Monthly Archives: February 2015

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…

 

Cost

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.

 

Unregulated

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.

 

Convenience

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!

 

Protection

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.

 

Versatile

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.

 

Extension

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.

 

Flexibility

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.

 

Multiplicity

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.

 

Value

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?

Energy Saving Tips and Tricks

Taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of your property, and reduce your energy consumption, will not only help the environment, but save you money on the cost of your energy bills too.

So here we give a quick guide to some handy energy-saving tips and tricks, perfect for making your home more energy-efficient.

Change Your Lights

Replacing traditional light bulbs with more energy efficient alternatives, such as LED lights, which typically use 10 percent of the energy of a typical light bulb, will allow you to make some substantial energy savings. Make sure you remember to turn lights off when you’re not in a room too!

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Switch Off and Save

Make sure to turn off your appliances and gadgets when these are not being used and don’t be tempted to just leave them on standby. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average household could save up to £80 a year, simply by remembering to switch off appliances, rather than leaving them on standby.

Be Careful with Your Shower

Whilst modern power showers can be a great home luxury, it might surprise you to learn that one of these can use the same amount of water in a five-minute period, as it take to fill a bath. Energy-efficient shower heads and faucet aerators can be a great compromise. These will reduce this amount of water delivered by taps and shower heads, whilst still allowing you to enjoy a refreshing shower.

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Draught-proofing

Draught-proofing your home is one of the simplest and most efficient ways to save energy in your property, but is often overlooked. According to the Energy Saving Trust, savings of up to £55 a year are possible.

You can take steps to draught-proof your home, by blocking off any unwanted gaps that allow cold air into your home and warm air to escape out. Not only will this save warm air, meaning you’ll require less energy to heat your home, it’ll help keep it nice and cosy too.

Draughts can be found anywhere where there are accidental gaps in your home that lead outside. There are a number of key areas in your home where draughts could potentially be lurking, such as around your windows and doors. Where practical, try sealing windows, doors, loft hatches and any pipe work that leads outside.

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Insulation

Up to a quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof. Hence, insulating your loft is a simple and effective way of reducing both heat loss and your energy bills and you could ultimately save up to £250 a year. Loft insulation can be effective for at least 40 years and during this period should pay for itself many times over.

It’s recommended that loft insulation should have a thickness of 270mm. Hence, it’s worth checking to see whether you have any existing insulation in your loft and if so, how much.

If you find that your loft already has some insulation, but this falls below the recommended 270mm, then it can also be worth topping this up, so you can make some further savings on your energy bills.

Double Glazing

All properties lose heat through their windows too. However energy efficient glazing, such as double or triple glazing, can help keep your home warmer, quieter and more comfortable too.  Significantly, energy-efficient windows will also save you money on the cost of your energy bills too.

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Hopefully this quick guide will help you to make some energy savings in your property. 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.

For more information about our range of products and services, 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.