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Will You Be Using Your Conservatory This Winter?

With September coming to an end, we’re starting to see the last few days of sunshine as the chill of autumn arrives, but is your home and your conservatory prepared for this change of season?

Right now, numerous people are suffering with the same dilemma- they love their conservatory but it’s always either too hot or too cold. One part of your conservatory can be held responsible for all of this, the roof. But how can you adapt your roof so that you stay warm throughout the winter and keep cool in the summer?

By replacing the glass or polycarbonate roof with a stylish Guardian tiled roof, you can improve the appearance of your conservatory as well as gaining a fully insulated, soundproofed roof.

How will this benefit me right now?

By replacing your current conservatory roof with a tiled roof, you can use your conservatory all year round, now is the perfect time to replace your roof to ensure full use of your conservatory throughout winter.

A solid roof conversion means that the conservatory is better insulated, making the space much more comfortable to use in the cold winter as well as, keeping your conservatory cool during the warmer summer due to its solid, opaque roofing, that blocks out direct sunlight.

This new layer of insulation will also help to reduce your energy bills! As any conservatory owner will already know, it can be very difficult to keep a conservatory cosy and warm during the winter, so by replacing your roof with solid tiles you can also add photovoltaic tiles, which can further help to reduce energy bills.

Worried about how your conservatory would look with a solid roof? Replacing glass roofing with solid tiles doesn’t mean that you have to compromise the aesthetic design of your property- in fact it’s quite the opposite! Guardian has a range of roof tiles and slates that can be used that closely match the roofing of the rest of the property, or a different colour or design can be fitted for a complimentary contrast.

If you’re still concerned about losing a chunk of the natural sunlight that enters your conservatory, you can also choose to add optional skylights into your roof for that extra finishing touch, allowing an extra percentage of natural light to enter the space.

When is the Best Time to Make this Change?

The autumn or spring months are the optimum time to replace your conservatory roof, as the weather and climate during these seasons makes for the best conditions for work to be carried out.

Replacing your roof during the autumn months will mean that you can instantly see and feel the benefits during the following winter months. In addition to this, fitting lightweight conservatory roof tiles during early spring will allow homeowners to get full enjoyment through the season and summer.

Before beginning work on replacing your roofing, remember to check with your local council to find out whether any of the modifications you want to make require planning permission.

Guardian is the UK’s market leader for tiled conservatory roofs and replacement conservatory roofs. The Guardian warm roof comes with a whole range of benefits and options to choose from to create the perfect living space including being LABC approved and thermally efficient, having various slate colour options and the ability to be installed quickly and without hassle.

If you’d like to more about our solid roofs then download a brochure today or call or call into one of our showrooms.

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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

As summer turns to autumn, it’s time to spend a few days getting your home into the best shape possible for the winter.

  1. Check the boiler

Get your boiler serviced by a qualified engineer. Looking after your boiler all year round can save you a lot of money and prevent any unwanted breakdowns during the winter. If you need a boiler service or any advice, contact our partners Yorkshire Boilers.

  1. Check door and window seals

Check seals around all doors and windows and fill any gaps. Check for any signs of damp as this could indicate that the sealant on the outside is failing. You can always call our window doctor to check them over for you

  1. Prevent draughts

If you have draughty windows, you could consider replacing your glass in your windows. If you are considering replacing your windows then check out our energy efficient windows.

  1. Change your duvets

Turn over mattresses and replace summer duvets with winter ones, or maybe add an extra blanket.

  1. Clean windows

Clean windows inside and out, to maximise light during the cold, gloomy winter months.

  1. Check alarm batteries

Replace batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  1. Check insulation

Conserve energy by checking attic insulation and padding any exposed pipes.

  1. Check your pipes

Make sure that water tanks and pipes are insulated and replace any insulation that has slipped over time. Locate the mains water stop cock (usually under the kitchen sink) and make sure it can be turned on and off easily – if a pipe burst in the house, this would probably be the first thing to turn off.

These are just a few good tips to prepared for the winter. It’s never too early to prepare and it could save you money over the winter months.

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Energy efficient glazing helps reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.

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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SELLING your house can be hard work

SELLING your house can be hard work, particularly if you don’t know what potential buyers are looking for.

Some interesting facts about potential buyers.

The most off-putting things of a property – those likely to discourage homebuyers from making an offer – are single glazed windows, mould issues and an untidy garden.

The team at online windows blinds provider www.web-blinds.com quizzed 2,928 Britons for the study, all of whom had either purchased a new home within the past twelve months, or were currently in the process of looking for a property.

Each participant taking part was asked a series of questions relating to their experiences of house viewings.

All participants were given an extensive list and asked to state (up to a maximum of five) what would most dissuade them from wanting to buy the home.

The top 10 answers emerged as follows:

  1. Dirty rooms/poor hygiene – 53 per cent
  2. Single-glazed windows – 47 per cent
  3. If someone passed away in the property – 41 per cent
  4. Evidence of dog ownership – 40 per cent
  5. Mould issues – 38 per cent
  6. Cluttered/messy rooms – 29 per cent
  7. Untidy/overgrown gardens – 25 per cent
  8. Old fashioned carpets – 22 per cent
  9. Undesirable/strange current owners – 20 per cent
  10. No central heating – 17 per cent

Source: express.co.uk

Do a checklist first and look at ways to improve your chances of selling your home plus getting the price you want for it too. Somethings may not be doable but try and make sure you don’t fall into all of the above categories!

Want to replace you all windows or looking for a new door – request a quote, download  a brochure or call into one of our showrooms in Wakefield, Leeds, Penistone, Sheffield, Doncaster, Chesterfield & Nottingham.

LOOKING FOR A NEW DOOR? FANCY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT?

Gone are the days of having a limited choice when it comes to replacing your front door.  No more boring white panels, old fashioned glazing styles, and unattractive accessories.

Here at West Yorkshire Windows we offer a large range of doors to suit everyone’s budget and style.

Solidor doors represent the top end of our Composite door range with their unique designs and they are arguably the most secure on the market.

Every Solidor door manufactured is unique.  Each one is designed by individual customers and brought to life by skilled craftsmen and women.

This is a composite door by Solidor. Part of the Edinburgh range. Its traditional style has been brought to life with modern design & technology.

 

The Edinburgh Range

 

  • A solid timber core
  • Outstanding energy efficiency
  • Beautiful frame options
  • Safe & secure
  • elegant accessories
  • 20 stylish colours

 

You can choose from a broad range of over 50 traditional and contemporary door designs, breath taking glass options, 18 colours, and 9 frame colours. You can even have a different colour inside and out!

 

We also offer a large selection of cheaper, none branded composite doors that still offer outstanding quality, designed to suit every home.

Download a brochure or call into one of our showrooms in Wakefield, Leeds, Penistone, Sheffield, Doncaster, Chesterfield & Nottingham

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Replacing Windows In A Conservation Area

There are over 8,000 conservation areas in England alone.

Do you live in a conservation area?

The definition of a conservation area is “an area of notable environmental or historical interest or importance which is protected by law against undesirable changes.”
Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place – in other words the features that make it unique and distinctive.
When replacing windows in a conservation area you must do so with care and planning permission must be sort in advance.

You should begin by getting in contact with your Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service to advise them of your plans.

You may discover that an Article 4 direction has been enforced by the planning authority which basically requires you to make a planning application for any window replacement that would otherwise have been categorised as being a “permitted development”. Article 4 is there to protect conservation areas from work that threatens their character.

It can take some time for any sort of decision to be made on whether you have permission to replace your windows, so please make sure you plan well in advance and expect a long process – it could take several months.

A lot of planning authorities reject the use of standard UPVC windows in listed buildings and at homes in a conservation area as they’re considered to be an unsuitable solution.

What is the best solution?

Residence 9 is regularly accepted by planners for conservation areas because it is designed to match the drawings found in Article 4 directions.

Article 4 solely set outs the dimensions and detailing of how windows should look, not the type of material they’re made from. Although it is hard to believe, due to its resemblance to timber, Residence 9 is manufactured from UPVC and unlike most UPVC windows, this very rarely prevents it from getting the nod from planners.

Residence 9 were designed to replicate the key principles, shapes and dimensions from the Article 4 Conservation Area guidelines for windows, and integrate market leading technology into the design using virtually maintenance free materials.

We are a Residence 9 registered installer. Here at West Yorkshire Windows, we offer Residence 9 products and we are highly experienced at installing in conservation areas. We can guide you and help with the design and style of your property, maintaining the character and heritage but ensuring the very best quality products.

Want to find out more about our Residence 9 windows & doors? Request a brochure or a quote online.

Or visit one of our 7 showrooms in Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Penistone, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

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Win A Composite Door

We are giving customers old and new a chance to win a composite door, courtesy of West Yorkshire Windows & Conservatory Outlet Midlands.

This is your chance to win a FREE composite door……all you need to do is like our Facebook page, tag a friend and fill out your details below. That’s it & one lucky person will be picked at random on the 22nd July and they will win a composite door!

The door will be from our standard range up to the value of £1000 including fitting. Any additional extras can be paid for. This is the first time we have offered such a fantastic prize and we hope to get as many people to enter as possible. You have got to be in it to win it!

Good luck everyone

Terms & conditions apply. Only one entry per person and you must be a resident in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottingham or Chesterfield. Competition includes a standard composite door from our range and standard fitting up to the value of £1000. Any added extras will be subject to a cost and are chargeable. Closing date is the 21st July 2017. For full terms please contact us direct.

Why not view are full range of doors, windows & conservatories online or download a brochure.

Visit one of our 7 showrooms in Leeds, Sheffield, Penistone, Wakefield, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

Book your own appointment online now – click here to book online or call us on 0800 026 4455

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Cleaning your conservatory roof

From time to time your conservatory roof will need a good clean. Here are a few tips to help you make sure you do it right.
Cleaning a conservatory roof isn’t easy – access is the biggest issue so make sure you have a safe way to access the roof, preferable from the ground or ladder and by using an extended brush/pole. Do not stand on the roof. To make sure you loosen all the grime and dirt, us a soap/domestic cleaner that is specific for outdoor use.
You can use a pole with a sponge attached or you can buy/hire outdoor cleaning equipment that have a water feed.

Step one:
Have everything ready and make sure you have a safe and secure work area. This means setting up your step ladder securely and ensuring it is stable and level. You may need someone to help keep your ladder steady and help with passing you the cleaning products and equipment.

Step two:
Coordinate your work – work from one side to another applying your cleaning product and get scrubbing the dirt. Keep scrubbing, removing tough stains requires persistence!

Step three:
When you have cleaned the whole roof and you are happy with the results, rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe down or leave it to dry.

If you are unable to access your roof safely or unable to it yourself then there are plenty of local conservatory cleaners around in most areas.

If you are looking to upgrade to a solid roof then please request a quote online.
Or book your own appointment online now – click here to book online or call us on 0800 026 4455

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Do you worry about going on holiday during the summer?

Worrying whether your property will be well protected whilst you are away. You shouldn’t need to worry!

Below are a few tips to help make sure your home is protected and to help you relax.

Ask a friend or neighbour to call round and keep an eye on your home

Give a family member or a friend a key and ask them if they would be kind enough to keep an eye on your property and even close the curtains on an evening and open them again in the morning.

Join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are designed to reduce crime in communities. If you join a group then has a member you will be expected to keep an eye on the area and should report any suspicious activities. This also means that other people in the group will be keeping an eye on your area whilst you are away.

Fit the latest windows and doors

Make sure your windows and doors are fully locked with any key locking systems or bolts. If you have old windows and doors they may not be as secure as they once were and you may need to think about upgrading to the latest, sophisticated locking systems on the market today. This is not just for whilst you go on holiday but to protect your property all year round.

Install an alarm system

Buy a British Standard approved alarm system and have it fitted by a specialist.

Don’t publicise your holiday

Everyone looks forward to their holidays and most of us at some point have posted a picture on social media whilst we are sat in the airport or check in at the hotel. This publicises the fact that your home will be empty for a week or two. Try not to let everyone know that you are not home!

West Yorkshire Windows can help make your home secure. We offer windows & doors with all the latest locking systems, to help secure your property and keep your mind at ease all year round.

If you want to talk to us about new windows & doors or your existing ones, then give us a call or request a call back or even call into one of our showrooms.

West Yorkshire Windows provide a full range of  secure, energy efficient UPVC double glazed windows,  triple glazed windows, aluminium windows and heritage windows and all the latest styles and designs in UPVC doors & composite doors

We have 7 showrooms in Leeds, Sheffield, Penistone, Wakefield, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

Book your own appointment online now – click here to book online or call us on 0800 026 4455

WEST YORKSHIRE WINDOWS TEAM THROUGH TO THE FINAL!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that West Yorkshire Windows duo Colin Stubbs and Dale Harrison have been chosen to compete for the honour of winning this year’s Master Fitter Challenge, sponsored by FENSA.

Through a process that included interviews, site visits and a great deal of deliberation amongst some of the UK’s most experienced assessors, six finalists have been chosen.

This year’s finalists are: David Keates and Jonathon Mountford of DK Windows Stoke on Trent; David Shaw and Nathan Daw, Shaw Home Improvements Wisbech; Steve Claxton and Rob Jones, The Window Company Chelmsford; Mark West and Mark Hardy representing Sherborne Windows Farnborough; Colin Stubbs and Dale Harrison, West Yorkshire Windows; and Richard Dombrowski of CG Maintenance, Newport.

Taking place during the FIT Show on the largest and most challenging Competition Pavilion yet and at the NEC for the first time ever, the six teams will go head to head to install a casement window and a residential door.

For the first time, this year’s finalists will be also asked to install a bi-folding door and a roof lantern.

The six teams will compete for total prize money of £10,000 in addition to trophies for each of the four disciplines and overall first, second and third places. Prize money for the winner is a cheque for £5,000.

We asked Colin why he decided to enter the competition. “I have entered the Masterfit competition to test myself way out of my comfort zone in the hope that I’ll learn from the experience and become more knowledgeable about products I am unfamiliar with, which in turn will enable my team and I to provide a much improved all round service for all our customers”

Everyone at West Yorkshire Windows would like to wish Colin and Dale good luck in the final.

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