UPVC and Composite Products

At Ellwood’s factory we create and manufacture conservatories, windows and doors in (normally) solid hardwood. We are often asked to provide and fit the same items but in uPVC. This is perfectly possible but in line with our desire for high quality and a substantial product we have adopted the WHS Halo profile – “Rustique” or the Rehau sculptured look.

Obviously the uPVC approach and indeed the composite doors offer a lower cost option. We do not however dumb down specifications or the product simply to compete with the general uPVC trade. As our base is in the hardwood, timber world, we have therefore sought what can be termed “the least worst alternative!” These profiles are a little more rounded or sculptured in appearance. All are available in a clean white look or various woodgrain finishes and there is a wide range of colours now available to suit all requirements. These approaches enable a storm proof, Classic look but we have a third option also which gives the opportunity for flush fit “Heritage” style. This is known as the “Residence 9” system. With this traditional design, pegs and stays or a full stainless steel friction hinge system is available whilst giving a Upvc product that harks back to traditional,  old buildings and cottages.

For composite entrance doors we use two main manufacturers – one is ROCAL and the other is APEER (New World Developments). Both offer us (and you) high quality, aesthetics and large range of choice we seek, again without compromise.

The Rocal door system for example has a solid timber core and doesn’t use a foam filled approach. Apeer offer a vast range of designs and options, traditional and modern.


This large gable ended conservatory was been erected by us in 2009 in the South Bristol area. The roof glazing is high specification solar reflective glass (Saint Gobain’s neutral “Coolite”) with BioClean self cleaning properties. All built in WHS Halo Esthetique profile. Travertine tiles laid over the amorphous ribbon system of underfloor heating. Internal uPVC doors to segregate the main lounge area from the conservatory when needed.

The following project installation in the Henleaze district of Bristol was achieved in white uPVC. It demonstrates that even uPVC can be bent to achieve the necessary reproduction of original window layouts. Real astragal bars planted on the glazing give an authentic feel. The porch doorway frame is a large curve and the unique oriel window replacement certainly proved a challenge!