Monthly Archives: September 2014

How to Choose the Right Window Style for your Home

Windows are an asset to your home; they add style to both your interior and your exterior. Windows are certainly the best way to light up your home and enhance the space of your rooms – they also help to bring the outdoors in, adding a natural element to your home. Of course, there are many different styles available to you, so how do you choose the right window style for your home? Well, as suppliers of double glazing windows in Stoke on Trent we’re about to answer this question with a few useful tips.

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Architecture & Aesthetic

First of all you need to consider the qualities of your architecture and the general aesthetic that you would like to achieve with your interior and exterior design. If you desire a wholly contemporary aesthetic, you wouldn’t choose a window design that is more vintage or rustic. So, consider what it is that you desire from your home, and then choose the window design based on that.

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Colour Accents

What is wonderful about window frames is they can add another dimension to the exterior of your home. They work as colour accents to add a little more excitement to your home. Of course, you need to consider the brick work of your home; what colours are there? For red brick homes, a reddish-brown enriches the aesthetic, whereas this wouldn’t be the colour for a painted, white home which would look much better with a lighter contrast, such as an organic stony-grey.

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Interior Effects

It isn’t just the exterior that is affected by your choice of windows, but the interior too. A row of large windows together would add a significant amount of light to a room, which looks beautiful all year round. However, smaller windows also have their advantages, especially in the bathroom. The size and style really depends upon the room in which you are decorating – always consider the aesthetic that you desire.

Top Tip: Curved window arches look beautiful for farm-house style homes.

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The Purpose

What is the purpose of your windows? Are they simply for aesthetics or practicality? Or is it to bring light into the room as a space enhancing technique? If you want your windows to make a statement, use a window as a centre piece and decorate the rest of the room based on this feature – highlight the singular large window. Bay windows are fantastic as a statement piece, plus they add so much space and light to your home.

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Follow this advice and you are certain to choose the best windows for you and your home. There’s no doubt about it; your home will look fantastic and you’ll certainly feel the benefit. If you would like more information in regards to our services please get in contact. Call us now on 0800 066 5644.

Looking Through Time: World Famous Windows

Windows have been around for centuries. The sheer depth of history means a rich heritage and ever-lasting fame for some. So let’s take a gander at four of the most famous (and infamous) windows in the world.

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window plays into that voyeur instinct we all try to suppress, as wheelchair-bound James Stewart believes he witnesses a murder. Grace Kelly stars as his sceptical nurse and investigative partner, with Raymond Burr taking on the role as the vicious murderer. Amazingly, the entire film takes place in Stewart’s apartment, with his neighbours seen only through the window over-looking the courtyard. And it would leave cinema-goers wondering what exactly Grace Kelly found in that hat box?

The Window Tax

Ok, it’s not technically one window. It’s a lot of them, across not just England, but Wales, Scotland and France. Those bricked up windows you often see on Georgian houses was a way to avoid paying the tax, which was introduced in England in 1696. With income tax being given the thumbs down due to privacy concerns, officials looked for another source of revenue. They found it in windows. The theory being that the more windows your house had, the more wealth in your possession. Wealth that the tax-men felt ought to belong to them. By popular demand, the tax was eventually repealed in 1851 though France’s own window tax, which began in 1798, lasted another 75 years.

Texas School Book Depository

Unless you’ve got a penchant for conspiracies you’ll know the official account. On November 22nd 1963, from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository overlooking Dealey Plaza, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots in 5.6 seconds, assassinating President John F. Kennedy. Today the entire sixth floor is a museum of memorabilia associated with the assassination, where visitors can peek out of America’s most infamous window.

Westminster Abbey’s Rose Windows

If you’re visiting Westminster Abbey, upon entering this awe-inspiring building, you’ll pass beneath one of the most famous gothic windows in the world. The design origins of these stunning circular windows can be traced to the Roman period, but it wasn’t until around the 12th century that rose windows as we know them came into existence. Westminster Abbey is home to rose windows at both the north and south transepts. The southern rose window was originally rebuilt in 1814, with its northern counterpart remodelled in 1722, and again in 1828. The design we see today though was largely the work of architect John Pearson, who in 1892 rebuilt not just the rose window itself but much of the upper northern section. As such, there is little genuinely medieval glass in the Abbey, but it’s still such an incredible testament to this stylish design that we’re still admiring it today.

Here at FAB Systems, our team of experienced designers are ready to serve you. If you’re looking for high quality double glazing in Stoke on Trent at competitive prices, you can get hold of us on 0800 066 5644 for your free quotation.

Preparing your Home for Winter

winterSeptember is here, and that means that winter is not far away either. The Great British summer may (or may not) have lived up to your expectations, but there’s little doubt that the temperature will be decreasing from here on in. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep warm when there’s a chill in the air, so take a look at this short list of considerations to beat the cold this winter:

Keep the Draughts Out

Letting in draughts will soon cool down your home. ‘Traditional’ draught excluders do still work, but many people don’t bother with them now. However, they do stop a lot of heat escaping under the doors in your property, so be prepared to give them a try.

Insulate Your Home

Insulation is one of the best ways to keep warm. Insulating your house (including your loft, as hot air rises) might seem expensive, but you’ll lose a lot less heat, which will help to recoup some of the money that you’ll need to install the insulation in the first place. In the long-term, you’ll be in pocket.

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Give Your Radiators Space

Most people have a central heating system, but you’d be amazed at how many people place a sofa or similar piece of furniture in front of a radiator. This stops the heat from ‘radiating’ around a room, thereby making your heating less efficient. Give your radiators space and you’ll notice the difference.

Stick to Small Rooms

If you’re able to, try to stick to smaller rooms during the winter. It’s often a good strategy to heat the parts of your house that you’re using the most, and by making this a small space it will help you to save money on your heating bills. Small rooms heat up more quickly, after all.

Use Curtains and Coverings

You don’t want to exclude the sunlight with curtains and the like, but you do want to keep them closed in the evening and overnight to help keep the heat in. Curtains will also help to block draughts, although if your windows are letting in air currents, they’re probably due for a change.

Double Glazing

Invest in Double Glazing

Double glazed windows trap air between two glass sheets, meaning that a protective layer is in place to prevent hot air going outside, and cold air coming inside. Single glazing will leak a full 20% of the heat within your home, so double glazing really is the way to go.

Sometimes, people are put off double glazing because it can be costly, but (like insulation) it’s a long-term investment, and here at FAB Systems we can supply double glazing windows in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas at highly competitive prices. To find out more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us now by calling 0800 066 5644 today.