A home improvement investment that will stand the test of time
PUBLISHED: 15:25 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 30 July 2018
Find out how replacement double-glazed windows, doors and conservatories can help you improve home security, save money on energy bills, add real value to your property and give your home the 'wow' factor.
For the vast majority of people, buying a house is probably the single biggest investment they will ever make. So it’s no surprise that after picking up the keys to their own pad, home improvements are always high on the agenda.
Replacement double-glazed windows, doors and conservatories can certainly help give your home the ‘wow’ factor. But they will also offer important security and energy-saving benefits, and add real value to your property for many years to come.
We asked Mark Brown of Bristol-based CR Windows for his top tips on how to enhance your home with an investment that will stand the test of time.
Which double glazing windows are best?
There are many different styles of bespoke window styles available in a range of colours and finishes to suit every home, whatever its character.
PVC-u windows are built to last, giving long-life protection against the elements, low-maintenance performance and outstanding energy efficiency.
Choose from classic casement styles or double opening French casement with no central bar down the middle, providing an effective means of fire escape.
Traditional bay or bow-style windows can make a small room look larger, while tilt and turn windows offer great versatility and ventilation. Vertical sliding box sash windows offer Georgian elegance, as well as safety and security.
How secure are PVC-u windows?
Most PCV-u windows are fitted with high-security locking mechanisms. Go for frames that are internally beaded, which means the glazing units cannot be removed from the outside. Shoot bolts, locking handles, heavy-duty security hinges and hinge guards will also keep intruders at bay.
What about doors?
Composite exterior doors offer hassle-free durability, worry-free security and unrivalled weather resistance. They are easy to maintain and can be designed to reflect and enhance the personality of you home.
Why go for a conservatory?
A conservatory is a great way to extend your living space without going too crazy with bricks and mortar. It can add significant value to a property and is likely to catch the eye of potential buyers who would rather pay more for a house with a conservatory than take on the project themselves.
A conservatory is usually a cheaper, quicker and more convenient alternative to an extension. They can be added to a kitchen, living or dining room to let natural light flood into your home and open up a great living space to relax, unwind or entertain.
Can a conservatory be used all year round?
The British weather can throw all sorts at us but a bespoke conservatory offers a room for all seasons come rain or shine. In the summer, they let the garden in, while in the winter, they can provide a cosy retreat for all the family.
In warmer months, roof glazing treated with a layer of reflective glass will let in plenty of natural light but reduce excess heat, solar glare and harmful UV rays.
Look for glass with self-cleaning properties and also consider under-floor heating to keep your conservatory nice and cosy during the winter months.
Do you need planning permission for conservatory?
Eight out of 10 times, you will not need planning permission but this will vary from district to district, even in Bristol and North Somerset. On some new developments –including in Weston-super-Mare – there are often covenants included that restrict extensions over a certain size. But an experienced firm will remove the hassle and take you through the planning process.
How long does it take to build a conservatory?
From start to finish, a conservatory usually takes around three-four weeks to build – much quicker than an extension. They can be built all year round, although wet or cold weather could delay construction.
CR Windows, based on the Bridge Road Industrial Estate in Kingswood, Bristol, is celebrating 40 years in business in 2018. For more expert advice, or a free quotation, visit the showroom, call 0800 0133 122 or 0117 9061180 or visit crwindows.co.uk.