All being well, March is often the month when we are able to get outside and make the most of longer days and, hopefully, brighter weather. With the worst of the winter weather behind us, it’s time to take stock of your property and see what home improvements are needed.

It caught my eye recently that the Eiffel Tower has had some work to the glazing of its viewing platform, ahead of its 130th birthday, so it goes to show that even iconic landmarks need a few home improvements every now and then.

Nowadays, more of us shop online and everything from ordering your groceries to buying a car or booking a holiday can be organised at the click of a mouse. Our own website even enables you to plan your new front door, selecting the style, finish and glazing options to suit your property. It’s a nifty tool that helps homeowners start thinking through some options at a time and place that suits them.

As fantastic as widgets like this are, call me old-fashioned, but I still believe people buy from people and it’s why we offer a free, no-obligation visit to our customers’ property to help them discuss and find the right glazing for their property.

Our King’s Lynn showroom at Hereford Way is also a worth a visit as we have many fantastic products on display. People often don’t realise they can come in to compare and contrast options before making a final decision on their double glazing or conservatory.

With this in mind, we will be holding our annual Open Day next month on Saturday 27 April, when our team will be on hand to help. There are some exciting new additions to the wide range of doors, windows and home improvements we offer including stylish aluminium and flush frames, which are currently enjoying a surge in popularity. We’re looking forward to welcoming past and new customers, so if your home is in need of an update, pop in and say hello.

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.