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6.1.17

TV's Chris Kamara starts off The first ever Pride VEKA Award Ceremony



VEKA UK Burnley’s largest UPVC  window employer has noted the brilliant effort of its employees with ceremony of awards night presented by former footballer and TV presenter, Chris Kamara.
The Pride of VEKA Awards was at the Fence Gate Burnley and included all employed the winners, directors, and their other halves.



The VEKA Group which is Burnley's Business Award of the Year for the second time in a row is the main fabricator of UPVC window frames around the UK. Approximately 380 odd staff work in its Farrington Road HQ, which centres around the industries lead double glazing processing plant newly opened around 2014 by MP Vince Cable. 

Managing Director Dave Jones of The VEKA Group said: “Our ethos is of continuous growth and improvement. We know that not everything comes from management level. We always urge our workers on and will help all of them with the opportunities to further careers and always allowing them to come forward with their ideas. 

“Listening to the ideas of employees throughout the VEKA Group UK has been important to our great success and has ended in some of the awards that we are celebrating tonight.”

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3.1.17

Fresh Air with Climate Control


Attaining the ideal internal climate  for work places, all schools, all hospitals and gyms can sometimes be a tough task. One person’s perfect temperature may not be right for another. wouldn’t it be much better to develop a natural alternative option or create and addition to the already existing air conditioning ?

The ideal solution from GEZE UK with the introduction of natural vent systems offer adjustable climate control, worked by ‘intelligent thinking’ double glazing tech.

With 4 modular systems that range from basic open and close control, to wireless climate venting, integrated venting and internal climate control, designed to operate on its own or with other climate cooling systems such as standard air condition systems.



Its simple open and close operations enable the multiple single or group of double glazed windows to be operated by an individual switch or management control panel. Offering a practical and automatic adjusting closing function which stops all windows from having being left open by accident.

The wireless ventilation allows all indoor climate to be controlled automatically as it opens and  and closes windows. A window control starts their opening and closing after assessing the current internal and outdoor temps. It has a weather station which is at the nucleus of this control panel . A  small device that records external temperatures along with brightness, condensation and the wind. This ‘communicates’ to the main control board by wireless signal and as the panel is battery powered it can be fitted anywhere within any room in any office or school.


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15.12.16

Energy efficiency rated residential doors bandings bought into line with windows

BFRC, the regulator for the energy ratings for doors and windows, is to bring its window and external domestic door ratings into line. It means that consumers will have the opportunity to buy window and doors that carry the exact same energy  rating –  ‘A++’, ‘A+’, ‘A’,  and so on.

Bands on doors will change from the usual 15 to 10 points, which alters them into line with current windows.  Modification of the bandings will allow external pedestrian residential doors to achieve ‘A’ ratings.  Patio doors, French doors and Bifolding doors will not be affected by this alteration.

With the min compliance level remaining as an ‘E’ band which remains unchanged.  The only bandings above ‘E’ have been re-aligned for regulation.





All residential and commercial door manufacturers that are existing as BFRC registered won't be charged for the re-banding of their fabricated doors.  

“The alteration in the energy ratings bands for resifdential doors has been lobbied for by the double glazing industry,” .  “So BFRC is over the moon that it has been possible to deliver this easier process of the energy ratings system that should help the double glazing industries to sell products to homeowners and consumers that all carry the same energy rating.  That should in no doubt help to understand and sell the energy efficiency promise to all homeowners looking to purchase and also improve their sales as homeowners don't want to buy ‘A++’  windows and possibly ‘C’ rated doors that would let the efficiency of
products down” 




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13.12.16

Super Thermal Performance From Warmcore


Running through the heart of the WarmCore product is an orange thermal core which out-performs the polyamide thermal breaks usually used to reduce cold bridging on the aluminium frames.

The result is a well designed “warmer aluminium” window and door construction, carefully designed to provide the optimised 70 mm overall sash frame depth whilst all the time ensuring frame leading thermal performances all thanks to its inner multi-chambered insulation warm core.


Its fully concealed multi-chamber warm cores drastically improve thermal frame performance compared to the usual old school style thermally-broken aluminium doors and windows of yesteryear.







U-value of 1.4 W/m2K with 28mm double glazing
U-value of 1.0 W/m2K with 44mm Triple glazing

Designed to be Warmer

New WarmCore was designed from scratch to give market-leading thermal frame performance. It easily meets the requirements of Regulations and Part L. All old traditional aluminium doors always struggled to meet legislation, making you choose the aluminium aesthetics over its thermal efficiency. New WarmCore gives you both aesthetics and performance , with its well designed full width thermal orange warmcore.



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NEW FREE DOUBLE GLAZING ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATINGS FROM FENSA


From last January 2016 FENSA  installers were able to use the free window energy ratings as part of their initial registration.  It is also totally voluntary and all's to do is just Opt In, and agree to all the rules and then get supplied in conjunction with a BFRC fabricator.

The new energy efficiency ratings are organised and independently verified by the BFRC.  It's exactly the same as the already existing BFRC scheme in the way of its ratings, and its ratings bands.  Labels provided will cover windows and doors rated from ‘A++’ and all the way to ‘G’.





“This is the most radical promotion of energy efficient double glazing since the launch of BFRC a decade ago,” says FENSA MD Chris Mayne.  “It brings energy efficiency ratings to all English and UK customers under the one name of the most well-known brands in double glazing.  We think that it will greatly boost the numbers of fitters using windows energy efficiency ratings to comply with Regulations and have the labels in front of many more buyers than before.”


At the moment just over 53% of Part L compliant notifications are through double glazing energy ratings systems. All  The rest are by declaration of their U-values.


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9.12.16

Freefoam bring in new colours for More choice


Leading manufacturer Freefoam offers a wide range of well designed products for the roofing and upvc industry in the UK, and Europe. It has announced the addition of even more of its products to its already large colour range of fascias, soffits and gutters. 




All the colours are now available in the 18 mm thick Square edged Fascia in 150 mm and also 250mm wide boards.Also available as 10 mm thick General Purpose general purpose flat Board in 175 mm and up to 225 mm wide boards. With all the increasing popularity of anthracite Grey upvc windows and gutters Freefoam has also introduced the 250 and 350 mm General Purpose Boards in 3 shades of their grey. Which is Storm Grey, Dark colour Grey and Anthracite.




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Remote Access Solutions for Doors



Axim Architectural Hardware company are to launch 2 newly designed remote access products, the Electric Strike and also the Reversible Dead latch delivering market leading products.

meeting the always changing in demand of hardware markets and installation requirements the new Axim Electric Strike series is a remote access device, designed for doors fitted with the Axim dead latch product. 

A reduction in fitting time ensures a reduction in price for installation companies. Suitable for the most commercial work places the new Axim  Electric Strike replaces the usual fixed strike plate of the dead latch.

The Axim electric strike is supplied with a flat face plate for installation into an outer frame of a single leaf door or the inactive leaf on a set of double doors. 

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16.7.15

How To Fix A UPVC Window Or Door That Has Dropped And Is Catching

Most customers who have had double glazing fitted either incorrectly or a long time ago will have experienced the annoyance of windows or doors catching. 

This is primarily due to installers not Toe & Healing at all or the weight of the item has gradually made the sash/ opener drop and start to catch.

There is a technique known as Toe & healing that is specifically for the lifting of openers that any confident DIY person should be able to carry out. 

The technique is similar to the one used on view on garden gates where there is a brace on a diagonal that prevents the gate from dropping. 

This Toe & Heal technique works in the same manor but is an invisible brace due to the brace being used on the 2 corners of the glass with the use of plastic glazing packers to prevent any breakages.

Most people will require a good glazier or builder to deal with this simple operation but can be done with the use of a sturdy plastic or wooden wedge for lifting the glass in its hole and plastic/ rubber hammer to re bead the window afterwards. safety items such as gloves and safety goggles would be a benefit just in case.

The beads need to be removed first which can be done with the use of a sturdy wallpaper scraper or similar thin stiff tool to get in between the internal beads and the frame. A chisel will be too thick and destroy the bead to frame meet.

Once removed the glass needs to be removed and have packers placed in the positions shown in the diagrams below. 

It is important to position the packers in the correct place to brace from otherwise the technique will not be a successful one. Avoiding breaking the glass at this point is important and can be costly. 

The idea is to place the packer on the opposite side of the edge that is catching usually the hinge side.
The opposite diagonal corner then will require the same packer. this can be siliconed on to keep it in place. usually 5 mm packers or the ones that came with the frame at this stage.

Then place the glass back in its hole and gradually build up on the top edge of the glass still in the opposite diagonal corner until the opener can be moved with ease and isn't catching.

Don't be scared of lifting the actual frame at the top to create a gap, making sure to hold on to the window handle to prevent it opening and causing any breakages. The use of thin 3 mm packers will be necessary on the top to get slight lifts at a time.

Be sure to push the packers right in as they will catch on the beads when re beading up.Re bead the window up and trying to put the beads back in to the same place



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14.8.14

New Windows In Conservation Areas - Double Glazing Southport

There is a lot of confusion as to who can and can't replace their windows and doors in conservation areas. 
It depends on how old the property is, what the existing conservation order states , who is deciding (as in which planning committee in which area) and what other alterations have been accepted in the same areas.

The main aim of the planning department is to uphold the appearance and features of dwellings in certain areas that have been given a  preservation order to retain its look for many years to come.

The problems arise when old less affective materials where used and start to perish and deteriorate. 
Is the customer entitled to come in to the 21st century given the fact that there may be some circumstances that will benefit the properties without the look of the home being changed. 



Does the proposed materials actually alter the state or appearance of the home. 

To switch from white Timber windows in soft wood to white PVC windows wouldn't be such a problem. 
We could understand if you where to change the colours and styles of the existing which are extremely difficult to maintain and to start off with a bad choice of type of timber. Therefore you would have every house in the area looking different like a normal estate in any part of the country and that is what their intention is to prevent. Plans where accepted on teh basis the properties would stay as agreed.

A soft wood timber window even if kept well can only last approximately 10 to 15 years tops. The cost of up keeping this paintwork not to mention the constant need to replace double glazed units that are always failing. 

This is due to the actual glazed unit sitting in its own water. If the sun is hot enough and the timber soft enough the unit will eventually move very slightly.
Not much but enough to reveal a small pin prick of a hole. This is enough to allow a small amount of water within the 2 panes . 
Once this has happened the unit has failed as you will see a small drop of water can create a lot of condensation within the unit and ruin the outlook of the windows and doors. 

If you are buying a  property that is over a certain age such as over 100 to 200 or more years old then the conservation order would have been in place for preservation purposes along time ago and you know exactly what you are getting in to when buying the property. 



The timber windows in the very old homes would originally have been made of good quality hard wood and treated thereon in.

A house that was built at the turn of the 21st century with poor soft wood timber frames that will easily perish if not protected once may be twice a year is i think a different story. This is obviously a major overlook of the developers and planning department when previously setting the conservation orders.

There are many communities that have such restrictions throughout the country and should be given the opportunity to upgrade their quality of living within their home by increasing the overall U - Values and heat retention of the property and maybe in some way save a little money after the initial outlay of new windows and doors. As long as the items are changed like for like i think it should be a positive proposition and seriously considered.

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19.6.14

Double Glazing Versus Triple Glazing

There is a lot of debate in and around the industry and potential customers about which is better triple glazing or double glazing.

With the extra cost layout for the triple do you get a far better product than the highest rated double glazing?

There are few things to take in to contention as with triple glazing.

There are more materials obviously and more labour to manufacture.

There is also the extra time needed to trouble shoot during installation as there is extra weight. Extra weight is coming from the extra pane of glass and hot seal around the edges. Its not a considerable amount of extra weight but enough to slow down installation to the point where extra counter weight installation techniques need to be used and extra care taken to ensure perfect function of the window product.



Double glazing on the other hand even at its maximum rating of an A doesn't slow down installation and only needs slight tweeks to allow for weight on the openers and nothing really changes in cost except the small percentage to upgrade from a C rated unit to an A.

The efficiency difference is where the triple comes into its own. Not only has it got the extra pane to combat noise pollution and retain heat but can carry off a higher rating and U value than the highest double glazed unit. 

A triple glazed unit can be coming in at around 0.8 whereas a double can be coming in at around 1.8 to 1.6

To put that into perspective a brick wall is approximately 0.3 which is as low as you are going get if that was as an insulated cavity wall.

So the extra cost of triple glazing isn't just a case of  well there's an extra piece of glass so it should be a third extra on the units.

The best advice is if you can afford it you should go for the highest efficiency glazing that you can. As with many technologies they gather momentum quickly and you can get left behind. But at the same time if you purchase the A rated double glazing then you will be getting value for money with great benefits in comparison to a timber window or basic 15 year to 20 yera old none rated glazing.

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29.8.13

New Windows For Southport | Buy New double Glazing | PVC

If you are looking for the perfect combination of value, quality and service we can provide all 3 with flying colours.

With so many companies offering similar products it can be a minefield working out who has the better product versus price, and more importantly what service you will receive. And what state will my house be in afterwards?

Therefore that is where we excel, as we offer the most efficient glazing available, the longest lasting PVC window frames, the most reliable working parts, offer the best guarantee, can beat any genuine like for like price by 10% and give our customers the best experience in customer service and efficiency from start to finish.

Any after care is instant, along with all the fringe benefits of insurance backed guarantees and FENSA submissions to make sure that your installation no matter how big or small is above board and is certified.

Usually we can work out a fixed price within 24 hours and a simple call to the property can take as little as 20 minutes to get some basic measurements and style ideas. No hard sales or talking through brochures for hours like many other double glazing suppliers. 

We provide all of our brochures on line so that you have access to all of our products instantly. We can even drop off samples for when you get home from work and pick them up when you have finished with them. A service that suites many.

Sometimes we can even get you those eagerly anticipated new windows installed within 5 working days which a lot of our many happy customers appreciate. 

Many window and door operators aren't very flexible with moving installations around to suite your needs, so with some inferior companies you could be waiting up to 2 months or more. We consider working around our customers busy lives and work holidays a priority so this helps a lot.

 It also helps that we are on hand for ease of contact, to talk, email and text 7 days a week right up to 9 o'clock at night as we realise that people work unsociable hours and don't get a chance to organise such things as double glazed windows within " normal 9 -5 working hours". Our competitors doors close at 5 at the latest so it can be difficult.

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29.7.13

How To Fix PVC windows.


Many people having previously bought double glazing may have broken parts or wear and tear after years of over use or lack of regular maintenance. 

To maintain PVC windows is important as it will prevent any further expensive outlays for minor breakages down the line. 

Spray oiling all moving parts and including hinges and shoot bolts, along with the entire underside of the openers where the small cams sit. these locate in to the window keeps on closing the window. These all need spraying as these are the first parts to seize up. With windows left open it allows the elements to attack the metal moving parts.
The most common part of a PVC window that fails is the double glazed unit that sits inside the window. This is not an easy repair for a novice to complete. It will take an accurate measure in width depth and thickness. It will also take an expert and their tools to remove and install , so its an idea to leave this to the experts.

It is easy to replace a broken handle which is one of the most common failures to a PVC window. These can be bought at PVC outlets and DIY stores.The video below demonstrates the ease of change. Most window handles should fit another regardless of age as the spacings between the fixing screws are the same. This is not the case with door handles as the spacings between the screws and the handle spindle differ a lot from brand to brand. 







The other major flaw in many windows is the silicone seals internally and externally. It is important to keep up on any gaps that appear due to the PVC window frame expanding and contracting throughout the day. Firstly remove the entire run of the silicone and clean off with a PVC solvent or similar solution. Use the best silicone you can afford and be advised by the DIY shop. It may be more beneficial to use decorators caulk internally as it easy to paint over. There is a step by step guide to silicone sealing below. 




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29.5.13

Windows Southport | Double Glazed Windows


Windows are important within the home for many reasons. The effect they have on the homes environment affects the mood and quality within your living space.

 As outdoor living is ideal and most peoples preferred choice unfortunately the British weather doesn't think the same way. In fact it seems that it is getting worse.

With newly fitted A rated window systems the quality of living in the rooms in your home can be vastly improved. 
Acoustically the rooms will be a lot quieter because of the Argon gas filled cavities. Noise pollution is greatly reduced, and a god send if you live near a school or busy road.

The benefits carry on with energy retention and that is due to 2 panes of energy saving glass and the Argon gas. With some manufacturers the actual chamber within the profile of the frame itself is insulated as well to eliminate any cold spots that building control talk of.

So therefore any heat generated within that particular room should stay in the room with very little loss which is a good thing considering the cost of gas and electricity.

               

You can request a window Quote by following here and be surprised by the price !!


With more and more people choosing to adopt an alternative view on energy and deciding to try out various methods such as solar, wind, multi fuel burners and the likes - gives peace of mind the valuable energy sourced can be retained well enough to cope with modern living. 

 It will bring your carbon foot print down as well for those with a conscience about the environment. The windows we install are also 100% recyclable, but not made by any recycled products.


"Windows are the eyes and the ears of your home"

You can choose to open, ventilate and let the hustle and bustle of the world in, or you can choose to be snug in your warm well insulated quiet property during the colder winter months of the year.

PVC windows are durable. They never need painting or sanding or filling and staining. They are flexible and strong, and can cope with what ever the weather wants to throw at them - and still look great after a quick wipe down with a hot damp cloth.

Our windows are available in all kinds of colours such as rustic cherry, Irish Oak and blue.
typically windows will be white PVC, but customers are now getting more adventurous and opting for blacks and greys.

Certain types of brickwork on a house suite certain colours of windows well.

All windows are internally beaded for security and use multi point shoot bolt and roller keeps on all openers.

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Window Styles

There is an unlimited amount of styles that PVC windows can come in. Using each windows to your advantage is the best bet. 
Try to anticipate what the main function of that particular window will be.
 If a certain room in the house gets sunshine most of the day for example and is very hot, you will need excessive natural ventilation to allow you to continue using that room comfortably.


Try to think if that room will need a fire escape,  or if it needs to be cleaned easily from the inside and is in an awkward position on the house that the window cleaner struggles to get to it. 

Either way don't be scared of playing around with colours or styles of windows and plan each window independently. The surveyor can assist you on all technical issues and advise on styles, issues and preferences you may have.

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