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How To Install Round Windows
13/07/2016 - 4:55pm
Installing a round window to your home or property can provide an aesthetically pleasing option to the regular square or rectangular window set, providing a little bit of extra charm to an otherwise normal section of the building. However, round windows do require a number of steps for sufficient installation due to their shape. This article will provide a number of steps that can be followed in order to efficiently place a round window in your property.

Cutting and Fitting

Firstly, you will need to measure the size of the opening in order to find out what size window will be required for installation. You should install corner braces angled into the centre of the square opening to make it circular shaped. Cut a section of 2 by 4 with a saw so the pieces fit within each of the corners of the potential window opening and nail them in with a hammer. Make sure that you install all of the four corner pieces in the same manner so the window has a secure bracing for fitting.

Insertion of the Window

Insert the round window into the new opening and make sure the depth of the jamb is satisfactory. Run a thin bead of caulk around the nailing fin and carefully push the window into the opening, making sure that it is evenly displaced.

Securement of the Window

Nail into the nailing fin with a hammer to temporarily hold the window in place, and then insert a few nails into the holes in the nailing fin. Make sure that you check to make sure the unit is plumb and level as this will allow the appropriate sitting for your round window. If the unit is not in a level position, add shims if necessary to make sure it is. Insert the rest of the nails by hammering one into each of the openings on the nailing fin.

Adding the Window Casing

Hold up the window casing into the hole that you have prepared for it. Make sure that it is perfectly centred within the hole before you secure it permanently, as it will very difficult to remove once done. Use a hammer and drive the nails in the top and bottom of the window casing as well as one on each of the sides. To test that the window is perfectly secure, make sure to press a little bit of weight on it. When doing this the window should not move and must feel solid. Once you have nailed the casing in you can then cut off the remaining shims. A small saw is advised for this, make sure to cut off the ends of the shims until they are even with the casing so that the remnants fits well with the window casing.

Finishing Touches

Finally, add another thin bead of caulk around the outside of the window to properly seal it in place and inspect the window edges to make sure there is a lack of gaps and cracks on it. Make sure to install window trim around the interior of the window to help better insulate it.

Arcoframe Windows

When installing circular or rounded windows it is important to remember that there are specific brands out there which can really improve the overall fitting and long term maintenance of the window. Arcoframe is one such brand which includes specially designed upvc arched window frames which tailor to a large selection of different installation options; including UPVC arched windows.

Products include the reliable and expert utilisation of materials and profile systems allowing windows to achieve the best outcome for all designs, no matter what may be required. The specialist team behind these windows use precise measurements, which allows them to make round frames that work efficiently but also look very pleasing within the room of choice. As standard, windows include adjustable friction and safety restriction, with the further option of adding lockable security catches.

To find out more about UPVC arched windows or circular windows, do not hesitate to visit - http://www.arcoframe.co.uk/

How to Cover a Circular Window?
23/01/2017 - 1:43pm

We know how popular round windows are because we built our business around the fact that not all windows are created square. Here at Arcoframe, we've learned that a circular window is often a focal point in many homes, especially many older properties. Thanks to our innovation, we're able to replace old rotting frames with our bespoke UPVC windows, or recreate classic designs to incorporate into newer properties. But that's left us open to one main question from our customers: how do you cover a circular window?


The French are famous for their Gothic-style awe-inspiring stained glass windows found in grand churches across their land. Boats and barges also have round windows, portholes. Barges always look cosy and private, homely. They have their own special style of curtain, it's called a porthole bung. And stained glass designs aren't intended to be covered up. As much as we all love them, find them enchanting, circular windows often become a thing. Often, they are left bare. Besides hiding it with a round mirror, what do you do to make it private? 


If you'd rather have something more in-line with your current theme, or want to use your round window as the theme, and don't want it marine-themed, then here's a few ideas to get your imagination flowing. 

 

Drapes


From voile to cotton, drapes come in a wide assortment of material and transparency. You can hang them over a simple pole and leave them to hang straight, or sweep them to one side using a tie-back. Metal tie-backs look great against stone, others can be detailed and add another design element. For a seamless finish, choose a transparent tie-back. 


Shutters


Internal shutters look fantastic. They do have a slight marine feel about them, but the nautical element is never far away given the porthole connection. Just like many homes in the Mediterranean have shutters outside, many older British properties from various eras have shutters inside. You can finish them in gloss to match your skirting board, or decorate them with your own unique design, something different on both sides, if you like. When they're open, the effects can be quite striking. 


Curtains and Roman blinds


You don't need to travel any place exotic to find quality fabrics. From designer boutiques to charity shops, there's bound to be the perfect fabric out there for you. If you're having a hard time imaging a round curtain or round Roman blind, picture this: imagine a fan opened 360 degrees. Using a bendable curtain rod with appropriate fittings, or adapting a hoola hoop, or even a garden hose, using curtain rings works well. This design works best with heavier or bold fabrics and can offer a focal point. If you prefer a traditional rectangle curtain hanging to the ground, eyelets supporting strong pleats give a textured, modern look.


Black out the light


Many fabrics are available with blackout lining, it's usually an option with most curtains. Not to worry if you've found the perfect material but it doesn't have the blackout option, any decent fabric shop or haberdashery should have some in stock, or be able to order some for you. They'll be able to attach it for you too.


Depending how creative you're feeling, you can have a go at making all of the above yourself. You can even order glass-stained window stencils kits and paint your own dramatic Gothic piece. Otherwise, just like Arcoframe customers choose our bespoke UPVC windows, you can call on the services of a professional to bring your interior design ideas to life.


Remarkable Round Windows to Create a Unique Home
14/02/2017 - 4:23pm

Have you ever considered installing beautiful UPVC round windows in your home? This stunning style of window is guaranteed to turn the heads of neighbours and friends. ArcOframe are UPVC specialists and we have a superb range of round windows for you to choose from. We manufacture all our products, so that we can ensure their unbeatable quality. We can also tailor-make any window to suit your personal requirements. Why else would you fit round windows in your home and how exactly can we help you?

Top Quality Product

The first thing to note is that all our windows are super quality products. We have accumulated over 15 years’ experience, so we know what you expect from premium UPVC round windows. These products are designed to last and they easily meet British safety standards for your peace of mind. Why choose a round window? These shaped windows are aesthetically pleasing and versatile.

Versatile Applications

Where can you install circular frames and round UPVC windows? In more places than you first imagined. These windows are perfect for a wide range of applications, including bathrooms, bedrooms, gable ends, and so on. By utilising these striking designs, you can create a unique look for your property so that it will stand out. These windows have superb functionality and you can choose from fixed or pivot opening circular frames. Our pencil operating system allows the windows to be completely reversible, which is good for ventilation and makes them easier to clean.

Bespoke Designs and Different Sizes

What if you require round windows of different sizes or bespoke designs? No problem. As experienced designers and manufacturers, we can create the style of window to suit your home. When manufacturing any curved window, the profile needs to be bent to exact specifications. Our skilled team members have for many years, worked on honing this skill and we guarantee that your product will be precisely manufactured. As well as looking great, your round windows will work smoothly and efficiently.

Round Windows and Privacy Issues

There is a challenge when it comes to installing round windows – how do you create a sense of privacy? Most curtains and blinds are designed to fit rectangle or square windows, so must you leave round windows uncovered? While some may happily take this approach, many customers would shy away from this scenario. What are your options? You will be surprised to know that you can choose curtains, blinds, drapes, shutters, and so on, just as you would with regular shape windows. If you search for circular window blinds or shutters, you can find creative, stunning solutions to conceal and even enhance the appearance of your round windows. These circular frames will give your home an eye-catching appeal, in addition to giving you the level of privacy that you desire.

Would you like to find out more information about our round windows and circular frames? Please get in touch with us today, by filling in our online contact form – we look forward to hearing from you.