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November 2018

Highest Security Door Barrels

It is statistically proven that crime increases over the festive period, in particular house burglaries, with an increase of up to 20% at Christmas time. According to crime stats for the financial year 2016/17, there were 6278 burglaries in England and Wales over the 2016 Christmas period. This compares to 5524 the year before and 5222 in 2014 – a 20% increase in 3 years. The survey also reveals that West Yorkshire had the most burglaries in 2016 with 1062 over Christmas.

Taken from the West Yorkshire Police website, they advise ‘Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, there are simple measures you can take to make your home look occupied and reduce your chances of being a victim.

Here are some tips to improve your home security: –

  • Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view.
  • Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.
  • Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house.
  • Don’t leave valuables on show, such as laptops, tablets, keys, purses, etc.
  • Consider starting or joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

But above all the old tricks to keep the burglars at bay, the best thing to do is improve the security of your home. At Trent Valley Windows, we believe in giving our customers the best quality products and highest levels of security on the market. This is why we recommend the Ultion lock to all our customers.

 

The Ultion lock is the most secure due to;

  • 20-point drill protection– Both ends of every Ultion lock feature 20 hardened steel pins and plates, each one positioned precisely to protect your lock from a drill attack.
  • Unbeaten in every test, literally– As well as being approved by the Police and achieving the highest Kitemark star rating, Ultion is tested by locksmiths with the Master Lock Association and is accredited with their highest standard.
  • 294,970 key combinations– Most security locks have only 5 or 6 pins, Ultion uses 11. This means that Ultion creates nearly 3 times the amount of key combinations required for the highest standard.
  • Hidden attack lock- When Ultion detects an attack it activates Lockdown Mode. A hidden firing pin in Ultion’s core secures the central cam and stops the intruder being able to open the door.

 For more information on the Ultion lock and how to get the highest security locks for your home and conservatory doors, speak to one of our designers today!

Do I Need Planning Permission For A Conservatory?

It’s a question we get asked a lot and the simple answer is….no! Adding a conservatory to your house is one of the easiest ways to add extra room and value to your home but making the decision to extend your property is a big commitment, and not one to be taken lightly. A conservatory or single-storey extension can be built without seeking planning permission first if:

  • It is a MAXIMUM of 4 metres high.
  • It is on the REAR of the property and projects no more than 4 metres for detached properties and no more than 3 metres on any other house types.
  • The conservatory DOES NOT cover more than half of the remaining garden.
  • The roof eaves and ridge ARE NOT higher than the existing property’s eaves and ridge.
  • Side extensions DO NOT extend more than half the width of the original house and DO NOT face a highway.
  • There are no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.

You are allowed to build certain types of structures without applying for planning permission because of ‘permitted development rights’ that are granted by Parliament. Some conservatories and single-storey extensions fall into this category. Until May 2019, the Government’s permitted development rights will allow detached property owners to extend rear extensions outwards by up to 8 metres, all other house types can extend by up to 6 metres. Rather than applying for planning permission, you will need to consult your neighbours, via the planning office, under the ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’. Some properties are built with their permitted development rights removed, if this is the case the homeowner will need planning permission to build any kind of conservatory or extension.

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We recently completed this solid roof conservatory for one of our customers in Leeds. They required an extra room on their home, to use as a playroom for their children. We created this 3 metre by 4 and a half metre conservatory for them which has given them the space they desperately needed. This solid roof conservatory fit all the criteria above and therefore was exempt from planning permission. If planning permission is required however, Trent Valley Windows will take care of all your needs meaning there will be no stress on your part, as our team will project manage the whole process.

What’s the difference between a solid roof conservatory and a single-storey extension?

The simple answer is……there isn’t one! However, a solid roof conservatory is far cheaper and faster to do, with much less hassle, as Trent Valley Windows will project manage the whole build from start to finish. We have all our own tradesmen on site to assist in every aspect of the build, from surveyors, to builders, to fitters and electricians.

Construction elements have been enhanced for the 21st century, meaning many products now don’t require building regulation applications, and can be easily approved before installation. These can be pre-approved by the LABC (local authority building control) therefore no nasty additional building costs to catch you out.  A solid roof conservatory can be built from start to finish in four to six weeks.

From time to time, we like to showcase our work and show you how we have transformed some of our customers homes. No matter the size of your house, there is always a need for extra space and a conservatory does just the job. Recently we completed this solid roof conservatory in Bradford and the results are fantastic. Dramatically increasing the living space within their home, adding a completely new room which is being used as a second sitting room for the whole family to enjoy. The four pane sliding patio doors open out onto the garden to make it a bright and airy room in the Summer but with the added bonus of the solid roof keeping the warmth in, during the Winter months. Our customer was so impressed with the end result, they have recommended us to many of their friends and neighbours. See how we can transform your home today, get a quote now!

Condensation – A Common Autumn Problem

It’s reached that time of year where the temperature starts to plummet, the heating’s on, washing needs drying and roast dinners need cooking. But all these activities, usually result in one thing – condensation.

The excess water vapour caused by these every day activities is absorbed into the atmosphere, and when cooled, the result is water vapour. The most common sign of condensation is water collecting on the inside of your windows.

Some of the most common reasons for Condensation can be due to lack of insulation or poor heating. It may seem harmless, but the build-up of condensation over time can lead to some more serious issues such as damage to furniture and decorations, and even black mould – which can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
But don’t panic there are steps you can take to prevent these build-ups …

– Where possible dry your clothes outside. Take advantage of any finer weather by drying your clothes outside on the washing line, rather than in the tumble dryer or on the radiators.

– Open the bathroom window when taking a bath or shower to let the heat generated escape.

– Avoid pushing any items of furniture right up against the walls. Leave a gap as this will enable any air to circulate around the room more easily.

– When you’re cooking and boiling things on the hob, remember to leave the pan lids on so that the steam is unable to escape, or switch on your extractor fan if you have one.

If your problem is more extensive, you may want to consider replacing any single glazed windows for the latest double or even upgrading to triple glazed windows. This can make a huge difference in the insulation of your house, not only eliminating condensation (with the right ventilation) but even saving you money on energy bills!

This article was taken from our supplier Conservatory Outlet.

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