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Static caravan maintenance tips

Whether you’re in a picturesque village or set up by the sea, a static caravan is your home away from home. 

As such, you should treat your caravan with as much respect as your actual home. By taking the time to properly maintain your static caravan, you can ensure years of fantastic holidays without any troublesome of expensive problems to deal with.

To help you keep your static caravan in tip-top condition, we’ve outlined some of our best tips to keep your pride and joy looking and running as good as new.

 

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1. Clean the gutters

Keeping your drains in working order on your caravan is crucial, especially with our temperamental weather. If your gutters are blocked, water can become trapped and lie on top of the roof of the caravan – leading to some serious problems in the future.

Clean your gutters as regularly as you would at home, especially if you’ve experienced poor weather or are located under trees. This way any rainwater can drain away freely, preventing water build-up or any issues with damp.

2. Sweep the roof

Much like your gutters, leaving debris unchecked on top of your roof can lead to problems that can be easily avoided.

A simple sweep of the roof is all it takes to prevent any damage to the caravan’s roof materials. Just make sure you stay safe when sweeping by using an extending brush and making sure there’s someone else nearby to help out.

3. Clean the outside of your caravan

Caravan exteriors are made of sturdy materials to withstand the elements. However, animal waste and tree sap can still cause damage if left unchecked.

Regularly clean the outside of your caravan with a solution of warm water and detergent. Car cleaning products work well, too.

If your caravan features a decked area, it’s also a good idea to treat it with a strong wood stain to keep it looking healthy and protected from mother nature.

4. Keep vents clear

Static caravans have a number of vents and are used for a number of reasons, including ventilation and gas safety. It’s important that you make sure any roof vents remain closed when you’re not using your caravan, as water can enter the caravan leading to issues with damp.

As for wall and floor vents, these are fine to leave open as they help to keep the air circulated inside. Just make sure that any wall or floor vents are free from obstructions that could cause blockages to the airflow.

5. Look after the chassis

One of the most common issues for static caravans, and most expensive to repair, is a rusty chassis. This is a particular problem for caravans located near the sea where corrosion is more common. Regularly check your chassis and repaint it to help fight off rust.

If you are located near the sea, the paint will likely flake away. Instead, use a wax oil to keep your caravan’s chassis is good condition.

6. Repair your failed double glazing

Just like in your home, your caravan double glazing needs to be maintained. If your windows fail due to weathered seals or physical cracks, they will lose their energy efficiency and will become misty and obscured – not what you want when you’re on a scenic getaway.

Our expert engineers can repair faulty caravan double glazing at a fraction of the price of most window companies, so you can stay warm and enjoy the sights without breaking the bank.

7. Replace stiff or broken locks

Whether you’re in your caravan or not, you want to make sure your home away from home is safe and secure. If the locks on your windows and doors become stiff or broken, you’ll need to get them repaired or risk compromising your security.

Our engineers can easily repair locks by simply removing and replacing faulty mechanisms. We can even repair your hinges and handles too, so you can make sure everything is running smoothly on your holidays.

Get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today to find out how much you could save on your static caravan repairs.

 

Why does double glazing become cloudy?

If your home is fitted with double glazed windows, you may have noticed mist forming in between the panes. 

This problem is more common than you might think — and it can lead to more serious issues. Not only do cloudy windows obscure your view, but they can even cause your home to lose heat and pose a security risk.

Thankfully, double glazing is like bread and butter to our crack team of engineers. They’re always looking for new ways to understand how double glazing becomes ineffective and identify innovations solutions to solve the problem.

To help you understand why double glazing can fail, we asked our operations manager, Kirk, for his expert opinion. Below, he explains what causes double glazing to become cloudy or misty and what you can do to make sure your windows are always in the best condition. 

How to tell if double glazing has failed

If you have cloudy or blown double glazing, there are a few telltale signs that you can look out for. 

The most obvious way of knowing that your double glazing has failed is that your windows become cloudy or foggy between the panes of glass.

You can spot earlier signs, too. Water leaking through the window frame of draughts is also an indicator that there is an issue with your double glazing.

What causes cloudy double glazing?

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1. Poorly fitted windows

If your windows were improperly installed, they’ll deteriorate quickly. In extreme cases, they could become cloudy in less than a year. But why does this happen? 

When double glazing is fitted incorrectly, your window panes and frames won’t be suitably aligned. This means your seals won’t last and gaps will form, allowing air and moisture into your panes. 

It’s important to do your research and make sure you choose a highly recommended window fitting company with a proven track record for quality.   

2. Using the wrong products

You’d be surprised at how often double glazing can be damaged by human error alone. Many people use harsh chemical products to clean their windows, which is not only unnecessary but can reduce the effectiveness of your windows.

A simple mixture of warm water and white vinegar is the perfect combination to care for your windows and leave them sparkling for longer. Take a look at our full guide to window maintenance to ensure you’re doing everything you can to preserve the life of your double glazing.

3. Damaged seals

Whether it’s due to poor installation or simply wear and tear, broken or faulty seals are one of the most common causes of cloudy and blown double glazing. 

Windows are affected by weather conditions and will therefore expand and contract when temperatures rise and fall. Although not visible to homeowners, this movement takes its toll on window seals, made worse by poor materials or shoddy craftsmanship.

Damaged seals allow moisture to find its way between the window panes, which is notoriously difficult to remove. Once inside, the moisture causes condensation and means windows will become cloudy.

4. Window age

Time is another factor that plays a part in the health of your double glazing. The date that your double glazing was first installed impacts how well they will perform. Not only because the seals will become less effective over time, but also due to modern fitting methods being more reliable than those in previous years.

How to clear misted double glazed windows

Fixing cloudy double glazing is usually a case of replacing your windows altogether. This can be an expensive endeavour, especially if only one window needs replacing, as most window fitters will require that you buy an entirely new unit. 

This is where we come in.

At Cloudy2Clear, we’ve perfected the technique of repairing faulty double glazing by removing just the pane, not the frame. This method, which we’ve honed over years of service and thousands of happy customers, is not only cheaper but a reliable way to replace faulty double glazing. You can see exactly how much money you could save here.

Our double glazing replacement service is carried out by trained professionals and comes with a 25-year guarantee, so you know you’re in safe hands. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for your free, no-obligation quote.

 

A Brief History of Double Glazing

Double glazing has been around for decades and is the norm for the majority of UK homes. With 93% of homeowners having double-glazed windows installed, it’s become a part of everyday life for most of us. 

But where did it all begin and how did double glazing become so popular?

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Who invented double glazing?

The exact origin of double glazing is a debated subject. Some believe that it was created by American inventor C.D Haven in the 1930s, whereas others claim it goes back as far as Victorian Scotland.

As people used to rely on fires to keep warm, heat retention was notoriously difficult, especially in large houses. C.D Haven sought to fix this problem and invented an early version of double glazing called ‘thermopane’. Haven’s invention was a revolution that transformed homes across America, becoming widely adopted during the 40s and 50s. 

When did double glazing start to become popular in the UK?

After its popularisation in the USA, the UK followed suit and began to widely produce double glazing in the 1970s and 80s. There were of course window companies in the UK before this point, but they only produced single-glazed windows previously. 

Window specialists began with a ‘second window’ system in the mid-60s, which involved removing rotting timbers and replacing the original window with a second layer of glass.

Although this was a popular product for the time, aluminium double glazing was the next big breakthrough in the late 70s. 

From the 1980s onwards, double glazing became standard for new UK homes. Although only about 8% of UK homes featured double glazing in the 70s, the concept quickly took off and now 93% of homes in the UK are fitted with double-glazed windows.

How are double-glazed windows made?

The manufacturing process for double glazing is actually very straightforward. In fact, it’s part of the reason why double-glazed windows became such a hit. 

Essentially, double glazing is two panes of glass separated by a spacer, creating a hermetically-sealed gap. This gap will then be filled with inert gas, such as argon, under vacuum conditions. 

This process is what stops moisture entering between your window panes and prevents your windows from becoming cloudy with condensation.

Why are they so effective?

As well as preventing water from getting in, the layer of gas within the seal makes it more difficult for heat to escape. Windows are the biggest cause of heat loss in homes, which makes double glazing very desirable to environmentally conscious homeowners.

In fact, if you live in an entirely single-glazed home, you could save the following on your energy bills each year by upgrading to double glazing:

Energy RatingDetachedSemi  Mid terraceBungalowMid-floor flat
A-rated£120-155£80-110£65-85£55-75£40-55
B-rated£110-140£75-100£60-80£50-70£35-55
C-rated£105-135£75-95£60-75£50-65£35-50

 

In truth, the popularity of double glazing is that they offer a number of advantages that single-glazed windows can’t compete with, including:

Noise reduction

Increased security

Temperature control

Adds value to your home

 

What does the future of double glazing look like? 

There was once talk within the industry of triple glazing becoming the norm across the UK. However, it’s unlikely to take off anytime soon.

Triple-glazed windows work in the same way as double glazing, with an extra pane of glass to create two hermetically-sealed layers of gas. Although this does offer more insulation, it’s not a significant amount when compared to traditional double glazing. This means that the minimal insulation gain isn’t enough to offset the much higher production costs.

Triple glazing is more popular in colder regions such as Norway and Sweden, where the insulation benefits have more of an impact on homes. In the UK, however, it’s unlikely that we’ll see an overhaul of traditional double glazing.

If you would like to learn more about double glazing or if you’re concerned that your windows have begun to fail, get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no-obligation quote.

 

How to prevent condensation in your home

What is condensation?

Condensation occurs when water vapour in the air comes into contact with cold surfaces like window panes and forms water droplets. Essentially, it’s the opposite reaction to evaporation – gas (vapour) turning to liquid (water droplets) instead of liquid (water) turning to gas (steam).

As condensation is caused by differences in temperature, you’re more likely to see the effects on colder days. The most common areas for condensation to form in your home is in the bathroom from the heat of showers and baths, or in the kitchen from cooking.

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What effect can condensation have on your home?

Although water droplets on your windows may not seem like an issue, condensation can lead to some serious problems if it’s a common occurrence in your home..

Common issues caused by condensation include:

– Peeling wallpaper
– Damp furniture and surfaces
– Unpleasant smells
– Mould and damp

How to prevent condensation on windows

Condensation is something that occurs in all homes and although it can lead to problems, there are initiatives you can take to help combat the effects. To stop condensation on windows, there are three main steps to take: ventilation, insulation and clearing moisture.

1. Improving ventilation

By ensuring your home is properly ventilated, you’ll improve the airflow and fight off the issues caused by condensation.

Opening windows is a simple way to implement this, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. If you’ve cooked in the oven or on a hob, or if you’ve had a shower, leave your windows open in that room until the air is clear to prevent moisture build-ups.

It’s also important that you’re using extractor fans in both the kitchen and bathroom to allow steam to escape. Plus, keeping your doors closed helps to isolate steam and moisture, making it easier to dissipate and stops it spreading to other rooms.

2. Heating and insulation

Issues with condensation are intensified by sudden rises and drops in temperature, as each fluctuation causes water to evaporate and condense when your central heating turns on and off.

Rather than allowing your heating to swing between hot and cold, keep your heating on a constant low temperature. This will help to prevent damp from forming in your home.

Ensuring your home has appropriate insulation will reduce the likelihood of condensation forming in cold spots on walls and ceiling. Cavity wall and loft insulation will help to keep your walls a consistent temperature.

3. Clearing moisture

An immediate solution to condensation is to remove any water droplets you come across in your home.

All you need is a soft cloth or paper towels – something that won’t damage your windows – and you can keep on top of any moisture forming. In the short term, cleaning your windows of condensation regularly you can prevent the moisture developing in to damp or mould issues.

Read our full guide to maintaining your double glazing to find out proper cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your windows in great condition.

Tips on how to reduce condensation

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As well as the larger preventative steps detailed above, there are also a number of smaller actions you can take to reduce the amount of condensation you produce at home.

1. Vented washer dryers
Many modern washer dryers are condenser models, which collect moisture from the drum which can be emptied later. If you have a vented washer dryer, however, make sure that the vent is properly secured; otherwise, moisture can easily escape and become trapped in your home.

2. Dry your clothes outside
If you have a garden, drying your clothes on a washing line is a really easy method of protecting your home from unnecessary moisture. If you live in an apartment or don’t have your own garden, keep a window open near your drying clothes with the doors closed to help the moisture escape from your home.

3. Cook with pot lids
Another easy way to reduce moisture in your home is to make sure you’re cooking with pot lids. Bubbling pots and pans release a lot of steam and moisture into kitchens, even with an extractor fan, so using a lid while you cook helps to reduce how much steam is released into the room.

4. Don’t overfill wardrobes and cupboards
Both wardrobes and kitchen cupboards are breeding grounds for mould if left overfilled. Any trapped moisture will struggle to escape due to the lack of airflow, so make sure you’re not filling them to the brim to allow air to circulate inside

5. Move furniture away from external walls
Just like with your wardrobes, it’s important to make sure there’s enough room between your walls and your furniture for air to circulate. If sofas and large pieces of furniture are pushed right up against walls, especially exterior walls, they run the risk of becoming damp and mouldy from the cold.

6. Use bath mats
It’s not just bathroom walls that have the potential for damp issues; the floor is at risk too. Invest in a good-sized bath mat to absorb most of the water when you get out of the bath or shower, so you’re not drenching your bathroom floor in water and creating more condensation.

7. Check for leaks
Keep an eye on your roof and ceilings for any drips or leaks that present themselves. They can be easy to miss at first, but if left unchecked, they can leave your ceiling and walls soaked over time.

8. Check guttering and downpipes
Much like leaks, blocked gutters can cause havoc to your exterior walls. Keep all guttering and downpipes free from debris to prevent blockages, which could lead to excess water soaking your homes exterior walls.

Condensation inside your double glazing

If you’ve noticed condensation inside your windows, it means your double glazing has failed. Whether due to faulty seals or poor installation, cloudy windows mean that moisture is getting in between the panes of glass, ruining the aesthetic of your windows and leading to bigger problems like mould and heat loss.

If you’ve noticed cloudy windows in your home, get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear, where our expert engineers will give you a free, no-obligation quote and will replace your failed double glazing – saving you time and money.


 

What if famous authors designed their own homes?

Our favourite authors have the unique skill of transporting us to other worlds with nothing more than the written word. Whether it’s a haunted mansion or a land of fantasy, it’s often the settings in books that are the most provocative and leave the longest-lasting impressions.

As most renowned authors take pieces of everyday life as inspiration for their works, how closely do their homes play a part in their storytelling? 

To find out, double glazing replacement specialists Cloudy2Clear have created 8 unique room designs, each belonging to a different author. Everything from the furniture to the architecture, the designs look like they’ve been pulled straight from the imagination of some of the world’s most-loved writers. With authors spanning every genre, each room boasts its own distinct style and conjures up the feelings of getting lost once again in some of our favourite novels.

(Keep your eyes peeled for some nods to your favourite books!)

1. Stephen King

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Since his debut novel Carrie was first published in 1974, Stephen King has created a horror legacy that has spanned decades. To this day, King is still chilling readers with his masterful sprinkling of supernatural elements in mundane and everyday scenarios.

There’s no doubt that King has a vivid imagination, dreaming up a vast range of villains, monsters and things that go bump in the night to keep his readers hooked and horrified. What makes a King novel truly terrifying is that he can make simple items chill you to your bones – think the red balloon from IT or room 237 in The Shining. 

It’s easy to believe then that King could create all manner of ghouls from looking around his bedroom. Whether it’s the contents of his wardrobe or the design of his rug; if King can make it spooky, he will.

If there’s one thing that connects King’s novels, it’s the locations. Chances are that if you’ve picked up a Stephen King novel, it’s set in the state of Maine. It’s where King is originally from and more often than not, his tales are told from small towns in ‘The Pine Tree State’. To pay homage, much like the man himself, King’s bedroom has been heavily influenced by Maine style: effortlessly blending modern, sophisticated style with natural and organic materials. The result – post-modern rustic, a staple of Maine interior design.

2. Agatha Christie

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If her work is anything to go by, Agatha Christie’s home will have undoubtedly featured an opulent 1920’s parlour room (where else would she reveal who did it?). 

Her well-deserved title of ‘The Queen of Crime’ is built on her introduction of themes and motifs that are now considered classic mystery structure. Whether it’s the moustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot or amateur sleuth, Miss Marple, Christie’s novels focus on detection, misdirection and shocking reveals; usually after gathering the surviving characters for maximum shocks.

Although Christie crafted well-developed characters that anyone can relate to, her novels are almost exclusively based around high society and set in grand locations. Naturally, a peek into her own home would reveal a similar level of class and grandeur. 

With fine renaissance artwork, grand fixtures and furniture that would feel at home in any English manor house, It’s easy to picture her writing (or solving) mysteries behind her desk. Then again, Christie is a master of misdirecting her audience, so this could easily be her bathroom.    

3. George Orwell

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Novels can often be left open to interpretation – but not with George Orwell. He believed that too much writing was used to trick and manipulate readers without speaking the truth. It’s easy to see this belief in Orwell’s own works, as he typically avoids overly-intricate and unnecessary language.

He makes the use of manipulation through language prominent in Animal Farm, as the pigs make use of propaganda and intricate speech to trick the other animals into a false sense of patriotism. 1984 reflects this theme too, as language is restricted to prevent people from putting their thoughts into words. Another issue Orwell raises is that of our societies need for constant surveillance – he even coined the popular term ‘Big Brother’.

When looking at Orwell’s home, it feels natural to allow his beliefs of honesty and truth to tailor the design. Even in our homes, we’re being monitored more than ever and Orwell wouldn’t shy away from that fact or try to convince himself otherwise. 

4. Dan Brown

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Author of the bestselling Robert Langdon book series – think The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons – Dan Brown is a fan of conspiracy theories. Whether it’s secret societies or shady government agencies, Brown likes to have someone pulling the strings from behind the scenes.  

Although previously criticised for melding fact and fiction, Brown heavily researches his subject matter. From religion to art history, Brown delves deep to find the (relative) facts.

Like any conspiracy theorist worth his salt, Brown’s home wouldn’t be complete without a secret, dimly-lit room to map out every detail and blow the case wide open. With plenty of source material to go on and a sense of organised chaos, Brown has everything he needs in his study to connect the dots and find out what’s really going on.

5. Tom Clancy

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Whether it’s war, terrorism or espionage – if there’s an immediate danger and a no-nonsense protagonist up against the odds, you’re reading a Tom Clancy novel. With his books being adapted into blockbuster movies, video games and TV shows, Clancy has cemented himself as the go-to storyteller for military thrillers.

Even Clancy’s writing style is disciplined to a military degree. He has described writing as similar to golf, stating that “It’s hard work. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right”.

It’s only natural that Clancy’s no-nonsense writing style and strong military themes would bleed into the design of his home. With a practically spartan setup in the bedroom and a night vision camera, Clancy is ready for anything.

6. Beatrix Potter

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One of the world’s most famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter created some of the most loved and well-known characters in literature. Potter was as much an artist as she was an author, bringing her work to life with fantastic splashes of colour. 

Being a naturalist and keen lover of animals, it was only natural that her tales and illustrations would focus on animal protagonist – thus, the likes of Peter Rabbit and Mother Goose were born. Potter’s books were an instant success, combining her whimsical illustrations with realistic human situations and clear, easy to follow stories.

Potter was at her most inspired when holidaying in the Lake District, so it felt only right to design her garden. Full of life and bright, vibrant colours, Beatrix Potter’s garden is a feast for the eyes and a clear source of inspiration for both her writing and illustrating. 

7. F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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Much like his most famous work, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald loved a good party. Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda regularly used their villa in the south of France to throw extravagant get-togethers for their social circles: they were so successful, in fact, that the pair actually managed to popularise jazz in the region.

Much of Fitzgerald’s novels are influenced by his own life: whether it was Zelda, considered one of the original ‘flapper girls’, or his experiences with the social hierarchy of the Roaring Twenties. As Fitzgerald’s work shows his audience a glimpse of his life, we only need to leaf through the pages of his books to imagine what his home would look like.

Being a known socialite and a prolific drinker – Hemingway once said that Fitzgerald was the only man he had ever met who could outdrink him – it’s only natural that he would have a grand ballroom to host his legendary parties. In fact, it’s improbable that you could ever visit Fitzgerald’s home and not wander into the midst of a lavish event, or at least witness the aftermath.

8. Roald Dahl

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If Beatrix Potter wasn’t your favourite author as a child, then it was probably Roald Dahl. Creating fantastical worlds on the page, Dahl’s work can be fun, humorous and occasionally frightening. Creativity is key with Dahl, with the only limit being your imagination.

If given the chance to snoop around Roald Dahl’s home, it’s the kitchen where you’ll find the fun. Dahl has had a strong connection with food from a young age, once stating that food is “one of the greatest innocent pleasures” and “a duty to be enjoyed by all”. 

There’s no doubt that his stories are influenced by his own tinkering with recipes, as food plays a big role in his books – representing everything from rewards and greed to a matter of life and death. As well as traditional goodies like sweets and chocolate cake, Dahl has created some truly whimsical treats to get your mind racing and your stomach rumbling. From brewing potions to growing his own giant-sized snozzcumbers, Dahl’s kitchen is his playground.