The Residence Collection is widely regarded as one of the most efficient, well-performing, timber alternative UPVC window collections in the UK. Here at Made by Sedgebrook we manufacture and supply both the Residence 7 and Residence 9 windows to all types of customers, ranging from architects, developers and contractors to individual customers and property owners.
We’ve created this comprehensive list of the key similarities and differences between R9 and R7 windows to help you decide which one is right for your property.
Similarities of R7 and R9 windows
Let’s start with the similarities. Both windows are made from durable UPVC, a popular modern replacement material for timber which makes them easy to maintain and clean, as well as eliminating the risk wooden windows have of rotting or warping. Both styles of window were also designed to replicate hand-crafted 19th century timber windows, using the sliding sash window style popular in Britain during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras.
The Residence 7 and Residence 9 windows also exceed PAS 24 security specifications with their internal beading and multi-point locking systems, meaning they can be used to enhance the security of your property. They can also both be fitted with either 28mm double glazing or 44mm triple glazing, which further increases the safety of the windows.
The final similarity is that both the windows come with bespoke hardware and accessories, making them customisable and personal to each property. We offer our own Romatopola Hardware selection with all Residence windows we manufacture, including key locking Monkey Tail or Pear Drop handles with matching peg stays, available in 9 colour options to perfectly suit each property.
Differences between R7 and R9 windows
Perhaps the most obvious key difference between the Residence windows is the number of chambers in each design. The Residence 9 window has a thermally efficient 9 chamber design, while the Residence 7 has a sophisticated 7 chamber design. Although it has fewer chambers, the Residence 7 is still extremely energy efficient and both windows can give you an outstanding A++ energy rating, saving you more than £120 on your annual energy bills.
The next main difference lies with the windows’ appearance. The Residence 7 window has a fully flush sash profile on both the interior and exterior, whereas the R9 only has an external sash exterior. This doesn’t affect the maintenance of the R9 however, both styles are low-maintenance and only need to be cleaned with warm soapy water, thanks to the long-lasting finish.
While both windows have been designed to replicate the 19th century style of windows, the R9 is constructed with traditional manufacturing techniques used in the UK, making it more authentic. The R7 uses a large variety of modern manufacturing techniques with a range of joint options available. This makes Residence 9 windows suitable for installation on period property such as Edwardian or Victorian properties, and even for use in conservation areas, whereas Residence 7 is fit for installation on all types of modern properties, new builds or traditional style buildings.
R9 windows also have a 100mm wide profile, with R7 windows having a profile that’s 75mm wide. This also makes R9 windows fit for period property as it’s suitable for CEN A (thickest) wall thickness, while the Residence 7’s 75mm wide profile meets the average UPVC window thickness standard used in most homes today.
Lastly, the Residence 7 and Residence 9 windows also come in different colour ranges. R7 windows come with the choice of 14 different colours, with the option for either foiled or unfoiled finishes, and R9 windows come in 11 traditional colour options, all of which come fully foiled as standard both inside and out.
Hopefully you should now have a more in-depth understanding of the key similarities and differences between R9 and R7 windows, as well as which type may be more suitable for your property. If you want to find out more about choosing Residence 7 windows or Residence 9 windows, visit our website or contact our team with any enquiries!