Happy New Year! 2018 is off the starting blocks, and we’ve already been experiencing a heavier winter than that of recent years. A sharp snap is often a stark reminder to check our home’s thermal efficiency, and while loft insulation is vital, many people forget that their windows and doors are just as important to help keep the heat in and draughts out.
From secondary glazing, which is ideal for Listed properties or historic buildings where there are restrictions on home improvements, to double and triple glazing for maximum efficiency, there are a range of products to suit all homes.
While staying warm is one good reason to reduce your home’s heat loss, saving money on your energy bills is another great incentive for improving your home’s glazing. There is also improved security, reduced noise pollution and peace-of-mind, thanks to our quibble-free 10-year guarantee, to add to the list of reasons to update your windows and doors this year.
Now, even if you don’t need to upgrade the whole house, it’s worth knowing that as a family firm that’s traded since 1967, we are experts in all types of glazing, and if winter weather is doing its worst to show up the cracks in your glazing, we are able to offer a repairs service too. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
Our homes are a reflection (no pun intended!) of who we are and the lives we lead, and there are no end of options to enhance the way they look with traditional and contemporary style doors and windows.
For a country cottage, Georgian bars can add a heritage touch, even with the use of modern materials, which keep draughts out and are virtually maintenance-free. A growing number of properties, particularly along the Norfolk coast, are built with a more contemporary look, and full-length glass and minimal frames are back in fashion again. But it’s often inside rather than outside that our customers get creative with glass.
Readers who are old enough to remember the original Through The Keyhole series (I watched as a child) will remember Lloyd Grossman’s tours of the homes of the rich and famous, and we’re often surprised at the creativity of customers in decorating their homes. From a unique kitchen glass splash back to a bespoke staircase, there are endless ways that we can use glass to realise a customer’s design ideas and we love the challenge of creating and installing these.
We are often asked to work on period and Listed properties, such as churches and public buildings, and these present other challenges in respecting and keeping the architectural heritage of the building intact. Using the same glass craftsmanship that our father did when he started the business 50 years ago, we are able to ensure that glass repairs and maintenance are carried out sympathetically.
Of course whether we are installing double glazing or creating a glass addition as part of an interior design scheme, we apply the same precision and flair which we are known for. After all, the quality of our work reflects on our skill as glaziers.
OK, hands up who’s checked that their guttering, fascia and soffits are up to the worst that the next two seasons are about to throw at us? Autumn feels like it has been with us for a while, and we all know about the wind chill factor that seems to blow in to Hunstanton from Siberia during winter (I’m joking, but as a keen wind surfer that coastal breeze can be biting!).
Now, do you know your roofline? We’re often asked what’s what, and I thought a quick guide might be useful. Fascia refers to the band which runs horizontally under the roof edge, caps the rafters around a house and holds the guttering in place. The surface below this is called the soffit or eaves.
Traditionally wooden, in most houses of a certain age the weather has done its worst and, left in poor repair, the damage to a property’s masonry can be extensive and lead to damp, displaced plaster, inside and out.
Guttering helps to direct rainwater away from the roof edge and prevent damage to brickwork, but again, old materials may not be up to the job and ignoring leaks is a potentially costly and hazardous affair.
Cost-effective and durable, PVCu roofline products are a sound investment which will help protect your home and although they might not be as entertaining as a Saturday night spent watching the latest crop of Strictly stars spin their stuff, they will outperform them in keeping things in good shape for years to come. There is a range of options available for all budgets, including cast iron effect products that maintain an authentic look for period properties.