How To Keep Your Conservatory Warm This Winter

Winter has arrived, and the shivering has begun, as the heating is turned up a notch and the bed socks come out to warm up those cold toes on a dark and cold winters night. A lot of people revert to various warm and cosy comforts as the temperature falls, meaning that the conservatory often gets neglected. However, there are a number of ways that you can make your conservatory a relaxing and cosy space to share with family and guests over the winter period. We often get asked how to keep a conservatory warm, so here are some cost-effective and reliable solutions.

How To Keep Your Conservatory Warm: Getting Cosy

A conservatory is a perfect place to get the family together and enjoy one another’s company, and this doesn’t have to only be during the warmer months. Conservatories should be built to suit your family activities every day of the year, whether the sun is shinning or the heavens are pouring. What you may not realise is that there are numerous ways in which you can improve your conservatory to make it feel warm and cosy during the winter. Here we have put together a few ideas to help you enjoy your homes addition all year round.

Amazing Glazing

Depending on the type of conservatory that you have, you may find that glass contributes to a significant amount of the design. Unfortunately, glass is one of the worst insulators and can cause your home to lose heat and feel colder than it does outside. However, there is a very effective solution to this problem which will mean that you don’t have to get rid of your glorious windows, this solution is double or even triple glazing! The older your conservatory, the more likely it is to have single glazing, which inevitably means excessive loss of heat.

There are a number of benefits to having double glazed windows installed throughout your home, in particular, your conservatory. One of the biggest benefits is that it helps to retain heat, which means that you will be spending less on your energy bills trying to heat it up and are able to enjoy it no matter the weather outside. Along with reduced heating bills and a warmer conservatory, there are an abundance of other benefits to double and triple glazing; these are as follows:

– Reduced noise
– Increases security
– Increases property value
– Reduces condensation
– Easy to maintain
– Increases durability

If your conservatory lets out a lot of heat, and you would like to modernise the design of your windows, feel free to contact Crown Conservatory, Windows and Doors. Our team has extensive knowledge in building conservatories along with fitting double glazing in Milton Keynes, so you can be sure that you’re in the right hands.

Double Glazing

Don’t Be Draught

One of the biggest culprits for making your conservatory feel cold in the winter is draughts through the cracks of window ledges and doors. If you have a draught in your conservatory, you may also find that the rest of your home also feels cold despite turning up the temperature of your heating. For this reason, it is probably one of the first things that you could do to try and reduce the cold and increase the heat within your conservatory.

The first step is to figure out exactly where this draught is coming from, and this can easily be done through the candle test. Light a candle and slowly move it across all of the cracks in your windows and doors, the flame will flicker if there is even the slightest draught coming through; here is where your problem lies, and you should consider patching it up before it gets worse. If you are working on a budget, you can use adhesive foam stripes to fill in any gaps that may be letting in air. However, this will only give you a short-term solution, for a more effective result, change your windows for a long-term and more efficient fix. You can find more short and long-term solutions on House Logic.

Draft Tape

Off With The Roof

Many conservatories, particularly older ones, will have an all-glass roof that looks stunning and lets in an abundance of natural light. However, having an all-glass conservatory roof will also be the cause of your cold conservatory, and it may be time to think about changing it to a more modern and economically efficient solution. The Crown Conservatory, Windows and Doors team have worked extensively with clients, building numerous conservatories in Milton Keynes, and a popular conservatory type is to have a tiled roof.

Whether your style requires an Edwardian or Victorian design, we have the perfect tiled roof solution for your conservatory, not only helping to heat up the room but also to transform its appearance to a modernised style. Changing your glass roof to a tiled one will allow you to crank up the heat knowing that it won’t be lost through the ceiling, giving you the added assurance of energy efficiency.

Tiled Conservatory Roof

Flawless Floors

If you really wanted to increase the temperature of your conservatory this winter, then you could even think about underfloor heating. However, we know that it isn’t quite within everyone’s budget, but just changing the flooring itself is a great way of insulating your conservatory. You can choose to have a high-quality carpet to keep in the heat during the winter, while also creating maximum comfort for the whole family to enjoy the space regardless of the temperature outside.

However, if you would like a modernised look and have opted for tiled flooring or wooden vinyl, then you could always pick a funky rug that suits your aesthetic. You can opt for a modern look with a white fluffy misshaped rug, or go loud and proud with a bright red velvet rug. For more inspiration on flooring, take a look at our previous article on conservatory flooring types as well as our article on modernising old conservatories.

Warm Carpet

Winter Warming Heaters

As much as they may set a calming ambience, candles aren’t exactly ideal for making the home warm as there is too much risk of setting the house on fire, particularly those with small children and clumsy pets. Another alternative is to have a heater strategically placed away from curtains and in a location where the heat can be projected across the room. A portable heater is a cost-effective solution as it doesn’t require you to have a load of plumbing work done to your conservatory and can be easily stored away in the warmer months.

You can choose to have a large heater or a smaller one, whichever one suits the size of your conservatory. Where possible, we would highly recommend that you opt for an electric heater, as this is safer to use around the house. You are also able to plug the heater in when you need to, minimising the use of energy while maximising the cosiness within your conservatory. Along with cost effiencey, you can find a number of benefits to using a portable heater on De Longhi.

Portable Heater

Certain About The Curtain

Although letting in natural light during the day is a great way of warming up the home efficiently, having your windows exposed as the sun goes down, can mean that all of the heat you gathered during the day, is lost. One of the best solutions to these problems is to get yourself some curtains. Curtains come in various different materials, patterns and colours, meaning that you are able to choose one that suits your style while keeping you warm. Why not opt for a modern and chic look with silver crushed velvet blinds or bring some of the calm Bahamas to your home with tropical patterned curtains.

The great thing about curtains is that you can pair them with colourful cushions, rugs and other furniture to add a pop of colour to the room. If you choose a neutral colour such as cream, then you can change the colour of your conservatory depending on the time of year, allowing you to incorporate vibrant colours in the summer and warm cosy materials in the winter.

Various Curtains

The Small Touchs Count

Just as much as a tiled roof, double glazed windows and the perfect flooring can contribute to the warmth of your conservatory, smaller elements such as blankets can have a big impact on the cosiness of the room. Get creative and design your winter conservatory around the comfort of blankets by throwing them over the sofa, neatly folding them on the arms of chairs and even better, snuggling up in them.

Grab yourself a heavy blanket that you can wrap around the whole family, or purchase individual blankets for each family member in a different material that follows the same colour pallet. Fleece is often a material that is used for blankets due to its soft and comfortable feel. What’s great about a fleece blanket is that they can be used during both the winter and summer. While having your barbeque in the evening during the summer, it can sometimes get a little bit nippy, so bring out the winter blankets for everyone to enjoy the fresh air all day long.

Women Holding Blanket

Cosy Winter

Just because winter is setting in, doesn’t mean that you have to put up with the cold and neglect your conservatory until summer arrives. There are a number of ways you can improve your conservatory, adding a touch of style in the process. Whether you have a small or large budget to spare, there are numerous solutions to warming up your home and saying goodbye to the cold.

Conservatory Makeover Ideas: How To Modernise Your Old Conservatory

A conservatory is a place where the family and guests can enjoy a spacious area to socialise and cosy up. However, the design of your conservatory may mean that you avoid the area altogether, particularly in the winter when it gets cold and dark. There are a variety of ways in which you can improve your conservatory so that it becomes a place you and your family enjoy all year round. To help you turn your living space from drab to fab, here are some conservatory makeover ideas.

Improving Your Home With Conservatory Makeover Ideas

One of the main reasons that people neglect their conservatory over the winter months is because the temperature significantly drops, and it becomes unpleasant to sit in while reading a book. However, there are lots of ways to insulate your conservatory and turn it into a relaxing and welcoming location. Small changes to interior design and adjustments to windows and roofs can transform your conservatory into an enjoyable space throughout the year.

Upcycled Window Designs

Windows on any part of your home can have a big impact on its appearance as well as the ability to retain heat and give you a layer of noise cancellation. Having old and outdated windows attached to your conservatory can make it uninviting and glum. There are a variety of different window designs that can help to transform your conservatory into a welcoming and cosy space for you and your family. Your windows have a significant impact on your home and your living, so knowing when to change them can be important. Take a look at Forbes’ blog post to see what signs to look out for to know when its time to replace your windows.

To follow modern designs, opting for windows that let in a considerable amount of light can give you a chic and elegant conservatory while natural light provides the room with an open and spacious feel. To achieve this look, tilt and turn windows are the perfect option; the minimalistic yet striking design allows as much light as possible to enter the room as there are not as many beams covering the glass.

However, one of the most popular window designs at the moment is to have black windows with multiple panels. These panels create a modern twist to vintage window designs and give your conservatory a contemporary look and feel. Depending on the materials used on your home, contrasting the colour of your windows to the walls can make a beautiful statement on your conservatory. Lead windows are very popular with our client’s, and we have installed a variety of window frame colours for conservatories in Milton Keynes.

Double Glazing Crwon Windows

Opening Up The Sky

Tiled roof conservatories are a great way to incorporate your conservatory into the existing design of your home. It has become increasingly popular to have tiled roofing on conservatories to give it a modern feel. The interior architecture of the home also feels connected through an open plan design where the roof glides straight into the conservatory. There are an abundance of benefits for changing your conservatory roof to a solid, tiled roof. Your roof can be installed in a short amount of time, meaning that disruption is minimal; this gives your conservatory a simple and quick makeover.

On the other hand, if you already have a roof tiled conservatory, you may want to incorporate more light into your design. This can easily be done through changing your windows to utilise natural light, add in a skylight or completely replace the roof to glass. Changing your conservatory roof to glass means that you can light up the whole room with natural lighting. You can give your conservatory a modern design by incorporating glass into a modern structured conservatory; take a look at our Lean-To conservatory with Bi-Folding for some inspiration.

Seeing as conservatories are usually an extension of an existing room at the back or side of your home and incorporates an open plan design, natural light can penetrate through the rest of the home, making your home more energy-efficient. There are an array of different designs that you can choose from when opting for a glass roof, some examples of designs include:

Gable Conservatory
Sun Room Conservatory
Victorian Conservatory
Georgian Conservatory
Combined Conservatory

The range of different designs means that you can choose one that suits your home as well as your aesthetic. If you like an old-style exterior then opting for an elegant and sophisticated Georgian or Victorian conservatory and then modernising the interior design, can give you a contemporary twist to modern home decor designs.

Crown Conservatory

Heating In Style

Keeping your conservatory warm in the winter may seem like a challenging project; however, it can actually be rectified with some simple conservatory improvements. There are plenty of ways you can improve your conservatory so that it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

During the summertime, your conservatory can become hotter than the rest of your house, looking for options that give you additional protection from overheating can have a significant impact on the use of your conservatory in the summer months. Having glass roof conservatories and sunrooms may mean that the conservatory gets hotter in the summer, this can be prevented by replacing your glass roof with a tinted one. Having a tinted glass room means that you can reduce glare as well as overheating. You can find more ways to keep your home cool in the summer by taking a look at one of our previous articles titled “How To Keep Your House Cool In The Summer”.

In the winter, your conservatory may feel slightly colder than the rest of the house. Making sure that your windows are double glazed can improve your insulation, meaning that you don’t have to turn the heating up. Incorporating underfloor heating into your conservatory can also help with keeping the room warm and cosy over the winter periods. Flooring can have a bit impact on your conservatory and ensures that you can keep your home warm and cosy in the winter as well as cool in the summer. For inspiration and ideas on which flooring may be best for you, take a look at our previous blog post titled “What Is The Best Flooring For A Conservatory?”.

Modern Conservatory

Modernise With Interior Design

If you have recently had a conservatory fitted with us, then you may be looking for some ways to give your new investment a personal and modern touch. The interior design of your conservatory says a lot about you and should represent your aesthetic. You can easily incorporate your own personal taste with modern interior design. We have come up with a few interior design ideas that you can personalise to make your own.

It’s All About the Chairs

This may come as a surprise, but the chairs, or any other furniture for that matter, that you incorporate into the interior design of your conservatory, can have a significant impact. In modern design, chairs are used to add a splash of colour and elegance. One of the most popular interior designs this year, has been pastel colour velvet chairs with gold or silver legs and framing.

To achieve a modernised chic look in your conservatory, either pick a subtle colour and incorporate it in every element of the interior design or pick an extravagant chair or sofa and place it alongside soft and elegant features. For example, you could choose to have an animal print chair or a patchwork sofa and pair it with a glass coffee table or wooden dining table.

Modern Chairs

Chic And Cosy

Particularly now that the weather has got significantly colder, you may be wanting to add a cosy touch to your existing interior design. This can easily be done by adding fluffy rugs, blankets and cushions into your conservatory. Small additions in your conservatory can have a big impact on making the room feel welcoming.

The colour palette that you use in your conservatory can also help you to create a chic and cosy space to relax with the family on a cold winters night. Neutral colours such as soft browns, beige and whites can give a clean and warm decor design, pair these colours with natural materials such as rattan chairs with soft cushions or wooden table features. A mixture of grey colours can also help to give you a modern chic vibe to your conservatory.

Neutral Coloured Furniture

Crazy For Colour

Bring back a blast from the past by colour blocking your conservatory without going a little over the top. Add a splash of colour with cushions, fake flowers, vibrant curtains and even cupboards. Make sure that you keep the colours classy and that you don’t add too much colour into the room as it will begin to look messy. The best place to add some colour is through your cushions; you can pick a neutral coloured sofa that is highly unlikely to become outdated and regularly change your cushions when you feel that your conservatory needs a little makeover.

Colourful Furniture

Modernising The Old

Although the past has seen some questionable fashion choices, there are some elements of the past that can inspire us in modern interior design. Some fashion trends, such as having rustic furniture and visible brickwork, have come back into fashion in recent years. You can easily take an old trend and make it your own by sticking to a modern design and incorporating some older features. For example, you could choose to have a grey colour palette and add small touches such as a retro floating shelf. There are many ways in which you can improve your conservatory by adding your own style with modernised trends.

Retro Furniture

It’s Time To Makeover Your Conservatory

With a host of different ways you can makeover your conservatory, you can easily improve existing features. Whether you want to make a big impact with a drastic change or would like to make small adjustments to your existing design, there are various choices for you to consider. Changing your windows can have a big impact on the look and feel of your conservatory, so you should look at whether the exterior and interior design works for you and your family. If you need any more information regarding conservatory makeovers, feel free to contact our team today.

What Is The Best Flooring For A Conservatory?

After having your conservatory installed, it is time to start fitting the flooring. There are many factors to consider when deciding on what material, colour and texture to use in your conservatory. It is important that you choose the flooring that beautifully compliments your new investment. So, continue reading for information about the best flooring for a conservatory

The Best Flooring For A Conservatory

There are a variety of different textures, materials, colours and designs that you can choose from when designing the perfect flooring for your conservatory. Some of these materials include:

  • Laminate
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl
  • Engineered
  • Stone
  • Tile

We have gone into detail on all of these materials so that you can decide which one is best suited to your conservatory.

Laminate Flooring

A lot of people bypass laminated flooring when designing their perfect conservatory. However, it is actually one of the best types of material to use when trying to make your conservatory look stylish as well as functional. Laminate flooring, when done properly, can look stunning and its extremely easy to fit. not only does laminate flooring look good, it also has a high level of resistant to heat and UV rays. The reason that this is an important quality in a material used within your conservatory, is because they can get a little bit hot. Fitting laminate flooring into your conservatory will keep the room cool during the hotter months.

Tiled roofing on your conservatory will ensure that less heat can enter, meaning that the types of materials within the conservatory are less essential. However, if your conservatory has a glass roof design, the type of flooring that your conservatory has can make a big difference. Fit your conservatory with laminated flooring and your once hot and steamy conservatory can be transformed into a cool and relaxing area.

There are also some other benefits of using the laminating floor, such as its hard-wearing making it able to handle scrapes and slides. It is a perfect investment for those that are looking for a longlasting solution. Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of different designs, from solid wood to coloured panels. Not only does it look good, but it is also extremely easy to clean and maintain. The wooden effect can also give your conservatory a warming and welcoming feel, creating a relaxed and calm environment.

Laminate Flooring

Carpet Tiles

Although trends over the years have neglected carpet and introduced stone and wooden flooring, carpet in a conservatory is becoming a popular favourite. Some of our clients place stone or laminate flooring in their conservatory to give a modern and clean look to their new investment; however, it is important to incorporate your conservatory into the rest of your home. A lot of houses have carpet running throughout the house as it is a cheaper option and a good way to retain heat. If you have carpet throughout your home, we would suggest having this material in your conservatory as well.

Carpet is easily fitted into any room and is a relatively affordable material for those on a budget. It is also extremely hard wearing and gives the conservatory a comfort factor, perfect for listing to the rain hit your glass roof. The array of colours that carpet is available in and the variety of textures that you can choose from, makes it the perfect material for going bold and fitting a unique colour. Cleaning carpet is relatively easy as all it needs is a simple vacuum, making it ideal for those with a busy schedule. However, if you do happen to spill drinks (especially that glass of wine on a Friday night), it can be a little difficult to get stains out.

Carpet Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

For a more illuminating effect, vinyl flooring can brighten a room with style and class. The glossy surface looks elegant in a glass conservatory as the light reflects off the beautiful material. Much like carpet, there are a stunning variety of colours that you can choose from, meaning that you can select the flooring that most suits your aesthetic. The smooth and glossy surface also makes it extremely easy to clean any spills, allowing you to spend less time cleaning your new conservatory and more time enjoying it.

Vinyl flooring, like laminate flooring, can be made to look like tiles or even wood so that you can achieve a modern look at a low cost. This material is also perfect for your conservatory as its non-slip surface makes it safe for children and clumsy adults. The appearance of the material can give a conservatory an elegant and warm ambience.

Vinyl Flooring

Engineered Flooring

Engineered flooring is a relatively new material that is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners to install in their conservatory. The flooring is made by bonding together multiple layers of wood, which is then finished with a solid wood top layer. Engineered flooring is a great alternative to wood as it is cheaper yet still has a crisp and warm appearance. Although it is a great alternative to wood, it still has the same qualities as wooden flooring, meaning that it can still swell and shrink over time. Moisture seeps into the flooring and temperature change can cause the engineered material to shrink and expand. Wooden flooring is less likely to keep its colour and will most likely need to be replaced over time, whereas engineered flooring has been designed to have the same appearance as a wooden floor, but is able to last longer.

Although there is a risk of cracking in engineered flooring, this is most commonly found when your conservatory is old or ill-fitted. By ensuring that you have the best-fitted conservatory in Milton Keynes, problems with moisture should not occur. Therefore, when planning to build a conservatory, make sure that you do your research on building companies to ensure that you are getting the best quality and service.

For more information on engineered flooring, take a look at Flooring Direct

Engineered Flooring

Stones

There is no doubt that stone flooring is both elegant and sophisticated with its rich natural appearance. There are a wide variety of different natural colours and textures that you can choose from. Along with this, there is also a wide range of designs that you can play with when it comes to laying the floor. For example, you could use different sized stones to create a textured look and make a statement with your flooring.

While stone flooring looks good, it can also keep your room cool in the hotter months as stone tends to reflect heat rather than absorb it. Having stone flooring can also turn your conservatory it the centrepiece of your home, making it less of an extension and incorporating more into the home. As other materials need maintenance every now and then, stone will have the same appearance in ten years time as it did when it was first fitted. For this reason, stone is the perfect long-term solution to a conservatory as it remains elegant and stunning.

Stone is not affected by moisture or temperature changes, and cracks are an extremely rare occurrence. So, unlike other flooring materials, stone maintains its stunning appearance and very rarely weathers. For a conservatory that looks excellently beautiful, stone is the perfect classy addition.

Stone Flooring

Tiles

Conservatories are more likely to face drastic changes as they are often installed with a glass roof which allows UV rays to enter the room. However, much like stone, tiles are a very good option for conservatory flooring. This is because it can keep you conservatory cool, it’s easy to maintain, and it looks fantastic. There are an endless amount of styles, sizes and designs that you can choose from. Like stone, you can decide to have different sized tiles placed together to make a pattern. For a more contemporary look, you could also choose two different colour tiles to alternate in a line to create a stunning contrast look.

Tile Flooring

Now It Time To Consider More

When designing your conservatory, you should always incorporate the material you wish to use for the flooring. It can be a costly affair if it is fitted wrong or you do not like the design once it has been layed. If you are worried about committing to a specific flooring, then take a look at Ideal Homes inspiring floor design ideas. Also consider other factors such as:

  • Will it regulate heat?
  • Is there a door leading into the garden? (carpet is not a good idea where there is a risk of mud entering the room)
  • How to you intend of using the space?
  • what look are you aiming for?
  • What is your budget?

Ensuring that you know the answers to these questions will make finding the perfect flooring for your conservatory much easier. Considering factors around the conservatory rather than just the conservatory itself, can have a big impact on the decision that you make. For example, if your conservatory is attached to a room with stone flooring, you may want to you the same material so that the house flows.

What Are The Main Differences Between Double And Triple Glazing?

Many homes across the UK now feature either double or tripled glazed windows as they offer an array of benefits that not only save you money but also improve the comfort of your home. The differences between double and triple glazing are pretty straightforward, making it easy for you to make an informed decision on which windows may best be suited for you and your home.

Understanding the differences between double and triple glazing

If you’re creating your dream home from scratch, or simply think your current windows need to be upgraded, it is imperative that you know the difference between double and triple glazing. Having installed many Windows in Milton Keynes, we are very confident with our glazing knowledge and thought we should share our expertise with you. Both double and triple glazing provide you and your home with a number of benefits, so it is entirely down to personal preference which one you opt for. Currently, triple glazing is commonly used in places such as Scandinavia as they provide excellent heat insulation, but they are becoming increasingly popular across the UK. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1970s that even double glazing rose in popularity in the UK. Before this time, building codes were fairly relaxed, meaning people did not have the incentive to improve their home’s energy efficiency. You can read all about the minimum energy efficiency standards for UK properties here.

Although glazing may not seem like an important feature of your property, it has the potential to save you hundreds of pounds in energy bills and improve your home entirely. So, without further delay, here are the main differences between double and triple glazing.

What is double glazing?

Double glazing is fairly self-explanatory – double glazed windows consist of two panes of glass separated by a layer of air/gas. This gas, combined with the added layer of glass, acts as excellent insulation against both noise and heat loss. Many people opt to have double glazing installed throughout their home to reap the benefits of a warmer and quieter home. In fact, according to Which? 67% of homeowners said that their home was significantly warmer after getting double glazing. The money-saving benefit is also worth mentioning as it is what convinces many people to invest in double glazing. To put into perspective how much you could really save, the Energy Saving Trust claim that if all of the single-glazed windows were replaced in a detached house with A++ double glazed windows, you would save between £110 and £115 per year.

double glazing

Advantages

There are a whole host of advantages of double glazing, which makes them so attractive to homeowners. As well as providing better insulation than traditional single glazing, double glazed windows can effectively reduce noise. This can be very beneficial if you live in a city or near a busy road where it can be noisy at all times of the day. Not only will double glazed windows block noise from the outside to create a quiet and peaceful environment, but it will also keep any noise coming from your house inside. For example, if you enjoy listening to music in the evenings, you can do this without the fear of disturbing your neighbours. Moreover, if you are quite security conscious of your home, then you should definitely consider double glazing, as they provide increased protection compared to traditional windows. Being considerably hard to break and difficult to force open from the outside, double glazed windows act as an effective burglar deterrent as your home will no longer be an easy target. Another great thing about double glazing is you can customise them in various ways that can even increase their level of security. By opting for laminated or toughened glass for your double glazed windows, you can minimise the risk of breakage and improve security. We offer double glazing in Milton Keynes which you can pair with any of our popular window styles, keeping your property secure at all times. Lastly, there is a common misconception that double glazing requires a lot of maintenance and specialist cleaning products to keep it in pristine condition, however, this is not the case. When it comes to cleaning your double glazing, the process is exactly the same as if you were cleaning any other glass window. We recommend using a microfibre cloth and non-abrasive cleaner/regular soapy water. If you opt for regular soapy water, add about 250ml of white vinegar as this will aid in creating a streak-free finish. Once thoroughly cleaned, all you need to do is wipe away any excess water with a squeegee. If these advantages have inspired you to utilise double glazing in your home, why not pair our excellent double glazing services with one of our conservatories in Milton Keynes – giving your property the ultimate home improvement!

Disadvantages

Although double glazing has a great number of benefits, like anything, it also comes with a few drawbacks. Although we believe the advantages of double glazing far outweigh the disadvantages, we want to make you fully aware of all factors which could influence your decision. A downside of double glazing is that it cannot be repaired. The layer of insulation between the two panes of glass can be susceptible to condensation if the seal isn’t airtight. However, once sealed the panes cannot be pulled apart or repaired and, if condensation appears, the entire window will need to be replaced. However, if you use a reputable company to install your windows, it is highly unlikely you will experience this issue. Moreover, although double glazing is excellent at trapping heat during the winter months, this can be somewhat problematic during the summer. The heat which gets trapped inside the windows can result in a stuffy and uncomfortable hot interior, which is not what you need on a glorious summers day. For this reason, many people opt to have their windows tinted to block the heat and keep their home at optimum temperature.

triple glazing

What is triple glazing?

The latest innovation in window insulation comes in the form of triple glazing. Unlike double glazing which consists of two panes of glass, triple glazing utilises three panes. A layer of argon gas still separates the panes, but the extra layer of glass provides better insulation. As the most energy-efficient glazing option, triple glazing boats the lowest U-value of any domestic window. As we are all encouraged to reduce our carbon emissions and actively make changes which will reduce the impact of global warming, triple glazing is a desirable property feature.

Advantages

The advantages of triple glazing are reasonably similar to those of double glazing, but there are a few additional benefits which you should know. As previously mentioned, triple glazing boasts an impressively low U-value, which reduces the risk of condensation. Triple glazed windows help towards minimising internal condensation issues as the heat is kept inside the building and stops cold external temperatures reacting with internal warm air – resulting in condensation. Another reason which makes triple glazing worth the investment is its durability. Lasting from anything between 10-35 years, and having the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, you can feel confident that your triple glazing will last and remain a beneficial feature of your home for years to come.

Disadvantages

In terms of the disadvantages of triple glazing, the main issue is cost. It is no surprise that triple glazing is a little more expensive than double glazing as there are extra materials needed to make the final product. As well as the added materials, triple glazing also requires more precise manufacturing conditions, making the production process more costly. Similarly, triple glazing is heavier than double glazing, which can sometimes impact transportation costs. With the expense of triple glazing being more than double glazing, the amount you save on your energy bill may not be in proportion to how much you spent on installation. However, do not be completely put off the idea of this glazing option as you will still be able to save more money compared to double glazing, it just may take longer to recoup your investment,

Over to you…

Now that you know the differences between double and triple glazing, you can make an informed decision as to which one may be best suited for your home and lifestyle. Both glazing options offer excellent benefits, which make them a great addition to any home, so it is entirely your choice as to which one you choose. If you would like to know more about glazing and what will work best in your home, please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our expert team will be more than happy to advise you.

How To Choose The Perfect Windows For Your Home

Compared to other components of your home, windows go through their fair share of wear and tear. Constant use, adverse weather conditions and lack of cleaning are just some of the many reasons why windows begin to deteriorate. On the other hand, other homeowners may opt for replacement merely down to a change of theme or to modernise their properties appearance.

When planning a full window replacement, the plethora of options to choose from can prove somewhat overwhelming. It can be tricky to find a style that not only complements your homes aesthetics but will also be able to withstand exposure to potential damage. To aid your decision, we have devised a full guide on how to choose the perfect windows for your home.

A Guide To Choosing Windows For Your Home

As suppliers and installers of windows in Milton Keynes for many years, we have a wealth of knowledge on the different styles, materials and glazing options available, along with how to measure openings. Each variation can be equipped with handy additional features such as security technology and energy efficiency benefits.

Although they are often not considered, windows impact the appearance of both the interior and exterior of your property, meaning your choice must suit both. They prove to be a substantial investment, which if chosen wisely, can last you as long as 30 years problem-free. Our guide to the different styles, materials and glazing options available is ideal for giving you a head start!

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Consider Why You Need New Windows

Before delving deeper into the types of windows available, it is imperative to pinpoint your reasoning behind replacement. In order to ensure that you do not fall into the same trap again, you should use your previous experience to mitigate future problems. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

Do you need to improve security?

Your home is your most prized possession, meaning that reassured security is vital. Nowadays, thanks to the constant innovation of technology, safety is at the forefront of operations throughout the entire process. From the manufacturing process to installation, ensuring that your home is kept secure remains a priority.

If you are replacing windows due to lack of security, then this should be the main feature you look out for when tracking down the ideal type. You should also consider taking a look at retailers such as Ironmongery Direct, which specialise in window security products. Any products brought can be added during the installation process.

Are you hoping to become more efficient?

Those who aim to reduce their properties carbon footprint would most definitely benefit from installing energy-efficient windows. In doing this, the amount of heat loss will be decreased while insulation is increased. Together, these will stop warm air from escaping in the Winter, along with keeping your home cool during higher temperatures.

When searching for the ideal window type for you, keep a careful eye out for the products energy efficiency rating. An energy efficiency rating reflects your estimated energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions. You can find more information on this topic on British Gas.

Does your home need to be quieter?

You would be surprised how much windows can impact your homes noise insulation. Especially if you live nearby to a busy main road or the high street, ensuring that you can enjoy peace and quiet in your own home is essential. Although often not considered as keeping disturbances at bay, windows are, in fact, capable of reducing outdoor noise by up to 95%.

If you notice a growing annoyance of outdoor noise while trying to sleep, then you would most definitely benefit from considering window replacement. While you are free to choose whatever frame that best fits your theme, you will need to install double glazing. Double glazing is key for soundproofing your home.

Are the current windows damaged?

The most obvious reasoning behind replacing windows is due to damage. Damaged windows not only look aesthetically unappealing but can also pose safety dangers to your home. Some of the most common damage that windows suffer include the following:

  • Rotting or warped wood
  • Increasing draughts
  • Difficult to open and close
  • Cracked glass
  • Leaking frames

Do you want to modernise your home?

There does not necessarily have to be a physical problem with your windows in order to have them replaced – it could merely be to modernise your property. Whether you are renovating your home or hoping to add value to sell on a later date, windows are a fantastic way to bring a new lease of life to your property. If this is the case, then the style you opt is likely to take a considerable amount of deliberation.

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Measure Window Openings

Always ensure that you have measured all window openings before beginning your search for the perfect style. The window opening, in more straightforward terms, is the space in which you have to fill with both the frame and glass of your choice.

Taking time to measure openings in advance will help to give you an idea of style possibilities. All measurements will be collected ahead of time, so you can make an order as soon as you find the perfect window for your home. Ultimately, saving time and money. You will need to measure the width, height and depth of your opening through the following steps:

Width:

The starting point for measuring the width is always the jambs (the main vertical parts that form the window frame). Place your tape measure on the surface of the jambs and measure between the top, middle and bottom of the opening. Put the measurement in order of size, starting from the smallest.

Height:

Start at the highest point of the window sill (this should be the closest point to the glass) and measure to the top of the window opening. You should take one measurement from the left-hand side, one from the middle and lastly, one from the right-hand side. Again, order from smallest to largest.

Depth:

When measuring the depth, imagine all pulleys and partings are not there – these will be removed during installation. Measure between the inside window trim and outside blind stop strip; there should be at least 3 1/4 inches.

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Understand The Styles Available

Choosing a window style is likely to be your trickiest decision. Not only must personal preferences be taken into consideration but also what would suit the aesthetics of your home. Other factors to keep in mind will be the indoor positioning of windows, room layouts and the shape of the house.

Casement / Flush Fit Windows

As one of the cheapest and most versatile styles, casement windows, also known as flush fit, suit the appearance of almost all property types. They have straightforward mechanics which include hinges on the outer sides of the window frame. Due to the placement of hinges, casements pivot similar to doors and are tall in shape. Casement windows are somewhat minimalist in appearance, ideal for creating a contemporary look and are available in tonnes of different colours. When closed, they sit in line with the frame creating a flat surface.

Sliding Sash Windows

Most commonly featured in Victorian or Georgian homes, sliding sash windows are ideal for properties with limited space. They are designed with two window panes, which when opened, slide one behind the other. As panes can slide into one either vertically or horizontally, there is no need for them to take up any indoor or outdoor space.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are most definitely the most luxurious style; however, do require more space than any other window type. Due to the large wall space needed, if you do not already have a bay window, you will need to increase the opening. They feature a semi-circular structure that protrudes the main wall, allowing you to enjoy enhanced natural light.

Almost all bay windows come alongside a seat to enjoy the outdoor view. You can find tonnes of inspiration on how to decorate your bay window seat on Houzz.

Tilt and Turn Windows

If your home is located directly on a pedestrian walkway or highstreet, then tilt and turn windows would be ideal. Due to the nature of the tilt and turn style, windows open inwards instead of the conventional outwards. It means that your panes will not be opening onto pathways, making them more practical and secure.

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Choose The Window Material

Once you have made a decision on the window style that best suits your requirements, its time to move onto choosing frame materials. Just like styles, there are a plethora of material possibilities; each come alongside their own benefits and drawbacks. Below are some of the most popular materials to consider:

Timber Windows

Timber is the most traditional of frame materials, often featured on period properties as opposed to modern new-builds. On average, timber can achieve a lifespan of 60 years, only if they are adequately cared for. Due to this, they require more maintenance than any other material type.

A treatment must be applied every year or so to prevent the wood from rotting, warping and growing mould. Although maintenance may be tedious, treatments are not time-consuming or expensive. A number of products are available for a low-cost from places such as Wood Finishes Direct.

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium windows are super durable, capable of lasting several years without much need for maintenance. The material is incredibly lightweight, which means that it can be moulded into more unusual shapes if required. They create an instant contemporary appearance but are somewhat limited in terms of colours available. One of the only downsides to aluminium frames is that due to their high thermal conductivity, they are known for building-up condensation.

uPVC Windows

While uPVC windows have not been around as long as its alternatives, the material boasts an array of benefits. As uPVC is created using a form of plastic, it requires little maintenance aside from regular cleaning to maintain aesthetics. Although it is the cheapest material, uPVC is resistant to rotting, warping, weathering and corrosion, providing exceptional value for money. uPVC is best suited to more modern properties as frames are somewhat plain and minimalist.

Composite Windows

The term composite relates to any material that has been made using two or more material components. When on the topic of windows, composite frames are designed with timber on the inside and aluminium on the exterior – combining the benefits of both materials.

Composite windows are both strong and reliable, capable of lasting up to 40 years with little to no maintenance required. They provide fantastic insulation, making them ideal for boosting your homes energy efficiency. The only drawback towards opting for composite frames is that they are considerably more expensive than other materials.

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Finding The Ideal Combination For You

Every property is unique, as is every homeowner, which means that tracking down the ideal combination of style and material may take time. Always ensure that you meticulously research into several different options before making your decisions. Windows are a substantial investment which if chosen wisely, can last you for your remaining time in your property.

Although you are free to opt for the window material and style best to suit you, we would strongly recommend only going for double-glazing when choosing glass. As specialists in double glazing in Milton Keynes, we can guarantee the array of beneficial qualities of the glass type. Double glazing features two layers of glass which provide additional insulation, security, noise reduction and are easy to maintain. You can find more information on the benefits of double glazing on the MDG website.

A Guide to Home Condensation Removal

There are several reasons as to why there may be a build up of condensation and excess moisture in your home. There are also several solutions to the problem at hand and a few simple changes you can make in order to prevent this occurrence. The accumulation of condensation can cause window frames to rot and wallpaper to peel if it is not treated adequately. Black mould can also start to develop near windows, in the corners or rooms and on soft furniture. Mould is especially susceptible to developing in the winter months and on the North facing walls that lack sunshine. Here is a guide to condensation removal and how you can achieve this at home.

Condensation Removal: Identifying The Causes

There are several ways condensation and mould is caused in your home. Dampness is produced by the buildup of condensation which occurs when moist air and cold surfaces, such as windows or walls, come into contact with each other. A buildup of tiny water droplets is created and then results in the growth of black mould.

Steam produced in the home causes condensation. This can be from cooking, boiling kettles, showering, bathing or drying laundry. When there is not enough ventilation in the property damp air cannot escape, and condensation is formed.

Another reason for condensation forming is when there is not enough heat in your home, and water vapour comes into contact with the cold surfaces. The water vapour then condenses, and dampness is formed.

Having poorly insulated walls and ceilings will also contribute to the amount of condensation forming in your home. When the building can’t retain its heat, and the surfaces become cool, there is a buildup in dampness and condensation. Keep reading to find out how to minimise the amount of condensation developing in your home.

Dry Clothes Outside

Leaving wet clothes to dry in various rooms around your home will increase the amount of moisture in the air and contribute to the buildup of condensation. Instead of airing your clothes in the house, dry them outside on the washing line to prevent excess moisture from forming in your home. If you are unable to dry your washing outside, then hanging them out to dry in the bathroom with the door shut and the windows open is an alternative. This will allow the moisture to escape through the window rather than circulating around your home.

If you have a tumble dryer, then make sure to vent it to the outside through an open window or an outside wall. Ensure that your washing machine is also vented correctly. 2 litres of water is emitted into the air from just one load of washing, so it is essential to have an effective vent installed correctly.

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Altering Your Cooking Habits

When you are cooking, try to ensure that lids are covering pans at all times. This is to help reduce the amount of moisture created from boiling water. If you have one installed, make sure to always use your extractor fan or extractor hood above the cooker, which is designed to minimise the amount of moisture created when cooking. Remember to also leave it on for a good 10-15 minutes once you have finished cooking. The moisture is likely to still be in the air even after you have finished so do not turn it off too soon.

It is a good idea to also keep internal doors closed when you’re cooking and steam is produced, to prevent the moisture from spreading further.

If you do not have an extractor fan, it is a good idea to purchase one if you are struggling with condensation and dampness problems in your home. These devices have humidity sensors which will work more effectively when you are producing steam and then slows down when the humidity levels have dropped. You can have these installed onto either ceilings or walls in your property’s kitchen. You can also opt for eco-friendly fans to lower your energy bills and help protect the environment.

Alternative Heating Methods

Although it is essential to keep your home well heated in order to prevent the build-up of condensation, avoid using paraffin heaters which produce a lot of moisture. This method of heating is not only a massive safety hazard to you and your family, but this form of heat tends to create an excess of condensation inside your property.

Keep all of your room temperatures at a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius and invest in effective wall and ceiling insulation. It is essential to keep room temperature levels consistent and try not to let them fluctuate excessively. Having a thermostat can be useful for monitoring temperature levels and making sure they are constant. During the winter months, it is a good idea to leave the heating on all day in order to sustain an even temperature. Even in the rooms that you don’t often use, make sure the heating is still set in order to avoid cold areas. It is better to keep all of your rooms set to a cooler, consistent temperature.

You can also avoid damp entering your home through the effective installation of wall, loft and ceiling insulation. Through draught proofing your doors and sealing gaps in your windows, you can effectively minimise draughts. Not only will this save you money on your energy bills, but it will further help to reduce the buildup of condensation in your home. Installing double glazed windows into your home will help to prevent heat escaping. We can provide windows in Milton Keynes for an affordable price and a quality finish.

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Effective Ventilation

Effectively ventilating your home is another crucial way to avoid excess moisture, dampness and condensation. Most modern windows are now fitted with trickle vents. Make sure you leave these open or keep windows open slightly to improve ventilation. Breathing is a primary cause of excess moisture in the air, so it is essential to leave your trickle vents open in the rooms you use most.

Dehumidifiers are an effective way of filtering out the moisture in the air and increasing ventilation in your home. However, this is only a temporary solution to the problem and cannot be left running for long periods of time.

Keeping Your Home Free From Condensation

Here are some effective ways that you can help to reduce the moisture levels in your home and the accumulation of condensation and dampness. We also suggest, as a few last top tips, to ensure there are gaps between your walls and soft furniture, and that your wardrobes are not over-full. Condensation can build up in clothing closets and wardrobes when they are too full and the air cannot circulate effectively. We hope you have found this article helpful, if so why not give it a share on your social media?

How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

In order to get your home ready for winter and save yourself from having to fork out for expensive repairs, there are several home maintenance tasks that should be completed before winter commences. This guide contains several useful ways that you can protect your home from the harsh weather conditions associated with winter. Here is our advice on how to get your home ready for winter.

How to Get Your Home Ready For Winter This Year

It is essential to make sure that your home is in the best possible condition to protect itself during the cooler and harsher weather conditions. You may also find that making several home enhancements will help to reduce any heat wastage and improve the overall thermal efficiency of your home. Making sure to eradicate any evidence of draughts will effectively conquer huge amounts of heat wastage. It will also prevent any long-term damage to the internal structure of your property.

By completing these small tasks, you can save yourself considerable amounts of money in the long run. All of the main suggestions we have included in this article are reasonably affordable and can be done yourself. However, we have also included several professional recommendations and a few home maintenance jobs that are at the high end of the affordability spectrum. Moreover, some of the tasks we have included are significantly easier to overcome than others, however, we deem them all to be imperative for protecting your home throughout the winter months.

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1. Ensure your boiler is in working order

It is important to have your boiler inspected at least once a year. Make sure you hire a qualified professional to ensure it is safe working order and is working to its maximum potential. It is even more important to have your boiler inspected before the weather gets too cold, so we suggest timing your yearly inspection in the late autumn.

To help save you money over the winter period, it may also be beneficial for you to insulate your hot water tank. This will help conserve heat and, more importantly, if your pipes freeze, it can be really expensive to sort out. Making sure to effectively insulate both the tank and the pipes is a good way of protecting you against this happening. The materials you’ll require to do this job can be purchased for a reasonable price from most DIY stores. For more information on the best way to insulate both your water tank and pipes, take a read of this guide.

2. Draught-proof your home

If you feel the presence of draughts in your home, then it is imperative to solve the problem through some effective draught-proofing. To prevent the escapism of warm air and the entry of cold air, make sure to inspect the quality of sealing around the doors and windows. If you have noticed the development of any cracks or cavities, then it is important to repair them.

If your existing uPVC windows have started to crack then you may want to consider a window replacement. Similarly, if you have aged timber window frames fitted, then it may be timber for a more thermally efficient alternative. The combination of modern uPVC and double glazing in Milton Keynes is guaranteed to retain the heat in your home and eliminate the presence draughts. If you have found there to be draughs around any doorways, then make sure to install draught excluders which will help to prevent any energy wastage.

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3. Remove debris from your gutters

Once all of the leaves have fallen off the trees you need to spend some time cleaning out your property’s gutters. Make sure that both the gutters and the downspouts are free from accumulated leaves and other forms of debris. Remove all evidence of this to prevent any buildups and blockages during heavy rainfall. This will avoid any damp from the external walls being soaked into the internal walls. Clearing out your gutters is a simple, yet vital aspect of preparing your home for the winter months. If you’d rather invest in professional help, then here is a Gutter Cleaning Expert in Milton Keynes.

4. Refresh the garden

In order to prepare your home for winter, you must also look after your garden and ensure it is in good condition for the wetter and windier months. Tidy up all of the hedges and cut down any weak branches from the trees in both your front and back garden. Avoid leaving the dead branches on the trees over winter as they could come down in the wind and cause external damage to your home. Ensuring to update your garden before the bad weather sets in for winter will help to protect your home.

If you have any broken fences or gates it is a good idea to take care of them. to prevent an escalation in the damages during the winter months. You will only intensify the initial problem if you leave any damaged fencing unattended during the windier and wetter months. Consequently, this is likely to cost you more in repairs in the long run. If you’re looking for other ways to prepare your garden for winter, have a read of this article.

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5. Clear out your chimney

If you have an open fireplace or stove in your property, then it is essential to clear the fumes outlet before the cold weather is established. To ensure your fireplace is working as effectively as possible, you can use a chimney brush to clear it out or you can hire a professional chimney sweep to do the job for you. Alternatively, if you have a fireplace but do not light the fire, then it could be contributing to the cold draughts in your home. A chimney balloon is an effective solution to the problem and will ensure your home maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the cooler months.

Summary

If you complete all of the home maintenance tasks that we have listed above then you will have done everything you can in order to prepare your home for winter. If you fail to complete these tasks in time then you may face expensive consequences and damages to your home. If you have the content contained in this article to be beneficial, feel free to share it with those who you think may benefit from it via social media.

How To Insulate Your Windows For Winter

In order to keep your energy bills to a minimum during the colder months, it is essential to ensure that your windows are fully insulated and performing effectively as possible. Here is our guide on how to insulate your windows before the cold winter weather sets in.

A Guide on How to Insulate Your Windows

The effects of extremely cold weather conditions can significantly impact your home’s interior, especially if your property’s thermal envelope isn’t working effectively. Cold air can enter your home through a multitude of avenues, but before you inspect the quality of your walls, flooring, roofing and ceilings, it might be worth taking a good look at your windows. Even if your windows are fairly new and still in good condition, extreme temperatures can press their way into your home.

We suggest insulating your windows in plenty of time before the winter period. If you wait until the middle of the cold season to finally insulate your windows, you may have already paid unnecessarily high heating bills in the months previously. Preparing your home for winter and the cooler temperatures will only benefit you in the long run and help to prevent high energy bills. Here are a few ways you can successfully insulate the windows in your home.

Invest in New Curtains

Investing in thermal curtains is an affordable, yet highly effective method of insulating your windows. Curtains made from heavy duty fabric provide efficient thermal insulating properties. You can have bespoke curtains made to fit the windows in your home or purchase standard thermal curtains from online and high street home stores. Alternatively, if this an expense you’d rather not invest in, you can simply just hang heavy fabrics where your curtains would be as a temporary winter solution. Both thick curtains or plain fabric are effective in acting as a thermal insulating barrier, trapping the existing heat in your home.

Install Double Glazing

This is, without a doubt, the best method for making sure your windows are as insulated as possible. Both double and triple glazing prevents cold air from entering your home and warm air escaping. The partitions between the glass panes are a gas-filled space that works to reduce the overall heat transfer. This problem is most common in homes that feature conservatories; more often than not the conservatory windows are only single paned. This leaves your home vulnerable to the cold weather and makes it difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature in the winter. Double glazing in Milton Keynes may be an expensive investment but is guaranteed to save you money in the long run.

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Rubber Weather Sealing

This insulation method can easily be performed by hand. Rubber weather sealer has similar properties to a thick, sticky tape that keeps the draughts and coldness out of your home.

All you need to do is simply cut the strips to measure in line with your windows so that they fit all the dimensions. Ensuring the sealing fits exactly with the size of your window will only make it more effective.

You will then need to peel off the backing paper of the strips you have cut and stick them to the frame of your windows. This will close any possible gaps where cold air can enter and warm air escape. This insulating method is one of the most cost-effective techniques in order to fight back at the cold weather. However, you should take into account that when you take these strips off, there is the potential for them to cause damage to the paint.

Window Insulation Film

Another useful method that you can purchase online, window insulation film includes a plastic shrink film that you can attach to the inside of your window frame with double sticky tape.

You should then heat up the film with a hairdryer in order to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. Although this method is very useful in its job, we have to note that it may cause a slightly cloudy appearance on your window as the film is not entirely transparent.

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Draught Excluder

Not only are draught excluders good for trapping the warm air in your home, but they can also be a fun addition to the decor in your home. Draught excluders are widely available to purchase or, alternatively, you can make your own. Many people choose to make them into snakes, worms, sausage dogs or from an attractive piece of fabric. Here is an article on how to make a draught excluder by hand.

Draft snakes are often tubes covered in creative fabric that are filled with beads or rice and sit in front of the bottom of your door, or on your windowsill to prevent cold air leaking into your home. Although they are not expensive, making your own draft excluder can be a fun activity and if you can do so, then you should. All you need is material with an outer tube and dried rice or popcorn kernels. You could even add in some lavender to provide a pleasant aroma, or some button eyes to give your draft snake a realistic look.

Nevertheless, if you prefer a more simple and convenient method of blocking internal draughts, then you can purchase more simplistic designs. Brush strip draught excluders are commonly used and are fitted to the bottom of the door, meaning you don’t need to move the door stop to open the door.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are slightly similar to window insulation film but marginally better. However, there is a catch – they are expensive. These have the job of insulating your windows whilst still letting light through the windows. Although window insulation film does still let in light, it can appear very clouded. However, this improved version is transparent and gives the same appearance while doing the same job as window insulation film.

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Summary

With the implementation of our advice, you’ll find that insulating your windows has never been so easy. When it comes to ensuring your conservatories remain warm throughout the winter, these products are necessary.

Although it is very rare that we have severe weather here in the UK, it is still essential to prepare your home for the winter months. If you’re interested in other ways to get your property ready for winter, then feel free to take a read of this article. If you are looking for a professional and reliable installer off triple and double glazing windows in Milton Keynes, get in touch with one of our members of staff today.

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A Guide to Different Styles of Windows

The age, value and architecture of your house will have a considerable impact on the style of windows you can afford to install. You also need to take into consideration your budget, your environment and your lifestyle before making a decision. To ensure you secure the most suitable windows for your home and family, take a read of our guide to different styles of windows.

The Different Styles of Windows

There are so many different styles of windows to choose from that making an educated and rational decision can be overwhelming. To get an idea of all the window styles available on the market and an understanding of which type will best suit your home, take a read of our guide.

Casement Windows

This design of window is hinged at the side on two different panes and opens like a door. However, there are also a number of other alternative configurations. The openers can be top, side hung or fixed. They are brilliant for ventilation purposes and ideal for properties located in specifically warmer climates. You can almost eliminate the need for fans or other cooling devices with the installation of casement windows. Because the wind is rarely flowing directly at your windows, by opening the windows at the correct angle, you can capture the breeze and allow it to circulate the room effectively. They provide an excess of light into the room and offer a wholly unobstructed view.

Casement windows are also excellent thermal insulators. They are fully sealed, creating an air resistant barrier to prevent heat loss and helps to cut home heating bills. These windows are also effective noise insulators and are ideal for properties located in built-up and busy areas.

Although the design of these windows makes them easy to open and close, without a child lock to stop them from opening too far, these windows can be dangerous for properties with young children. Some windows come with built-in stays to prevent them from opening further than necessary. If not, then you can attach a small chain to both the frame and the window to restrict it opening too wide. In addition to that, although these windows open and close easily, they are limited when it comes to adjustability.

If you do not maintain casement windows regularly and efficiently enough, then the hinges will become rusty and easy to break in to. Make sure to ensure they are always in good condition to ensure the safety of your home and family.

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Tilt and Turn Windows

Whilst it is standard for most windows to open outwards, tilt and turn windows are designed to open inwards for increased ventilation, easier maintenance and improved security. This style of window is specifically beneficial for households with small children. Although it can be opened wide, you can tilt the window inwards to prevent children from getting into danger whilst ventilating the room.

However, because the windows are able to be opened fully, they are easy to clean both inside and out. This style of window is also particularly suitable for providing an unobstructed view and allowing sufficient light levels into the room.

Tilt and turn windows are usually made from uPVC and means they are extremely durable, highly weather resistant and immune from rotting or warping. They are, however, available in a number of different materials, colours and finishes. These windows are easy to use, effortless to maintain, extremely safe for young children and will most property styles.

Georgian Windows

These windows are also known as Tudor or cottage windows and specifically complement the older, more traditional looking properties. Having said that, they are equally appropriate for adding a touch of tradition to a contemporary home. The style of the Georgian window features horizontal and vertical strips and are available in a variety of materials.

Traditionally, the Georgian window should be made from hardwood and incorporates a double hung window with an upper smaller sash. However, to achieve the classic appearance without compromising security and energy efficiency performance, many homeowners now opt for uPVC made Georgian windows. Nevertheless, you must consider that installing uPVC windows might well reduce the overall value of your property.

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Sash Windows

The sash window is a chief supporter of Georgian and Victorian properties and is widely used on traditionally designed new builds. The distinctive design of the sash window is made up of two sashes that can slide up and down. There is one sash in front and one behind and are counterbalanced by lead weights on cords. The traditional windows were designed with no outward swing, but more modern designs have added a tilt in feature to make cleaning more accessible.

If you own a listed property, then replacing the existing windows with genuine timber sash ones may be your only option. There are a number of companies who specialise in authentic replacements. You can opt for sash windows to be built from different materials, but you may find that having the timber suitably painted or stained will increase their longevity and durability. If maintained appropriately, timber windows can often last longer than uPVC and will not require as much maintenance.

However, if you are looking for uPVC sash windows, then they are the ideal substitute for painted wood. uPVC has many desirable traits; it requires minimal maintenance, it is energy efficient, and then at the end of its service, uPVC can be recycled.

An alternative to using both timber or uPVC is composite sash windows. The design is a combination of wood and aluminium. The internal wood element ensures the traditional look still exists, but the aluminium provides adequate weather resistance qualities. The external aspect of the window requires virtually no maintenance.

Summary

Overall, hopefully, you have found this guide valuable, and it has provided a sufficient amount of information for you to now make an educated decision. Make sure that when you are looking for suppliers and fitters of windows in Milton Keynes, that you choose a reliable and reputable company. For more information on any of the windows we have discussed, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Tips on Keeping Conservatories Cool in the Summer

The point of your conservatory is to provide you with a cool sanctuary during the summer months, rather than a humid greenhouse. In the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are at their hottest, your conservatory can quickly overheat and create an unpleasant and clammy atmosphere. Here are are some top tips for keeping conservatories cool and fresh during the warmer months.

Keeping Conservatories Cool – The Guide

Conservatories are notorious for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. There are several simple and relatively cheap ways of keeping your conservatory chilled throughout the summer. If you are thinking of installing a conservatory, then here is some helpful advice you may want to take into consideration before you start building. If you already have a conservatory that you would like to make more effective, then here are some simple changes you can make.

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1. Blinds

Blinds are one of the cheapest and easiest solutions to keeping your conservatory cool. They help to cool the room down significantly by shielding from the glare of the sun. They also help to then keep the heat in during the cooler winter months. They serve a dual function of not only keeping the room cool but blocking out the glare from the sun. Blinds are available in a variety of colours, materials and styles and suit a range of budgets. You can pick up stylish, yet, cost-effective blinds from places like Dunhelm and Argos, or you can opt for handmade bespoke blinds from companies such as Elegancy Blinds. You also have the option to install either pull-cord operated or motorised blinds. This may be dependent on your budget, but both can look equally as stylish. Blinds are a fantastic and flexible option which give you the ability to adjust how much warmth and light you want to let in, no matter the time of year.

2. Ventillation

If your windows and doors are kept closed, your conservatory will retain the heat, so, keeping your windows open during the warm weather is essential for allowing enough ventilation into the room. Having the windows open allows air to circulate, and when used in conjunction with blinds, is an effective way of keeping your conservatory cool. Leaving the doors and windows open allows the fresh air to drift throughout the conservatory, keeping it at a pleasant temperature. In order to maximise the airflow, it is important to have both top and bottom vents. If your conservatory does not have vents, or they were not built into the design, then you can consider installing an openable skylight. It is better to think about ventilation before the building of your conservatory, adding additional ventilation afterwards can be expensive. Nevertheless, keeping your doors and window open during the summer is a great way to keep your conservatory cool, but you must remember to lock up before leaving the house. Keep in mind to also close the vents when the weather starts getting cooler, otherwise, you will waste a lot of energy keeping your conservatory warm later on in the year.

3. Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is one of the most expensive, but most effective cooling method. They are expensive to run but excellent for controlling the room temperature quickly and efficiently. Some air conditioning units also offer heating as well as cooling settings. This means they can be used productively throughout the year. Air conditioning units are especially useful for if you’re using the area for practical purposes, such as an office space or if you just generally spend a lot of time in your conservatory. If you have decided you want to invest in the installation of air con, it is worth looking into solar-assisted air conditioning units. These are far cheaper to run, they’re more environmentally friendly and ideal for keeping your conservatory at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. It is essential that you work out how much space requires cooling to ensure you buy the right size unit suitable for the dimensions of your conservatory.

4. Fans

Ceiling fans are another effective and comparatively cheap method of cooling your conservatory. In conjunction with having the windows open ajar, fans offer a great way for air to circulate the room and provide some ventilation. If you are thinking of having a conservatory built, make sure to add a ceiling fan so that you are guaranteed to stay cool during the summer months. You could also consider investing in a standing fan as an alternative to a ceiling fan. Take a look into the different motorised fans with variable speeds or opt for a more aesthetically pleasing bladeless fan. However, you may need more than one standing fan, depending on the size of your conservatory.

5. Design

The way in which you design the interior of your conservatory will have an impact on the temperature and atmosphere. You will want to avoid dark furniture, dark paint and leather furnishings. Opting for a cool colour scheme can make the room feel light and airy. You can also keep some potted plants around the room that will help with the moisture and create a calming conservatory environment. This will also help to incorporate the garden into your home so that you can enjoy the nature and landscape without sitting in the heat of the sun. When you are choosing furniture, select soft fabrics such as cotton, over leather. Leather tends to feel sweaty in the warm weather and will contribute to the heat inside of the room. Wooden furniture, which is both cooling and attractive, is also a good option.

Summary

Overall, there is a number of contributing factors that can cause your conservatory to overheat. Nevertheless, there are many solutions to this problem. If you already have a conservatory that you’re trying to make more effective and comfortable to spend time in, then there are many simple methods of cooling it down during the summer. However, if you are thinking about installing a conservatory in your garden, then make sure to read these tips beforehand to save you the time and expenses later on.