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Can you put shutters on UPVC windows?

Are you thinking of putting shutters on your UPVC windows? Many people are concerned about putting screws into the plastic UPVC frame. Some people wonder if UPVC windows need some special type of fixing. Actually, you can screw into plastic UPVC frames, but if you prefer not to, there is another option. We’ll cover both…

What makes a window secure?

Making your windows secure is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of home security. After all, you don’t want any intruders entering your home through your windows. Installing secure windows will not only help prevent break-ins and burglaries, they can help you control the window opening to create a safe environment to prevent accidental falls.…

Double Glazing Repairs – What Can be Fixed?

Are your double-glazed windows misty? Has the glass chipped or cracked? Is the seal loose? If so, it’s likely that your double-glazed windows need repair. Double-glazing is made from two panes of glass fitted with an airtight seal and filled with argon gas which creates a barrier to stop heat escaping. The frames holding the…

The most important things to consider when buying curtains for your home

As we fall into Autumn, what better way to prepare for winter and the colder, darker nights than by sprucing up your curtains? It may be something that you do once in a blue moon, or it may be that you have a summer and winter look for your home. Either way, this month is…

Acoustic glass – is it worth it?

If you live in an area that has lots of noise the thought of acoustic glass may have crossed your mind more than once. Ambient noise, such as that coming from a nearby road or busy shopping area, can be disruptive to your daily life and if it is also taking place at night it…

Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme

Ombudsman schemes are well known and in place to protect consumers and the wider public. You often hear about the larger ones in the media – such as Ofgem or Ofcom –and they have been known to help consumers get a better deal overall. There are a number of other Ombudsman schemes, though, that many…

The best ways to increase natural light in your home

When winter, or summer for that matter, days are gloomy you want to make the most of what little natural light there is. Natural daylight can boost your mood as well as your health. If your home suffers from a lack of natural light, what can you do to increase the amount you can let…

Front doors with glass – what to choose?

Front doors. The entrance to your home. One of the defining features of your home, it shows off your property and sets it apart from the others on your street. It says something about you and your style and offers a tiny glimpse of what the inside may be like. It can be an invitation…

Boost your property value with three easy cosmetic changes

When it comes to our homes there are three things that we want them to be: beautiful inside and out, safe and functional for our loved ones, and to have a good market value. The three are closely interlinked – a beautiful and safe home will be valuable and marketable when the time comes to…

Choosing the right glass for your sash windows

When it comes to sash windows many think that their options are limited, particularly if they live in a listed property or within a conservation area. This need not be the case though. Modern techniques have changed this and, as we have talked about many times before, sash windows on a period property don’t have…

Choosing the right locks

As our homes become safer through better doors and windows and more sophisticated alarm systems, so burglars become wiser and more inventive when it comes to finding ways to get through them. Over the winter season burglars can be more active under the cover of more hours of darkness, but the reality is that they…

Orangeries or conservatories – what to choose?

If you are thinking ahead to the summer and considering home improvements, then the time is right to be weighing up the various options available to you. Home extensions are one of the most popular ways to add value to your property and a much more cost-effective solution to moving if you need more space…

New year, new windows?

Out with the old, in with the new! When it comes to the start of a new year it is natural for us to turn our thinking towards all sorts of new things or anything related to repairing, replacing, and generally refreshing things in our life. It is a time for new year’s resolutions –…

How fascias can change the look of your home

Fascias isn’t a word that comes up very often and quite a few people don’t know what they are. But they are a hugely important part of your home, helping to protect it from the elements. It’s a topic we have briefly touched on before – for a quick memory refresh or reminder of what…

Christmas decorations for doors and windows

Excited about Christmas yet? Ready to get the tree decorated and the stockings up? Or are you the type to leave it all until the last minute? Whichever way you prefer, we are getting into the spirit of things a little early to give you a few ideas for door and window decorations so that…

Halloween decorations for doors and windows

It’s that time of year when things turn spooky. Creepy. Scary. Whether you have little ones or not, are expecting local kids to come trick or treating, or just want to join in the fun of turning your neighbourhood into a Halloween festival, we thought we would dedicate this month’s article to helping you do…

Considering a conservatory? Here’s what you need to know

Has the gorgeous summer weather we had this year got you thinking about installing a conservatory in your home? You couldn’t go wrong in considering such an addition. It does not only provide you with a beautifully light, open, and warm space all year round, but it can add quite a bit of value to…

Does size really matter? Are bigger windows better?

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to windows there are a lot of benefits to going large. If you are considering replacing your windows, or have moved into an old property and in the process of doing it up before you can move in, then we are sure that the question has come…

Patio door security tips

With summer in full swing, chances are you are planning – if you haven’t already booked – a summer holiday. Whether you have little ones or not, a summer escape in July or August is something most of us look forward to after a cold, dark, and busy winter. With the summer holiday season looming,…

Do I need planning permission for my new windows?

It is a question that all homeowners should ask when it comes to doing any work to their property. Why? Because the rules can vary depending on a number of criteria, although there are some simple rules of thumb that will apply to most cases. To help clear up the confusion, this month we focus…

Looking after your doors and windows after the winter

It’s May already, although it may not have felt like it in the first few days of the month. After what felt like summer a couple of weeks ago, we were back to near-winter conditions for a few days, then the hottest bank holiday on record.

The importance of fascias for your home

Many homeowners think of fascias as an aesthetic addition to their roof rather than the integral part of their home that they actually are. Fascias play a hugely important role in protecting your roof and your home as a whole. We explore the ways in which they do this, and take a look at how…

Brighten up your space with a roof lantern

Ever wished you had a cosy space with plenty of daylight to curl up in on those cold winter days? Or one where you can soak up the sun’s rays on those lazier days without having to leave the house? If either of those ideas strike a chord then it may be time to consider…

Heritage Sash: the new product on the block

If you have been toying with the idea of installing or replacing your sash windows, we are pleased to be able to offer a new product that has been taking the market by storm lately. Elegant, efficient, and versatile, this month we take a look at the key features of Flush Sash windows to help…

Replacing your windows: what you need to know

With the recent intense cold spells we’ve already had this winter, not to mention the ones that may be yet to come, you may have realised that your windows are getting a little old and perhaps not keeping the heat in and the cold out as well as they used to. If you are thinking…

How to find a good double glazing installer

Installing new double glazing or replacing your existing windows is a big decision and one which shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are still plenty of doorstep double glazing salespeople knocking on doors trying to convince home owners to upgrade, update, or install new windows; while some of them may well be legitimate and very good,…

Choosing the right door for your home

Your house’s front door is not just the entry to your home, it’s the gateway to your sanctuary from the world. It also links you to the community by being a part of your street and when it comes to renting or selling your property, it’s your advertisement of what people can expect the inside…

Look after your sash windows this winter

Sash windows may look beautiful but when it comes to winter they can be draughty. Any timber sash window will suffer to a greater or lesser extent from the effects of age, use, and poor maintenance. Those that are particularly old, where they may be part of a listed building for example, will suffer no…

Five easy steps to installing bi-fold doors in your home

Ever dreamed of enjoying a morning cup of coffee looking out into your garden instead of at a solid wall? It’s not as difficult or as expensive as you may think to replace your wall with bi-fold doors, and the transformation of your space to a lighter, brighter room can be quite dramatic. We have…

Should your home have composite fire doors?

Despite its immense importance, a fire door is often overlooked in factories, offices, commercial buildings, and homes. Exterior fire doors are an essential piece of any fire safety plan because they help in safeguarding the inhabitants of a building from a fire. External fire doors might seem to be insignificant and an unnecessary expense, but…

Five benefits of timber effect windows

The exterior appearance of your home is important. It helps to set the tone for your décor and style within the home as well as creating an attractive presentation from the outside. Having a well-maintained property front is an excellent way to interest prospective buyers as well as being a wonderful welcoming feature for residents…

Designing Your Perfect Conservatory

When designing the conservatory that is ideal for you, you will have no doubt already decided what the core use is going to be. It may an extension of your garden, for the winter months, when pottering about in the rain is no fun. It may rather be an extension of your home where with…

Five Reasons To Add An Orangery To Your Home

Ask most people what an orangery is, and you’re quite likely to draw a blank stare. An orangery is considered by many to be the progenitor of the modern conservatory. These fabulous additions to the home were considered a status symbol between the 17th and 19th centuries and enabled the wealthy to grow citrus fruits…

Tips for a conservatory that seamlessly extends your home

It’s likely that we all know of at least one home where a conservatory sits looking like a mish-mash of rooms and a higgledy–piggledy space of multiple uses. If you’ve recently been house hunting, or can at least remember your last time scouring the market, it’s also probable that the homes you did see with…

Doors, windows and conservatories – The value impact

Every homeowner looks for savvy solutions for boosting the value of their property, and as the housing market looks more uncertain than ever, home improvements can be the difference between cashing in and moving on, or crashing out and staying put. Doors, windows and conservatories present an attractive option for increasing property value – but…

uPVC Windows and the period home

For any owner of a period property owner, home improvement projects almost always demand careful consideration if the original character of the property is to be maintained. Where once those who hoped to retain the character and charm of their period property were restricted to single pane windows and unsightly secondary glazing for any semblance…

Composite Doors: The Complete Buying Guide

Researching your options when it comes to your new front door? You may have been glad to find that the range of choices before you are far more wide and varied when compared to the white uPVC doors of old. However, you may also have quickly come to find that the sheer choice – of…

Conservatories: All You Need to Know

Deciding to add or replace your conservatory can be an exceptional way of transforming your living space; but with this form of home improvement ranging upwards in price from £5,000, up to £30,000 it pays to think of it as an investment (and with the average conservatory adding 7% to the value of a property,…

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