Monthly Archives: April 2015

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).

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Chandeliers

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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!

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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.

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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?

Orangery

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.

Conservatory

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.

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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.

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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.