Category Archives: News

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).

23452

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!

baby3

 

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.

123456

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.

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

girl-342839_640

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.

Office

home-office-599475_640

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

dining-table-647008_640

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

toys-603046_640

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

billiards-510019_640

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.

Make Your Conservatory Totally You

When it comes to interior design, chances are you’re going to be pretty focussed on the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen. If it’s lucky, maybe the bathroom and the hallway come a distant fourth and fifth. But what about the humble conservatory, standing there, stoic and unassuming, waiting for a little creative TLC?

Often, when making our conservatories look lovely we tend to go for some standards. The block colour paints, the wicker chairs, maybe a tall plant in the corner. And… that’s it. But hey, you wouldn’t treat your lounge with so little thought, so why’s the conservatory any different? As suppliers of conservatories in Cheshire and beyond, we’re pretty passionate about conservatories – but we also love interior design. After all, who wants a beautiful conservatory that’s decorated in a bland or generic style?

 

That’s why we’re going to look at a few design ideas to make your conservatory totally you. And that means you’ll have plenty of time to whip it into shape before summer arrives and you and your family and friends are sipping homemade lemonade and basking in the refracted sunshine.

 

Relax! Take a Seat

Just because your nan had wicker chairs in her conservatory, doesn’t mean you have to. You could always opt for more traditional seating – couches, leather sofas, whatever you’re most comfortable with. The main advantage of this is that the conservatory stops being some glassy appendage to your house, and truly becomes part of the home. And if you were hoping to go for something a little more outlandish, might we suggest… bean bags?

 

Cuddle Up with Cushions

Add a little warmth to your conservatory furnishings. A bunch of cushions and throws scattered across the seats will make it so much more inviting. It adds colours, style and character and it’s really that simple. And they’re perfect for both the cool winters and steamy summers. Because hey, who doesn’t want comfort and the sense of floating on colourful clouds?

 

Be Bold…

When it comes to paintwork, plenty of conservatories look alike. Off-whites, pale oranges and faded greens figure highly. But you can do better than those guys, right? Paint your walls with delightfully bold colours to really make a statement. Want to get fashionable? Go grey. The right shade of grey can create a really modern feel to the conservatory. And if you’re unconvinced by daubing the walls in this colour, it also makes a pretty nifty accent colour to complement whatever other shades you’ve gone for.

 

…And Go Green

Having a plant in a conservatory is cool. Having a selection of well-chosen plants is better, right? They work great at both enhancing the whole ‘bringing the outside inside’ that conservatories do so well, and adding a vibrant personality to the room. Don’t overload the conservatory with them though, and make sure the sizes are well-suited to how big the conservatory is. No-one wants to wade through a jungle, Indiana Jones-style, just for a sip of Pimms!

 

Reflect Yourself

When it comes to other rooms in the house, we tend to be fairly consistent. Y’know, we’ll only use blues and creams, or blacks and whites; all the chairs are from the same uniform set; and the theme remains the same, like going all nautical in the bathroom or rustic in the kitchen. But that’s where conservatories are king – because you’re not so limited! You can really make your conservatory reflect who you are. You can mix those contemporary-style vases with vintage sideboards. You can hang up film posters, put a moose head on the wall. The choice is yours. Done right, done well, it really works.

 

And if you haven’t got a conservatory yet, we can help you out there too. We’re a leading supplier of conservatories that are absolutely FAB. For more information about what we provide and how we can help you, simply contact us on 0800 066 5644 or email sales@fabsystemsltd.co.uk and our team will be delighted to assist with your enquiries.

Onwards and Upwards – Energy Bills in 2015

Here at FAB Systems, we get plenty of customers coming to us for double glazing in Stoke on Trent when they’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, as few features are more essential for insulation than the right kind of windows. However, people look to reduce energy bills in many different ways, but, according to the latest news, 2015 could be a struggle in that respect.

energy-efficiency-154006_640

The Telegraph reports how numerous considerations like wholesale costs and green incentives are predicted to play a prominent part with regards to energy consumption this year, and here’s a brief rundown of the most important points…

  • Wholesale costs have been falling as of late, but the prevailing attitude is that customers shouldn’t expect to reap any savings. Currently, plans to pass on savings to customers are very much up in the air, so don’t get too excited about a reduction in your bills just yet.
  • There’s been the possibility of an energy price freeze for quite some time, and many analysts are stating that – in a rather curious situation – this price freeze is driving up prices. Until the nature of the price freeze is revealed in the May election, nobody seems willing to cut costs.
  • Competition is always huge when it comes to costs, and, although it hasn’t happened yet, competition from smaller firms is anticipated to drive down bills from mainstream providers. In this particular case, 2015 could well be a time when customers do see improvement.
  • The Green Deal is an example of an initiative that gives people the opportunity to ‘go green’, and green incentives from the government are apparently set to increase. This will reward homeowners with energy-friendly systems, so that’s definitely something to think about.

Clearly, 2015 looks like it could unfold in a variety of directions with regards to energy bills, but, as we’ve already mentioned, one great way to take your savings into your own hands is to pay proper attention to your windows. They’re not the only area that needs attending to, but they are very important when it comes to keeping heat inside your home, and the FAB Systems team is always on hand to help. If you’d like further information about our reliable provision of double glazing, don’t hesitate to contact us now by calling 0800 066 5644.

Happy New Year from FAB Systems!

Christmas is over for another year; gifts have been given and received, the turkey leftovers are but a fond memory, and Santa can finally put his feet up. We hope that the festive season has been good to you, and while it’s unlikely that you found a new conservatory in your stocking, we hope that you got everything else that you wished for!

Of course, hard on the heels of Christmas comes New Year, so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy, healthy and enjoyable 2015 on behalf of everybody here at FAB Systems!

new-years-eve-580735_12802014 has been something of an up and down year weather-wise; at the beginning of the year the UK faced a barrage of winter storms which caused widespread issues across the country, while at the end of the year winter came late, with October and November both very mild. Overall, in fact, 2014 brought us higher than average mean temperatures throughout the year, and who knows what 2015 might bring?

What we can say, however, is that we’ll continue to help you keep your home protected from harsh weather and looking fabulous with our extensive range of soffits, fascias, windows and more.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to make your home more energy efficient, we can help you with fantastic A-rated new uPVC windows, complete with a wide range of additional features to meet your every need, as well as stunning front doors in both uPVC and elegant wood to make a great first impression and keep those nasty drafts out. Alternatively, if 2015 is the year you decide to extend your property, we can help you to design the perfect year-round conservatory, allowing you to enjoy your garden whatever the weather.

At FAB Systems we are specialists in double glazing in Stoke on Trent, fitting doors, windows, conservatories and more to exceptionally high standards. We can also help with flat roofing, garage doors, carports and much more! If you would like more information on how we can help you to improve and expand your home in 2015, simply get in touch with us on 0800 066 5644.

Designing a Conservatory

Conservatories are a great way to add space and elegance to your home, and they can often increase the value of your property, too. However, it is a big job – so you want to make sure that it’s done right. In order to make sure that you get the perfect conservatory, here are the top questions to ask.

1. What do you want to use your conservatory for?

The intended use of your conservatory should have a considerable impact on its design. If you want to use it for entertaining or dining, then you’ll want to have adequate space. If you intend to use it to grow and display plants, it may have different requirements, especially if you plan to show off plants with very specific climate needs. Before you do anything else, make a list of what you want to be able to do in your conservatory.

2. Size and Siting

Adding a conservatory will inevitably reduce the size of your garden, so making sure that it is an appropriate size and in the most suitable place is vital. If part of your garden is frequently under-used, using that area for a conservatory could transform it into useful space, but if you currently use your entire garden you may have a tricky decision to make. The aspect is also vital – a south facing conservatory will be very bright and sunny, but it may not always be the best choice.

3. Design

The style of your conservatory is also important. Whether you choose a design that is in keeping with the rest of your property or something that contrasts is entirely up to you – indeed, a contemporary conservatory attached to a period style property can be very effective – but it is essentially a personal choice.

4. Heating, Shade and Ventilation

What heating, ventilation and shading you need will vary depending on your other choices, but all should be carefully considered. If you wish to grow plants, then their needs must be considered alongside the needs of the family – tropical plants will naturally not do well in an unheated conservatory over winter! Ventilation or air conditioning will be important in keeping the conservatory comfortable on the warmest days of the year, and shades or blinds may be necessary depending on the aspect you’ve chosen.

Here at FAB Systems, we specialise in windows, doors and conservatories in Cheshire, so we can help you to create the perfect conservatory for your property. For more information, or for a quote, contact us today.

Going Green – What’s the Deal?

Christmas has come and gone, and with the New Year bearing down upon us it’s perhaps prudent to start planning for 2015. Each area of your life can quite naturally benefit from such forward-thinking, but what we’re going to talk about here revolves around the idea of energy efficiency. As a provider of double glazing in Crewe, we’re obviously called upon pretty often to improve the efficiency of various homes with regards to energy, and, even disregarding the huge emphasis on energy friendly practices that’s going around today, there are plenty of great reasons to start thinking ‘green’.

Going Green

The Green Deal

In the recent news though, there’s been one very important development on this front, and it’s sure to serve as an extra incentive for homeowners who haven’t yet gone big on energy saving measures. Reported in The Telegraph back in mid-December, the so-called ‘Green Deal’ offers a generous amount of cashback for property owners who take steps to not only increase the value of their premises, but also reduce energy bills. A direct attempt to tackle the off-putting costs that come with making a home more energy friendly, this Government Scheme is beginning to gather steam.

How’s it Changed?

In actual fact, the Green Deal was first unveiled back in the summer, but the initial funds were used up within a matter of hours as households leapt at the chance to gain cashback. However, this latest proposal injects literally millions of pounds back into the cash pot, so those homes that applied for a Green Deal assessment back in June, but were unable to take advantage of the scheme, can try once again. With a gradual method of cash release now being used, the hope is that the fund will be able to cope with the demands far more easily this time, thus extending the lifespan of the plan.

Energy Saving Measures

This is obviously great news for those who were holding off upgrading their homes on the energy friendly front, as there is now extra incentive to go forward with those intentions, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity for families who were already committed to doing so. Energy saving already pays off in the long-term, but the possibility of the Green Deal now opens up short-term savings too.

Regardless of whether you qualify or not though, it’s highly recommended that you enhance your energy saving plans wherever possible, and rest assured that you won’t be disappointed with the results. Even simple things like better glazing can make a colossal difference, and here at FAB Systems we can supply many such solutions to help in this respect. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us now by calling 0800 066 5644 and we’ll be happy to discuss your query.

4 Garage Conversion Ideas

Many people use their garage for just plain old fashioned storage, when really this space could be used for so much more! As suppliers of garages doors in Stoke on Trent, we know that garages have a lot of potential, there are many things that they can be used for, so we’ve compiled a handy list for you, so that you can transform your home and have the property that you have always dreamed of.

Gym

gym1

Gym memberships can be expensive so why not convert your garage into a home gym? You won’t have to pay a membership and better than that…you don’t have to share with strangers; therefore, you can work out in peace.

Office

office

Working from home can be difficult, but not when you have your own office space. The garage is the perfect place to create your own office – just make sure it’s well heated so that you’re comfortable. There are many huge businesses that began in the garage such as Amazon, Apple, Disney and even Google!

Playroom

playroom

Transform your garage into a soft-play heaven for your kids! – of course, you will have to do a few renovations to ensure that the environment is safe for your child. It’s important that you keep the garage clean, but it is a great way to save your house from too many toys – conservatories also make fantastic playrooms!

 Private Bar

pub

Who doesn’t dream of having their own bar complete with pool table? Well that dream isn’t too far away. Many people these days are transforming their garages into their very own bachelor room – complete with a private bar! Alternatively you could used your garage to brew your own beer and wine, if you so desire!

Of course, when you transform your garage you need to make sure that it is secure! As suppliers of garage doors in Stoke on Trent, we provide an exceptional range of security enhancing products that also look incredibly stylish. If you would like further information in regards to our products and services here at please do not hesitate to get in contact with our exceptional team who will be more than happy to help. Call now on 0800 066 5644.

Condensation in Detail

Condensation is the change of the physical state of matter from a gas phase into a liquid phase, and although this sounds harmless enough, it can cause a significant amount of problems in your home. It can cause damage to the paintwork, walls, wallpaper and curtains. In some cases, condensation can cause damp and mould in the home.

Over the years, there have been advancements which have caused our homes to become warmer; however, as a result of this it has lead to less ventilation and fewer air changes in the home. Air can contain water vapour, with warm air holding more water than cold air. Condensation is formed when warm air meets a colder surface and can’t retain the same amount of water vapour. As the water vapour can’t escape, it therefore forms condensation.

It is a common misconception that condensation is down to a building fault. Condensation can occur in a new home, as materials such as plaster can contain a significant amount of moisture. When materials such as plaster dry out, and the new home is lived in, water vapour can easily form. Condensation is more likely to form on windows, colder parts of the wall, and where ceilings and floors meet with the outer walls. If condensation keeps forming then you will have to take action against it, or mould problems are more than likely to occur.

You can take practical steps to ensure that water vapour levels are down, such as putting lids on saucepans, avoiding drying laundry on a radiator and making sure that your dryer is properly vented through an outside wall.

As a more significant long-term approach, it is also worthwhile investing in energy efficient windows that are double glazed to ensure that your house gets the right amount of ventilation. With double glazing, the glass will be kept at room temperature, which lowers the condensation levels. If you open your windows occasionally to allow your rooms to ventilate, and have double glazing too, then your condensation worries could be a thing of the past.

For double glazing windows in Stoke on Trent, make us your first port of call here at FAB Systems. You can call us today on 0800 066 5644 for a free quotation.

Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Running a house is by no means a cheap feat, especially when you take into consideration the amount of money that you have to pay on bills. Although the weather seems to have improved significantly, it is still on the cold side, so you have probably noticed that the heating is taking a significant chunk out of your wallet. At FAB Systems, we understand that you may be concerned about your energy consumption levels and will want to save money. To save energy in your home you may wish to consider the following tips:

Turn Down the Thermostat/ Hot Water

If you turn the thermostat down, even if it is just a little bit, you will be saving yourself a considerable amount of money in the long run. It is likely that you won’t even notice the difference in the room temperature, and turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save you over 5% on your bills.

Much like turning down the thermostat, you should decrease the temperature of your water because it doesn’t have to be higher than 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit). If you have the temperature any higher it will actually only be mixed with cold water.

Switch Your Energy Company

Many people switch car insurance companies when they feel like they are paying over the odds. The same should be done for gas and electricity. If you shop around then you will easily find a better deal, as there are many resources out there for you to compare prices. To perform a price comparison most sites just need your postcode and a recent bill.

house

Double Glazing

Replacing single glazed windows with UPVC windows is perhaps the most effective thing you can do in terms of saving energy. The frame of the windows plays a significant role in promoting energy and cost effective insulation. The vacuum between the panes prevents both cold air and draughts from entering your home, and also stops warmth from escaping. The insulating factor of UPVC windows can be beneficial to your health, and you will notice that your bills will drop because you won’t need to heat your home as much.

Of course, double glazing is a long term investment. If you are interested in UPVC Windows in Stoke On Trent then you should get in touch with us today. Our technical experience is second to none, as we have over 25 years of experience when it comes to UPVC installations; click here to get a quote online today.