Depending on where you live in the UK, you may have experienced a fair bit of ice and snow in the last week. This is the first real cold snap we’ve had this winter and after such a mild start to November, it may have come as a bit of a shock. The first cold snap of the winter is often a learning curve, particularly for those who live in properties which they haven’t experienced a winter in before. It may often be surprising just how much the cold can get in, even when it seems that all of your doors and windows are fitted properly and working well.
In reality, some older windows and doors – whilst still in good working order – simply won’t be built from the same quality of materials and won’t have benefitted from the latest construction techniques and technologies which make windows and doors so efficient today. We have a wide variety of insulated products which can make a huge difference to the warmth of your home and lower your energy bills considerably. Read on to find out more.
If you use your garage as a useful space beyond simply parking your vehicle in there, such as using it as a workshop or gym, it’s likely that you’ll be feeling the chill in there at the moment. The problem with using a garage for something other than car storage is that garages themselves do not tend to be built with warmth in mind. The walls may lack insulation and the finish is generally rather bare, meaning there are no ‘heat sinks’ available to trap the warmth. Having an uninsulated steel garage door, as many UK households do, can mean your garage is very cold in the winter months, meaning it’s almost impossible to use as an extra room.
Our Sectional and Roller garage doors are all constructed with an insulated core surrounded by either steel for Sectional garage doors, or aluminium for Roller garage doors. This keeps the inside temperature at a more manageable level, and will ensure that much less heat will escape if you have the opportunity to heat the garage from the inside. For those with more traditional properties, our timber garage doors are naturally insulating without the need for man-made foams or fillers.
Your front door is likely to be the one entrance of your home which is used the most. A front door which is well insulated can make a huge difference to the temperature of your home, especially if your front door comes straight into a room, rather than a hallway. Being opened and closed a lot, having an unprotected letter box and not fitting well in the frame are all main reasons why front doors tend to let in more cold and wind than they should. Another main issue with older doors is the presence of single glazing, which is a very inefficient glass type.
Our composite and uPVC front doors all benefit from an insulated core surrounded by a tough and durable outer material. For composite doors, this outer layer is constructed from GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) or fibreglass, as it’s also known. There are many designs available to choose from, most of which have glazing included, where a specific design can be chosen. This glazing is double glazed and toughened as standard and will be expertly constructed so that there are absolutely no gaps around the frames. This can really help with keeping the indoor temperature at a reasonable level, even when the door is in frequent use.