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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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It’s Easier to Extend Your Home Than You Think!

In an age where technology is constantly upgrading to make almost any daily task easier and quicker, it’s hard to believe that many homeowners still think extending their home will be a long, laborious process with lots of costs, fuss and mess.

In fact, the home improvement industry has far from been left behind in the digital age, meaning you can now extend your home into your dream living space quickly and simply – with no hassle.
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.

Energy efficiency and solar control has also been transformed by technology, with a range of high performance glass and insulation products now providing year-round thermal performance, so you’ll have a usable room no matter what the weather.

The range of extension options may surprise you too, with conservatories, orangeries, sky lights and solid roofs to choose from there’s a huge choice of options to create your ideal extension.

But the magic doesn’t stop there, you can now step inside your personalised extension design before any building work has taken place! Virtual reality and 3D sketches now allow you to view your extension and make sure it is exactly as you imagined it before you agree to any work being started. Meaning no more surprises at the end of installation!

Pricing strategies have also been modernised, with pre-agreed costs and a large range of flexible finance options available, there has never been a better time to create your dream home.

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Keeping Cool in the Heat

Experts continue to debate whether the UK is heading for a drought as hosepipe bans begin to be enforced. These prolonged dry spells don’t happen very often in the UK, but they do happen and when they hit we all feel the consequences. The last one we witnessed was in 1976 when communities had their water supply replaced by communal standpipes in the street. Thankfully we’re not there yet, but people are remembering what it was like last time we saw heat like this for a longer period of time.

The human body in a heat wave

And of course, it’s in times of extreme weather that we once again start to ask the question, is the world heating up and is this a sign of things to come? And here’s a bit of science for you – did you know the human body simply can’t tolerate excessive heat. According to Science News magazine, the biological and chemical processes that keep us alive are best carried out at a core temperature of 36° to 37° Celsius (96.8° to 98.6° Fahrenheit), with slight variation from person to person. Beyond that, “the body’s primary response to heat is to try and get rid of it,” says Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora.

No one is immune to heat, but it hits some groups harder than others. The elderly, considered the most vulnerable, have fewer sweat glands and their bodies respond more slowly to rising temperatures. Children haven’t fully developed the ability to regulate heat, and pregnant women can struggle due to the demands of the foetus. People with chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity can have trouble dissipating heat too.

Sleep, what sleep?

And it’s not just the vulnerable that are suffering in the heat. As if we needed science to tell us this, but researchers are discovering more ways that heat can hurt, including the fact that hot nights make for bad sleep. The higher the night time temperatures, the more respondents reported getting too little shut-eye. And the further into a City you go, the worse the problem, with cities generally remaining several degrees higher, even at night, than the countryside around them.

Full of hot air

But what has all this got to do with your home improvements? Well, it’s in this heat that conservatories in particular, can not only become unbearable spaces to occupy, but can also have a huge impact on the living space they adjoin. If you have a conservatory with a polycarbonate roof especially, and you’ve come home after being out all day to open the door of your conservatory, you will have felt the overwhelming heat that pours into your home. You almost have to hold your breath until all your doors and windows are open, or perhaps the air conditioning unit is on and taking effect.

Imagine a better space

Imagine then a conservatory – your existing conservatory in fact – with a different roof on top that keeps the space much cooler in the warmer weather. Buildings in the US where heat waves are much more common place get cool-surface make-overs to try and bring their temperature down, and I suppose we have an equivalent for conservatories! A solid roof – either as part of a new conservatory, or a roof bought separately to fit on top of an existing conservatory can make all the difference in the summer – even in heat like we’ve been experiencing in recent weeks. The space isn’t exposed to anywhere near the same level of solar gain. But the benefits don’t stop there. A solid roof is equally useful in the winter months, when it keeps the heat in and the cold out.

So, if you have had enough of the wall of heat that hits you when you open the door to your conservatory and if you’re tired of not being able to enjoy your conservatory when it’s too hot, or too cold, outside it might be worth looking into replacing your existing roof with a solid roof alternative. We use the market leading Guardian Warm Roof solution and our friendly team would be happy to tell you more about its benefits and talk you through your options at a time to suit you. Please call us on 0800 026 4455 for more information.

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World Cup Fever at Trent Valley Windows

 The World Cup is underway, and a large proportion of the nation is glued to the screen to see who will be bringing it home. It’s one of those events that brings people together. Even if you’re not the biggest of football fans, it’s an excuse to get together with friends, shout and cheer at the screen through the highs and lows of the tournament and let the World Cup fever take its hold. While going down the local pub will always be a popular venue for doing just this, increasingly high street marketing and World Cup merchandise encourage us to have these get togethers at home. There’s World Cup bunting and crockery and even food and drink suggestions for our World Cup parties.

The open plan dream

It’s easy to get swept up by the fever when it’s so far reaching, but sometimes it’s when we have a large gathering like this, that we’re reminded just how small our homes are! With property programmes often selling the open plan dream, that continues to be one of the most popular aspirations for the UK homeowner, and when it comes to throwing a party, this desire becomes particularly prominent.

Conservatories are still one of the most cost-effective ways of adding space to your existing home. And if you still think of conservatories as freezing cold or boiling hot rooms on the back of your house, think again. With so many new and innovative solutions now available, conservatories can be used all year round and can be used to open-up existing space in the home far more successfully than they have in the past.

Which roof would you like with that conservatory?

Glass roofs have in themselves come on a long way from years gone by, but conservatories are now available with the option of a solid roof too. This keeps the room’s temperature much more consistent, more in keeping with the rest of the house and completely usable all year round as additional space in the home. It also allows you to be more creative with the positioning, size and style of conservatory you opt for. Conservatories are becoming less standard and off the shelf and more unique and tailored, because they can increasingly be used as an extension of existing space and each house and the use of space within it, is different.

Trent Valley Windows

If you would like to open-up the space in your home but you’re unsure of how a conservatory could work for you, or you want to find out more about the different roof options available, don’t feel daunted by the options, pick up the phone to one of the friendly team at Trent Valley Windows. We have years of experience and expertise and are happy to talk through the various options with you, to find the best solution for you.

We can’t promise to have it installed before the end of the World Cup, but it would be nice to think you have the home of your dreams ready for all your future entertaining needs.

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Which Material is Right for Your Windows?

If you are considering new windows for your property, you might know exactly which material you want, or you might be reviewing your options. Perhaps you just assumed you would replace your existing windows with the same material that’s there now, without giving it much thought. Either way, here’s a handy guide to PVC-U, aluminium and timber windows and where each material is generally best suited.

PVC-U
PVC-U is the most popular choice of material for homeowners buying windows or doors in the UK. As always, there are good examples and bad, but on the whole the PVC-U home improvements sector has come on leaps and bounds. Security and energy efficiency are second to none and the options in aesthetics from style of window, to timber look-a-like, to a vast range of colour options, available readily, have boosted its popularity further still.
A limitation of PVC-U in the past has been where listed properties are concerned. Even in this sector, the industry has come a long way with outstanding innovations that offer solutions that work seamlessly in all styles of property and that are often now approved for use in conservation areas.

Aluminium
A rising star in recent years, aluminium has gathered a lot of momentum in home improvements thanks largely to property programmes like Grand Designs which promote large aluminium bi-folding doors bringing the outside in, and sleek and modern windows to match.
Slightly more expensive than PVC-U, aluminium can now often be found in high end homes and bespoke projects, although the properties that make them desirable for these projects are increasingly making them desirable for home improvements in all kinds of properties.

Timber
In many ways the timber window doesn’t compete with PVC-U or aluminium because they are in a different price range. It’s still the material of choice for many heritage property owners, to maintain character and if cost isn’t an issue, it is a beautiful natural product to have in your home. Timber windows also now come with improved security and weather performance and have come a long way in terms of necessary maintenance.
As with all products, there are low quality and high-quality timber windows so it’s important to do your research and choose a supplier you trust. Trent Valley Windows offer timber effect windows that look like wood. Our timber effect windows look like wood, feel like wood and out performs wood.Which is right for you?

There is no right or wrong answer here, but the good news is that you have a lot of choice, which can only be a good thing. Within each material sector, there are endless options to choose from in terms of style and colour and as long as you buy them from a reputable supplier, all will come with similar standards of energy efficiency, security and weather performance.

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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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