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National Home Security Month with Cloudy2Clear

Although October is usually associated with pumpkins, autumn, and things that go bump in the night, for everyone at Cloudy2Clear, it’s all about National Home Security Month.

With our homes becoming fuller by the day with technological assets, furniture, and our growing families, it’s vital that security is at the forefront of our minds.

Cloudy2Clear is now an official supporter of National Home Security Month, which means we’re putting our name on something we believe in; ensuring that your home is as safe and sound as it can be.

With our range of services, we can ensure that your locks, hinges, and handles are repaired or replaced in time for Christmas, giving you peace of mind that you’ve made a conscious effort to increase and improve your security, so those precious presents are protected.

Below, we’ve outlined some hints and tips on how to keep your home secure.

 

Repair any faulty window or door locks

A broken or faulty lock is the easiest way for thieves to access your home. By making it easy for criminals to break in, there’s no deterrent. If they try to access your windows and doors and find that they’re all locked, it’s possible that they’ll be discouraged from attempting to break-in further, as this would mean causing a commotion by having to force entry.

national home security month

 

Hide your valuables

If possible, think about installing a safe in your home for your more expensive or irreplaceable assets.

secure your valuables

 

Get to know your neighbours

Having a good relationship with those around you on your street or in your building can give you peace of mind when you go on holiday and need someone to keep an eye on your home. Trust needs to be built over time, but if you return the favour, it’s great to know you have someone to rely on.

 

Leave a light on at night

This can be a massive deterrent to would-be burglars, as they may be more likely to avoid homes which look like they are occupied. Invest in a timer, so you save energy by only having lights come on when you’re not in your home.

 

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For more advice on how to make your home more secure, visit:

Police.uk

Home Security Month

Safewise

Energy saving benefits of double glazing

With energy prices continuously increasing, UK homeowners, more than ever, are looking for cost-effective ways to improve energy bills. Winter is just around the corner and with that in mind, it’s important to ensure that homeowners address one of the biggest causes of heat loss in the home; windows.

 

energy saving advice

 

According to the Domestic Energy Fact File, around 83% of homes in England have some level of double glazing, with only 43% being fully double glazed. With over 20% of all heat loss escaping via windows, installing effective, high quality double glazing will aid energy usage in the long-run, as well as adding security and improving the appearance of your property. Take a look at more benefits of double glazing here.

One of the main aims of double glazing is to improve insulation throughout your home. Even if you have taken other energy improvement measures, such as updating your boiler, installing loft insulation or cavity wall insulation, ignoring a direct cause of heat loss i.e. your windows, can dramatically increase your energy bills. Quality double glazing improves insulation by trapping warm air in, reducing the risk of draughts, compare to that of single glazed windows.

 

energy saving advice

 

Double glazing is such a good insulator, as well as being more energy efficient that single glazed windows, you can upgrade to Argon gas in between the double panes. This creates a hermetically sealed atmosphere, which means nothing should be able to escape or enter the seal. Air and Argon gas are also very poor conductors of heat, as they have slow-moving molecules, which decrease the chance of convection.

However, if you do have double glazed windows, but are noticing an increase in draughts or are having to nudge the dial on your thermostat already this month, then you may need to replace certain window units in your home. It’s a simple and cost-effective way of ensuring all your windows are ready for the winter.

Double glazed windows, after installation, can potentially lose, on average, around 1% of the internal air or gas per year, but dependant on the quality of the products and installation, this can be a lot more. If you notice the appearance of water droplets or condensation in between the panes of your double glazed windows, this is a highly likely sign that your units have failed. Although there’s no cause for immediate alarm, replacing these failed units should be a necessity before the colder weather arrives, so that you can effectively save energy.

 

repair failed double glazing

 

If you’re concerned you may be losing energy because of failed double glazing, contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation. We can advise of the best route for you to take, whether that’s replacing any broken locks, handles or seals too. We only replace the glass pane in your double glazed unit, rather than the entire frame, which saves you time and money. See how much you could potentially save with our infographic.

Easy ways to update your home

We all enjoy improving and updating our homes, but no one likes breaking the bank to do it. Whether you’re looking to upgrade certain rooms to make it more appealing to buyers, or simply improve the look and feel of your house to make you feel more at home, these inexpensive and easy DIY methods will help you succeed.

 

Wall decoration

There’s no need to fork out for an expensive decorator or brand new wallpaper, when you can easily update the walls in your home with simple peel and stick wall panels and paper. These can add texture and subtle designs to your walls and give the appearance of a interior face lift, with a wide range of colours and designs to suit everyone.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Wall decals are another great way off adding something a little extra to your walls, especially if you’re not looking to completely redecorate. Add inspirational quotes or small designs, then remove it and replace with something new when you get bored. Perfect for those who like to keep up with new styles and tastes.

 

Appliances

Kitchen appliances, especially white goods, can sometimes be a bit bland. With metallic and stainless-steel paints now available to buy, it’s easy to upgrade your kitchen without the effort and the cost of replacing. Simply paint your appliances, leave them to dry, and enjoy your handy work.

 

Lighting

Lighting can add some serious character to any room and if standard light bulbs aren’t cutting it for you, there are plenty of quirky and unique bulbs on the market.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

You could also experiment with different lampshades, which can completely change how your room is lit, setting the mood in your home. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, consider upgrading your regular light fittings to chandelier style models instead.

 

Fixtures

Buying and installing new taps on your sinks and bathtubs can completely change their appearance, and fitting a new head and pipe on your shower will make it look brand new. Modern fixtures can make your bathroom look attractive, without the cost of installing a new one.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Details

When it comes to home improvement, it’s the little things that matter. These additional details can add some serious character, set the tone of the room, and provide colour to your everyday life. Use throws and cushions to brighten up your living room and area rugs to liven up faded carpet or floorboards.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Plants add life and decoration to any room, as do table and floor lamps. Installing shelves and hooks add storage space and can make rooms look less empty, whilst mirrors can give a room the appearance of being larger than it is.

 

Windows

Your windows are the eyes to your home, so it’s important to look after them. Use bright curtains and hanging crystals to frame them and check for any signs of failed double glazing.

 

repair failed double glazing

 

If you have a build-up of condensation within your double glazing, or if they are visibly cloudy or misted over, these are all signs of failed double glazing. This can have a negative impact on the aesthetic of your home, as well as reducing its appeal to potential buyers.

Cloudy2Clear replaces the glass within your double-glazed unit, instead of the entire frame, saving you both time and money. For more information, contact your local branch today.

Garden ideas for the summer

We know many of our customers take considerable care of their gardens and enjoy spending time in them, as well as appreciating the view from their homes, so we’ve created some handy garden ideas for the summer, as well as hints and tips on how to keep everything looking beautiful.

Temperature changes

Warmer weather and rising temperatures can affect your garden in many different ways, from lack of hydration for your plants and drying out your lawn.

There are some things you just can’t avoid, such as yellowing or brown grass, but to prevent complete deterioration, you can follow these steps:

  • Don’t cut your grass as short as you normally would. More coverage allows the moisture to hold on for longer
  • If you have a large garden, consider an irrigation system in the summer months to save on water
  • Keep your greenhouse windows and doors open for ventilation. This keeps your plants and vegetables from overheating
  • Look after wildlife by keeping your bird bath filled up and, if you have one, keep an eye on your pond in case of drought

 

greenhouse summer garden tips

 

Vegetables & fruits

June is the best month to collect any produce you may be growing, such as asparagus, tomatoes, broad beans, spinach, aubergines, strawberries, gooseberries, and peppers. To ensure you keep growing and gain another harvest, sow more after this is complete. Produce such as salads are perfect to pop into the ground, ready for the next season.

 

strawberries summer garden tips

 

Garden furniture

With such unpredictable summer weather in the UK, our patio furniture and equipment can take a beating, especially if it hasn’t been treated properly. Make sure you choose the right furniture for your needs, whether that’s easy-clean and wipeable plastic chairs or wooden steamers for relaxing on the lawn. If you’re looking for somewhere to place your seating area, why not check out our decking guide for beginners?

Investing in good quality furniture is a great idea, but remember that you’ll need to maintain and look after this properly, so it will last year after year. Ensure you have a large enough storage area for your garden furniture, such as a shed or garage.

 

summer garden furniture

 

Outdoor lighting

Summer gives us the chance to enjoy the outdoors for much longer, so why not invest in some pretty outdoor lighting, for those long, lazy evenings? Whether you’re looking to create a romantic hideaway or give yourself a guiding light back down the garden path, there’s a plethora of choice.

If you’re looking to save energy, try solar powered lights and take advantage of the longer daytime hours.

 

outdoor lights summer garden tips

 

Outdoor lighting looks beautiful when you look out of your windows too and offers an element of security. Make sure your windows are looking their best by fixing any failed double glazing, so you have the perfect view of your garden.

Preparing for next season

Your garden is a constant work in progress, and it takes a lot of effort to keep everything looking great and growing properly. That’s why preparation is key, so whilst you’re enjoying the summer months, make sure you get some jobs out of the way, to make that transition period a little easier:

  • Remove some spring bulbs, such as tulips, as they can be damaged if overwatered in the summer
  • Start planting bedding plants such as pansies and primroses, as this will give you bursts of colour throughout the months
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If you want to enjoy your garden from both the inside and outside this summer, ensure that you repair any failed double glazing or broken locks or hinges. Don’t put up with cloudy windows ruining your perfect view for any longer! Contact your local branch today.

 

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Ask Kirk: Top decking tips for beginners

decking tips for beginners

 

What tools do you need to start decking?

The most important thing to remember when setting up before you begin decking is that safety comes first. Before you gather all your tools and equipment, having the right gloves, knee pads, dust mask, and eye protection will ensure you prevent any unnecessary injuries. It’s also a good idea to have a friend help you out (and hopefully get the job done quicker!). Below are some of the basic tools you will need:

• Tape measure
• Spade
• Trowel
• String and pins (for the layout of your decking)
• Hammer
• Joists
• Saw – this could be a panel saw, jigsaw, circular saw, or a mitre saw (if you are laying larger decking)
• Sandpaper or, if you have one, a sander
• Pencil
• Edger (for cutting lawns, if required)
• Decking boards

 

 

 

How do you prepare the area for decking?

In order to be as prepared as possible and follow a template, setting out the layout of your decking is the best starting point. Use your tape measure, string and pins to create a visualisation of the area and then you can begin.

Dependent on the surface you’re building on, will change what tools you need and how you need to prepare it. If you’re building on a lawn or grassy area, ensure the surface is clear of any shrubbery, leaves, or mulch. You can then cut the grass quite easily with an edger, removing the pieces of lawn with your spade.

If you wish to build straight onto the ground, ensure you cover the proposed area with weed protection fabric, as well as a layer of gravel. This way of creating the foundations for your decking is much simpler, and would be perfect for a beginner or smaller project.

Alternatively, you can build on concrete pads, which have the benefit of added stability, as well as increasing the lifespan of your decking.

 

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How should you cut the boards for the best fit?

Again, preparation is key, so ensure you measure your decking boards accurately for the best fit. Marking with a pencil will give you the best indication of where to saw, without damaging or permanently marking the wood.

Always ensure you use the right saw for the job, as this makes the whole process smoother and easier. A mitre saw will enable you to make as many cuts as you need, so this is particularly useful for a tricky layout, and if you have some difficult cuts to make, take advantage of a jigsaw too.

However, if you are just starting out and don’t want to make things too complicated, use a panel saw. Ensure you clamp the wood securely onto a workbench when using a panel saw; this limits the possibility for error, as well as preventing any injury.

 

decking tips

 

What is the best technique for laying decking?

Create a framework or sub-frame for your decking to sit on. A great tip to build this is to lay it out first, so you can see exactly which pieces of wood go where – and whether or not they’re long enough. For a more in-depth guide on how to create a sub-frame, check out B&Q’s website for more information.

Once your frame is assembled, you can then start to lay the actual decking boards. Mark where the drill holes should go, so you don’t make any unnecessary mistakes and so that the holes are a suitable distance from the edge of the decking. You should also ensure that you mark where each board should sit, with a gap of around 3mm in between each one.

After all your preparation, this should be a simple process of placing each board down and drilling appropriately.

 

Getting the best view of your decking

To ensure that you can enjoy all of your hard work from your home for the perfect view, make sure the positioning of your decking is in the right place to make it an extension of your home. Don’t let blown or cloudy double glazing ruin your view of your new decking area either. Our expert engineers can repair your double glazed units so that your perfect view remains and you can enjoy your decking to the fullest. Contact them today for a free, no obligation quotation from our friendly, local experts.

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