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Christmas At West Yorkshire Windows

As a company, we believe in doing things to help others wherever possible. This year we decided to sign up to the Mission Christmas Cash for Kids. Our head office at Wakefield is a drop off point for donations, to help underprivileged children who may not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

Our team have fully got behind this charity donating some wonderful gifts themselves. We have another week to go, before the donations will be delivered to the charity and all gifts are greatly appreciated.

Cash for Kids lends a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children aged 0 to 18 years across 21 areas in the UK by means of a grant giving process. Grants awarded go towards buying specialist equipment for children to enhance their quality of life. They are given to children’s charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to ensure that much needed services can continue to provide essential care and support. This year they hope to help more children than ever, head over to their website to find out more information on how you can help http://www.cashforkids.uk.com/mission/ or make it simple by donating a gift and dropping it off at our Wakefield showroom. We will make sure all the gifts donated are dropped off at the Mission Christmas hub, by the 18th of December, along with all the gifts that our kind staff have donated.

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 West Yorkshire 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.

ULTION

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.

Conservatory

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, West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire 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.

Why you should look out for the ‘Secured by Design’ standard when buying new windows…

With almost half a million domestic burglaries recorded in the UK in 2017 (ONS), it’s no surprise that home security is fast-becoming a major consideration for home owners when making purchasing decisions.

There’s nothing more important than the safety and security of your home and family, and it seems home improvement consumers are willing to invest accordingly in the latest advances in technology to ensure the products they choose act as a robust deterrent for would-be intruders.

Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of national police projects focusing on the design and security for new and refurbished homes, as well as the acknowledgement of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes. To help you make the right choices when it comes to protecting your home, you should look out for the ‘Secured by Design’ Police Preferred logo on security products and services.

For example, the Extreme Window is engineered to the highest specification to provide maximum performance, with security very firmly at the forefront of its identity.
Copyrighted to Conservatory Outlet, the window boasts five unique selling points – Extreme Comfort, Extreme Style, Extreme Peace of Mind, Extreme Warranty, and of course, Extreme Security. To help home owners easily recognise and understand this, the fabricator is proud to have its leading window tested to the Secured by Design standard – the official UK Police flagship initiative.

Here At West Yorkshire Windows, our supplier Conservatory Outlet recognises the importance of offering trusted products that provide not only protection, but peace of mind, and that’s why they have developed our signature window – the Extreme – to carry the Secured by Design badge (available on request*). Giving you the confidence that security has been engineered into your window from conception right through to installation.

We’re pleased to supply some of the market’s most secure locking systems, components, hardware and frames, each working together to ensure the complete Extreme window provides ultimate peace of mind, without compromising on style.

It’s Easier To Extend Your Home

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 WYW!

 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.

West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire 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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Kick The World Cup Off In Style

Here at West Yorkshire Windows we want to help you kick off the 2018 World Cup in style!

 

To make sure you never miss a game, order your conservatory or orangery and pay your deposit before the first England game starting whistle and we will give you a 43″ LG Smart TV absolutely FREE!*

 

Give us a call and book you FREE appointment on 01924 881920 or fill out the form below. This offer ends soon so don’t be disappointed – I am sure England will give us something to cheer about!

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*Terms & conditions apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Orders must be placed and deposit paid by the 30th June 2018. Valid on orders over £10,000

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