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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.

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Hide your valuables

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

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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

Ask Kirk: Everything you need to know about window glazing

Our Operations Manager, Kirk, has taken a look at some of the most commonly asked questions from self-cleaning glass to different types of window frames. Below, we’ve outlined everything Kirk knows about window glazing and everything you need to know too.

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1. What is a U-value?

This is a very important aspect of window glazing as U-values measure the effectiveness of insulation. Double glazing and triple glazing usually have lower U-values because they don’t allow a lot of heat to pass through them; the higher the U-value, the worse the material is at insulating. When it comes to windows, both the frame and the glass are attributed with a U-value. Just remember, the lower the U-value, the more efficient the window.

2. Benefits of self-cleaning glass? And how does it work?

If you find difficulty in cleaning your windows or don’t want to fork out for a regular window cleaner, self-cleaning glass may be the way forward. The science behind it is particularly impressive, with two categories of coating: hydrophobic and hydrophilic. Both use water to clean the surface, one by creating droplets via different surfaces, such as polymers and waxes, and the other by utilising rainwater as a ‘sheet’, removing any dirt without any smears or streaks. The most popular use for self-cleaning windows is hydrophilic as it’s much more cost effective and work wells on materials such as glass.

3. What are the different types of window frames? And which is the best one?

Only 43% of homes in England are fully double glazed, so it’s no wonder that there are so many different types of window frames to choose from to fit all property and glazing types.

– Aluminium

As mentioned before, U-values are important when looking at efficiently for windows, both the glass and the frames. However, aluminium is a very strong conductor of heat, so measures need to be put in place to ensure this robust and light material can insulate more effectively.

– Wooden

Wooden frames can be aesthetically pleasing, especially on period properties. They’re also a fairly good insulator, but come with a few disadvantages, such as regular maintenance to keep them looking new. They also expand / contract dependent on the weather conditions, which can warp and twist the wood.

– Composite

Similar, but much more effective than just wooden frames, composite frames contain wood products, combined with another material, such as aluminium. This gives the effect of an appealing wooden finish on the inside, with the strength of aluminium on the outside. They’re both energy efficient and a great insulator.

– uPVC / vinyl

Each come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, but for double glazing, uPVC / vinyl frames are usually the most popular and the most efficient. The material is easy to maintain, can be wiped down without effort, and is resistant to pollution. Windows that utilise uPVC are usually strong and robust too, so will last a while.

4. Benefits of heat absorbing tints?

Most commonly used in commercial buildings, tinted glass or glazing absorbs the sun’s powerful solar heat. This high-performance glass blocks daylight into a building, as well as increasing privacy.

5. What are the different types of window coatings?

If you’re looking to reduce your energy loss, window coatings, such as low emissivity coatings, can aid this. If you already have double glazed windows, you can buy films to apply yourself, but the majority are applied to the glass during the manufacturing stage. Coatings generally reflect, therefore reducing solar radiation.

6. Can I repair any failed double glazing?

Yes, you can. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation. We can assess your windows and the type of glass / frames you have and offer expert advice of the best next steps.

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.

 

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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.

Ask Kirk: Why does double glazing become cloudy?

Understanding why double glazing becomes cloudy is all part of our engineers’ job and discovering new reasons for the effects is part and parcel of everyday life for the Cloudy2Clear team.

We asked our operations manager, Kirk, for his expert opinion on why double glazing becomes cloudy or misted up in the first place – and what you can do to prevent it or repair it if the problem continues.

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

Poor-quality fitting initially

Installation is probably one of the most important parts of preventing failed double glazing, as poor-quality fitting can lead to blown windows after less than a year after installation. Choosing a highly recommended window fitting company, with a solid reputation and experience gives you the opportunity to keep your windows intact for longer.

If you do discover failed double glazed units, which are more common after 10 – 15 years from the initial installation, Cloudy2Clear can replace just the pane of glass that has become misty, rather than the entire unit. Our glazing products also have a 25 year guarantee, ensuring that they’ll see you through for much longer.

 

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

Using inappropriate products

Often, failed double glazing can be prevented and human error can be the cause of the ineffectiveness of your windows. Using harsh, chemical products to clean your windows is unnecessary. Warm water and white vinegar is the perfect combination and leaves them sparkling for longer.

You can check out our window maintenance article for more top tips on preserving your double glazing, from preventing mould to keeping your hinges and handles running smoothly.

 

Seals become ineffective

Broken or faulty seals are a common cause of moisture collecting between double glazed panels. When this happens, condensation can appear, causing the window to either become misty, cloudy, or ‘blown’.

Windows can actually be affected by the weather, whether hot or cold, causing them to expand and contract. Although this won’t be visible to many homeowners, it illustrates why seals can break so easily, especially if they haven’t been installed properly or by using quality materials.

 

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

If you notice a break in your seals before you have cloudy double glazing, contact Cloudy2Clear today, as we can repair the seal before the pane becomes blown. This saves you time and money in the long run.

 

Age

Dependent on when you had your windows replaced or fitted will determine how soon your double glazing may fail. If you’re not sure if you have any faulty seals or locks, contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation.

 

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.

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