Three Reasons Why Double Glazing Is Key To Selling Your Kent Home

Sponsored by Fineline based in Kent

So, you are looking to sell your home in Kent? I bet you know that the current housing market is very competitive as it nearly always is. With this in mind, you are probably thinking about what you can do to get the most value from your home.

Double glazing is generally added as standard to new homes being built, but some older properties still have single glazed windows which will put a strain on heating bills. Here is some reasons why you should consider getting double glazing installed to help in selling your home. You may want to consider getting double glazing from FineLine Windows.

Many people are put off by single glazing

Some potential buyers may be put off by the fact that you only have single glazing because it’s either going to cost them in heating bills or cost them in being replacing. Believe me, they are probably reading the property details and loving the property but they find out about the single glazing and stall.

You can bet they are probably doing the maths to work out what double glazing will cost to be installed once they’ve bought the property. With people on strict budgets, this may not be something they want to do themselves and so they may be searching for properties with it already installed.

It will help your EPC rating

Your Energy Performance Certificate rating is super important. You can get rated from A which is very efficient to G which is inefficient. An EPC is now a requirement of every rented and sold property so you will want to make sure you have a decent rating when it comes to the time you are selling your home.

The EPC rating tells you (and potential buyers) how energy efficient the home is and lets them know how costly it will be to heat and light – and it will also tell them what the carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. You will need to get an EPC to sell your home so it’s a good idea to make the improvements before selling. Double glazing will certainly help you boost your rating rather than having single glazing!

You will feel the benefit

If you are putting your house up for sale, you know it may not sell straight away due to the competitive market so upgrading to double glazing or triple glazing is not only for the benefit of your sale but will benefit you too. With your single glazing, you may have found the heat is getting out and the cold is getting in – this is much less likely to happen with double glazing! Whilst you are waiting for your sale or for the paperwork to go through, you can be happy and warm in your home!





3 Reasons To Have Composite French Doors Instead Of uPVC French Doors

Sponsored by  Chase Windows, based in Hertfordshire & London’

Do you have French doors or have you been considering them? Do you know the difference between composite French doors and uPVC French doors? I bet you probably don’t – plenty of people don’t!

Here are three different reasons why you should choose to have composite French doors installed instead of uPVC French doors. You can get both uPVC French doors and composite French doors from Chase Windows.

The Safety Element

Whilst you may have been considering other options, composite doors offer an alternative to the more mainstream materials of choice. Composite doors are made from a mixture of materials which really help the safety aspect of the door. Solidor (offered by Chase Windows) have a large range of composite doors and these come fitted with an exclusive unique lock system which has been rigorously tested and is the largest and strongest hook and bolt system in the door system. Others in the range have auto locking and electronics so you can always be assured about the security of your product – and know that you are safe indoors as no one can get in.

Good At Keeping In The Heat (And Stopping The Cold From Coming In)

When it comes to French doors, you don’t want your heat escaping and you certainly don’t want the bitter cold sneaking its way in. The mixture of materials form a laminated and extra strong door which ensures that you will be kept warm and toasty without having to worry about the cold getting in.

They Look Good

What is good about this is that you can get a style to suit pretty much any property. You could live in the most modern or properties, an old cottage or something in between and there will be something suitable for you. All the doors in all the different styles have their own characteristics so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.

You are also able to choose the colour finish for your composite French doors so you will be able to find the perfect colour finish to not only suit your property but that you love too! The colour finishes can be different on the inside and the outside and either can be decor matching or in complete contrast – it is totally up to you!

Whilst uPVC doors may be a tempting option due to the combination of panels, extensive range of glass options and a wide range of styles and colours, it is easy to see why plenty of people are opting for composite French doors when updating their property.

Have you ever had French doors put in? What material did you choose?

3 Tips For Choosing Double Glazing Windows For Your Devonshire Home

Sponsored by Landmark Windows, based in Plymouth

When it comes to choosing how to improve your home, you always want to make sure you are getting the best quality items, the best quality work and the best deal that you can possibly get. Considering upgrading to double glazing? Then you will want to ensure that everything is all above board and the company you choose are reputable. Here are three tips for choosing double glazing windows for your home.

Look for local businesses and help your local economy

It may be tempting to go for big name brands that you see advertised everywhere but sometimes these bigger brands don’t care about the ‘little man’, so to speak – and the customer service can leave a lot to be desired. Taking the time to research local businesses may lead you to find an absolute gem of a company whose work speaks volumes.

Local smaller businesses have to strive harder to be seen and their customer service is often impeccable – really personable. With such an emphasis on shopping local in today’s day and age, why wouldn’t you find out more about your local businesses and give them the job, thus helping boost your local economy also? If everyone was to use local businesses a little more, it would be great!

Ask friends and family for recommendations

Do you know any friends or family who have had double glazing put in or have been researching themselves? Whether they have bought double glazing windows from Landmark Windows or come across some businesses in their research, it is definitely worth getting their recommendations and finding out a little more about the businesses yourself. If someone you know has had the job done and is happy with it, find out if other friends or family have also used the same people – you may find out that a business stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Seek out independent reviews too

The internet is the perfect place to look if you want to get some honest feedback and have already asked your family and friends. Companies may have reviews on their Facebook page, on Google itself or on other sites such as Yell. By reading these online reviews, you should be able to get a general overview of what to expect from a company. I would suggest being wary of any company who has hundreds upon hundreds of five star reviews with nothing lower though – I’d expect some lower for every company as they’re only human and can make small mistakes too. You want to ensure the independent reviews you are reading are genuine.

These are just three ways you could choose your double glazing windows – if budget is what is swaying you, you could always do a price comparison of the companies you’ve shortlisted.

How would you suggest choosing double glazing windows for your home? How do you yourself find reputable and affordable companies?

Double glazing vs triple glazing? What will add the most value to your Cheltenham home?

Sponsored by Albany Windows, based in Gloucestershire & Cheltenham

Do you live in the Cheltenham area and have you been considering double glazing or triple glazing? Do you realistically know what things you should be thinking about when it comes to the windows in your home? If you’re anything like me, you probably never used to know the first thing about windows – but when considering such a job, it is important to know exactly what work you are getting done.

Double glazing is pretty standard in most properties now – those being built generally have double glazing as standard and many people, including our landlady here, have had double glazing put in to their older properties as time has gone by.

Are you thinking about upgrading your existing windows to double or triple glazing? You want to be happy with your choices but you also want to know how it will affect the value of your home before you get started, right? Here are a few stats for you that may swing your mind either way.

As mentioned, double glazing is pretty common nowadays but if you have bought an older property, it may not have yet had double glazing put in. Statistically, double glazing will add an average of 14% more value to your home.

Should you opt for triple glazing, statistically it could add up to £25,000 more value in some areas – and improves your Energy Performance Certificate rating too!  An EPC tells you how energy efficient your home is, rating it from A which is very efficient to G which is inefficient – landlords must ensure the property is a minimum of an E rating & many selling will want to make improvements to the EPC rating to make the property more enticing. Upgrading your windows is real investment for both now & the future.This enables future buyers to know how much it will cost to light and heat the house and what emissions to expect. Triple glazing will help you to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

The three layers of glass all have their own specific job to do – one offers very high clarity, one is designed to reflect heat back into the room instead of letting it escape and the central pane is made of tempered glass which helps reduce the risk of cracking. It may be a little more expensive to install than double glazing but it tends to offer a higher energy saving and you are able to recuperate your investment in a much quicker time.

Obviously you will know the value of your property so you could sit down and work out the maths to see which improves the value of your home best. Whether you choose to get double glazing or triple glazing by Albany Windows, you always need to ensure you are informed about the choices you make. The product has to work for you – both physically and financially!

Have you been considering getting double or triple glazing installed in your home – or have you recently had it done? What did you or will you opt for? I’d love to know!


5 super easy ways to make your bedroom extra cosy

The nights are darker, the air is colder, and Autumn is in full swing. Winter, however will be here before we know it and for many of us, Sunday mornings snuggled under the duvet listening to the awful weather outside is the best way to spend a weekend.

But what can you do to make your bedroom extra cosy? With the colder weather approaching, now is the time to update your bedroom and make it a comfortable paradise for you to enjoy whilst the rain lashes the windows outside. Read on for 5 super easy ways to make your bedroom extra cosy.

Your flooring

When it comes to high levels of comfort, the flooring in your bedroom is pretty important. The flooring in your bedroom works hard and has a lot thrown at it on a daily basis, whether that’s makeup spillages, cups of tea sloshing everywhere, contact lens solution – it’s no wonder it can look old, tired and grubby. If you want to take your comfort to the next level, consider updating your flooring with a new, thick pile carpet – if you aim to pick an affordable remnant as well as affordable underlay you can completely transform your bedroom space in an instant without breaking the bank.

If your budget or time won’t stretch to a new flooring solution, treat yourself to a new rug instead!

Make it just right for sleeping

In order to properly rest, our bedrooms need to be as dark as possible, so if you’re interested in a proper night’s sleep then why not consider some blackout blinds or curtains? If you’re a light sleeper, then these are perfect for you.

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Switch up your lighting

You need to up your lighting game and for a start, get rid of all those overhanging light fixtures. Aim for table lamps instead with low wattage bulbs to keep light low and relaxing. If you like to read in bed then of course keep the bulbs the same. If you can’t bring yourself to part with your overhead lamp then consider installing a dimmer switch so you can control the brightness.

Add some candles

Introducing some candles into your room is a treat for all the senses, although burning candles in the bedroom can be a risky business with all the fabric around and the risk that you might fall asleep…so, if you’re going to burn candles try storing them in hurricane vases, or glass lanterns. If you don’t want to risk the flames then opt for some LED or artificial burning candles instead.

Introduce a little nature

Nature has healing, calming and soothing properties. It’s been proven that spending time within nature is enough to bring down your heart rate and stress levels. So, why not try some in the bedroom? Adding a couple of house plants to your room will not only help you relax but also help purify the air – allowing you to have a better nights sleep.