Stockport-based fabricator, Force 8 offers a range of products suited to period properties, including casement windows with run-through sash horns for an authentic timber alternative.
Fabricated using sash horn components from REHAU, the horn is incorporated into the structure of the window, replicating traditional timber manufacturing techniques.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director at Force 8, said: “Many homeowners want to enhance the traditional style of their properties and when aiming for this look, the devil is in the detail. Many PVCU windows with sash horns feature unsightly welded joints which immediately spoil the heritage look. By choosing windows with run-through sash horns, the integrity of the timber-effect look is preserved, especially when combined with woodgrain foils.”

The company has found that not only are homeowners replacing casements with updated ones featuring the run-through sash horn, but also there has been a move towards this style of window by those who previously had vertical sliders.  Dennis said: “Vertical sliders are very popular but many homeowners prefer the practicality of a top-opening casement, especially over the summer months when they can leave the small opener open overnight for extra ventilation in their homes. Our casement windows with run-through horns still allow people to give a nod to the period of their property, but with a window style that many find more practical. Of course, for those replacing original timber vertical sliders, the leap to PVCU brings them huge additional benefits in terms of increased thermal efficiency, superior security and low maintenance too. Georgian bars can also be specified to further enhance the period look of this window style which is rapidly growing in popularity.”

Force 8 also offers a huge range of composite doors, including many styles exclusive to them that are especially suited to period properties. One of the most recent door styles the company has developed is a ‘toadstool’ design which is ideal for the curved entrances so typical of 1930’s homes and which Force 8 produces using a unique one-piece bend.