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What’s Trending?

It’s a busy time for the home improvements industry as we enter Spring and look forward to summer. Now is the time homeowners find the enthusiasm to spec out which home improvements they need, and which will make it to the top of the priority list. So, which products are likely to make the grade in 2018?

At the beginning of the year there were lots of reports about which products are performing well and which are likely to continue to perform well for the rest of the year. There are definitely certain products that seem to be proving popular with no sign of slowing down this year.

New Openings

Doors continue to be high on the list of priorities for homeowners. Whether aluminium or PVC-U and whether bi-fold, French or patio. This is as a result of the fact that we’re all still searching for the best of open plan living, including between indoors and outdoors in the summer months – bringing the outside in and vice versa. Aluminium products, or PVC-U and composite products that look like aluminium, also remain popular for its modern, sleek aesthetics.

A Splash of Colour

Colour is also something that homeowners are choosing over the more traditional white windows, doors and conservatories. The more colour spreads, the braver we become to opt for something a little different. Grey windows are one of our biggest sellers at the moment. We also saw it with composite doors – housing estates gradually changing from white front doors to black. However now, we’re moving onto the next stage with homeowners considering a wider range of colour options for their doors, windows and more.

Don’t Compromise on Service

Of course, for suppliers like Trent Valley Windows, it’s imperative that we deliver the products you’re looking for – products that are on trend and give your home the wow factor. However, we also recognise the importance of supplying these products with excellent service to match. Quality is the most important thing as far as we’re concerned, whether of the product supplied or the service that it comes with. We understand the importance of the decisions you take to improve your home. It’s a significant investment that you want to enjoy.

This is precisely what we aim to deliver, every time.


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solid roof Easy installation on new and existing conservatories

Leaning Towards a Lean To?

As we approach what are classed as our summer months in the UK, thousands of homeowners will be considering adding a conservatory to their home. Homeowners everywhere still crave extra space for dining, working from home, or simply enjoying the garden, whatever the weather. But which conservatory is right for you? Here we get up close and personal with the lean to style.

Little or large

Sometimes people think they need a lot of space to add a conservatory, but this isn’t the case. You can add an extra room and enjoy all the benefits that brings, including flooding your home with natural light, in even the smallest of areas. The lean to is a great option for small spaces, although can be used in almost any size plot. If used in a limited area however, it’s good to do your research for ideas on clever ways to decorate small spaces to ensure the room is finished to maximum effect.

Alternatively, the lean to can be used to create large additional space, by for example running across the entire width of a property.

Straight forward simplicity

Whatever the size, the lean to is perhaps the most straight forward of all the conservatory designs. It is a good choice for a minimalist scheme because of its simplicity and a bonus for those on a tight budget, is that it’s often among the most affordable options.

Lean to conservatories can be square but are most often rectangular and feature a sloping roof (usually sloping down away from the house, although there is a current trend for the reverse lean to where the roof is sloping up away from the building it’s attached to).


The lean to is an option that can be considered for single storey properties, unlike a lot of its counterparts, because it doesn’t have to be as high and is usually quite easy to add on.

When thinking about how the new space will work with your existing room, you can have your existing back or side door opening into the new conservatory, or you can have the doorway widened so that you can install a set of double doors opening out into your new additional room. With the superb advances that have been made in conservatory roofs in recent years to keep them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, many homeowners are also opting for no doors between the house and the conservatory, so that it truly becomes an extension of the existing space.

Moving out into the garden, the lean to offers the option of a door at either end, or one in the middle of the new structure, opposite the house wall. Bi-folding doors can be a great option for the longer side, to really open up the space.

In summary…

So, the humble lean to, is a sleek, modern, minimalist design that is often one of the most affordable options for both large and small spaces that can be used in single storey properties as well. They offer flexibility whatever the size of plot and whatever the requirement for the home extension.

If you would like more information on lean to conservatories, or any other style for that matter, talk to our team of friendly experts who can guide you through the entire process to make sure your new addition gives you everything you’re dreaming of, and more.

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orangery with bi fold doors and glass roof


For those of us living and breathing windows, doors and conservatories, we’ve witnessed first-hand the ebb and flow of different products as tastes change and as newer, better versions are brought to market. In the last couple of years particularly though, as an industry, we have risen to the challenge to provide more choice and the very best products across the board.

Homeowners have become more discerning, they want more choice, better quality and they’re happy to pay for the right product from the right company. A slight adaptation of Henry Ford’s famous statement was entirely relevant for the window industry some years ago: “You can have any colour as long as it’s white!” Almost all windows were sold in white. However, over the last few years we’ve seen a seismic shift towards colour to the point that some of our top-level suppliers are boasting that 50% of their entire production is now dedicated to colourful windows and doors.

Which roof would you like with that conservatory?

It’s not just colour that has moved on in terms of choice though. Conservatories for example offer so much more choice than they ever have before. You can buy a new one with a glass roof, a tinted glass roof or a solid roof, or if you’re happy with your existing conservatory building, you can simply replace the roof on top to improve the temperature and look of the room. Or of course you have the option of an orangery instead now – a variation on the same theme of providing more space in the home.

And finally, doors. The product variations in this sector have increased significantly and more companies are offering a much wider range of options than ever before. Composite doors, aluminium, PVC-U, bi-fold, patio, French and stable doors are the main groups but within each of those groups there are many more choices to be made.

A choice that makes sense

At Trent Valley Windows we don’t want to go over the top and overwhelm our customers with choice – we’ve all been there, wanting to scream at the coffee barista for the barrage of questions when all we want is a cup of coffee! But we do want to be able to deliver exactly what you want. We think we’ve struck the perfect balance with a sensible choice of windows and doors and most importantly we’ve been doing what we do for 25 years so we have an experienced and friendly team on hand to talk you through the options and advise you of the best fit for your property and your requirements.

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How to Improve Your Home this Spring

Having just experienced the coldest days on record for March with snow, gales and blizzards, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re still in the depths of winter. But Spring is just around the corner! The days are already getting longer, the daffodils are trying to bloom and it’s the time of year that many of us feel invigorated to get on with some home improvements.

Where to start?

Near the top of the list for Spring home improvements is adding some colour to our homes – a quick and simple solution to significantly change its appearance and give it a fresh style for the new year. However, many of us have bigger plans at this time of year.

As the evenings become lighter and the weather starts to get warmer, we’re more likely to think about open plan living and how we can encapsulate this into our homes. Research shows that 77% of us spend our leisure time at home, including time spent entertaining friends and family. So, whether it’s opening up your dining area into the garden, adding a new conservatory or upgrading your existing conservatory into a more usable room, we want to create wide open spaces that will enhance our lifestyles.

Let the sunshine in

In addition to opening up our homes, Springtime often creates a renewed desire to let more light in. On the smallest scale, it’s worth giving your existing windows some TLC – they take a battering from the elements in the winter months and could do with a good clean to ensure your view of the outside world isn’t being marred by murky windows. Of course, if once you’ve given them a bit of attention, they’re still not looking great, Spring is a good time to consider replacing them – there are a lot of high security, energy efficient windows to choose from these days, in all sorts of colours to give your home a facelift too!

For those of us that have already replaced our windows and made sure they’re sparkling clean, is there anything else we can do to let more natural light into our homes? There is indeed! Adding roof windows to an extension or replacing the roof of your existing conservatory from polycarbonate to glass, or even to a solid roof with roof-lights, are all great ways to ensure your home continues to light up your lifestyle!

So, it’s time to put that Spring enthusiasm to work to make sure you have the secure, warm, light home you crave, while saving yourself the expense and hassle of future essential maintenance in months to come.

If you’d like to see our conservatories, windows or doors for yourself or get expert advice from our team, pay us a quick visit at one of our showrooms.


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Secure Your Windows & Doors

It’s important to get our homes as energy efficient and as secure as possible. It’s important to make sure the roof is insulated and the boiler’s working, but it’s also equally important to make sure your windows and doors are in top condition.

If your windows and doors aren’t up to scratch then all the effort you’ll be putting in trying to keep your home warm will essentially be wasted.

Windows and doors from West Yorkshire Windows are designed to keep you and your property safe and secure all while making your home more energy efficient.

During March only, we are offering a FREE upgrade to Secure by Design on all windows & doors order this month.

When buying new windows & doors, install ones which are certified to British Standard PAS 24: Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK.

It’s a worthwhile investment to make. Making the change now can save you money on your energy bills and keep your home safe & secure.

If you’d like to see our windows and doors for yourself or get expert advice from our team, pay us a quick visit at one of our showrooms.

Don’t forget we are also offering fantastic discounts off our 2018 prices during March.

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How To Add Space & Value To Your Property

5 top tips 

Lick of paint
Might sound cosmetic but a coat of new paint (keep the colour neutral) can make a house feel clean, hygienic and cared for. While you are at it, update the front door furniture if it’s looking tired, replace any rotting window timbers or loose tiles and give the front flower beds a weed. First impressions count.

Upgrade your windows & doors

Replacing old, tired windows and doors to energy efficient ones can not only had value to your property but also save you money on your energy bills. We have a massive selection of windows and doors, including double & triple glazing, residence9 windows, upvc and composite doors.

Add a conservatory
The key to a successful conservatory is to ensure that it flows from your existing rooms rather than looking as if it’s just been tacked on to the outside. A good one could add as much as 12% to the value of your home in London, 5% for the rest of the UK and give you a lot more living space. If you already have a conservatory maybe consider upgrading to a solid tiled roof and have a room you can use all year room. Trent Valley Windows can upgrade your glass roof to a solid roof in a matter of days.

Install a new kitchen
The kitchen is what most house-hunters will look at first. Sparkling work surfaces and new appliances can woo a wavering buyer. An average new kitchen costs £8,000 and can add 6% to your property’s value, according to consumer watchdog Which?

The current trend is for open-plan living, so make sure your kitchen has a sense of space.

Add an extra bathroom
Bigger houses need more bathrooms, particularly family homes because nobody likes to queue in the morning! Make sure all your existing bathrooms are spotless, too as it sets the right tone.

Convert the garage into an office
A lot of today’s garages are no longer fit for purpose, having been designed when cars were smaller. They have become dead space and can easily be converted into another room. Before you do anything, though, find out what buyers are looking for in your area: is it houses with lots of bedrooms (families), or properties with an office (young professionals)

Need some inspiration? Request one of our brochures today or visit one of our showrooms Chesterfield, Nottingham or Derby.

grey aluminium windows with double glazing


What are the benefits of energy efficient windows?

• More comfortable home: energy efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows

• Peace and quiet: as well as keeping the heat in, energy efficient windows insulate your home against external noise.

How does energy efficient glazing work?

Double glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap in between, usually about 16mm, to create an insulating barrier that keeps heat in. This is sometimes filled with gas. Triple glazed windows have three sheets of glass. Both offer excellent energy efficiency and security but the triple glazed window is slightly more superior.

What are windows made from?

Energy efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles. Our windows come in UPVC or Aluminium and in a range of designs from Modern White or Grey Aluminium to Traditional Rosewood or Timber Effect.

Frame materials

All our frames and are windows are available in all energy ratings with A-rated glass options.

• uPVC frames last a long time and may be recycled.

• Wooden frames can have a lower environmental impact, but require maintenance. They are often used in conservation areas where the original windows had timber frames.

• Aluminium or steel frames are slim and long-lasting, and may be recycled.

• Composite frames have an inner timber frame covered with aluminium or plastic. This reduces the need for maintenance and keeps the frame weather-proof.

When you are investing in new windows it’s important to discuss with an expert the best options for your home and decide what are the most effective windows for you within your budget. Our experts will give you the information you need to get the absolute most from your investment.

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Conservatory interior ideas

Searching for conservatory ideas? Filled with light a conservatory is the perfect way to add space and value to your home.

It’s a room designed mostly for relaxation, but is often used to entertain family and friends. It is where you can make the most of the early morning sun or draw down the conservatory blinds at night and relax with the family.

No longer the draughty, single-glazed flimsy constructions that were freezing in the winter and too hot in the summer, modern conservatories are superbly insulated, secure and come in a huge range of designs.

Whether you dream of a beautiful loggia conservatory with stunning bifold doors that open up you home into the garden, or a traditional Victorian conservatory enabling you to find your own space, we have ideas to help you design the perfect interior just the way you want it.

While designing and building a conservatory may seem like a daunting task – it doesn’t have to be. At Trent Valley Windows we will make the process easy and stress free, leaving you to create an interior for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are a few interior ideas, to help you get the right décor and furniture to suit your personal style and taste.

golden oak conservatory with upvc windows and doors

You will be able to make a better decision and have a better understanding of styles and interiors after a visit to see your local dealer. Visit one of our showrooms, Derby, Chesterfield or Nottingham

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Planning a conservatory or an orangery? Things to consider…

Planning your conservatory

With a wide range of conservatory types available, make sure you carefully look at all your options and go through all your ideas and planning with your advisor. This can help you decide on the one that fits best with your home and suits your needs.

Here are somethings to consider whilst choosing your conservatory or orangery.


When deciding on the size of your new conservatory, make sure you’ll have enough space to enjoy it and enough space to make sure you can fit in any furniture you have in mind. A good tip is to mark out in the garden area to get an idea of space.


How much direct sunlight will your conservatory receive and at what time of the day? This could have a bearing on your choice of building location and the type of conservatory and roof system you choose. It could also impact on the glazing you use.

Materials – general

At Trent Valley Windows we offer a large range of frames, glazing and roof systems for all conservatories. We can help you choose the right one for your conservatory.

Your also need to think about the interior and the mood you want to create. Some people like the ‘outdoor’ feel with tiled floors, patio-type furniture and bare brick or stone for the house wall; others prefer an ‘indoor’ character with carpeting, soft furnishings and wall coverings.

Materials – frame – Glazing

Aluminium, with thermal breaks for enhanced heat insulation, is a popular choice and is available in a range of colours and finishes.

Double glazing is a must nowadays to keep a conservatory comfortable all year round.

Low maintenance, long lasting UPVC is the automatic choice because of its affordability, classic style and thermal energy efficiency. It also comes in a range wood grain effect finishes in many colours.

You also have the aluminium and heritage ranges for a more contemporary or heritage look.


There are three main choices of roofing – glass, polycarbonate or sold roof

Glass gives you a clear view through the roof for you to fully appreciate the views of the ever-changing skies above your conservatory or orangery.

Polycarbonate has long been a popular choice for many homeowners. It comes in several shades and its polycarbonate sheets help maintain a comfortable room temperature regardless of the weather.

Solid Roof

A solid rood is a different proposition altogether. Obviously with a solid roof you miss out on the sky views and a lot of natural light, but the external and interior feel cannot be match. A solid roof will keep you conservatory or orangery warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


Ventilation is important. You need to be sure that your conservatory will let in fresh air and avoid condensation. Our conservatory are built with specific materials that are carefully created with building ventilation technology and our roofs have many ventilation options.

Function & Accessories

Think about the need the facilities such as plug sockets, switches, lighting etc and where your furniture will go. Also think about heating, fans and flooring and get a quote for all this at the same time.

Planning your new conservatory or orangery together with us will help you address all the main design considerations and more. We can help you everything from design, planning, build and we guarantee to guide you through the whole process as part of our service.

The honest advice you will be given by West Yorkshire Windows is based on many years of experience and thousands of installations. Our no-obligation design and quotation service, is provided free of charge.

Looking for a quote? Then get in touch today.



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Condensation & Causes

Condensation is defined as the physical process by which a gas or vapour changes into a liquid. If the temperature of an object (e.g. grass, metal, glass) falls below what is known as the ‘dew point’ temperature for a given relative humidity of the surrounding air, water vapour from the atmosphere condenses into water droplets on its surface.

This ‘dew point’ varies according to the amount of water in the atmosphere and air temperature (known as relative humidity). In humid conditions condensation occurs at higher temperatures. In cold conditions condensation occurs despite relatively low humidity. With regard to windows and doors, it is the difference in temperature between the internal and external environment, and the glass, that causes condensation to form.

When attempting to reduce the degree of condensation it is important to note on which surface of the glass it forms; its location indicates the cause, and so points to the solution.

Condensation forms on the outside surface of glass when its temperature drops below the outdoor dew point temperature. Windows manufactured with a double or triple glazed unit containing energy efficient low-emissivity glass have enhanced thermal insulation properties thanks to a high performance transparent coating that reflects heat from radiators or fires back into the room.

As a result the outer pane of glass does not get warmed by heat escaping from inside the building through the glass and remains cooler in comparison to less thermally efficient windows.

External condensation only occurs in certain climatic conditions – a variable combination of high relative humidity and clear cold conditions normally experienced in spring and autumn.

Newly constructed conservatories need an initial “drying out” period. Many hundreds of litres of water are used during its construction. In the winter it will take longer to dry out. Provide natural ventilation whenever possible.

Multiwall polycarbonate

Condensation sometimes occurs inside the chambers of polycarbonate sheets. This is not a fault or leek but is due to the product being slightly permeable to gas and water vapour.

Condensation can only ever be minimised and never eradicated.


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