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 can lead to disturbed sleep. We explore acoustic glass this month to help you make the right decision – what is it and is it worth the financial investment?

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 have perhaps never heard of. They are just as important in protecting consumers and unless you need them you may never hear about them.

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 into it? We take a look at a variety of options in this month’s article to help you get more light into your home.

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 to come in or a deterrent to would-be renters or buyers should you be looking to put it on the market. The addition of glass to your front door – whether as a single, small panel, or as taking up most of the front door…

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 sell or put it up for rent. If the exterior of your home is looking a little tired or in need of a bit of a facelift there are a few cost-effective things that you can do to spruce it up. In the process you…

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 to be made of the same materials as the period they date to, to look authentic.

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 operate all year round – all they need is an opportunity to try and doors and locks easy enough to break through.

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 or want to make big changes to your home. Deciding to add an extension is a big decision in itself. Now you need to determine what the best option is for your home and your family. Let us help by taking a closer look at…

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 – have you made or even broken yours yet? – and for planning for the year ahead. And so it is with our homes. With the holidays behind us it is a time to check the household budget and figure out what needs to be done.

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 they are, here’s that article again. Briefly, they are the boards that run along the length of your roof, connecting the roof to the walls. This seals your home from rain and wind that can otherwise cause extensive and expensive damage over time and keeps…

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