantern’.. The raised glazed roof of a lantern allows plenty of natural light into the room, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. The central ridge and smaller glazed panels around the sides also provide an unobstructed view of the sky and surrounding landscape. 

Our uPVC conservatories feature aluminium roofs with uPVC vertical frames. uPVC is a durable, low-maintenance material and a popular cost-effective choice for homeowners who want to add a stylish exterior/interior living space.  uPVC is also recyclable and contains up to 80% recycled content. Our uPVC conservatories come with an amazing 10-year guarantee.

Timber conservatories are popular with homeowners who prefer the traditional look and feel of wood. It’s also good for those who value the natural beauty and warmth of this material. Timber conservatories can be custom-designed to suit the style of your home and your personal preferences. They can also be finished with a range of stains, paints, and varnishes to create your perfect look. Timber conservatories are a great way to add value to the property, whilst maintaining the overall appearance, and adding that extra space inside. 

Aluminium is a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to weathering, rust, and corrosion. This makes it a popular choice for conservatory construction. Aluminium conservatories offer a contemporary and durable option for homeowners who want to add extra living space to their homes, while also enjoying the benefits of natural light, and the energy-efficient properties that come with it.

Get in touch

Our expert team here at Philip Whear are always on hand to give you knowledgeable guidance on your conservatory project. You can either contact a member of our team via our contact form, or you can give us a call and talk through it with us over the phone. Better yet, visit us at our showroom and view the wide range of conservatory options available to you in person.

The beauty of bi-fold doors in Cornwall

One of the key benefits of living in Cornwall has got to be its outdoors. Combing the local beaches, messing around on boats on its countless creeks, lacing up your boots and exploring the countryside. Popularity of the outdoor lifestyle has increased exponentially in recent years, with many looking to their own little slice of Cornish paradise and wondering how they can better make use of their gardens. This is where bi-fold doors come in.

Why choose a bi-fold door?

When thinking about home improvement, we tend to think in terms of inside and out, but as technology has improved and as our lifestyle needs have evolved, those lines are becoming increasingly blurred. Many are finding that their gardens are crucial to quality time spent at home, and so it makes sense to find a way to blend the shelter of indoors with the glorious sun-kissed borders, lawns and patios beyond the back door.

This is where bi-fold doors are proving to be an exceptionally popular option. At a time when more people are choosing to host summer parties at home – rather than venturing out to the local beer garden and worrying about a designated driver – bi-fold doors provide an easy way to bring the outside in when the sun’s shining.

Keep cool in the summer

Indeed, in the height of summer, when the barometer is showing no sign of cloud, what could be more pleasing than throwing open your bi-fold doors and welcoming the cooling fresh air in? And what could make life easier for those hosting a summer barbeque than a wide-flung portal from inside to out? The short answer is, nothing.

Let there be light

Bi-fold doors also allow natural light to flood your space. They typically feature large glass panels, which can help reduce the need for artificial lighting, saving energy and in turn lowering your electricity bills.

Aluminium bi-fold doors

Aluminium bi-fold doors are incredibly smooth sliding, weather resistant, and flexible in terms of design. They can complement almost any architectural style, be it traditional or contemporary, and are available in a wide range of styles, finishes and hardware options. 

In short there are a multitude of reasons why you should consider installing bi-fold doors at home this summer. What’s more, we have a multitude of ways in which we can help! Simply pay a visit to our showroom, or give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through the options and help you to realise the inside-outside lifestyle that you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Colour uPVC windows for your home

Coloured uPVC windows are a popular option for homeowners looking for a more bespoke and colourful alternative to the traditional white and increasingly widespread anthracite grey. For homeowners that like to stand apart from the crowd, opting for a colour of their choice will give their property a unique finish. Here at Philip Whear, with our in house paint booth, we are offering the perfect solution to give your property the wow factor. For nearly 40 years, Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories has been at the forefront of designing, manufacturing and installing windows, doors, conservatories and glass balustrades across Cornwall. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, expertise and quality craftsmanship. Our team is dedicated to delivering a top notch service that our customers can trust.

The why

We believe now is the perfect time to refresh your home. Spring has sprung, the weather is warming up, so why not add a splash of colour to your exterior? By adding coloured uPVC windows you are also adding extra curb appeal to your home, should you decide to sell or rent. If you are bold with your colour choice they really can turn your house into an eye-catching home, and you can choose from a kaleidoscope of colours to suit you perfectly!

The process

Before the paint of your choice is applied to your uPVC windows, all surfaces undergo preparation. The surface is ‘keyed’, meaning all gloss and sheen is removed, allowing the paint to adhere to the surface much better. Once this has been done, the frame is cleaned with a special preparation treatment, developed by our manufacturer exclusively for this purpose. By ensuring all surfaces are degreased and clean, it offers the best chance of long-lasting colour and protection. Next up is the masking process if only part of the window is going to be painted. For example, you may wish to have a colourful exterior, but remain white or even have a contrasting colour on the interior. The choice is all yours when installing our bespoke painted uPVC windows. Our expert paint technician will then spray your windows in our on-site spray booth at the factory showroom in Redruth. The specially developed, high-quality paint chemically binds itself to the uPVC, giving excellent resistance to scratching, fading and weathering, ideal for the ever-changing conditions here in Cornwall. Once sprayed, your coloured uPVC windows are then ‘oven-baked’ and left to cure. After a final coat of protective lacquer, they are ready to be installed in your home. with a ten-year guarantee!

The next-steps

Here at Philip Whear, we want to help you make your dream home a reality, and coloured uPVC windows could be the next step in your journey. Our team is always on hand to help you with any questions you may have, and with our 2,000 sq ft showroom open six days a week, you can drop in to see the product first hand and get a feel for how it would look in your own home. We can even show you our workshop, so you know exactly the journey your coloured uPVC windows will take.

So why not get in touch today, and get your home spruced up for summer?