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.
It was a scorcher! We really can’t complain about the heat we’ve enjoyed this summer, and although we can hope that the fair weather heralds a good winter to follow, we are sure to experience some rain, wind and cooler climes in the months ahead.
Just as we dig out our winter coats, hats and gloves as the seasons turn, it makes sense to ensure that our homes are ready to brave the elements too. One thing I always suggest at the first fall of heavy rain or on gusty day is to head outside and check that your guttering is up to scratch. If not and there are signs of damp on your home’s fascia, it’s time to consider a repair or replacement to your roofline.
Similarly, a breezy day can often reveal some shocking draughts through windows or doors which, left unattended, can see your heating bills soar during winter. There are a wide range of options to suit all budgets, so whether you need a budget solution or are looking for timber-effect sash replacement windows for a period property, we can create a stylish solution.
It’s not just your home which may need weatherproofing for winter. Be sure to check that outhouses with flat roofs and garage doors are watertight and prepared for all that mother nature can throw at them.
If you would like a free, no-obligation quote to get your home in tip-top shape for the season ahead, give us a call – we’d love to help.