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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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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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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Feeling Grey?

The demand for coloured windows and doors continues. Fuelled by on-trend interior magazines and property programmes, coloured windows now account for a much larger proportion of total windows sold and it’s not hard to see why. With all the benefits of white PVC-U windows including thermal efficiency and low maintenance, coloured PVC-U can also help a property stand out from neighbouring houses on the same street and inject a bit of personality into the overall look of your home.

What’s trending?

Grey remains the base colour of choice, but colour choices are also getting bolder. As is often the case, travel is having a big influence on interior design this year and the magazines are suggesting global-inspired patterns of earthy shades of clay, terracotta and ochre on soft furnishings. Tropical trends are still popular, but instead of carnival brights, it’s all about mixing lush, energising greens and bold leaf patterns. Even ‘grey’ is evolving as we see a significant shift towards more blue and green tones.

Of course, the interior design savvy, are often braver in their design choices than many homeowners but we do tend to choose a version of the styles and colour schemes we like, and even with brighter colours coming to the fore, grey, either in its darker anthracite form or a new variation of the palette, remain the most popular base choice.

Aluminium look alike

Part of the reason for the continuing popularity of grey windows in particular is again design-based. Industrial inspired architecture and interiors is a popular theme on programmes like Grand Designs, which we all dream of recreating, albeit often on a smaller scale to the properties featured on the programme. This look is often created through the use of aluminium products, or products that at least look like aluminium. For those who want to recreate this look but don’t have the budget for aluminium products and don’t necessarily like the material for their homes, PVC-U grey windows are a fantastic alternative. More cost effective than aluminium like for like products and timber alternatives, PVC-U remains the number one choice of window material for most homeowners.

The Full Range

We sell a full range of options at Trent Valley Windows so that we can meet every need. Whether you’re looking for aluminium, grey PVC-U that looks like aluminium, timber appearance, or any other white or coloured PVC-U option, we have a wide range of options. What’s more, we appreciate what a difficult decision it is to make, and the balance between achieving the dream Grand Designs look to your home, and the practicality of design and cost limitations. That’s why we have a team of friendly, no-pressure experts on hand to discuss your requirements and help you decide which option is best for your home, whether that be traditional white PVC-U or a more on-trend grey alternative.

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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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