February is a mixed month in some ways and, depending on the weather Mother Nature sends us, we can have spring bulbs and verdant blades of grass shooting forth, or a large dump of snow to contend with! Keep your winter gear handy, just in case…

If we are fortunate enough to enjoy more of the former it’s a great time to get outside and take stock of your home. How are your windows and doors looking? Has your fascia and guttering withstood the worst of the winter weather?

If things could do with freshening up, give us a call or visit our showroom to see some of the latest, most energy-efficient products which can improve your home’s appearance and heat performance. We are here six days a week, and we also have an Open Day on 27 April, so stick it on your calendar and make a date to visit, if not before.

One thing which always surprises people is the range of products that are available to suit all types of property and price points. PVCu is undoubtedly an economical and effective material for double glazing which works well for many homeowners. Last year there was a major movement against singe-use plastics, and several customers have asked me about the use of PVCu in the double glazing industry.

In actual fact, PVCu can be recycled up to ten times which is an incredible feat. Given that our installations are guaranteed for a minimum of ten years, it means the PVCu used in a home’s windows and doors has a potential 100 years’ use, making it a highly sustainable material.

Of course the key to maximising this longevity is to select a high quality product in the first instance. I recently visited a home where a PVCu door had been colour-coated and after just a few years the paint was flaking off, the door was leaking in wet weather and the letterbox was letting in a gale! Despite guarantees, the previous installer had not addressed the issues leaving the homeowner with no choice but to ask us to come in to replace the door.

As a second-generation family firm that has been helping homeowners with glazing solutions for more than 50 years, we use products that are built to last to reduce these types of problems. However, it’s worth asking what guarantee comes with any new double glazing, whoever you choose to work with. A quality product from a quality firm will undoubtedly pay dividends over the long-term.

Happy New Year! I hope this column finds you enjoying a fortuitous start to 2019, and that the year brings health and happiness to you and your family. As a second-generation, local glazing company, it often strikes me how much the area has changed in the 52 years that we have been trading. Nowhere is this more evident than along the Norfolk coast where property development blends old and new sympathetically.

A new product that has caught the imagination of many homeowners in recent years are rooflights, which can beautifully transform dark extensions and conservatories into light-infused places to enjoy spending time in.

Although the lantern style is one many people are familiar with, and which can be styled in a variety of sizes and colours to suit a property’s façade, you may not be aware that rooflights can now also be created as flat, glazed options too. These create a streamlined effect which can be particularly effective in more contemporary-style properties and they are definitely a product we are finding more people asking for.

The beauty of a rooflight is that, along with adding style and light to your home, their highly efficient thermal glass reduces noise pollution and heat loss, which is something particularly welcome at this time of year when the central heating is running round the clock to keep us warm.

If you are considering some home improvements for 2019, and more of us are doing so rather than moving according to industry experts, why not consider where you could do with adding some light and insulation to make better use of your space? Give us a call and we’ll organise a time to give a free, no-obligation quote.

Ho, ho, ho, the holidays are coming, as that well-known beverage always reminds us. It’s the season when we tend to be busier than ever, whether it’s time spent shopping for gifts for loved ones, days and evenings out enjoying Christmas shows and events, or spending time with friends and family. Sadly, it’s also the time when less welcome visitors tend to come creeping, and reports of opportunist burglaries appear in the press.

Without trying to appear sensationalist, it’s important to think about home security and while we can invest in high-tech alarm systems, a simple and often overlooked aspect of home security are the strength and locks on your windows and doors.

Older sash and wooden casement doors and windows are pretty easy to lever open and single glazing will present no challenge to the average thief. Modern glass is far stronger, by comparison, and double glazing obviously provides two panes of glass to get through – a real deterrent to burglars. As one police officer once told me, given a choice, a burglar will always opt for the house that is the easiest to get into.

Don’t worry if you are trying to protect the integrity of your property’s appearance – from replacement sash and Crittall windows, to complex designs, we have the knowledge, expertise and product range to create a glazing solution to suit every home.

The other advantage which modern double glazed windows and doors have is that they incorporate advanced locking systems which will provide added security. Give us a call and we’ll happily visit your home to demonstrate how the locks on our products help to keep intruders out.

May I also take this opportunity to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a happy new year.