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6 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Building a Conservatory

When you’re thinking of building a conservatory or orangery, there are several things to consider carefully to help you avoid issues further down the road. As a building company who constructs conservatories for homes throughout the region such as Ilkley, Keighley, Silsden, Shipley, Baildon and Bingley.

If a conservatory isn’t planned properly then you may experience various problems.

 

What are the common conservatory pitfalls to avoid?

 

A conservatory or orangery is an effective way of adding more space to your home. Whether that’s to provide additional living space, storage or a space to entertain, then a conservatory is a great way to extend your home. However, if you choose a conservatory that is too small then it can make that original use redundant.

 

 

When choosing what conservatory to have installed in your home, it needs to match the rest of the aesthetic. This is particularly important if you’re renovating your home and are hoping to sell it on. 

 

 

You want to make sure that you have a good quality roof so that your roof can stand the test of time. Faulty or damaged roof vents, perished seals or guttering can lead to leaks and this is a problem you really don’t want to have. It can prove very expensive to fix. 

 

 

A simple way to join your conservatory to your home is through installing sliding doors. However, this type of door is more likely to become jammed or liable to faults compared to bi-fold door options. As with most things, cheaper doesn’t always mean better. A cheap door can require frequent repairs. No matter what door you choose, make sure you properly install the doors.

 

 

When installing a conservatory, getting the temperature right can be difficult. If you have poor insulation in your conservatory then it can easily become very cold. Equally, if your conservatory is too hot, then you need better ventilation, especially for the hot summer months. 

 

 

Before starting the build, you should make sure that you have got the correct planning permission. Most conservatories don’t need planning permission, however, don’t assume that your build is exempt from this. 

 

Contact Bingley Windows

Interested in having a conservatory or orangery built for your Ilkley, Keighley, Silsden, Shipley, Baildon or Bingley home? Then contact our team here at Bingley Windows. Call us today on 01535 958 183 or fill out our online enquiry form.

6 Vital Home Security Checks to Take Pre-Holiday

You’re all packed and ready to go on an epic holiday. You’ve waited all year for this moment. Finally, a week or two long break away from work or education. While this is naturally an exciting time, don’t forget to carry out these necessary home security checks before you venture off.

There’s nothing worse than that niggling feeling when you’re driving to the airport, or have arrived at your destination that you’ve forgotten to switch off a light, lock a door or move your spare house key out of sight.

To avoid that dreaded sinking feeling of, ‘oh no! I forgot to…’. Here’s a quick checklist of pre-holiday security steps you can take.

 

What steps do you need to take to ensure home security while you’re away on holiday?

1. Consider a house sitter

One way to guarantee your house is secure is by ensuring that you have a trusted house sitter during the period that you’re away. When there’s someone living in your home, you’re less likely to experience an incident of burglary as the person inside will act as a good deterrent. An occupied house is not an attractive option for potential intruders and thieves.

A potential house sitter can be a neighbour, friend or family member. Their duties could be extended to, or as little as, picking up any post, watering plants or looking after any pets while you’re gone. This all helps it look like there’s someone living there.

 

2. Set your electronic devices on timers

The advancements of modern technology mean that you can control electronic devices in your home from anywhere in the world, at any time. Why is this important? It means that you can change any timers you’ve set for lights, or if you’ve forgotten to do this, you can change that immediately.

Smart home technology also allows you to answer the door from a long distance. During the period of time you’re away from home, it is a good idea to make sure you don’t schedule any deliveries. 

 

3. Eliminate factors that indicate you’re not at home

If you have any signs that indicate that you’re not home, these need to be eliminated – such as newspapers on your doorstep. It is also important to make sure that you do not leave a spare key underneath a mat or plant pot. Any unwelcome guests will look there first. If a burglar gained entry and there is no evidence of a forced entry, this could mean your house insurer won’t pay up.

 

4. Hide or put valuables out of sight

Alongside eliminating any signs that no-one is occupying the property, it is also important to hide and make sure that any valuables are out of sight. It’s impractical to hide absolutely everything, but there are some things you can do to make your house less of a target. For example, you can install net curtains to help obscure the view, and make it less attractive for potential thieves to gain access. 

Opportunistic thieves will go straight for jewellery in your bedroom, car keys left on the side, or electrical devices such as phones, ipads and computers left in the window view.

 

5. Lock windows, doors, gates and other entrances to your home

When you’re departing from the property, make sure you lock all possible entrances and exits to your home, including windows and doors. It is also imperative that you check all the locks are in good working order.

When leaving, you should also check the garden to see if you have any items in your shed that could be used to break into your home. 

 

6. Don’t post anything on social media until you’re back home

Lastly, it is important not to post on social media that you are going on holiday. While it’s incredibly tempting to post a quick update to friends and family, this also broadcasts that you will not be at home, leaving your home vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. 

 

Contact Bingley Windows

Effective home security is not complete without an efficient set of secure windows throughout your home. How do yours measure up? For modern and secure windows, contact our team here at Bingley Windows. Call us today on 01535 958 183 or fill out our online enquiry form.

Increase Your Home’s Value With a Porch

Depending on the region in which you live, you may be wanting to add a porch to increase living space within your home, or to improve the property’s ‘kerb appeal’.

 

Choosing where to place your porch

There are three main places where you can add a porch: the front, back or wraparound. Each of these different porches serves a different purpose.

A front porch can allow you to enhance your property’s kerb appeal while also creating an inviting entrance. While back porches are great for entertaining and spending time outside with family and friends. It can redefine your outdoor space and add square footage to your home.

More common in American homes, but a wraparound porch also gives homeowners more living space.

 

What is the impact of a porch on a home’s value?

For the majority of houses, adding a porch will provide a good return on investment. Porches vary in price and depend on the complexity of the design, size, materials used and the amenities if any.

A front porch creates a focal point as it is the first thing visitors to the property see when they arrive. It can add value to the property if it looks attractive. By improving the aesthetics of it you can make your house even more desirable on the market.

 

What are the other benefits of adding a porch?

 

Why is a porch useful in a home?

Until you have one fitted in your home, you may not realise how beneficial it is. If you’re asking yourself: why should I own one? Continue reading, we’ll provide some key reasons.

 

Contact Bingley Windows

If you’re interested in gaining more space in your home without having to build an entire extension, then a porch is perfect for your requirements. Our team here at Bingley Windows can design different types of porches as small or as large as you like. Call us today on 01535 958 183 or fill out our online contact form.

What Are the Different Types of Porches?

A porch is a small room located in front of the entrance to a building. The word ‘porch’ derives from the old french word ‘porche’ and Latin phrase meaning ‘passage’ – which makes a great segway into our next point. What are the different types of porches? Like with many things, there are a number of different types: an Arizona room, screened porch, sleeping porch, rain porch, portico, loggia, veranda, lanai, sun porch and a stoop. We’ll cover what our favourite style of porches are below.

 

3 Different Types of Porch

Screened Porch

This type of porch is also referred to as a ‘screened-in porch’. It is a porch that has been built or altered to be enclosed with screens and effectively creates an outdoor room.

Sleeping Porch

A sleeping porch has been built or modified to be a semi-outdoor sleeping area; it can be an ordinary open porch or screened with or without windows.

Veranda

This style of porch is usually very large and encompasses the entire outside of a structure or building.

 

What are the benefits of having a porch?

Oftentimes when we’re modernising our home, there are various types of renovations we undertake such as doing up the bathroom, redecorating the kitchen, or deciding to spruce up the bedrooms. But, have you ever considered modernising or extending the porch at the front of your home? Here are a few reasons why you should consider modernising your front porch.

One of the great things about a porch is that it creates more space and storage within your home. In this designated area, you can safely store coats, shoes and umbrellas on hooks or racks. Alternatively, you can use this space for decoration and customisation by adding indoor plants that perhaps need a cooler environment.

Having a porch modernises the exterior of your home. It can seamlessly blend with the original build but adds that additional ‘wow!’ factor, injecting a little of your personality while not taking away from the original character of the building.

Alongside this, porches offer practicality to your home. It is an area in which homeowners or guests enter through a front door and creates a defined separation from the outside and the rooms within the house.

When you have a porch it adds an additional layer of security. A porch creates another barrier between your home and the outside world, which adds a little extra protection to you, your family and your possessions. 

 

Contact Bingley Windows

If you’re interested in gaining more space in your home without having to build an entire extension, then a porch is perfect for your requirements. Our team here at Bingley Windows can design different types of porches as small or as large as you like. Call us today on 01535 958 183 or fill out our online contact form.

Most Famous Conservatories in the World

Conservatories are a great addition to a home. We all know these conservatories well, but, what about the conservatories that attract thousands of visitors each year? These conservatories are spectacular pieces of architecture and some incredible examples that can be seen across the globe. In this blog, we’re going to discuss 5 of the most famous conservatories around the world.

 

Here are five famous conservatories:

 

Eden Project

Let’s start with the Eden Project. Many of us here in the UK know and perhaps have visited this conservatory on a cheeky trip down south to Cornwall. This famous conservatory is situated in the south of England in the beautiful surroundings of the Cornish peninsula. It is the largest conservatory in the world, and it is the world’s biggest captive rainforest. The Eden Project is easily one of the UK’s top tourist attractions and full of magnificent plants, stunning waterfalls and sculptures.

 

Garfield Park

This conservatory is based in Chicago and it is one of the largest conservatories in the United States. Originally it was built in the early 19th Century and features one room (the Palm Room) that houses over 80 different species of palm trees.

 

The Great Conservatory

This spectacular glass dome that resides in the centre of Syon Park, Brentford and it is a private country residence. Known for being the inspiration for the masterpiece that is Crystal Palace. It was designed to be an exhibit of exotic plants for the Duke of Northumberland.

 

The Butterfly Conservatory

This magnificent conservatory is based in Arizona, USA and houses thousands of butterflies from all over the world. It has some of the rarest butterflies from a wide range of destinations including Thailand, The Philippines and Malaysia. This conservatory is a keen favourite with wildlife photographers who want to get up and personal with these stunning insects.

 

The Barbican Conservatory

This conservatory is the most recent addition and it is based in the East of London. It was built in the 1980s as part of the Barbican Arts Centre and inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon. This conservatory is home to 

 

Contact Bingley Windows

If you’re interested in having a conservatory built on your property in Baildon, Bingley, Ilkley, Keighley, Shipley or Silsden, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 01535 958 183, or fill out our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch.

How To Clean Your Composite Door

Not many material things continue to look as good as the first day you bought it. The shine eventually wears off, and evidence of wear and tear becomes more obvious, but a composite door is an exception.

Composite doors can look great, all year round. They require very little maintenance to stay aesthetically pleasing and be as beautiful as the day they were fitted.

One of the many benefits of composite doors is that the material, composite doesn’t rot, warp, crack or split as wood does. So you’ll never have to worry about stripping it, sanding it or painting it like you would have to for a wooden door.

Furthermore, Composite doors are built to last and stand the test of time due to glass-reinforced plastic skin that is mounted on a rigid structural frame. The only thing you need to do to maintain a composite door is to clean it – however often you see fit to. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to clean your composite door.

 

5 steps for a clean composite door:

1. Use warm, soapy water to clean

For a clean composite door, get a bucket of warm, soapy water and a cloth. These items are all that’s needed to wash away and clean the dust and the grime away. However, please don’t use a sponge or abrasive pad that’s rough-sided, this will damage the finish on your door.

2. Water wash

When the initial cleaning is complete, you can then move on to washing the frame with water. Our biggest tip is to make sure you open the door when washing the door with water. This will enable you to reach all the edges and clean away any trapped or concealed dirt that could affect the closing mechanism over time. 

3. Wash and dry the glass panels

At this stage, make sure you change the water, rinse out the cloth you’re using before moving on to clean and wash any glass panels. After washing, dry the glass with a clean and dry cloth; this will ensure no streaks are left behind or leave any lint. To add a little sparkle, you can finish it off with a spritz of glass cleaner.

4. Finishing touches wipe down

To carry out the finishing cleaning touches, get a bucket of fresh, clean water and wipe down the handles, doorknob and letter plate. It is also advised to use a soft cloth for this process too.

5. Remove surplus water with a dry cloth

The final step is to go over the composite door with a dry cloth to remove any excess water. After this, you can take a step back and admire your ‘good as new’ composite door. It really is this simple when you want a clean composite door!

 

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Bingley Windows & Glass Co. Ltd are your local building experts, specialising in doors and windows and operating throughout Ilkley, Baildon, Keighley, Shipley, Bingley, and Silsden. To find out more, or to speak with our friendly team, call us on 01535 958 183 or complete our online contact form.

Choosing a Window Frame Colour to Match Rendered Properties

When deciding to change the colour of the windows on your home it is never an easy decision, especially when there are so many colours available on the market to consider. If you live in a rendered house or property, the selection of colours is even greater as you must coordinate the colour of the windows and walls.

 

How to choose a window frame colour that matches your render

So, if you have a rendered property and you’re on the lookout for which colour window frames and doors look best together, you’ve come to the right place. We have collated the most popular styles and colour choices that enhance the overall look of a home.

 

Select contemporary whites and greys

An off-white or pale grey render can be easily paired with a dark grey window and door frame. These colours give a modern feel to the exterior of a home. Windows that suit this style would be large paned and unobstructed units that maximise light into the property. If dark grey is not your favourite, you can also select blue and metallic grey; these look fantastic when you’re after something a little different.

Opt for a traditional window frame colour

If your render has a neutral coloured finish such as French grey, then it is best paired with pale cream or warm white window frame colour. This reflects a more classic colour palette combination and is far more suitable than bolder, vibrant colours. The colour combination will give your home a traditional feel, whilst looking inviting and clean.

Bold coloured render? Soften with a pale window frame colour

If your property is the complete opposite to a traditional render and you’ve opted for bold, vibrant wall colours, then you can complete the look with pale windows. This carefully frames the exterior of your home, giving more emphasis to the building rather than the windows.

Embrace neutral colours, they’re not boring!

Selecting the colour white for your window frame is not boring, in fact, it is one of the most popular colours. Why? Because it’s a classic, timeless window colour to choose and it doesn’t negatively impact the value of your home. 

White goes well with rendered homes for a number of reasons, from not wanting to stand out in a row of terrace houses, to matching other facets of the house exterior such as guttering, fascias and cladding.

Make a statement and let your personality shine through

Choosing vibrant, loud colours allows you to have a bit of fun with the exterior of your house. You can set yourself apart from your neighbours, and if done correctly, add a little charm and sophistication (and value!). Coastal properties in particular suit brightly coloured windows or render.

 

Contact Bingley Windows

For more information on choosing window frame colours or any enquiries regarding window installation, please fill out our online contact form, or give us a call on 01535 958 183 today.

How to turn your garden patio into a private sanctuary

As we have entered unprecedented times, with social distancing in place, cases of coronavirus rising on a daily basis, and drastic changes to our lifestyle now in place – our home is our sanctuary. Staying at home feels like an easy task, but as we all navigate through uncertain territory, it can be good to find additional places to relax and clear your mind. 

Previously, this may have been in a park nearby our house, or on our daily commute to and from work, going shopping, to restaurants or to the cinema, all of which are now a distant and much-missed memory – but, all is not lost. For those fortunate enough to have one, you can find sanctuary in your own back garden.

With a few small touches, you can transform your garden patio into your ideal outdoor space and private sanctuary. Not only does spending time on your patio help you get some fresh air, but you can indulge in the sounds of nature, surround yourself with green and boost your health.

Decorate your garden patio with:

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If you’re interested in new patio doors to help transform your garden patio, then Bingley Windows we can help. Give us a call today on 01535 958 183, alternatively you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Everything You Need to Know About Orangeries

What is a Garden Orangery?

An orangery, also known as an orangerie, was a room or dedicated building found on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to 19th centuries. In these glass buildings, oranges and other fruit trees were grown and protected during the winter months. Basically, an orangery was a very large form of greenhouse or conservatory, but very much considered a luxury extension.

 

A Brief History of Orangeries

The history of the orangery is extremely interesting. It first became popular in the 17th Century, emerging in several European countries such as France, Germany and The Netherlands. The original intended use was for the cultivation and tender of orange and lime trees, exotic plants and shrubs that had been imported from around the world. 

As the climate in Europe was significantly different, and colder, to where the imported orange trees and delicate, exotic plants originated, there was an increased need to build a glass structure that would protect, shelter and aid their growth in the harsher environment.

The architecture and construction of the orangery originated from the Renaissance gardens of Italy; this is because Italy pioneered in producing sufficient expanses of clear glass. As the orangery was built from large amounts of expensive glass, this meant it was not affordable to everyone and thus seen as a symbol of status and prestige amongst the very wealthy.

The historical orangeries were styled like a conservatory, but their main purpose was to provide exotic, imported plants into Europe with shelter and protection. Sometimes, however, they would contain fountains, grottos and areas to entertain when the weather was particularly unpleasant, cold and wet outside. The owners would often conduct tours for guests of their garden orangery, where they would all admire the fruits and architecture. 

 

Different Types of Orangery Found in the UK and Ireland

 

 

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If you’re interested in having an orangery built in your garden, here at Bingley Windows we can help. Give us a call today on 01535 958 183, alternatively you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch. Our team are happy to discuss your ideas and requirements as well as provide any further information regarding the construction of a garden orangery for your property in Bingley, Ilkley, Silsden, Shipley, Keighley or Baildon.

Painting a Composite Door: Should You?

Front doors in the UK typically fall into either of these three types: timber door, uPVC door or a composite door. Today, we’d like to talk about composite doors and whether or not you can paint them. The decision to change the colour of your front door may be due to a variety of different reasons, from wanting to be on-trend to making a bold home improvement choice. If you are currently in the process of choosing a new front door, alongside colour there are a selection of important factors to consider including its energy efficiency, cost, the maintenance and the style. 

 

Can you paint a composite door?

 

To put it simply, the answer is no, you can’t (and shouldn’t) repaint a composite door. If you want to change the colour of your front door, and you have a composite door, consult a professional. Changing the colour of a composite door is a complicated process and it may be advisable to replace it with a new one. Particularly if you aren’t happy with the current colour.

Composite doors, when they are manufactured, come with a finished colour that is designed to last. The way in which they are constructed makes it difficult for them to be repainted; this is because the colour runs through the door’s glass reinforced plastic. Predominantly, this is to ensure the colour doesn’t crack, chip, fad or discolour over time.

Of all the front doors available on the market today, a composite door is still the most popular due to its ingenious design. A composite door is the best of both worlds; it combines the elegance and beautiful grain of a timber door with the strength and durability of a uPVC door. Because of these attributes, a composite door is well-built, durable and highly resistant to damage, dents and warping. 

Before changing the colour of your composite door, it is important to understand how your has been made and manufactured. This will give you a better understanding of whether or not it could be repainted or simply retouched. If you’re unsure, it is always advisable to consult with a professional door manufacturer who specialises in composite doors.

 

Can you paint other types of front doors (e.g. timber and uPVC)?

 

Timber doors can be stained or painted. If you’re one who likes to have a different colour front door every few years, then this is the most cost-effective door for you. Timber doors have been around for a very long time; they’re a classic, timeless door. They have their colours painted on and do require regular treatment and maintenance in order to retain their beauty.

 

uPVC Doors, on the other hand, are more contemporary on look and significantly easier to maintain as they don’t need to be stained or painted. These doors are extremely popular for several reasons. For one, they are cheaper than timber doors, and secondly they are more resistant to weathering. They also provide better insulation and stability, making them an ideal front door choice. One additional benefit of a uPVC door is how they look classy and modern, mainly due to their plastic appearance.

 

Related Reading

For further tips and advice on how to choose the right front door for you, you can read more of our blog posts:

 

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