Frequently Asked Questions about Origin Products

Origin are one of the best known home-improvement brands in the UK. Specifically best known for their Bi-folding door, Origin have expanded their product range to include entrance doors, windows and even garage doors.

We answer some of the questions most frequently asked about Origin; the company and their products:

Where can I view Origin products?

Origin has two of its own dedicated showrooms in High Wycombe and a showroom serving the North of England in Warrington. These exceptional showrooms are one of the best places to view the entire range of Origin bifolding doors, residential doors, windows and sliding doors. The Origin showrooms also enable you to speak directly to the Company and get a great understanding of just what makes their products and their service stand out.

Origin also works very closely with trusted partners all over the UK.  Origin dealers are chosen for their quality showrooms, expertise and professionalism, not to mention their installation experience.

To ensure you get the very best service from an Origin Dealer or partner, Origin ensures they are all highly trained and experienced.

Buckinghamshire Showroom
Stuart House, Castle Estate,
Coronation Road, Cressex Business Park,
High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire,
HP12 3TA

Warrington Showroom
Taurus Park,
Europa Boulevard, Westbrook,
Warrington, Cheshire,
WA5 7ZT

 

Does Origin offer a sliding patio door?

Origin has introduced their Inline Slider, a very contemporary minimalist sliding patio door. You won't yet see the new Origin sliding door on the Origin website.

Given the advanced engineering and design of Origin's Inline Slider, it is currently only available through a select number of premier Origin installers around the UK.  Origin is rolling out the product to it's broader dealer base.

You can view the new Inline slider at the Origin Showrooms in High Wycombe and Warrington or contact us and we can put you in touch with other Origin dealers offering the new sliding patio door in the UK.

How much do origin bifolding doors cost?

The best way to get a price on Origin bifolding doors and windows is to get a price from your local Origin installer.

There are many factors that affect the price of Origin bifolding doors and windows such as colour, design, handle and hardware options and the overall sizes of the products.  For this reason, it is always best to get an accurate quotation. Site conditions, the location and other factors can also affect the price of Origin bifolding doors and windows.

Aluminium windows, in particular, are difficult to provide guide prices on as the number of opening lights, window mullions and transoms and windows sizes all greatly affect the price you pay. However, you can find out factors affecting how much Origin bifolding doors cost. 

Contact us and we can put you in touch with an Origin supplier in your local area.

Are Origin bifold doors a good idea?

A bifolding door is an ideal enhancement for any home, adding light, space and value.

Before you decide on having a bifolding door it is worth talking to a professional home improvement company and Origin dealer.  A professional bifolding door installer is the best place to talk over just some of the factors around having a bifolding door.  These include how many door panels, the opening direction, threshold considerations and making the most of your home and available outside space.

Choosing an Origin bifolding door does gives you five advantages over many other bifolding door products on the market.

  • An industry leading 20-year guarantee.
  • No other company in the UK makes bifolding doors as quickly as Origin.
  • Aluminium bifolding doors in a woodgrain colour and finish.
  • Matching residential front doors.
  • Your bifolding doors made only by Origin and no-one else.

How good are Origin bifolding doors?

Today's modern home improvement market, standards and regulations ensure that virtually every bifolding door sold in the UK is a fit for purpose product.  Origin is arguably the leading brand of bifolding doors in the UK, also offering residential entrance doors, sliding doors and aluminium windows.

Origin bifolding doors are exclusively made in the UK at Origin's premier factory in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  Several other brands of bifolding doors are manufactured by many different manufacturers.  Origin bifolding doors offer peace of mind to those homeowners wanting to know exactly where their new bifolding doors come from.

More and more homeowners are now aware of Origin when choosing new bifolding doors or other home improvement products for their home. Origin products not only come with a 20-year guarantee but are precision engineered to provide high quality, functional and long-lasting products.

Are Origin windows and doors available supply only?

It is possible to purchase Origin bifolding doors and windows on a supply only basis.  Buying your new Origin windows and doors on a supply only basis can save money on installation costs and allows you to get a faster installation in some cases.

Your local Origin installer may offer a supply only service or Origin may be able to supply directly. Before you embark on supply only Origin bifolding doors or windows it is worth checking how the products could be affected.

  • The Origin guarantee may have clauses on who has installed your doors.
  • Always follow the installation instructions provided.
  • A builder installing bifolding doors may not offer the typical 10 year warranty offered by home improvement firms.
  • Ensure all installations are carried out correctly and meet the required building standards and other regulations.

Is the Origin bifolding door low threshold weather resistant?

Origin bifolding doors come with the option of a standard threshold and a low threshold.  The weather testing carried out on an Origin bifold is based upon the standard threshold that has the necessary upstands, weather seals and other design features, intended to keep the door weather resistant.

The low threshold option is intended for internal applications primarily although some people do use the low threshold for external doors in the knowledge that there is no guarantee of weather resistance. Examples, where the low threshold has been used, is in doors that are sheltered, where bifold doors a canopy above them and generally in locations where the door set is not subjected to driving rain or wind.

Most installations can be covered by using the standard threshold but recessing it lower into so that it creates less of a step-over and a more flush appearance.

 

What Origin products are available for the home?

As well as their renowned bifold door, Origin manufactures a range of other home improvements for the entire home.  Made under the Origin Home banner, these products offer the long guarantee and other great reasons to fit Origin windows and doors in your home.  The product range includes:

Bifolding Doors
Sliding Doors
Aluminium Casement Windows
Aluminium Front Doors
French Doors and Single Doors for the back of the home.
Gable Windows
Fixed Windows
Garage Doors
Door and Window Blinds.

 

What are Origin aluminium windows?

Origin aluminium windows are designed and made by Origin in their Buckinghamshire factory.  The Origin aluminium window comprises quality aluminium profiles with thermal insulation, premium window components and a durable powder coated finish to provide colour.

Where other manufacturing companies often choose one of the many UK aluminium window systems on the market and re-brand or re-engineer them, Origin designed their windows from scratch to meet the needs of the demanding UK market.

We have put together comprehensive information about Origin aluminium windows to help you understand the choices available.

How good are Origin aluminium windows?

Origin aluminium windows can be classed as a premium window for the home.  The design and engineering behind the window place it amongst the top brands of windows in the UK market such as Schuco, Reynaers and other fine brands.

For balance, it should be stressed that there is no 'bad' window on the market. Where they differ is who makes them, the overall supply chain and the quality of the components. So while many other windows will meet industry standards, some windows exceed them.  Where windows can differ is in their aesthetics, overall sightlines, and the options available with them.

Origin windows also use top brand window hardware such as locks by the trusted brand Yale. The powder coating of Origin windows comes from premier architectural powder coaters that are one of the best in the UK. Therefore as an overall product, the Origin aluminium window can be classed as a good window.

 

How thermally efficient are Origin Windows?

Origin windows come in two versions for thermal efficiency.  The standard Origin window uses quality 35mm polyamide thermal breaks to insulate the aluminium profile. Additionally, the thermal break features interlocking barriers to minimise airflow through the window.  This gives a typical U-Value of 1.5Wm2K with a double glazed Origin window or 1.1Wm2K with triple glazing.

Then there is the aerogel upgrade available with Origin windows.   Aerogel significantly improves the thermal performance of the Origin window by some margin.  Typical U-Values for a triple glazed window with Aerogel are 0.9Wm2K or A++. For a double glazed window with Aerogel the Window Energy Rating is A+6.

Regardless of insulation material, Origin aluminium windows exceed the U-Value called for by current Building Regulations.

How slim is an Origin aluminium window?

The Origin window is designed around the flush casement design that makes it quite different from PVCu and other aluminium windows.  You can read more about the advantages of the Origin window design.  Therefore, the Origin aluminium window is not the slimmest on the market but has a very individual design.  There is no other window that looks like an Origin window.

The typical sight lines of an Origin window are:

  • 91mm from the edge of the window to the glass line of the opening vent.
  • 50mm from the edge of the window to the glass line with a fixed pane.
  • 148mm at the mullion with an opening vent either side.
  • The depth of the window is 80mm making it ideal for new build or replacement window projects.

 

What other windows are similar to Origin’s aluminium window?

The flush casement arrangement inside and out, of the Origin window, means it has no direct competitor.  It is unique in its design.  There are, however, aluminium windows from Smart Systems with their new Alitherm 500 flush casement window, as well as Senior Systems and the Warmcore aluminium window that has a flush casement on the outside only.

You can read our review and comparison of the Origin window to Senior and Warmcore windows. 

What optional extras are available with Origin windows?

Origin aluminium windows come as fixed or opening out windows.  You can also create shaped windows, bay windows and a combination of windows and doors.

Aside from a big choice of colours and glass specification such as double or triple glazing, the following optional extras are also available with Origin windows.

  • Colour matched handles are one of the best features of Origin windows. Few other windows offer this option.
  • Most windows will require sitting on a cill and Origin cills are 95mm, 155mm and 185mm.  A bespoke cill pressing can also be provided by your local Origin dealer.
  • For those that want to use Origin fixing straps for newly built openings, these are available.
  • For trickle ventilators or site conditions needing a frame extension, these are available in 15mm or 35mm.
  • Trickle vents to meet the requirements of windows in new build homes and extensions.
  • Window vents can have their opening range limited with restrictor hooks - ideal for high-level windows.
  • Fire escape requirements are catered for with Egress stays that open to allow easy exit in the event of a fire.
  • A choice of black or white glazing gaskets.
  • A more durable marine grade finish. Please read our important article on marine grade guarantees to understand the difference between a marine grade finish and an actual marine guarantee finish.

How secure are Origin windows?

The Origin Window is certified to PAS 24. It helps to understand what this standard means.

Test samples of Origin windows have been submitted for independent testing to this security standard.  The windows passed these tests and passed without failure on the corner joints.

The hinges on Origin windows are from ferritic stainless steel providing corrosion resistance. The hinges have undergone extensive cycle testing to test for longevity and general wear.  The window hinges also have hinge guards along the hinged side of the window.

The locking system used is from the trusted Yale name with the Encloser lock model, fitted to every Origin casement opening window. This premium lock offers multiple locking points and Origin reports has exceeded the PAS 24:2012 security standard.

What is the flush casement on an Origin window?

A unique and cleverly engineered feature of the Origin aluminium window is the inside and outside flush casement detail. All other flush casement windows, including PVCu, have this flush detail on the outside only.  This is where the opening sash sits in the frame rather than overlapping it.

The flush casement arrangement on the Origin window needs to be seen to be appreciated.  Overlapping sections on other aluminium windows help keep windows weather resistant. Origin's flush casement on both the inside and outside creates a unique looking window but also one that is weather resistant with no overlapping frames. Clever engineering and design allow the flush casement details to sit neatly in the frame and create a contemporary aesthetic, but also a traditional one.

 

How much do Origin windows cost?

There is no standard or recommended retail price on Origin aluminium windows. Every window is made to order and customised to your individual requirements.  We give more information about how much Origin windows cost. 

Sizes, quantities, colour, glass specification, as well as installation considerations, can all affect the price.

The easiest way to get a price for your home is to contact us and we can put you in touch with one of the trained and approved Origin installers.

Do Origin windows look the same as Origin bifolding doors?

No.  Window and door profiles are entirely different.  The Origin bifolding door uses different outer frames and door panel sections compared to the Origin window that has a different suite of profiles.

The great thing about Origin products is that they are all made in the same factory, all come with a 20-year guarantee and have the same attention to detail and an eye on quality throughout.  All products feature multi-point locking systems, a big choice of colours as well.

 

Can Origin windows couple to bifolding doors and windows?

Yes, they can. An Origin window can couple to either the Origin bifolding door or Origin Residential Front Door to create sidelights, toplights or combination screens.

Aluminium couplers are used to connect the frames together.

How can I colour match Origin windows to other products.

If you are having Origin windows and aluminium sliding doors, lantern roofs, front doors or other products from other brands matching the colour should not be difficult.

The first thing to understand is that colour matching different product is not as simple as the same RAL colour.  Your local Origin dealer should be able to advise you on the best way to colour match all the various aluminium products.

If you use the same RAL number you will get a close match but not an exact match.  The only way to ensure an exact colour match is to use the same RAL reference from the same powder manufacturer. Contact us and we can provide help and advice.

The wood effect bifolding doors, entrance doors and windows offered by Origin you will not be able to colour match to woodstructure finishes from brands like Smart Systems.

Are Origin window suitable for large windows?

Origin windows are available in sizes that exceed the limits of other windows on the market that rely on heavy duty vent/sash sections to create large opening windows.

Top hung Origin windows are possible up to 1500mm wide and 1500mm high.

Side hung Origin windows are possible at a very impressive 1000mm wide and 1800mm wide. That is virtually a door size!

Fixed windows and large gable windows can be made up to any size subject to glass sizes, site conditions, wind-loading and other considerations.