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Benefits of Installing a Front Porch

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If you’re looking to modernise your home or add some space there are several things that you can do, however, many homeowners forget that building a porch is even an option. It’s surprising how useful a porch can be, whether you utilise the space to store all those muddy boots and coats, or to add some natural light into your hallway, a porch can transform the front of your home. If this has got you interested, then read on to learn how porches can benefit your home.

Adding space

If you’re running out of space in your home, then a front porch is a great area to use for storage. Adding a coat stand, shoe rack or storage trunk will keep everything neat and tidy without cluttering your direct living space; this will also limit the amount of dirt that is brought through your home. For those who are green fingered, porches can also be great places to grow plants, with plenty of sunlight streaming in you’ll soon have your own inside garden.

Improved security

Porches can also be beneficial in how they can improve your home’s security. By having this additional space, it can be a useful way of deterring potential burglars as the extra door is another complication they’ll have to get past; if your home looks secure then it won’t be seen as an easy target. Just makes sure you don’t store anything valuable in the porch that can be seen by passersby.

Adds kerb appeal

Improving the way that the front of your house looks will not only make it aesthetically pleasing, but also create a great impression of the homeowners themselves. It can also improve your mood, since coming home to a clean and inviting exterior will make you feel a lot happier and relaxed for the evening; it’s also a lot more inviting for guest who will feel more welcome. Additionally, if you’re putting your home on the market, then porches can be great selling points for buyers and could make your house stand out amongst the rest.

Warmer home

An enclosed front porch can create an ‘airlock’ meaning that warm air will have fewer gaps to escape from. In the long run this can have a positive effect on your energy bills, especially in the winter.

If you’re now wondering, where can I go to have a porch installed? Then The Window Centre, based in Harrow, have a fantastic range of well designed and secure porches for you to choose from. Our expert team will help you design the best porch for your home, with features such as composite doors, double glazed windows and much more. Get in touch today to find out what we can do for you.

Is Double Glazing Worth It?

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If you’re in the market for new windows, you’ll notice that there are a number of options available. One of the more common offerings is double glazing. It’s more expensive than single glazing, but there’s a good reason for that. When you choose double glazed windows, you’re getting double the glass!

Double glazed windows are also referred to as double paned glass in some areas. Essentially, they are windows made with two parallel pieces of glass that have a gap in between. The space between may be filled with mere air in many cases, but for extra insulation, argon or xenon – two common inert gases – may be used between the panes instead. These gases prevent the transfer of energy through the glass, so you get much better insulation value.

Since you are getting twice as much glass, it makes sense that this type of window would cost more, and if you add in the inert gases between the panes, you have even more value. But is it really worth spending the extra money?

Advantages of Double Glazing

There are a number of reasons you should consider double glazing for your house windows if you are replacing them or installing new ones in a new home. This method of preparing windows can give you some big advantages over regular single paned windows.

Save Money Over Time: In the moment, double glazed windows will cost you more money than a regular single pane window. This discourages many people from buying them, particularly since outfitting an entire home with new windows can be quite pricy. However, what you really need to consider is how much you’ll save over time.

Imagine reducing your heating bill or your air conditioning bill. It can make a big difference to how much you pay each month, and will allow you to save up in the long run. If you look at the big picture, it makes a lot more sense to opt for double windows.

Increase Energy Efficiency: Are you trying to boost the eco-friendliness of your home or do you just want to reduce your energy bill? Then double glazed is where it’s at. You’ll find the two panes of glass, plus the space between them, provide better insulation for homes. This means less heat escapes on cold days and you’ll use less air conditioning on hot ones. If you live in an extreme climate, it’s particularly helpful to have that extra insulation, but it works in any climate.

Reduce Excess Noise: If you find that the outdoors near your home is loud, these windows can actually help reduce the noise. In fact, choosing high performance double glazed windows could give you up to 60% less noise. For those who live near bars, airports, or other noisy places, these windows can be a lifesaver. They won’t eliminate all the noise, but keeping it down will allow you to live in peace.

Increase Home Value: There are plenty of improvements you can make to boost your home’s value, but this is a nice simple one. If you’re changing the windows anyway, why not take things up a level and get double glazed? It will entice buyers to purchase, since the house is prepared for any weather and designed to be energy efficient.

Reduce Accidents: Windows get broken from time to time, particularly in an active household and neighbourhood. However, with double panes, your glass will be more difficult to break, particularly if you opt for higher security type panes. This means your windows are less likely to break if something accidentally hits them, be it a bird, a ball, or a random rock.

Discourage Intruders: Security is always on the mind of the home owner and double glazed windows can be a good choice for increasing security. It’s much more difficult to break through double paned windows than single. You can also get the windows in laminated glass, or glass that is considerably harder to break through. When you install the windows, be sure to look for windows designed for safety, with secure latches and locking systems.

Prevent Fading: A common issue for many homes is fading. Your furniture, flooring, and even walls, can lose their vibrancy over time when UV rays hit them. If you have a room where there is a lot of sun coming in, you’ll quickly notice undesirable changes. Fortunately, this is preventable. You can use curtains and blinds to shut out the sun completely, but if you enjoy natural light, then double glazed windows can be useful. Choose glass that works to prevent UV rays from passing through and you’ll have less fading while still enjoying the daylight.

Helps Eliminate Condensation: You may have noticed that condensation can be a problem in older homes, as well as newer ones. This is mostly due to moisture creeping into the home via windows and gaps in the walls. The condensation can destroy your home and makes it easier for mould or mildew to take hold.

These can be dangerous in the home and may cause health problems for your family. It can also rot away the wood in your house. Double glazed windows help prevent moisture from getting into the house in the first place, so it’s a good idea to install this window type from the beginning.

As you can see, there are a number of reasons you should consider double glazing for your home or renovation project. While there are certainly higher costs involved, the windows eventually pay for themselves. You’ll find that as they save you money on your energy, the money adds up, making it a worthwhile investment.

New Windows and Window Styles with Double Glazing

These days, most window styles are designed with double or even triple glazing in mind. It’s pretty standard to go with double glazed windows for new construction, but even renovations tend to opt for this type of glass.

Remember that you can choose between regular air gaps or inert gas between the window panes. It may be helpful to visit a showroom so you can see the variety of designs and styles that are available. Some companies offer these online so you can browse their windows in the comfort of your own home.

If you’re working on a renovation project, you’ll want to match the windows as closely as possible to the original style of the home. Finding a company that provides a range of designs will help you get what you need to finish your home renovation in style.

Are Double Glazed Doors a Good Idea?

Windows aren’t the only thing you can double glaze. If you have French doors, or a sliding door, you can glean all the same benefits as windows by opting for double paned. Even smaller sidelights and windows set into a door can be properly doubled up to keep your home secure and energy efficient.

Double glazed doors are much harder to break, which makes them a very good option for large sliding or folding doors that involve a lot of glass. Considering that this type of door is also prone to letting in more noise and heat or cold, doubling up on the glass can help prevent expensive drains on the air conditioning or heating system.

When you purchase both windows and doors from the same company, you will have an advantage. You can find sets that will match each other or complement one another to give your home a nice, cohesive look.

Before you decide to double glaze your home, consider whether or not you need the extra protection. Do you live in an area where it gets very hot or very cold? If so, you could certainly use some help in preventing your energy from just flying out the window, literally.

Security is another issue to think about. While double glazed will help keep burglars at bay, as well, it’s useful for anyone who might have more breakages than usual. For example, if you have children who enjoy playing ball, you want the most durable windows and doors possible. Anyone who has a small child knows how easy it is for a window to break and large glass doors tend to be a dangerous area, as well, for pets and children. By opting for double paned doors and windows, you can prevent quite a few accidents.

Looking for double glazed windows and doors? Here at the Window Centre, we have years of experience in the glass industry and we’re ready to help. Call us today for more information.

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Double and Triple Glazed Windows Cut Back on Bills

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According to the Energy Savings Trust (EST), installing energy efficient windows helps to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills . Apart from saving money, the EST also reports that there are three key areas in which installing double or triple glazing can provide benefits to your home:

  • Comfort
    If you install energy efficient glazing, this will reduce heat loss through windows, which means fewer draughts and cold spots.
  • Less Noise
    Since energy efficient windows essentially mean more layers of glass, they will also insulate your home against external noise as well as the cold weather.
  • Less condensation
    Because of the way they are engineered, these energy efficient windows reduce condensation build up on the inside of windows, which means a healthier environment to live in.

Energy efficient windows will also certainly reduce heating bills. We all know how cold the UK winters can get, but a small outlay now on installing double or triple glazing will see a massive investment over time by saving money year on year.

Not only will you definitely be saving money, but you’ll also reap the above benefits listed by the EST, so it makes sense not to delay putting in energy efficient windows if you don’t currently have them. This includes double glazing for the windows on any doors or porches too.

How Much Could You Save?

According to the EST, you could save between £25-35 per year on your heating bills if you live in a flat anywhere in the UK. Flats tend to be more insulated because you have neighbours above or below you or both. So actually, the amount you save does depend on where your flat is placed in the building. However, if you do feel the draughts in the flat where you live, a £35 saving is definitely worth the investment, as you’ll feel more comfortable after putting energy efficient windows in, as well as the saving it can bring.

The EST estimates that mid-terrace or bungalows can benefit from anything up to a £60 reduction in bills, dependent on the age and style of home you live in. Semi-detached homes can save up to £80 per year, whilst fully detached homes see the biggest saving at up to £110 per year.

All of these calculations are based on typical gas-heated homes and will vary depending on the geographic location of your home. If you live in a place that is yet to have energy efficient windows installed, then according to this information, you are guaranteed to save money on bills annually. It is a wise choice to put in double or triple glazing if any of the windows in your home are still single glazed.

You can come and visit our showroom at Rayners Lane for advice, a free quote, or simply to find some inspiration. The Window Centre showroom is located at 393-395 Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9EF. That’s the A4090 and is easy to find if you take the A312 junction, northbound, off the A40. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8429 0383, and you can also send us a query through the contact page of our website, and we’ll call you back.

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The Benefits of Double Glazing for Your Home

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As the cold winter days start to creep in, our central heating bills start to rise and anyone who “lets the cold in” is given a warning. Keeping the warmth in becomes a priority and with single glazed windows allowing between 50% – 70% of the heat to escape, it makes sense to consider double glazing for your home. And it’s not just keeping the heat in and the cold out, there’s a range of benefits to installing double glazed windows , including saving money.

Reduction of Heat and Sound

Double glazed windows are not just for winter. Normal single glazed windows transfer both noise and heat easily. In the summer, sunlight heats up the house, either causing discomfort or increasing your cooling costs with the use of fans and air conditioning. Any noise from outside – (car alarms, traffic, barking dogs) can be heard indoors. With double glazing there is a gap between the panes, which reduces the transmission of noise and traps either the heat or cold, making a more comfortable environment for you and your family.

More Security

Single glazed windows are easily broken, even without any special tools or weapons. This provides easy access for petty thieves and definitely won’t discourage a professional burglar. Modern double glazed windows and doors can deter any uninvited guests thus giving you greater peace of mind.

Reduced Energy Bills

In the winter, heating bills are probably a topic discussed in every home. Considering how much heat can be lost through single glazed windows , this has a significant affect on heating bills. Since energy costs are always rising and certain fuels are no longer cost-effective, it makes sense to try and reduce your energy bills wherever possible. It is estimated that savings of up to GBP 115 a year are made on an average semi-detached home. Double glazing saves on both heating in winter and cooling in summer, and you’ll appreciate the extra money in your pocket.

Better for the Environment

Climate change and global warming are hot topics at the moment and for good reason. In the past year alone we have seen irregular weather systems wreaking havoc due to the highest temperatures on record. How can your double glazing help? It reduces the amount of green house gas emissions from your home by your lowered heating and cooling costs, in turn lowering your carbon footprint. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Increase the Value of Your Home

An added bonus of installing double glazing means that when you come to sell your home, it will add value to the asking price. Double Glazed windows that are ‘A’ rated are more attractive to a potential buyer. Plus, with an average life span of around 20 years, you know it’s a good investment for the future.

The good news is that any home can be fitted with double glazing and The Window Centre install across homes in Harrow, Pinner and London. Call 020 8429 0383 or email for more information.

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Reduce your Energy Consumption in Harrow with Double Glazing

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For thousands of years, we have plundered our blue planet and extracted all the resources we need, and it is only in the past two decades that we have begun to take action to reduce the negative impact we are having on the environment. If you are a UK homeowner who is looking to reduce your energy consumption, installing double glazed replacement windows and doors will certainly result in lower energy use.

Energy Saving in Harrow and Pinner

At The Window Centre, we have been helping Harrow and Pinner homeowners save energy with our state of the art range of double glazed windows and doors since 1993, and while it might be a considerable investment to replace all the windows and doors, it is something you do only the once, and when you consider the savings to be had, door and window replacement is a long-term investment that pays big dividends. Some homeowners are saving as much as 40% on their fuel bills, and with a large family residence, that adds up to a considerable sum, not to mention the eco-friendly benefits that double glazing brings.

Functionality with Style

Replacing all the windows and doors presents a golden opportunity to transform your property, and we happen to have an in-house design team to help you explore the many options. The latest generation of uPVC windows and doors come in a range of colours, and with a natural looking timber grain, our products visually enhance character properties, while providing an effective thermal barrier which greatly reduces the heat loss via the glazed surfaces. You might want to add some living space, and we specialise in double glazed porches, which provides yet another barrier between your interior and the harsh British climate.

Long Term Savings

Most UK homeowners dread the winter months, as the energy bills are always at the top end of the scale, yet once you have replaced the windows and doors with double glazed units, you can enjoy many years of reduced energy costs. If you were to add up the savings over five years, this would already be a considerable amount, and our windows are designed and built with longevity in mind, so you can expect to enjoy decades of trouble free use, and, of course, ongoing energy saving.

Thermal Glass Coatings

We only use the very best glass, which happens to be Planitherm Eco-Pane Energy Glass, which is a very effective thermal barrier, and with two sheets of glass that are separated by an award winning space bar, your valuable heat will find it very hard to escape. The cavity is filled with inert Argon gas, which aids the insulation process by preventing heat transfer, and with much less heat being transferred through the glass, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, thus saving energy.

If you would like to explore the potential of energy efficient double glazing, call us on 0208 429 0383 or email to and together, we can make your home more eco-friendly.

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5 Reasons to Get New Windows for Your Harrow Home This Summer

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When it comes to getting double glazing, many homeowners only think about it during the winter months, perhaps when they notice a cold chill in their house. But having new windows isn’t just of benefit during the cold weather, it can be something to improve your home all year round. If you live in an area such as Harrow or Pinner, you’ll often be facing the heatwaves that hit the south-east, which is why it might be time to make improvements to your home. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

1. Double glazing cools your home too

Double glazing doesn’t just keep your home warm on cold days. The gap in the glass stops the weather conditions from affecting the inside of your property, so on hot days, it can help keep your home cool. That’s why double glazing can make your home more energy efficient all year-round, as it means you use less energy using air conditioning or fans and spend less on summer energy bills.

2. Installation can be easier

Installing double glazing is often easier during the summer months, because:

  • You don’t have to cope with wind and rain while the work is done
  • People often have time off work, so you can let the installers in
  • There’s less chance of interruption by bad weather
  • The days are longer, so there’s more time to get the work done

Summer can be an excellent time for home improvements in general, so when you’re updating your home, it’s worth considering whether to add new windows.

3. They block out noise

Many areas of Harrow and Pinner sit close to major roads, and in the summer months, that can mean a lot of noise. By installing double glazing, you can make your home cooler, which means your windows won’t need to be open as much, and this has the added advantage of blocking out much of the outside noise.

4. You can secure your home

While most areas around Harrow and Pinner have fairly low crime rates, summer is a peak time for burglaries around London. This is because so many people leave their windows half-open or have insecure or old locks. It’s worth considering adding new windows and doors that have extra security, and also looking for extras such as window latches. This will allow you to let the breeze inside, but makes opportunistic thefts so much harder, giving you the best of both worlds.

5. Improve the look of your home

Summer is often the time where people want to improve the look of their home, and new windows or a door can make a big difference. Whether you live in a new build, or one of Pinner’s older period homes, there are windows to suit all sorts of properties, so you can get the look you want.

For windows, doors, and much more in the Harrow and Pinner areas, contact The Window Centre by calling 020 8429 0383, or e-mail to find out more.


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