Crittall windows and doors: what to know

Crittall windows and doors: what to know

How did this brand become a byword for metal-frame glazing?

By Hugh Metcalf |

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.

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.

Crittall windows and doors in open plan kitchen diner

Wraparound extension with timber framed roof and Crittall-style doors, £80,000, Plus Rooms

How practical are they?

Crittall windows and door frames are galvanised to protect against rusting and warping when exposed to the elements. They are also powder coated. So, there’s no need paint them, ensuring an easier install. The finish lasts for 25-30 years.

Eco energy efficiency

Steel windows are completely recyclable when they come to the end of their life and contain 100 per cent recycled steel, from the windows it replaces. You can expect steel windows to last for 60 years or more. Crittall windows and doors can be double or triple glazed for external. The Homelight Plus range is dual weather-stripped to offer draught proofing qualities.

Crittall windows in old brickwork building

This 18th-century barn in a Leicestershire village had 1970s aluminium-framed sliding doors To enhance the building’s character, the owners chose Corporate W20 steel arched windows and doors by Crittall .

What’s the cost?

This type of window represents a significant investment, but one that has longevity. When choosing steel windows and doors, low price shouldn’t be the priority. Poor quality installs can be an issue to rectify and affect your home’s value. But, as Crittall windows and Crittall doors are bespoke, your best bet for accurate pricing is to request quotes from several, preferably local, installers.

Open-plan dining area with panels of metal-frame glazing giving a view out onto a small courtyard garden

Invest in quality when selecting metal-frame glazing. Photo: Katerina Laurent