Prepare Your Home For Summer: Beat The Heat

The dark and cold mornings are finally coming to a close, which only means one thing – summer is coming!  Now that you can almost smell summer, it is a brilliant time to start preparing your home for the warm summer months (or weeks if we are unlucky).


This article will give you a few ideas on what you can do to prepare your home for the upcoming summer!

Spring clean

This time of the year is perfect for giving your house a big spring clean. Obviously, you have probably been cleaning your house throughout the winter, but sometimes dust and dirt can be missed in the dark winter months.

Open up the windows that have been closed during the colder days, and let air into all your rooms. You’ll be surprised at the difference that this can make.

You should pay special attention to your windows, as these can become particularly dirty after a lot of bad weather. Spend a day scrubbing all your windows; your house will look so much better for it.

Clear out your fridge and freezer

Summer means ice cream, BBQs and more ice cream! This is why you should have a clear out of your fridge and freezer to create room for all the summery goodness! It won’t be too long until you want room to stock all these summer treats.

You don’t want to waste any food though! We suggest having a dinner party, and using up all your unwanted food.

Do some gardening

When the weather is warm, we tend to spend a lot more time in the garden. Why have your party inside when you can have it out in the sun? This can be embarrassing if you haven’t touched your garden all winter, and everything is overgrown and messy.

It’s nothing to worry about, as you can easily prepare your garden for summer quickly. You just need to mow the grass, get rid of unwanted weeds and keep on top of growing plants. Easy!



Update your conservatory

There is nothing better than spending summer nights entertaining in the garden. However, it can tend to get chilly later on, and so you may wish to move your party into your conservatory.

This is why it’s the perfect time to start preparing it for entertaining your guests.

We suggest putting a table and chairs in there, or even a sofa. This gives you and your guests somewhere to sit and relax.

If you don’t want to do anything dramatic, we suggest updating the colour with something a little brighter. You could also spruce it up with some flowers and pictures.


Think double glazing

People don’t realise that double glazing has big advantages in summer as well as winter.

Here at FAB Systems, we are expert providers of double glazing in Stoke On Trent and we can attest to the benefits.

The main advantage is that it helps keep the outside heat from coming in, and also keeps the coolness within your room from escaping.


We hope that these tips will help you prepare for summer before the hot weather hits (fingers crossed!).

If you are wanting to invest in double glazed windows this summer or you have any other questions about the services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. Here at FAB Systems, we’re a leading supplier of double glazing in Stoke on Trent and can help you to improve the energy efficiency of your property.

You can call us on 0800 066 5644 and a member of our staff will be happy to help.

Light It Up: Unique Ideas For Your Conservatory

The conservatory has long been an attractive space to relax in, and is a popular addition to both modern and traditional homes throughout the world. When it comes to decorating, you’ll want to bring styles that you love, and create a beautiful aesthetic throughout.

Of course, behind every great interior is great lighting, and no conservatory would be complete without a little additional lighting styles. During the day, your conservatory will be full of natural light, a quality that no other lighting option can achieve, however, for homely and comfortable lighting that’ll make your conservatory a go-to space, whatever the season – you’ll want to add a little ‘you’ into every aspect, including the lighting!

So, as one of the leading suppliers of home design and conservatories in Stoke On Trent – we’ve put together this little guide for all your light’spiration needs. Enjoy.

Paper Lanterns


If you’re a lover of anything retro, paper lanterns may just be the perfect lighting look to implement in your home. Paper lanterns are an inexpensive solution for many, and the soft features can create a truly ambient and ethereal quality to a space. What’s more, they don’t run off the mains – so if you’re looking for a way to cut back on your energy bills, battery powered LED lights are the perfect choice!

Statement Lampshades


Statement lampshades have long been a fascinating feature in many homes, and add a stylish touch to even the most modern or traditional of decors. For homes that are often cast in darkness during random times of the day, integrated lighting can provide the ultimate feat of illumination, and offer lighting styles to suit both your theme and mood.

Fairy Lights


Fairy lights are for forever, not just for Christmas. They’re perfect foe emitting small, subtle bounces of light throughout any space, and will add a little fairytale-likeness to any conservatory theme. For ultimate fairy light quality – glass conservatories are the perfect setting, creating a homely and beautiful theme throughout. Highlight key features, such as fireplaces, feature walls or roofing styles within your decor, and use these subtle lighting styles to add a little personality to your interior!

Wire Lighting


Wire lighting is often considered the practical lighting twin of fairy lights, and are perfect for those that want to ensure that they highlight key features within the conservatory space. Wire lighting also doesn’t reflect back onto surfaces – so is perfect for avoiding any unwanted glare!



Nothing says classic, timeless style like a statement chandelier, and of recent years – chandeliers have become common place in many types of home. So, if you’re looking for a way to add a little dramatics to your conservatory’s themes – opt for a truly breathtaking chandelier to complement modern interiors. What’s more, they are easy to install, transforming the feel of your space within minutes! Chandeliers provide lighting styles different to any other type, ensuring a ‘scattered’ aesthetic around a room and emitting the right amount of light for the size and scope of your conservatory.

Here at FAB Systems, we’re passionate about the design of your home, and offer a unique and beautiful range of all home enhancements, from windows and fascias to roofing and conservatories. So, for more information, or to speak to one of our specialist team – please do not hesitate to contact us today on 0800 066 5644 today!

HOW TO: Cleaning Tips From The Professionals

Nothing beats the sparkling clean look of a newly built conservatory, but sadly – along with mould, mildew, dust and prolonged exposure to the elements, this clean aesthetic doesn’t tend to last for long!


Even the nicest conservatory designs can look dull and run-down during the colder months, but with the sunshine on its way – we are sure you are all dying to get outside and start cleaning! So, as expert providers of conservatories and double glazing in Stoke On Trent – here’s our essential cleaning guide to making your conservatory sparkle this summer! Good luck.

The Equipment

Looking after a conservatory requires more than just a little elbow grease and a sponge. Washing the windows and wiping down the frames should be a regular task throughout the year, helping to prevent the build-up of dirt and mildew. These tasks may sound easy, but you’ll also need specialist cleaning equipment if you want to safely clean those hard-to-reach areas.

Here are a few cleaning tools that you will need:

  • A sturdy ladder – When it comes to any type of household maintenance, you’ll want to invest in a lightweight, easy-to-attach and sturdy ladder. Opt for one that will attach securely to the top of the conservatory securely, with non-marking cross-bearers to prevent damage to your roof.
  • Telescopic conservatory cleaning brushes – A telescopic brush can extend your each, allowing you to clean any high and awkward spots without putting your safety at risk.
  • Power washers – For expert cleaning, you can use a power washer to clean parts of your conservatory that are not made of glass. They are especially effective for cleaning stone floors, brickwork and concrete, but can be used on particular roofing types, too!

How To Clean Your Conservatory

Cleaning a conservatory can be quite a time-consuming task, but one that is well-worth the hard work. It’s best to break down the cleaning process into several stages. Here’s a few key tasks to consider:

  • Remove plant material and debris from the gutters and drainpipes.
  • Sweep the roof, and then hose down with a pressure washer. Use a milk moss, mould and algae removing solution to treat the roof afterwards, in order to prevent re-growth.
  • Clean the outside of the windows. For this task, you can use the same solution as you would to clean any other window, however – if you spot any cracks or chips, be sure to contact a conservatory specialist immediately. Cracked double-glazing panes are highly dangerous, and you will need to get the pane replaced as soon as possible.

Clean the framework – UPVC conservatories can be wiped down with a solution of warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive chemicals when cleaning a UPVC conservatory. For wooden frames, brush clean and sponge down with warm soapy water. Once the wood has dried, treat it with oil in order to bring out the grain and protect the wood against the elements.


To prevent leakages, decay or roof damage, aim to clean your conservatory’s exterior once every 6 months, and clear debris from gutters and roofs every 4 months. This will help to ensure there is no build-up of potential damage to your home.

So there you have it, a guide to keeping your home and conservatory sparkling clean, all year round. For more information on any of our services, or to speak to our friendly and helpful team – please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free quotation on 0800 066 5644!

Orangery vs. Conservatory

When shopping around for a new extension to your home, you may have come across the two different terms “Orangery” and “Conservatory”, but what exactly is the difference?


The word orangery might make you picture a place that you’d find oranges growing, and you’d be partially right!

The term was first used in the 16-19th centuries within the wealthy and elite of society for a building within their grounds that housed citrus trees to protect them from the cold. Eventually citrus fruits began to grow in popularity and become more readily available to buy, so the orangery buildings became home to exotic plants and shrubs when they were no longer needed.

As it was typically the wealthy that had orangeries, older structures are typically large, elaborate buildings. Today, however, it is not uncommon to see smaller orangery buildings attached to their homes.


This is probably the most recognisable term of the two.

It seems that conservatories came about as a consequence of orangeries, with the distinct difference that conservatories were considered an attachment to a home, rather than its own separate structure like the orangery, and for the purpose of protecting and encouraging the growth of shrubs and herbs rather than exotic fruits.

At first, the use of glass was to aid the rapid growth of the plants within the extension, but as it was a direct extension of the home, people began changing their usage of a conservatory to be an expansion of the living space of their home, rather than solely for the use of storing and protecting plants.

So, what is the difference now?

Even though there is very little difference to modern usage of an orangery and a conservatory, it is beneficial to know the differences that do exist.

Orangeries do tend to be larger and feature a lot more brickwork than a typical conservatory. They often feature large sloping “atrium” style ceilings with pillars. As they are so large, a lot more planning and designing needs to be done, as well as the possibility of planning permission before a build.

Exterior Of House With Conservatory And Patio

However, the heavy use of brickwork rather than the frames of a conservatory make it a lot easier to customise an orangery for each customer, so if it is a unique build that you want, designers will be able to adapt buildings to your specifications.

The interior of an orangery has a lot more elegance and class about it. Rather than following the interior of the house, the brickwork is on show, and the large windows and high glass roof emphasize that this is a luxurious building.

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As they are mostly brick based, the aesthetics of an orangery do tend to fit in well with the brickwork of an existing house, while still remaining a private room as opposed to the open space a conservatory gives.

Conservatories tend to act as a complete addition to the house; keeping the design features such as the colour of the frames as similar to the existing house as possible to maintain some form of uniformity. They are usually used as “sun rooms” to let as much sun in as possible, and allow an excellent view of the garden, while you are in the comfort of your own home.

If you are still unsure as to which structure will fit your needs, and you are looking for conservatories in Stoke On Trent, FAB Systems are here to help! For more information on how you can get the most out of your conservatory, contact us by calling 0800 066 5644 and speak to one of our experienced team.

How To Add Value to Your Home (Infographic)

When you are a homeowner, it is extremely important that you know the best ways to increase the value of your home. In the fluctuating market, it can be tricky to sell your home for the right price, but by taking extra care with your home improvements, you can increase your property’s desirability and value. In our latest infographic, we will show you some of the best ways to achieve this, leaving you with a beautiful property both on paper and in reality.



At FAB Systems, we know how to help you get the most out of your property with our stunning conservatories, windows, roofing and more. For more information, visit our website today or contact us by calling 0800 066 5644.

Going Green: Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

In 2015, everyone wants to make their home more eco-friendly. With fears about carbon emissions becoming even more prominent and energy bills increasing year on year, we’re all looking for easy ways to go green.

As a leading provider of UPVC windows in Stoke on Trent, at FAB Systems we want to help you achieve a home that is more energy efficient, helping you to save money as well as saving the planet. Here are some easy ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly.

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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating will make your home feel luxurious, as well as helping you to reduce your carbon footprint. Underfloor heating is far more efficient than radiators, as it will generate heat more evenly around your home.

This will mean that you avoid having radiators constantly churning out heat that you don’t need, and you also won’t have a mixture of hot and cold temperatures around your home. Underfloor heating is particularly well-suited to bathrooms.

Although underfloor heating is commonly associated with new build homes, it can easily be installed in any property, helping you to reap the rewards of a warmer home, lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

Smarter Windows

One of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly is to install smarter windows. UPVC windows will help you to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills, using precise glass technology to reap the benefits of the natural heat provided by the sun.

Solaglas EcoClear helps you to work towards a greener home in two key ways. The Planitherm glass works to capture warmth from direct sunlight, allowing your home to receive sufficient natural heat and instantly saving you money on your energy bills. Its insulation technology then stops this heat from escaping, as well as that generated by your radiators.

By installing smarter windows, you can also add considerable value to your home, making UPVC windows an excellent choice for your home with multiple benefits.


Eco-Friendly Appliances

If you want to minimise the size of your carbon footprint, installing some eco-friendly appliances can work to significantly reduce your carbon emissions and even save you money on your energy bills.

With some clever shopping, you can develop your own green kitchen. On the current market, you can purchase eco-friendly fridges, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines, as well as small appliances such as kettles.

You can also work to reduce your energy output by swapping all of your light bulbs for energy-saving alternatives, which will give off a similar amount of light energy, but use up less electricity.

Making the swap to energy-saving, eco-friendly appliances around your home may seem like a big change, but by making these alterations you can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on energy bills, and more importantly make a contribution to saving the planet.

Solar Panels

The sun provides us with entirely free, sustainable light and heat energy every day, and if you install solar panels in your home, you can benefit even more from this.

By installing solar panels, you can ensure that the energy supplying your home is completely sustainable, as well as being able to watch as your energy bills are replaced with payments from National Grid, who purchase excess energy generated in this way.

Solar power technology is now more innovative than ever, and if you are concerned that it could destroy the aesthetic of your home, you needn’t worry. Solar panel specialists can now conduct the installation in a way that will affect the look of your home as little as possible.


We hope you found our tips for creating an eco-friendly home helpful. If you are considering going green, FAB Systems’ UPVC windows can help you save energy from the moment they’re installed. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Top Uses for Your Conservatory

Conservatories are a wonderful addition to any home, and can be used in many different ways. At FAB Systems, we want to help you get the most out of your conservatory, so here are our top ways for you to use your space.

Reception Room


An additional reception room is a wonderful luxury to have in your home, and when you have a conservatory, you have plenty of space to include one. Whether you just want somewhere to read a book, watch television or you want somewhere nice to have a cup of coffee, a conservatory can be easily converted into a new reception room.

Add some comfortable sofas and chairs and make your room even cosier by using lamps, rugs and other accessories. Finish off by adding mod cons like your television, DVD player and stereo and you will have the perfect second reception room.



If you need a space to work peacefully and efficiently at home, then the conservatory is the perfect place for you to put your office. In a light, airy space that is well away from distractions, you can easily concentrate on what you have to do in your own private area.

Simply add in a comfortable desk space with a computer, internet access and a phone. If you are likely to have visitors, colleagues or partners who will come for meetings or consultations, create a comfortable, appropriate seating area with a table so you can remain in your private working space. Why not add in a coffee machine?

Dining Room


Having a separate dining room is considered a luxury in modern day housing, but with the addition of a conservatory, it can be a reality. Whether you want somewhere formal for Christmases, birthdays, dinner parties and special occasions, or you’d like somewhere you can eat every day, your conservatory can be transformed into the perfect dining room.

Focus your interior design on the centre of the conservatory, placing your table and chairs in a way that allows you to make the most of the space in the room. Add features such as fresh flowers and candles to bring a sense of life into the room. Finish off your design by adding your own personal touches.

Play Room


Give your children a perfect place to sit and play all day with their own play room, and where better place to put it than in the conservatory? Allow your children to have all the room they could possibly need for all their toys, and on warm sunny days, open up the doors into the back garden to create a perfect indoor/outdoor play area.

Giving them their own room for playtime will let them have far more fun and help you to keep the rest of the house tidy and free from toys and mess. Put some cosy rugs and chairs in the conservatory for movie time and add in some toy boxes for additional storage when the room isn’t being used.

Games Room


Many people dream of having a games room, but in a modern home, there isn’t always enough space. If you are adding a conservatory to your home, you will have plenty of room to justify having a specific games room for fun with family or with friends.

There are plenty of things you can have in your games room, including a pool table, darts, air hockey, arcade games, games consoles and more. In the summer, you can even open up the conservatory doors and have a barbecue in the back garden too! If you are going to be having some parties, why not put in a mini fridge or bar area for socialising with your friends?

There are many ways you can use your conservatory, and if you are looking for conservatories in Stoke on Trent, FAB Systems can provide you with the perfect extension to your home. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Top Ways to Reduce Your Household Bills

With the cost of living going up each and every year, it is important that we are thrifty when it comes to our household spending.

There are many simple ways to reduce your household bills, and here at FAB Systems we can help you to cut your expenses. Here are our top ways to lessen your household bills.


Changes to Your Home

When looking to reduce your household bills, making some changes to your home can be extremely beneficial in the long term.

Installing UPVC windows in your home will work to dramatically cut your heating costs, as well as providing you with a window solution that is aesthetically pleasing, that will not rot, that weathers well and will last you well into the future.

Using innovative software such as Smart Meters will allow you to keep track of your gas and electricity usage in real time, and this means you can ensure that you are not using more energy than you can afford, allowing you to make changes accordingly.

You can also increase your own efficiency by installing alternative forms of heating, such as fires and fuel-burning stoves, which will lower your energy bills and help you have a more sustainable home.

Sustainable Lifestyle

Ensuring that you have a sustainable home is not only good for the environment; it’s also good for your wallet. By ensuring that you go through some very simple procedures in your everyday life, you can significantly reduce your living costs.

Keeping hot water use to a minimum, and turning off hot water when it is not required, will substantially reduce your energy bills. This can be carried through to favouring showers over baths, which use substantially more hot water on average, and keeping shower times to a minimum.

Lowering the amount of time you have your heating on each day will also cut your energy bills, and where possible you should consider wearing warmer clothing before turning the heating on, as this is also far better for the environment.

Turning off electronics such as laptops, computers, televisions and kitchen appliances at the socket will save a significant amount of energy and work to lower your energy bills, so it is important that you get into the habit of doing this every day.


Shop Smarter

By shopping smarter, you can save a significant amount on your household bills.

Supermarkets are now more competitive than ever, making it easy to shop around for the best prices on your groceries and everyday items. Keep an eye out for special offers, price-match discounts and unbranded alternatives that will help you save money.

Shopping at discount supermarkets will also save you a substantial amount of money on your weekly food shop without sacrificing quality. Most of the products you’ll find in stores such as Lidl and Aldi will be from the same suppliers as the branded products you’ll find in major supermarkets, but will be on sale for a fraction of the price.

Research Your Providers

Researching your energy providers can save you a substantial amount of money, especially if you are a new customer.

If you feel like you are paying too much for your household bills, it is a good idea to see what other providers could offer you. Price comparison sites are a good place to start, as they allow you to scout multiple providers that match your criteria. You should also check online reviews of these providers to see how they are rated for customer service and efficiency, as this is something important to consider before switching.

There are many easy ways for you to cut your household bills while also living a more sustainable lifestyle, including installing efficient UPVC windows in your home. At FAB Systems, we can offer you quality UPVC windows in Stoke-on-Trent. For more information, contact us today by calling 0800 066 5644.

Adding Value to your Property

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, increase the amount of  space in your property, or simply give your home a bit of a revamp, it can be important to make the most of what you’ve got so you can maximise the value of your property.

With this in mind, here we give a guide to some great ways of adding value to your property, to help get you inspired with your home.


Space is often a top priority in any home, so if you’re looking to add some real value to your property then increasing the amount of space in your home is a great way to achieve this.

When it comes to extending your home, investing in a conservatory is a great option. Not only are conservatories a great way to extend the living space in your home, according to property guru Phil Spencer they could also add around 7 percent to the value of your home, too.

The key with conservatories is to choose a design that complements the style of your home perfectly. You can also enhance the flow of the space by utilising the same flooring throughout your downstairs living areas; this will ensure that your conservatory feels like a natural part of your home.


Focus on the Exterior

First impressions really do count, which is why it can be important to focus on the exterior of your property. Hence, consider giving your home a bit of a facelift. This can be as simple as giving your front door a fresh lick of paint, your windows a good clean and your garden a bit of a spruce up.

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, improving the appearance of your property could ultimately go a long way towards facilitating a quicker sale, and will ensure your property has some serious kerb appeal.

Change your Windows

Changing the windows of your property is another ideal way to add value to your home. For example, fitting energy efficient options such as double glazed windows could increase the value of your property by up to 10%, making them well worth the initial investment.


Focus on Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart of any home and has in many respects become the showpiece area of our homes. As such, a well-designed kitchen can be a real draw for potential buyers. With this in mind, if you’re looking to revamp only one room in your home, it’s best to concentrate on your kitchen.

If you’re considering giving your kitchen a bit of a revamp then make sure to opt for up-to-date appliances. This will help ensure your kitchen doesn’t end up looking a little dated a few years down the line.

Parking Space

In many residential areas, parking is scarce and as such is at a premium, so adding some handy off road parking to your home can also be a great option. Whilst garden aesthetics can be important, in built up areas it can be worth considering paving over your front garden to create some valuable parking space.

Here at FAB Systems we can provide a range of home improvement options including double glazing, ideal for helping you to add some extra value to your property. We’re also experts when it comes to conservatory design and can provide a wide range of conservatories in Stoke on Trent to meet your individual needs and requirements

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 0800 066 5644, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.


Ultimate Port of Call: The Benefits of a Carport

In some areas, a garage is a ubiquitous and necessary part of the home. It’s more than just a storage space for automobiles, but also where we can store, y’know, everything else from tools and old Christmas decorations to paint cans and chest freezers.


The original need for garages came because, back in ye olden days, early models of cars were prone to rust. And some didn’t even have roofs. So getting your car indoors and out of the vicious elements of weather was absolutely crucial. Thankfully, that’s not quite so important in these modern times; cars are a lot more durable. And with that has come the rise of the carport.

There are tons of advantages to getting a carport, rather than installing a garage. And we’re going to take a look at the pros now, starting with…



Building a garage which adjoins your property can be a pretty expensive venture. But getting your hands on a carport for your home will be far cheaper – probably around half the price of a garage.



A garage is typically subject to planning permission and other regulations, due to the fact that it’s a structural building. That means it’ll also need to be fire-proof too. Since a carport isn’t covered in the same way, it doesn’t require planning permission.



It’s not just seriously convenient in terms of constructing a carport. It’s also convenient when parking your car. There are no garage doors to crank open, or automatic key-fobs to point at precisely the right angle in order to gain access. You just pull up and park inside. Easy!



Ok, you may not need to insulate your car in the same way that owners of the Model T had to, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave your vehicle totally unprotected. A carport offers awesome protection from the rain, sun and snow, keeping your car secure from the harsher weather.



Sure, you could park your car under your brand new carport, but it’s not an absolute requirement – and no-one’ll tear it down if you don’t. Just like a garage, a carport can be used for multiple activities. Fancy lounging out in the shade on a summer’s day, or inviting your friends and family over for a barbeque? Then the carport’s got you covered.



Even if you have a garage, you can still make full use of a carport. Building one just outside of your garage means you’ll instantly benefit from the extra space this yields, particularly if you have more than one car.



Where are you likely to find a garage? At the side of a house, right? But with a carport, you can place it pretty much anywhere on your property – so long as you can, y’know, actually park your car under it.



You know which vehicles you can typically store in garages? Cars. A small van or truck too, depending on the size. And that’s about it. Carports aren’t limited to just the standard family saloon though. Caravans, trailers, bikes are all good to go. You could even stash a boat in there too, if you fancy it.



It’s not just garages and gardens which add value to your home. A carport will also bump up the valuation, so it’s not just a great way to store your vehicles, but also a great investment for the future. That’s pretty handy if you’re looking to sell your house.


Reckon a carport could be for you? Then we can definitely help. Our carports are made of the highest possible quality, tough, durable and come in a range of sizes. As premium suppliers of carports, garage doors, flat roofing and double glazing in Stoke on Trent and beyond we’re your one-stop shop. So why not contact us on 0800 066 5644 for a free quotation and see how we can help you?