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.

Now I’m not one for watching lots of television shows, but I don’t mind an occasional episode of Grand Designs, particularly when the star of the show gets creative with glazing (call it professional interest!), and a recent interview with the show’s presenter, Kevin McCloud caught my eye.

The interiors guru was encouraging homeowners to be more environmentally friendly when updating their house, and his comments made a lot of sense: “We could all probably insulate our attics more, draught-proof our windows and doors, and maybe fit secondary or double glazing. Insulation may not seem sexy, but it’s much cheaper and delivers quicker cash and energy savings than solar panels or a heat-exchanging thermo-dynamic hybrid heat pump with go-faster stripes.” said McCloud.

It was music to my ears – I can’t tell you the number of people who will tell me about their latest home tech additions (integrated Sonos, heating control via a Smartphone, anyone?), but don’t think to invest in what McCloud describes as a, “fabric-first approach” to ensure their home’s energy efficiency is up to scratch.

He went on to urge homeowners to check out new glazing options, saying: “New glazing technologies fascinate me because the windows in our homes are effectively holes through which heat pours.”

Most of us enjoy looking out of our windows, so filling up the spaces isn’t really an option but new, well-installed high quality double gazing is one way to ensure the money you spend on keeping your home warm through winter isn’t wasted – and you don’t need to be a grand designer to realise that. So, if you’re already feeling the chill, give us a call and we’ll be happy to get things sorted.

There’s no doubt about it that sitting in the conservatory with a cuppa and the papers when the weather’s temperate is a great way to steal some precious ‘me time’.

We’re all busier than ever these days and conservatories can offer a natural extension to our living space and a handy spot to hideaway from the rest of the folks for a moment of quiet reflection. That said, the bird’s eye view over the garden always has me twitching to get out there and tackle a bit of autumn pruning, weather permitting.

That’s all fine and dandy except when the temperature soars (wishful thinking at this time of year, unless we get a late Indian summer!) or plummets and the conservatory goes from pleasant to potentially freezing in one fell swoop.

However, there really is no need to shut the door and forget about this private haven for the next six months. While we install some stunning modern conservatories and orangeries across the region, we also undertake repairs, replacement panels and install energy-efficient roofs which can ensure that the heat stays in and you can relax in comfort, whatever the weather’s doing outside.

West Norfolk Glass is an approved installer of Guardian Warm Roof Systems which are a brilliant replacement roof solution that is energy efficient, 100 per cent watertight, reduces both sun glare and rain noise and makes an enormous difference to the hours you get to enjoy your conservatory.

By working with the existing structure, the cost of refitting the conservatory is far more affordable than a new build. So, don’t sit and shiver or forget your conservatory – show it a little TLC this season. Give us a call and we’ll organise a free quotation on getting your conservatory up to scratch for the season ahead.