Monthly Archives: April 2014

How to Season Proof Your Conservatory

Having a conservatory built onto your house comes with many benefits: it offers another room for you to relax in, meaning you shift some of your living room furniture to make room for something else. It also brings you closer to your garden, giving you a peaceful retreat at the back of your house where you can admire your outdoor space and surreptitiously spy on nature.

 

However, many people are put off building a conservatory because it is notoriously hard to control their internal environment. Conservatory owners complain that their rooms become sweltering in summer but unbearably cold in winter and therefore they don’t get used as much as they could. FAB Systems construct beautiful and practical conservatories in Stoke-on-Trent which beat the problem of temperature control. Read on to find out more…

 

Dealing with Summer

In summer conservatories can get unbearably warm; as they are made entirely of glass keepingYouCool clima controlthey become victim of the greenhouse effect. The sun ray’s fall vertically, meaning they penetrate the glass roof and the UV radiation creates heat. The glass reflects the light and heat back in all directions which amplifies the heat but this remains inside the conservatory because the double glazing forms a layer of insulation.

 

At FAB Systems we use SGG Climacontrol glass which is a revolutionary product that helps to control the temperature of your conservatory or orangery all year round. The glass has reflective properties so instead of letting the UV light penetrate the glass it is reflected back. This keeps a conservatory 9oC cooler than one that uses standard glass. Other benefits of ClimaControl glass are they have glare reduction, so you’re not dazzled by the summer sun; they reflect UV light therefore preventing upholstery from fading and the glass has an innovative self-cleaning system ensuring low maintenance levels.

 

Dealing with Winter
Conservatories struggle to retain any heat in winter because glass in a poor insulator. No matter how much heat you are pumping in to the conservatory from the inside, if the outside glass is cold, it will bring the temperature down; it could fall as low as the outside temperature if there is no internal heat source and lack of insulation to stop the warmth escaping. ClimaControl glass if made with a thermal insulation system, therefore keeping the conservatory warmer and saving energy. ClimaControl gives 63% better insulation than standard glass.

 

As well as ClimaControl glass, FAB Systems also offer the option of creating your conservatory with an Ultraframe roof. Ultraframe roofs are built to last and are specially designed and engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, so you won’t have to worry when there’s a harsh winter. These innovative roofing systems are put through rigorous testing processes so that they can withstand the deadload from heavy snowfall, pressure from wind and impact from rain and hail. The robust structure means guarantees a lifetime of sturdy performance, no matter what the British climate throws at your house.

 

FAB Systems are proud to build beautiful, practical and robust conservatories made with products from expert engineers. SGG and Ultraframe are leaders in their market and their tried and tested products have proven positive results. Although the British climate and seasons can be unpredictable and difficult at times, this doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your conservatory.

When Is It Time To Change Your Windows?

Every house tends to have an abundance of windows, and not all of these windows will necessarily need replacing at the same time. The advantages of many modern windows – such as energy efficiency – are already well known, but fewer people know exactly when it is best to stop trying to maintain their windows and simply replace them. Here are a few tell-tale signs to look out for that signal you may need to change your windows:

FAB Systems 2Poor Performance

Opening and closing your windows should be easy, and if you find that the task is becoming a hardship then you certainly shouldn’t struggle on. Wear and tear naturally builds up on windows, and so the opening mechanisms can begin to fail over time. Similarly, vertically opening windows can become so slack that it becomes almost impossible to keep them open without a prop, and such windows should be swiftly replaced.

A Lack of Locking

The security risks caused by windows that don’t lock are too obvious to mention, but did you know that windows that don’t lock are also less energy efficient? This is because it is the locking mechanism that helps to seal the elements out of your home, and so a deficient lock actually lets in unwanted draughts. Incidentally, draughts themselves are another prime indicator that your windows are on their last legs. Even if you think a perpetually unlocked window isn’t a security hazard (usually if it’s very small, for example), the increased heating bills will cost far more than a replacement.

Foggy or Dirty Windows

At FAB Systems, we supply double glazing in Stoke on Trent, and we often see homes where condensation or moisture has become trapped between the two panels in the glazing. This indicates that the windows are no longer an effective barrier, and thus the afflicted panes will need replacing. If you find that your windows always seem to be dirty, and that even the most rigorous cleaning doesn’t seem to assuage the problem, then it’s also time for a change of glass.

Weak Aesthetics

Although poor aesthetics might not reduce the performance of your windows (although in many cases the underlying causes can do), they will certainly make your house look much the worse for wear. Whether a window is chipped, stained or simply outdated matters little; it will still give the exterior of your home a far less positive appearance. First impressions are important, especially if you come to want to sell your home, so don’t tolerate shoddy windows for the sake of it.

If you come to realise that your windows need a change, then here at FAB Systems we are a specialist in double glazing that can restore your windows to tip-top condition in no time at all. We also provide more unusual windows too, such a triple glazed panes, so whatever you need we’re sure to have it. Contact us now to find out more.

Window Maintenance Tips

Here at FAB Systems, we have been providing quality double glazing windows in Stoke on Trent  in a wide range of styles and finishes for a number of years. As we have extensive experience in this industry, we have acquired the relevant knowledge on how to get the best out of your windows. In this blog, we will look into the maintenance tasks that are advisable for you to carry out, ensuring that they stand the test of time.

Damp Issues

Aesthetically speaking, damp can cause double glazed windows significant issues. With damp comes the inevitable mould and mildew that will grow on your window’s sealants. This mould and mildew can make your home look dirty, and will also cause damage to the sealant.

Mould and mildew on your windows is a signifier of condensation, so you will have to be aware that mould and damp could appear on your wall. However, this problem is easily rectified by opening your windows often; especially if you are drying clothes on the radiator.

Window Hinges

Through constant use of opening and shutting your windows, the hinges may become stiff over time, and this could make it harder for you to open them. If you would like to prolong the life of your hinges, it is important to use lubricating oil. A great oil to use is WD40, so be sure to use it on all the moving parts every couple of months; you can even put it on the hinges of your door.

Clean

It is imperative that you clean your windows, because cleaning them inside and out on a regular basis will make a difference in terms of their lifespan, and they will continue to look practically brand new. If you have a window cleaner who cleans your windows frequently, then you won’t have to worry about the outside of your window, but be sure to keep on top of the inside. You should use soapy water to clean the frames, and a proper glass cleaner to ensure a quality finish.

If your windows are looking worse for wear and could do with replacing, then you should get in touch with us at FAB Systems. We specialise in the supply and installation of double glazed windows and uPVC windows. If you invest in one of our uPVC windows and carry out regular maintenance tasks, you could save as much as £7000 over the next twenty years on your energy bill. You can trust us to carry out an excellent job because we are FENSA and Part L Building Regulations compliant; please phone us today on 0800 066 5644 to find out more.

Top Home Improvements

Now that spring has well and truly arrived, you may feel that it’s time for a spring clean and a makeover of your house. This is a perfect time of year to undertake home improvements, as the weather is improving and you can get things completed before you enjoy your summer holidays. Here are some of the top choices:

Double Glazing

double glazingIf your windows aren’t double glazed, then this is definitely a top improvement to make. Double glazing is far more energy efficient, making this an excellent investment that will pay for itself in the form of savings on your energy bills. It’s also a great way to reduce traffic noise, creating a peaceful haven where you can really relax. If you already have double glazing, then you can still consider improvements – triple glazed windows provide even more energy efficiency and extra security.

Doors

doorIf you’re replacing your windows, you might consider replacing your doors as well. Your front door can, like your windows, be responsible for a lot of lost heat, so a new door can also help you to make energy savings. This is also, naturally, an excellent way to improve the security of your home, so it’s an investment into your own peace of mind.

 

Conservatories

conservatoryMany British houses are, quite frankly, a little too small for their occupants. Because one-story conservatories generally don’t require planning permission, they are an excellent way to extend your property and add both space and value to your home. With modern ClimaControl™ glass, conservatories can help to maintain a comfortable climate whatever the season, to ensure that you can enjoy your new conservatory all year round.

Fascias & Soffits

soffits fasciasWith the harsh weather the country suffered over the winter, it’s likely that your guttering, fascias and soffits have taken quite a beating – after all, in a heavy storm you could have had several gallons of water per second washing over your roof. It’s a good idea to have them checked out and, if necessary, replaced to ensure that your property is protected. Modern fascias and soffits will look more attractive, as well as being an excellent investment against future weather damage.

Here at F.A.B. Systems, we offer high-quality installation of fascias and soffits, conservatories, entrance doors and double glazing in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas, so if you have home improvements on your mind we’d be happy to hear from you.