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South Coast Windows, based in East Sussex, supply and fit UPVC Windows, Doors and Conservatories to the South Coast region of the UK.

Why cleaning gutters badly could get you a prison sentence

How to clean your gutters the correct way

You’ve probably thought cleaning your gutters out is easier said than done. But it looks like you’ve got to be more cautious than first anticipated, especially when it comes to removing birds’ nests.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to remove them properly and how to stop birds from nesting in the eaves again.

A lot of you probably don’t know how much trouble removing an active bird’s nest can get you in and how you can stop this problem from happening again.

What does the law say about removing birds’ nests?

In no circumstances can you remove an occupied bird’s nest. Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to damage or destroy an active nest or stop parent birds access to their nests.

*Penalty: Unlimited fine, up to six months imprisonment or both.*

When do I remove it?

There are two points in time where it’s acceptable to remove a nest, either while it’s being built and there are no birds currently occupied in it or when the nest has been used and is no longer active.

How do I remove it?

Nests are built up of fleas, ticks and bacteria, so it is recommended that removal is carried out with long sleeve gloves and respiratory protection. Dispose of the nest in a bin bag and make sure it’s sealed securely. Or if you don’t feel confident enough to remove the nest, then contact a bird pest control company.

If you don’t want to experience any of this hassle in the first place, then check-out the best 6 methods to stopping birds from nesting in guttering.

Top 6: How to stop birds nesting in guttering and soffits

Gutter guards:

Gutter guarding

Gutter guards come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but essentially they all do the same job. They stop any debris from piling up and stop any birds from physically building a nest.

  • Metal or plastic mesh can be used to protect your guttering and soffits. However, understand that while metal is more durable, it will begin to rust over time. In addition, despite plastic being cheaper it is less sturdy than metal.


Decoy owl

There are plenty of decoys to choose from to keep birds away. The popular ones include:

  • Plastic bird of prey, e.g owls and falcons can scare away starlings and other birds.
  • Place something reflective near your guttering, old CD’s, decals, stickers or reflective tape.

Plastic spikes:

Gutter spikes

Plastic spikes are said to be one of the most effective methods to stopping birds from nesting in guttering. What makes them so popular is that they are very versatile and can be stuck on almost any surface.

Remove garden food sources:

Bird feeder

Birds in particular starlings could be attracted to your gutters because you have fruit trees or large bird feeders nearby.

Cover any shrubs or fruit trees with netting and switch to smaller tube feeders instead of large ones, as starlings find it more difficult to reach the feed.

Sound waves:

Speaker symbol

Special speakers can be fitted above your gutters which emit high-frequency sound waves to disturb birds and keep them away.

Bird gel/repellent:

Bird repellent container

Bird gel is a non-poisonous and waterproof repellent which makes surfaces sticky and puts birds off from landing on it. This is a more of a short-term method, with the gel only lasting a few months.

What happens if it goes untreated?


Twigs, mud and grass can stop water running freely in your gutters and stop them from working properly.

Pollutes water:

Blockages can cause water to sit stagnant; this in turns creates bacteria which is dangerous if it comes into contact with your pets through the ground water supply.

Damage to guttering: 

Bird droppings contain uric acid which can erode guttering and damage soffits. Furthermore, bird droppings can contain seeds which can grow and form plants in your guttering, causing even more problems.

Which birds nest in gutters and when?

The 3 most common types of birds to nest in gutters and soffits are:

1. House Sparrow

When do they nest? April-August

How long does it take for them to leave the nest? 2 weeks

2. Starling

When do they nest? Mid-April

How long does it take for them to leave the nest? 3 weeks

3. Pigeon 

When do they nest? All year round

How long does it take for them to leave the nest? 3 weeks 

4 Common Front Door Problems in Winter

4 Common Front Door problems infographicWith temperatures plummeting below freezing and widespread snow soon to hit the UK, we could be in store for a long, cold winter. Be aware that your front doors could be the unfortunate casualty of these sub-zero temperatures and may experience a battering this winter.


Wooden doors are the most prone to experience problems during this season because they expand and contract in the winter due to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Before temperatures get too cold, make sure you read these top 4 winter fixes.

1. How to fix a door that sticks or won’t close

Door hinge

Hinges: A quick fix for sticking doors would be to check the hinges to see if the screws are loose. Tighten any loose screws and make sure the hinges are firmly in place.

What if the screws don’t tighten properly?
Replace smaller screws with longer and thicker ones, or you could use match-sticks as a make shift wall plug.

In some cases hinges need lubrication in order for the door to open and close properly.* Spray some WD-40 onto the hinges and wait a few minutes before trying the door again.

2. How to fix a drafty door

Door sweep

Door sweep:
If you can fit a piece of folded paper underneath the door then this is an indication that you may need to install a door sweep. Large gaps can increase heat loss and could increase your heating bills.

Risk of ice:
If large spaces on the bottom of the door are left un-kept then it is possible that ice can form underneath and lodge the door. If this happens you will have to leave it to melt so that you don’t damage the door.

Install weather stripping:
There are several types of materials you can use for weather stripping, including rubber, aluminium and wood.
Measure around the frame of the door and cut your weather stripping to length, then attach it using screws or the self-adhesive.

Door weather stripping

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3. How to clean mould off a wooden door

Cleaning mold off wall

A short-term fix would be to use mould remover spray on the door or use a mix of bleach and water. In the long-term you should make sure the area around the door is well ventilated.

4. How to fix a frozen door lock

Frozen door handle

Heat the lock with a hairdryer:
If you have access to a hairdryer or one from the neighbours, then you can use this to melt the ice in the lock.


Hot water:
Pouring hot water on the lock can damage the locks, moisture can get trapped inside and cause rusting.

Heat the key:
Using a cigarette lighter to heat a key can actually bend and damage the key.

*BONUS TIP* How to keep your patio doors from freezing shut:

Sliding patio door

  • Before the temperature decreases, clean the patio door tracks with warm water.
  • Next, lubricate the tracks with WD-40, this will reduce the chances of it freezing.
  • Try to prevent any moisture from building up on the glass by ventilating your home.
  • If you have any blinds covering your sliding doors, keep them open on a regular basis in order for warm air in your home to heat the glass quickly.

It may be time to change your doors

If it’s getting harder to open and close your door it could be a sign that it has warped and it may be time to give your front door a new lease of life! Composite and UPVC doors are one of the most popular choices because of their durability and high U ratings.

We’ve been installing UPVC and Composite doors in the South for over 40 years. We want to hear about your next project, give us a call or email and we’d be happy to chat.

A-Z Glass Glossary

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In this guide, we’ll take you through some of those confusing yet important glass terms and vocabulary. After this, you’ll be up-to-date with the latest glazing terminology and be confident in understanding complex terms.


This process involves rounding the edges of glass and taking the sharp edges off of it.


Glass shapes with bevelled edges can be used as a decorative option that can enhance the look of windows and doors. They are bonded to glass surfaces with strong UV adhesives.


Excess moisture on windows and doors that is caused by lack of ventilation, this means that stale damp air struggles to be replaced by fresh air outside.


The goal of this system is to remove all traces of moisture from a window and stop it from fogging up during manufacture.


This is the ability of a surface to radiate energy, the lower the emissivity on windows the better their insulating properties are.

Flush glazing:

Glazing in which the glass sits flush with the frame and does not have any protruding fixings.

Glazing bead:

The piece of vinyl which sits on the edge of the glass, keeping the glass secure in the frame.

Hard coated:

Also known as pyrolytic coating, this is used to make glass more durable and less susceptible to scratches and degradations.

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This is a coating which is commonly used for fire protection; it expands as a result of heat and forms an insulating layer, protecting the structure of windows or doors.


Jumbo is the biggest size of glass a manufacturer can supply to a customer; these sizes can range depending on the supplier. 


This is a term which is commonly used in the construction industry. It measures how well a material can conduct heat, glass with a low K-value does not let heat energy pass through very easily.

Linseed oil putty:

This is a traditional glazing compound, used for re-glazing windows and doors. The putty is applied around the frame and pressed in using a putty knife blade to ensure a smooth finish.


A window design with a vertical divider that separates the window. Mullioned windows are well-known, seen through-out Western and Islamic architecture.

Newton rings:

Concentric rings appear on faulty windows, when a spherical layer is next to a flat surface of glass, causing light reflection between the surfaces.

Online & offline coatings:

During the manufacturing process of glass online coatings are applied to make the glass highly durable. Whereas offline coatings are used after the glass has been manufactured, this process applies reflective properties, such as solar protection to the windows.

Patent glazing:

This type of glazing is used in overhead glazing, for example conservatory roofs and roof lights. They allow natural light in and act as a draining system for rain water.












The quenching process involves heating glass and cooling it quickly to harden the glass. The glass becomes 4 to 5 times stronger after the process.

Roller wave:

This is a type of window design that is created during the quenching process. The hot glass is passed through rollers which reduces the surface flatness and as a result makes the reflection of the glass bend.


Sandblasting equipment compromises of an air compressor, sandblaster and blasting cabinet which are used to etch decorative patterns into glass.

Triple glazing:

3 panes of glass are installed instead of the traditional 2 panes. It is considered to be the most energy efficient and has the best noise reduction.

U value:

This is a measurement of the effectiveness of glass as an insulator. The lower the u-value, the better the glass is at retaining heat on a cold day and the better it is at stopping heat from entering on a hot day.

Vent hole:

Also known as trickle vents, these help the circulation of air flow in a home, replacing damp air with fresh air from outside. This improves problems with damp and condensation.

Wind resistance:

High impact windows are a certain type of window which has high wind resistance properties. They consist of strengthened glass which reduces the impact of any flying debris.

X-ray glass:

X-ray glass comes in many forms, including laminated, lead, encased and many more. Commonly seen in a radiology, x-ray room and other hospital departments.

Young modulus:

Also referred to as elastic modulus this is a measure of firmness of an elastic material. The modulus looks at how easy it is to stretch a material, like glass.


A window zipper deglazing tool is a steel blade which is used to cut through dried paint and hardened window caulk so that new glazing can be put in its place.

Etched glass

How To Keep Your Conservatory Warm During Brighton’s Winter

Conservatory in winter

Conservatories in Brighton may only be used for part of the year because they are always too cold to sit inside & too expensive to heat.

Last winter was a cold one for in the city, with temperatures plunging below freezing and the Met Office declaring a level 3 cold weather alert for the area. Gritters were out on Lewes and Preston Road, covering Brighton and Hove.

Not So Nowadays
The advent of modern glass technology now means that the use of 4Seasons glass units in the windows and doors, and specialist glass units in the roof help to keep your conservatory cool when it’s hot and hot when it’s not, so the minimum of heating at the coldest times will keep your conservatory toasty and warm, and quite often you won’t even need to turn the heating on.

💨Draught proofing – budget solutions💨

We’ll be rating these solutions from low to high in terms of the quantity of draughts they account for.

Plug sockets or old vents: 
Plug iconTo stop heat being lost through plug sockets, run some silicone sealant around them and fill in any gaps. If you have any old unused vents, block them with a vent cover to stop heat escaping.

Quantity = 💨

Window iconCold air can enter in through cracks on the side of conservatory windows. Install weather stripping as an inexpensive short-term solution. Or re-caulk the cracks along the window trim and the siding to ensure that no cold air gets in.

Quantity = 💨💨💨

Other solution:
If you can stretch your budget, fitting roof and side blinds are a good option for insulating your conservatory, or changing the glass sealed units for more efficient units can improve performance.

Conservatory doors, inside & outside:
Door iconInstall a door sweep for internal doors, connecting the conservatory to your home. Cover up any cracks on the external conservatory door edges with silicone sealant.

Quantity = 💨💨💨

❗Some drafts are important❗
Maintaining a good circulation of airflow through conservatory roof vents is essential while you heat up your conservatory. This will reduce condensation and moisture from forming and producing mould.

🔥Heating a cold conservatory: Types of heaters🔥

In this section, we’ll discuss more expensive yet long-term methods to insulate a conservatory. We’ll be rating these solutions 1-4 in terms of time to implement them and the effectiveness of heating.

Wall-mounted thermostatically controlled electric heater:
Electric-radiator iconThese types of electric radiators can come with in-built digital thermostats, programmed to heat a conservatory at the coldest point in the day and maximise efficiency. They’re not the cheapest to install, but more important because it’s independently controllable it generally costs less to run.

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥 Time: 🕑

Infrared Heater:
Infrared-heater-iconInfrared heaters are another quick source of heating which are cheap to purchase and easy to install. But to note, the air in a room is not actually warmed, therefore the room temperature will drop very quickly when it is switched off.

Heat: 🔥 Time: 🕑

Gas Radiator:
Gas Radiator-iconAnother common solution we see is adding central heating pipework into the conservatory. However, do bear in mind that quite often the boiler isn’t powerful enough, and this can occasionally adversely affect the heating system.

Heat: 🔥🔥 Time: 🕑🕑

Electric under-floor heating:
Underfloor-heating-iconThis can be incorporated into the floor on all new conservatories, acting as a discreet heating option. However, this is quite expensive to install, and not cheap to run.

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Time: 🕑🕑🕑

❗One thing to remember❗
Regular maintenance: When a conservatory isn’t looked after, making it warm can be an even harder job. Therefore it’s key to regularly maintain your conservatory and repair it if needs be.

How to keep heat in – long-term investments 

The best way to keep your conservatory warm is not just about finding a good heat source but also about keeping the heat.

Roof insulation (Ceiling):
Conservatory foil insulationThe majority of heat is lost from the roof, therefore insulating a conservatory roof could be the best way to keep heat in.Aluminium foil or thermal wadding can be placed between the rafters to increase insulation. Be aware of some companies who may not account for damp caused by condensation forming on the underside of the roof. This can drip onto the new insulation and de-grade it.


Replacing your conservatory roof:
Older conservatories built with thinner polycarbonate roofs fail to perform effectively with heat retention. There are two options which can be recommended as better alternatives which will improve heat retention drastically.

Tiled Effect Warm Roof:
Tiled conservatory roofTiled effect Warm roofs have better insulating properties than polycarbonate or glass and will enable you to maintain a constant temperature. Several layers of insulation will be fitted with this type of roof, minimising heat loss.
There is also an aesthetic appeal to installing a modern tiled effect roof, which presents a more homely feel.


Glass Roof:
Glass conservatory roofAnother alternative could be to install a glass roof which is wonderful for letting lots of light in and also has very good insulating properties. These types of roofs are not as thermally efficient as light weight tiled roofs, but are still very efficient, however they are the cheaper choice.



If you’re looking for conservatories in Brighton at a competitive price and high-quality customer service then South Coast could be a perfect choice for you. Call us now on 0800 389 5957 or email us info@southcoasthome.co.uk.








Are My Windows Energy Efficient? (Quick Guide)

Miniature house in tree
Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what energy ratings are, but really it’s quite simple. When we buy electrical appliances, such as fridges or cookers, we look at and heed the energy performance rating to check the efficiency of the product and how much it costs to run. A fridge with a ‘G’ energy rating can often cost up to £100 more per year to run than an A+ rated fridge, so providing that it looks good, is the size you want, & is reasonably priced we would all tend to buy the A+ rated fridge, it’s just good common sense, isn’t it?

It’s just the same with the modern windows, only more so! Therefore in the same way that you check out an electrical appliance you should follow the same guidelines when evaluating the efficiency and cost savings that you can make by choosing the best-rated windows that your pocket will allow, because the saving that you can make on heating costs will help pay for the windows in very quick time.

Read our 4 tips to checking your window efficiency:

1. Check your windows for draughts or air leaks

You may be losing heat from draughts, so to check this, close all windows and doors, then hold a lit incense stick next to the windows where you suspect draughts may exist. The movement of the smoke from the incense stick will show you if air is leaking through your existing window frames.

You might find our How to Seal Exterior Windows blog useful.

2. Do you have old fashioned single pane windows?

If the glass in your existing windows is only a single pane not only will the temperature outside adversely affect the inside of your home, but you will also be heating the outside because a single 4mm pane of glass will let up to 70% more heat escape through than an A+ double glazed.

3. What type of frames do you have?

It is important to understand that certain types of frames and frame materials are less efficient than others, for example Timber and metal frames are by far the least energy efficient, because with timber it will expand and contract with weather changes, and with metal it is by nature a cold product therefore does not perform well on energy efficiency and could even encourage condensation.

UPVC frames are far and away the most energy efficient due to their low conductivity and with the best designed PVCu frames the transference of temperatures from outside to inside or from inside to outside is almost non-existent.

4. Check the Energy Rating

Clearly not all PVCu windows are the same, so make sure that you have the most energy efficient windows possible. It is essential to have A+ rated windows to help you lower your energy bills and to improve the comfort of your home. ‘C’ rated windows will do, but to have A+ rated windows installed by South Coast Home Improvements will cost you no more, but will save you ££££’s. We set our standards very high & would always rather supply the best that is available. Request your quote today.

Why Do I Get Condensation On My Windows?

Condensation on window

Window condensation can be a real frustration for homeowners. It can cause an array of problems, from mould growth on windows to damp patches on walls. But condensation can be easily minimised with a few quick remedies.

Condensation on windows can be down to a variety of causes. Here are the most common causes and how you can deal with them.

Lack of adequate ventilation

You may be experiencing condensation because of bad ventilation; warm air is trapped in your home and comes into contact with cold surfaces which produces water.

Common causes

• Not turning the extractor fan on while cooking.
• Keeping windows shut or not turning on the fan while you shower.
• Not having a clear airflow through your home, for example blocking up chimneys.

Quick remedy

Turning the extractor fan on
• Turn the extractor fan on and open windows while cooking.
• Open windows and turn on extractor fan while showering.
• Install air vents in rooms at most risk, these will naturally ventilate air out of the house.
• Install new, modern windows, designed to insulate and to minimise condensation.

Time of the year

Condensation is more likely to occur in the winter months. Home owners tend to heat up their homes more during the cold months, thus the humidity is higher and creates more water on cold surfaces.

Clothes on Washing line

Quick remedy

• Opening windows to decrease humidity. A negative of this is that you then have to re-heat your house when cold air comes in.
• Don’t dry clothes in-doors; try to dry them outside or in a tumble dryer.
• Buy a dehumidifier, this will enable you to dry clothes in-doors and control humidity levels.

House pets and plants

Aquariums or fish tanks can produce moisture in the surrounding areas. Also, be aware if any damp patches form near plants, this can be an indicator of producing moisture.

Quick remedy

Plants outside
• Cover up aquariums or fish tanks with the appropriate lids that will contain the warm air. In addition, move tanks away from windows; leave space for air to ventilate around it.
• Move plants outside or off windowsills.

Faulty or old windows

If you notice that the condensation is in between the two glass panes of double glazing then the above remedies are unlikely to work. It is a sign that the glass sealed unit needs to be replaced and maybe even the windows themselves.


Sealant on windows
• Replace the sealed units into the existing windows if the windows are still serviceable.
• If the existing frames have seen better days it may be unwise to fit new modern units into them, thus the answer is to replace the windows which could well be more cost effective – Check out our windows and services, we’re more than happy to help.


All these causes of condensation are very easy to solve. These affordable and quick solutions will hopefully resolve your condensation problems. Here at South Coast we pride ourselves on high quality windows and exceptional installations. Solving your problems is at the top of our agenda.

Did you find this article helpful? Comment below what your number one remedy is.

South Coast Windows Installer of the Month

Installer of the monthive market place, we strive to use the best products available, from A+ rated Rehau or Synergy windows to quality Solidor Door Stop composite doors. But our customers can’t benefit from great products if quality installation is not provided with it. If we don’t employ qualified, fully trained installers, then we may as well use lower quality products on the market. That’s why at South Coast Windows we ensure that both our staff and products are the best!

Our installers and surveyors are MTC certified for FENSA approval. We ensure that our installation team receives ongoing training and inspections on a monthly basis, in which they are encouraged to work to quality, not a price.

As incentive to encourage our installers to perform to the highest standard possible, we introduced our installer of the month and installer of the year awards. Our awards have been running for two years now and we’ve found that it is simple and effective – without exception our installers want to have their photograph displayed on the winner’s board as the best installer at South Coast!

We offer a small financial benefit for each monthly award but the kudos of being top dogs seems to appeal to everybody. We push the boat out a bit more with our annual winners! In fact, last year’s winner sets off on a short cruise this month on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. By rewarding our winners we hope to show our appreciation for all their hard work and to ensure that all our valued customers continue to enjoy superb installation of our excellent products.

Wow! – Conservatory Testimonial


When we decided to have a conservatory we were worried that we were losing a large chunk of our very small garden and being very much outdoor people that was a major concern.

We sought advice wherever we could get it and ended up getting 6 quotes from different companies in an effort to get things clarified in our minds. For us it was a massive decision and we didn’t want to get it wrong.

We were shown designs with patio doors, french doors, edwardian roofs, etc, etc and whilst all were really good designs with some great ideas we actually fell in love with the design from South Coast Windows.

We were filling a corner space so 2 walls already existed as part of our house, so in effect we only needed 2 sides and a roof!

What we eventually decided on was a bi fold door on each of the sides, with a brick pier on the corner as support. The roof we decided on was an orangery style, a flat roof with a lantern in it.

The finished result is fabulous, not only does the design work perfectly with the syle of our house, but the ability to fully open both bi folds means that we can be in the conservatory and out in the garden at the same time. Also the flat section of the orangery roof has allowed us to have spotlights built into the ceiling so at night time it creates a wonderful effect.

We now have a great extra room to our house, it looks very classy, it allows us to enjoy our garden, even in winter and it has got to be the nicest dining room ever. With the right advice we actually got everything we wanted and more and at a very reasonable price.

Do self cleaning glass roofs really work?

Glass RoofBeing a sceptic by nature, I always find it hard to believe in new technology that I haven’t tested myself, so when I first came across self cleaning glass I wasn’t convinced it would work. But of course, I was proved wrong.

When self cleaning glass was launched some years ago I was living in a house approximately half a mile from the sea, so my conservatory roof was a frequent target for low flying seagulls. This meant years of laborious cleaning of my polycarbonate roof with a broom and lots of soapy water. When we eventually replaced the polycarbonate roof with glass I was expecting this cleaning routine to continue. But wow, was I surprised!

As per usual the seagulls prepared their attack on my new glass roof and it looked as though it had been the target of a whole flock of them! I wasn’t looking forward to my Sunday afternoon off with the designated job of roof cleaning. But the heavens opened on Friday evening and rain was abundant until Saturday morning. On my return from work on Saturday afternoon, somewhat bedraggled from a day of surveying in and out of the rain, I poured myself an orange juice and went to sit in the conservatory to write up the jobs that I had measured. It didn’t hit me at first, but after a while I realized that apart from the odd little mark, my conservatory glass roof was clean!

The self cleaning glass roof had actually self cleaned – talk about Eureka moment!

Self cleaning glass does just what the name suggests. Obviously it’s not quite as good as spending hours cleaning it with glass cleaner or soapy water, but in the same way that some bleaches are said to kill 99% of germs, self cleaning glass gets rid of most of the dirt or other deposits from the glass. I’m a convert, self cleaning glass does work!

Find out more about Self Cleaning Glass.

UPVC Windows at Their Finest

UPVC Windows

There are many different types of windows that we offer here at South Coast Windows. UPVC has for many years been the market leader for windows, doors & conservatories. Not only is it hard wearing, versatile, strong & durable, but the amazing technological advances, the colour fastness, & expansion/ contraction have been stabilized.

UPVC Casement Windows

Our casement windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are internally glazed, which means the glass cannot be removed from the outside and come in a wide array of colours, to compliment any home. These particular windows are built with a multi-chamber internal frame construction for efficient thermal and acoustic insulation.

UPVC Tilt & Turn Windows

There are many benefits to having Tilt and turn windows. However, the main benefit of a tilt and turn window, is to facilitate easy cleaning. You can easily wipe the glass and frames from the inside of your home. There is no need to worry about washing first and second floor windows that are sometimes hard to access externally.

As well as being easy to maintain, they offer a high quality locking system. When you order these windows you get all the benefits of normal UPVC windows. Such as multi point locks, modern handles and great energy efficiency. You can also choose from a range of colours and wood grain finishes.

Sliding Slash Windows

Sliding slash windows are very popular around summer time, offering an authentic look and adding character to your home. They more cost – effective compared to other windows and are also more versatile.

At South Coast Windows we offer 5A+ rated windows, supplying only the highest quality. To find out more, Click Here to get a free no obligation quote today.