Crittall windows and doors: what to know

How did Crittall become a byword for metal-frame glazing?

By Hugh Metcalf | 21 September 2020

Crittall or Crittall style windows and doors are a trending design element for self build and renovation projects. If this look is on your wish list, find out why this brand has become a household name.

Interior of an Edwardian home with a kitchen diner extension and Crittall style French doors

Extension to an Edwardian home, with metal-frame doors, by Stiff + Trevillion

What is Crittall?

Using the term Crittall is often shorthand for any metal-frame glazing. But, Crittall is a registered trademark, so only windows and doors made by the company have the right to the name. You may see terms such as Crittall style or Crittall type, this is a clue that they are not Crittall products. The company headquarters is still in Braintree, Essex. It has been in operation for more than 160 years. Windows were traditionally timber frame at this time. But the firm’s success came from introducing steel frames. They became synonymous with the Art Deco and Modernist movements from the 1920s. While this style may have fallen out of favour, in recent years it has become sought-after, once again.