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Sally Roberts | 15th September 2021 | General Articles
Traditionally, triple-glazed windows have been the go-to for homeowners blighted by excessive noise from overhead flight paths and nearby motorways. However, while exceptional sound insulation is, of course, one of the many benefits of triple glazing, there are other compelling reasons why homeowners should consider upgrading their windows – whatever the noise level in their neighbourhood. Triple glazing may add some extra to the cost of new windows, so it’s important to consider the question that many homeowners ask: is triple glazing worth it? What Is Triple Glazing? Triple glazing uses three panes of glass inside a sealed frame, in the same way that double-glazed windows use two. Between each pane of glass, a pocket of gas or air (such as argon) provides effective sound and thermal insulation. In triple-glazed windows, the third pane sits between the inner and outer panes, creating two air locks instead of the usual one. This drastically improves energy performance, although the efficiency of the unit can also be dictated by other factors, such as the type of gas used between the glass, the use of warm edge spacer bars, and the type of frame. The Benefits Of Triple Glazing To understand whether triple-glazed windows are worth the investment, it’s necessary to explore its many benefits: 1) Increased Energy Efficiency With the future of the environment a more pressing concern than ever before, achieving higher energy efficiency is everyone’s responsibility. With most household heat escaping through windows, any steps that can be taken to minimise heat loss is clearly invaluable. Triple glazing can reduce energy loss by up to 50%, supporting the environment by reducing demand on fossil fuels and saving money on household bills. However, if you are upgrading your windows from single glazed, or even old double glazed designs, the improvement in energy efficiency will be significant with modern double or triple glazed specifications 2) Reduced External...

Sally Roberts | 08th September 2021 | General Articles
Are you replacing your windows and not sure what style to choose? In this article, we take a look at the differences between two of the most popular types: casement windows and tilt and turn windows. What Is A Casement Window? A casement window is a very versatile style that can be configured in a variety of ways. Casement windows can be hinged at the top to open outwards or have side hinges so that they can open outwards, either to the right or the left. Pros Of Casement Windows • Casement windows suit almost any style of property, from a minimalist new build to a Victorian villa. • They are very energy efficient - good for the planet and good for your energy bills! • Whether open or closed, casement windows offer unobstructed views. • They provide the best ventilation because they open outwards. • Casement windows are easy to clean. • We supply casement windows in a wide range of colours and finishes to suit every taste. Disadvantages Of Casement Windows • Because they open outwards, casement windows can cause an obstruction if positioned next to a garden pathway, for example. Therefore, an inward opening design is better in this situation. • Casement windows are somewhat limited as regards to size because the frame must support the weight of the glass. For large floor to ceiling windows, fixed glazing or sliding windows are a better option. What Is A Tilt And Turn Window? The hinge mechanism of a tilt and turn window allows you to open it in two ways, fully open inwards or tilted from the bottom to open it at an angle so that air flows through from the top. Advantages Of Tilt And Turn Windows • Thanks to their inward opening design, these windows are ideal for terrace houses and balconies. • You can open the window fully for optimal ventilation or just the top to enjoy fresh air on chillier days. • Tilt and turn windows are an excellent option for families with young children or pets where safety might be an issue. • Thanks to ...

Sally Roberts | 02nd September 2021 | General Articles
When you’re choosing new windows for your home, it can be confusing to select from an array of styles, materials, features, environmental benefits, and costs. In general, most homeowners crave windows that help to keep the heat in and the cold and noise out, while maintaining excellent aesthetics – and, of course, at the best value!     You’ll almost certainly have heard of uPVC windows – the nation’s go-to for replacement double glazing. However, composite windows are also a viable choice for many homeowners, so what is the difference between composite and uPVC windows? uPVC Windows uPVC – unplasticised polyvinyl chloride – is a type of plastic that is utilised for windows, doors, facias, and soffits, and is an extremely popular choice across the world in construction projects. uPVC is durable and weatherproof, making it an excellent substitute for wood and aluminium, which require annual maintenance to prevent weathering. uPVC window frames benefit from a galvanised steel core to create strength, so problems such as warping and rust are eliminated. uPVC is traditionally thought of as being white, but a huge range of colours is now routinely available in both modern look and  traditional look finishes. Advantages Of uPVC windows: Easily customisable and cost-effective. Excellent resistance to the weather prevents wear, distortion, or discolouration. Effective insulation, with the option of using different inert gases or coatings. Reduces energy costs and keeps the home warm. Robust security protects the home and its occupiers from criminality. Incredibly low maintenance, with regular cleaning the only necessary task to keep them in optimum condition. May be vented, if required, to provide a free-flowing supply of fresh air into the home. Composite Windows Composite windows blend an attractive appearance with effective insulation and durability. A timber internal frame offers the charm of a wood finish, particularly suited to...

Sally Roberts | 14th July 2021 | General Articles
    Bifold doors and sliding doors (also known as in line sliding patio doors or 2,3 or 4 pane sliders) are tall, fully glazed doorways available in upvc or more popular nowadays, aluminium. They are usually positioned to allow access to the garden or conservatory. Both types of doors are perfect for letting light and warmth into the house, and for creating a seamless transition between home and garden, so the bifold versus sliding doors choice is mostly one of personal preference. Both types of doors create a good connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, provide plenty of beautiful natural light, and come in a range of modern styles. They both operate in a different way, however, so in this article we present a comparison of the pros and cons of each choice. What is a bifold door? Bifold doors comprise two or more door panels, or leaves, attached to the door frame on a sliding carriage track along the bottom or the top. When the doors are opened, they fold in or out on themselves, creating a v-shape, and stack together in a concertina-style when fully opened. Pros The entire doorway can be made into an opening – unlike sliding doors, in which one or more panes are always shut. The amount of opening space can be varied, with the bifold extended to allow the desired space. Wide range of styles and configurations to fit all available spaces. Different designs open inwards or outwards. Lightweight and easy to install. Increases the value of the home. Cons Requires enough space for the concertina stack either inside or outside the building, equivalent to the width of each door pane. Large spaces will need multiple door panels, resulting in a large stack when fully open, and potentially obscuring the view to the garden. What is a sliding door Sliding doors comprise two or more sliding panels and, like bifold doors, are mounted onto a track at the bottom of the frame, but this is where the similarities end. Sliding doors are designe...

Sally Roberts | 14th July 2021 | General Articles
    In this article, we will cover front doors. As the main entranceway to your home, choosing a replacement front door is a big decision; one that must consider security, durability, and ease of access, as well as aesthetic appearance. Of all the options available, composite doors and UPVC doors are the most versatile, long lasting, and cost-effective – with pure timber doors rarely used these days. Let’s start by explaining what each type of door is, before looking at the pros and cons of each. Composite doors Composite front doors are made from a thermally efficient and secure high density foam core, coated with a thick layer of waterproof glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). This gives composite doors the look and feel of wooden doors, but with added durability and heat retention characteristics – as well as a longer service life. The materials are joined together under high pressure to form an extremely strong door, and there are many different styles available to suit different properties and tastes, from the ultra-traditional to sleek, modern designs. Advantages Stronger than both pure timber doors and UPVC doors – composite doors provide a strong deterrent to thieves, and offer the best level of security. Your door can be personalised with custom accessories, glazing styles, and a variety of natural wood finishes or colours to suit your personal tastes. Composite doors have the beauty and class of traditional wooden doors, but retain their appearance for far longer. A wide range of colours and glazing options available. Better heat retention than timber doors, leading to lower heating bills. The anticipated lifespan of these doors is at least 25 years Disadvantages Composite doors are more expensive than their UPVC equivalents. As partially wooden structures, some composite doors have a lower fire safety rating than fully plastic UPVC doors. UPVC doors Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) doors are moulded from a tough, d...

Sally Roberts | 14th July 2021 | General Articles
    Orangeries and conservatories make gorgeous additions to a home; sun drenched rooms that can be enjoyed throughout the year, and a great way of adding value to a property, too. Most people are familiar with a conservatory and what it looks like, but what is an orangery, and what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? Both are predominantly glass-based rooms built to adjoin the main home, but there are a few differences worth considering. In this article, we explain the differences between orangeries and conservatories, and the pros and cons of each, as a quick guide for people considering investing in one of these wonderful structures.  For a quote, or to discuss the matter further, please don’t hesitate to give one of our customer service advisors a call. What is an orangery? An orangery is a brick structure with big windows and a flat roof, onto which is built a four-sided glass ‘lantern’. As the name suggests, orangeries were originally designed as large, sunlit rooms in which to grow exotic plants and citrus fruits, and they became popular among English stately homes in the 19th century. Classic orangeries were built as south-facing structures to maximise sunlight and included substantial windows on the walls and ceiling – but also featured strong brick-built walls and an insulated roof to minimise heat loss overnight. In the days before double-glazing, orangeries were warmer than conservatories and usable throughout the year. Key features Stand-alone structure, or built against the main wall of the house, with a door adjoining the main home, or the modern version which tends to be open plan with the house. Multiple tall windows in each wall, comprising up to 50% of the available wall space. Flat solid roof with a glass lantern, comprising up to 75% glass. Rectangular or square layout. Built to match the style of the property. Advantages Orangeries are grand structures that add an air of sophistication ...

Sally Roberts | 14th July 2021 | General Articles
  What Is A Casement Window And What Are They Used For? Casement windows are the most popular type of window in the UK and come in a range of styles to suit any home. Double-glazed casement windows are easy to install, convenient to maintain, airtight, and secure, providing excellent value for money. In this article, we run through the main features and advantages of casement windows, and how they compare to alternative window styles.    What are casement windows? Casement windows provide effective ventilation for any room using an easy-open top or side-mounted hinge. The four types of casement window are:   1) Top-opening, or awning windows – typically small letterbox shaped windows that provide ventilation above a larger, fixed windowpane, although larger rectangular awning windows are also available. 2) Size-opening windows that open outwards to provide maximum ventilation and, in some cases, an emergency exit. 3) Bottom-opening, or hopper windows – a less commonly used style that pivots outwards from a bottom-mounted hinge. Suitable for upper story rooms to provide increased safety and security. 4) Fixed casement window – a non-opening windowpane installed to provide decoration and draw natural light into a room. Fixed windows are normally accompanied by one or more functioning windowpanes. Double-glazed casement windows may include a combination of a fixed pane, plus two or three movable windows with top opening or side opening hinges. Casement windows allow for a wide variety of designs to accommodate the style and ventilation needs of your home.   Advantages of casement windows Available in a wide range of durable materials and finishes. Weather-resistant, low maintenance style. Compatible with double- triple- and single-glazed window panels. Excellent energy efficiency and thermal insulation rating. Cost effective to purchase and easy to install in any window space. Energy-efficient double-glazed casement windows could a...

Sally Roberts | 02nd May 2019 | General Articles
Our subject for today's Meet the Team is our infamous Sales Director Richard Deeping! Known throughout Leicestershire for a catalogue of different activities, Richard started selling for Len and Muriel many years ago and it wasn't long before he and MD Sally had brought the business and were running it for themselves. Look out for Richard's son Spencer and wife Jane in future Meet the Teams! What skill would you like to master? I'd like to be able to do joinery, or maybe plastering. What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? Is my wife still here?! Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself? I think I'll be selfish and say my own. If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat? Fillet steak. What is the most annoying question that people ask you? "How are you feeling?" How do you relax after a hard day of work? I enjoy my food, so probably sitting down to a nice meal with my wife, Jane. What's your favourite drink? Coffee. What's your claim to fame? Winning Come Dine With Me! What is something that lots of people are obsessed with but you just don't get the point of? Computers, definitely! Who's your go to band or artist when you can't decide what to listen to? George Michael. What do you consider to be your best find? Jane, my wife. How often do you people watch? Constantly!  What is the most annoying habit that other people have? People talking over you when you're in the middle of saying something.  What job do you think you'd be really good at? I fancy being an Architect.      ...

WebBoss Design | 17th December 2018 | General Articles
There’s more to Harveys than windows………….. For 25 years, we at Harveys Windows have been providing windows, doors and conservatories throughout Leicestershire. We’ve been here a quarter of a century, so we must be doing something right. But what makes us different? Well, we think it’s our customer-based approach. We always say we’re not here to sell. We’re here to help our customers get the perfect products for their home. There’s no high-pressure tactics from us. We’re here to make sure buying windows, doors or conservatories for your home is a smooth and stress-free process. As a family-run company, the customer is most important to us. We pride ourselves on being friendly and providing a personal service that varies with each and every customer. You’re all individuals, after all! We strive to deliver service above and beyond your expectations every step of the way – throughout the whole of the 10 year guarantee and beyond. All of this is fine, but it wouldn’t matter if our products weren’t great. Luckily for you, they are! We pride ourselves in providing excellent value for money. We’re not necessarily the cheapest, but offer a reasonable cost for an excellent product and a dedicated service. Windows We offer a variety of window styles and colours, and you are sure to find the perfect design to suit your home – whether you want casement windows, sliding sash or any other style we can provide. As well as looking great, our windows combine the two factors our customers deem most important – security and energy efficiency. Safety and security are always a priority, and our windows provide both for you. No one likes big energy bills. We certainly don’t! Thankfully, energy efficiency is another priority in our window design. Rated “A” for energy efficiency, our windows minimise heat loss from your home, and thus keep your bills down. Doors Your front door is the first thing visitors to your house see. It’s a hugely...

WebBoss Design | 17th December 2018 | General Articles
Each month we will be introducing you to a member of the team. This month it will be our charismatic designer, Geoff Bennett. Geoff has been with us for six years and has almost completed his probation! Here is his outlook on life...   10 minute random question spot Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting? WHITEWATER RAFTING What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? GO TO A LIVE MUSIC GIG What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? MYSELF What is the most heart-warming thing you’ve ever seen? MY CHILDREN BEING BORN What is the most annoying question that people ask you? HOW OLD ARE YOU?! What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? AVATAR What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years? HAS BREXIT HAPPENED YET? What are some small things that make your day better? LAUGHING What’s your hidden talent? KARAOKE What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP  ...

WebBoss Design | 17th December 2018 | General Articles
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