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May 2018

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Buying a Conservatory

Conservatories continue to be a popular home improvement choice in the UK and as we enjoy some Spring sunshine, it’s often the time of year that people take the plunge and place an order. However, before you decide, it’s important to think about how you’ll use the new space, how you want it to look as the finished room and what style of conservatory would best suit your needs.

How will you use the space?

One of the very first things to consider is how you will use the new room. Do you plan on it being a garden or pet room? Is it somewhere peaceful to escape on a sunny day? Or will it be a more integral extension to your existing living space? Each of these potential uses will suit a different kind of conservatory style and design.

For example, one used for plants and pets can probably be added onto the house and entered through an existing doorway. For a room that will only be used on warm sunny days, you only need a simple build, but you will need to think about the impact on the temperature of your whole home. As for a conservatory being a genuine extension of an existing living or dining room for example, this will require more thought and will be a slightly more complex project.

Conservatory Styles

There are so many different types of conservatories to choose from, and that’s before you even start to think about orangeries. So here are some of the most popular types on the market as well as a little bit of information about each.
The Victorian and Edwardian conservatories are very similar in style. The Victorian has a bay front with a pitched roof, as well as an ornately designed roof ridge. The Edwardian is very similar but features a flat front and rectangular shape.
The Lantern conservatory features a stunning glass ‘lantern’ roof and is supported by firm and solid structures. They offer a more modern look and offer great appeal aesthetically.
The Gable conservatory differs from most in terms of its roof design. Unlike most, the roof does not take a slow slope back to the centre. Instead, it remains upright for a greater sense of height and overall size.
Shaped conservatories also exist, usually in a T or P shape, but increasingly in all sorts of shapes to fit around unusual house shapes and garden spaces.
Research. Order. Enjoy!

Adding a conservatory to your home is an exciting project to undertake and a great way to add space to your house. Whether you plan to enjoy it by yourself or with friends and family as a more social space, they can add a whole new dimension to the way you live in your house and use the space. It’s important to do your research before you buy, as with any big-ticket item, but once you have decided on its use and the best style to suit your needs, in no time at all you can sit back and enjoy the result.

If you need any help or advice on the best conservatory for you, our friendly team are always here to help.

Problems With Your Doors?

What does your front door say about you?

It’s all about colour in the world of windows and doors in 2018. Following the trends in the interior and building design arenas, windows and doors are keeping pace with changing tastes.

Property programmes such as Grand Designs remain an authoritative voice in property design and there are an increasing number of programmes educating us in how to make our homes look better, more welcoming, more on trend. We all love to dream about living in our own Grand Designs home, but as a second-best option, we try to bring elements of what we like into our own homes.

On-Trend

And of course, the Spring and Summer months are the best time to think about updating your home and what better place to start than with your front door? But what’s on trend for 2018?

While 2017 saw more pastel and neutral choices, this year it’s more about being bold and making a statement. While Anthracite Grey is seen as the ‘new black’ and is still popular, there is a shift towards slightly greener or bluer shades of grey – dark grey in cities and blue-greys in rural areas – as well as going back to more traditional creams and blacks. Pantone colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra-Violet, so we’re sure to see more dramatic purple/blue tone doors.

What Does Your Door Say About You?

London estate agent Marsh & Parsons teamed up with international colour consultancy, Pantone, to carry out research on what the choice of front door colour can suggest about the type of person living inside the home and here’s what they concluded:

Green: a sign of loyalty and affection. More pastel tone like Sage is calm.
Black: timeless and traditional choice that represents creativity. Elegant, powerful, and prestigious, it will never go out of fashion.
Yellow: the colour of sunshine. A bold choice that shows a friendly and nurturing attitude, warm and welcoming.
Grey: subtle, stylish, timeless and classic. Another one that won’t go out of fashion.
Red: represents a touch of glamour and intimacy, but also commanding, dynamic, and engaging. What is more classic than telephone box red.
Blue or Lavender: introverted by nature and like a private oasis. Blue symbolizes strong qualities like trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence & intelligence.
Dark Blues: Authoritative and trustworthy, they suggest someone strong and stylish
who likes classic designs.
Dark Greens: calm, quiet and soothing, suggests strength and style, with classic design tastes.
Light Blues & Pastels: Peaceful and tranquil, lighter colours suggest the home is a haven from the rest of the world.
White: the colour of perfection and associated with light and goodness, safety and cleanliness. Simple, crisp and pristine, it supports a minimalist look.
Cream or Neutral: shows someone is likely to be practical in nature.
Pink: Needless to say, a hopeless romantic. But, also someone who is either and exhibitionist, or thoughtful, cheery and generous.
Natural stain: traditional choice, rustic and comforting.

Your view

We’d love to know what you think. Have they got it right? And which colour door will you be buying to best reflect your personality?

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What to do about expanding PVC-U

Modern PVC-U is a precision-engineered, sustainable, fully recyclable material whose superior thermal efficiency offers significant energy savings in the home. And it’s a responsible choice; PVC-U has an expected lifespan of at least 35 years, and when it does reach the end of its life it can be recycled up to ten times.

But don’t just take our word for it… the Building Research Establishment’s authoritative Green Guide rates PVC-U as equal to or better than timber in a number of key areas, including sustainability, environmental impact and energy efficiency.

PVC-U in the warmer weather

PVC-U is a popular choice of material for construction materials such as windows, doors and guttering because it’s a strong and rigid material that can withstand the elements and everyday use it goes through. However, like all plastics, it can suffer in the heat and expand in higher temperatures, which can make it difficult to shut or lock your windows and doors when we experience a sunny spell, as we have been lucky enough to witness over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

How to combat PVC-U expansion

When the temperature cools into the evening or when the windows or doors become sheltered in the shade, they will return to their original form and you will be able to shut and lock them as normal. If you simply can’t wait, you can try and cool them down quicker with cool water on the frame, although on a really hot day, this may not make a lot of difference.

Another short-term solution is to adjust the hinges of the door you’re struggling to close. It’s easy to do but beware, because you may then struggle with the door closing in the frame when the weather cools down again and so the hinges may need adjusting back again.

When is it time to replace?

If things get really bad, it might be worth talking to your local window and door installer to see if it’s worth having the items replaced. It might simply be time for new products. It’s worth remembering too that although this can be a downside to PVC-U products, on the whole, PVC-U comes out on top for cost, maintenance and life span so if you can make it work, it remains the most popular choice of window and door material for good reason.

If you would like any more advice on looking after your existing windows and doors or on whether it’s time to buy new, there is a friendly and experienced team at Trent Valley Windows waiting to take your call.

bespoke conservatory with solid tiled roof

The All-Year-Round Conservatory

We have witnessed some pretty extreme weather conditions already this year and so fast changing too! Snow piling up one minute and completely melted the next and then not many weeks after, soaring temperatures. It’s hard to keep up! It’s also clear to see why solid roofs continue to be so popular! Depending on the configuration of existing conservatories, some struggle to keep up with the quick changing weather extremes we experience in this country. The age-old problem of being too cold to use in winter (whenever that winter weather may arrive) and too hot in the summer, particularly hits home when the weather is extreme and consumers have conservatories they genuinely can’t use. Glass roofs today are a fantastic option and are a vast improvement on the polycarbonate option that was the favourite conservatory roof for some years, but solid roofs have perhaps had the biggest impact on the ability to create a genuinely useable room, all year round.

New Vs Replacement

We sell the Guardian Warm Roof solid roof solution which is still the UK’s most popular tiled replacement roof today. Interestingly the majority of solid roofs we sell seem to remain in the replacement sector, i.e. they’re installed on top of existing conservatories, but they are also proving popular on new conservatories to ensure an all-round additional room in the home from the start.

What are the benefits?

Fully tested and approved to all thermal and structural standards, the Guardian™ roof is a high performance insulated roof system comprising of a pre-engineered lightweight frame, two layers of rigid insulation board, internal insulated plasterboard, exterior grade plywood and a vapour membrane. Altogether this creates a thermally efficient living space; keeping the warm air out in the summer and preventing the heat from escaping in the winter. The result? A thermally efficient room that can save you money on your heating bills.

LABC Approved

If you’re considering replacing an existing glass or polycarbonate roof with a solid roof, you need to be aware of the relating Building Regulations. In August 2013 the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) released some basic guidelines about the Regulations applicable to the replacement of a translucent roof (glass or polycarbonate) with a solid roof – onto to conservatory or porch. The GuardianTM solid roof is a strong, lightweight tiled roof that is fully approved by the LABC so we’re able to offer peace of mind to all our solid roof customers.

Experience & Expertise

As with everything we sell, the most important thing for us is that you feel comfortable with your chosen home improvement product. That’s why we have a friendly, no pressure team to talk you through all of the options and who will also be on hand to help with additional factors such as Building Regulation considerations.

If you’d like to find out more about our Solid Roof offering, please get in touch today.

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