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Why Your Windows Might Whistle (and what to do about it)

Have you ever noticed your windows making unusual sounds? These might be the popping or cracking noises that result from the glass expanding and contracting at a different rate to the surrounding frame.  On the other hand, you might hear a high-pitched whistling noise – especially on windy days. In some cases, this latter sound can be particularly annoying – especially if you’re looking to enjoy a moment’s peace when relaxing indoors during bad weather.  When the wind gets to a certain velocity, the sound can be shrill and high-pitched. So what causes this sound?  And, more importantly, what can



What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory?

If you’re planning to have an extension build for your property, then the first thing you need to consider is the type of structure you would like. The two main varieties of glass extension are the traditional conservatory and the orangery – and while there’s a lot of confusion over exactly what the differences are, there are clear differences between the two structures. What is An Orangery? Orangeries can be traced back to the 15th and 16th century, when Italian nobles used Roman-inspired structures to allow them to grow citrus trees in cooler climates. They used large walls and a


How to Clean Your Conservatory Blinds

There are some cleaning tasks that we naturally tend to stay on top of, but there are others that are often overlooked – and cleaning a conservatory’s blinds is one of those jobs.  It only takes a few minutes to keep your conservatory blinds clean if you do it regularly, and it will extend the life of the blinds, and help to avoid a build-up of dust and dirt that could contribute to allergy related issues. Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of the job. Removing Debris The first thing you need to do is remove

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What to Ask When Buying a Conservatory

A conservatory is a popular choice for homeowners looking to increase their living space.  They offer an easy way to extend living space into the outdoors without making any major alterations to the structure of the house.  Better yet, they’re really versatile. A conservatory can be used as a living room, dining room, playroom, an office – and much more. But clearly not all conservatories are created equally, so it’s worth considering the differences you might encounter, and how they might be successfully navigated.  When you’re discussing a potential purchase, you can save yourself a great deal of hassle in


How to Choose a Home Improvements Quote

QUESTION: We have quotes from 3 different home improvements companies – there is quite a difference between the lowest and the highest prices. How do we choose which one should do the work on our home? One of the greatest benefits of the internet is the fact it offers the ability to compare product prices before making a purchase. Unfortunately, while this system works great when researching like-for-like products, it’s less useful for researching the price of bespoke purchases – like home improvements. Some of the most common questions prospective customers ask us include things like, “how much will a

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How Do We Find a Home Improvements Company We Can Trust?

QUESTION: We’re looking for a new conservatory, windows and doors for our home. It’s a considerable investment – how do we find a home improvements company that we can trust? The very first thing you should do is: Your homework Have any of your friends or family recently had work done on their property? Or a neighbour, perhaps? Ask them what they thought of the company that carried out the work and whether they’d recommend them. Don’t just ask for their thoughts on the final product, either. Ask them what they thought of the whole process. What were the sales


60+ Inventions that Changed Our Home & Lifestyle

Have you ever thought about how modern inventions have changed our home and lifestyle (usually) for the better? Or do you just take for granted how much easier creations from washing machines and microwaves through to mobile phones and MP3s have made our lives? Chances are it’s the latter – we use these items day-in-day-out but give little thought to how they landed in our hands or homes, or the difference they’re making to how we live. Below are 60+ inventions from the 1950s until the present day.  Not all of them are still in use today, but they’ve all

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What are Secured by Design Windows?

The last 10 years have seen window design has evolve significantly. If you’re looking to replace your home’s windows today you can rest assured that many products on the market are not only very energy efficient, but also very secure. A good quality window isn’t just glass in a frame – it’s a highly-engineered assemblage of components. A reputable home improvements company will offer this quality of window as standard. They will also have ensured their products meet British standards such as PAS 24: 2012 for “Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK”. What is Secured by Design? Secured by Design


Choosing External Doors to Maximise Space and Light

If you’re looking to maximise both space and light in your home you won’t go far wrong with bi-fold doors. Close them and a wall of glass will allow natural light to flood in. Open them and each individual leaf concertinas onto the next, creating a wide open space between your home and garden. How much space do bi-fold doors need? This is a key concern when considering having bi-fold doors installed. That’s because the space in which your doors will be installed will dictate the number of glass panes required. The maximum width available for a single set of bi-folding doors installed

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UPVC vs. Composite Doors

Not all external doors are created equally.  There are many differences, but arguably the most significant is the material or materials used to produce them. In the main, external doors are built either from wood, uPVC, or a composite of various materials. Let’s examine the respective merits and drawbacks of uPVC and composite doors.  After considering these, you’ll be a better position to choose a door that’s right for your home. uPVC doors Polyvinyl chloride is a flexible, lightweight plastic that you might find in certain sorts of figure-hugging items of clothing.  When it lacks a plasticising agent, however, it’s

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