Ten Top Tips for deterring burglars from your home
Posted on October, 2021
There is an old saying that “your home is your castle” and never has this more apt than when it comes to homeowners trying to deter burglars. But as most of our homes don’t have ramparts, a moat or an army of knights to defend it, we have listed below some of the steps that you can take to make it less likely that you will be one of the 1.3 million domestic crime victims each year in the UK.
What do Tenants want from a rental property?
Posted on August, 2021
Having installed windows, doors and conservatories for many landlords, often when a tenant is living in the property, Glevum has a great insight into what tenants want from a rental property. The monthly rental for a property will mainly depend on the size of the property, salaries in the local area and the level of supply and demand. But ticking off as many items on a tenant’s wish-list can make a property easier to rent and increase the rent you can demand.
In this blog we list some of the most common features or characteristics that tenants look for in a rental property. The list may also prove useful as a guide for first time tenants of things to consider. So, listed in no particular order, here we go.
What makes a house feel like a home?
Posted on July, 2021
Whether you live in a house or a flat, a mansion or a bungalow, the one thing they all have in common is four external walls. Beyond this simplistic fact, things get a lot more complicated, particularly when you consider what makes a house or a flat feel like a home. Ask anyone and you are likely to get a different view, but in this blog, we have identified some of the most common themes.
Has your home changed forever?
Posted on October, 2020
COVID 19 has had a massive and profound effect on so many aspects of our lives in 2020 and at least for the short term future, but has it also changed the way we come to regard our home forever as well?
We look at the changes we have seen, to try and answer that question.
The changing motivations of windows and door buyers.
Posted on March, 2020
Over the past 50 years we have seen very significant changes in the motivations of purchasers of new windows and doors.
As a highly respected and award-winning window and door supplier and installer since 1984, Glevum have an established reputation as being an expert in the trade and have seen the change in movements over the years. In this blog we take a look into the changing motivations of consumers’ preferences and motivations when purchasing new windows and doors, and the trends which have come and gone over the years.
What is uPVC?
Posted on January, 2020
uPVC, is a well-established material in the home improvement industry – but how many of us actually know what it is? The abbreviation stands for UnPlasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, a strong and durable form of plastic which is a low-maintenance building material and has endless amounts of uses. uPVC first broke onto the scene in the 1980’s but the material has continued to evolve ever since. At its core the main elements of the material are made up of salt and oil, and as a rigid, strong and durable compound, it is perfect for construction purposes yet remains very light. It is most commonly used for a range of doors, window frames and sills when installing double and triple glazing, or to replace older single glazed windows when it comes to home improvements.
Why is uPVC a good material for window frames?…
Posted on December, 2019
The right front door can create and maintain a great first impression. There are many different types of doors on the market which you can install in your home, however the sheer variety of standards of quality, design and security features differ can make the product and installation choice seem more difficult than it needs to be. Every homeowner may have different priorities when it comes to their choice of door, from the look and overall style, to the security features and level of weather resistance.
So, what is a Composite door?…..
A customers’ guide for choosing your new windows.
Posted on October, 2019
The process of choosing new windows and doors can be a daunting one and for most of us it is only something that we will need to do a couple of times in our lifetime. In this blog we have created something of a Glevum guide which takes you through the steps for picking high-quality products which suit and transform your home and fill all your requirements!
Everything to know about Glevum doors – including types, finishes and even security features.
Posted on September, 2019
Every home is different, so the way you choose to design your homes, from the colours you use to the furniture that work for you, reflects the personalities of those who live there. Choosing the right doors for your home largely comes down to pairing it with the style of your house or building. Our advice when choosing an external door, is to decide what will work well with your house and make sure you choose wisely when it comes to furniture features, security, glazing options and even styles!
For example, if your house is a modern new build, in most cases a modern and on trend style with bespoke furniture and a strong glazing option would suit your homes best.
So, lets begin with what the Glevum range includes:
Ever considered upgrading your existing Conservatory? A roof upgrade could be the answer!
Posted on July, 2019
A roof upgrade from Glevum is proving a more popular option than ever. Perhaps you are facing the issue of your conservatory being too hot in summer and too cold in winter? Or maybe you want to keep your existing conservatory, but it’s time for a freshen up? Other customers opt for a solid roof upgrade to create that feeling of a extension.
The extensive range that Glevum offers gives you the ability to upgrade and improve. Whether you want a combined glazed and solid roof, a tiled roof with full rectangle glass panels or a modern lantern roof. A conservatory roof upgrade from Glevum can help to enhance any style of property, from the traditional to the modern.
Manufacturing technology has come a long way and the installation of a conservatory roof upgrade now couldn’t be easier.
How to choose a colour of door for your home?
Posted on June, 2019
There can be a tendency for people to neglect their front doors and to not give them the attention they deserve, but why? They are the first and last thing people see, so maybe it’s time to treat them well and make a statement with them. So let’s look at some off the emerging trends in the domestic door market.
Double or Triple Glazing – which is the best fit for your home?
Posted on May, 2019
One of the major questions our customers have is the difference between triple vs double glazing: is one better than the other? So, what is the difference between double and triple glazing? Here’s the Glevum guide to take a closer look at the two glazing options, to help advise you of the qualities and benefits of both.
What is a FENSA Certificate?
Posted on April, 2019
FENSA is the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme – it is a government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors, in England and Wales. The scheme was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) alongside other partnerships, after the government launched the new Building Regulations for double glazing companies in 2002. It is illegal to have installed double-glazing in a property without a building regulations certificate.
Four important reasons why you want a Conservatory or Orangery
Posted on March, 2019
Now that spring is here, home renovations and extensions are commonly amongst homeowners’ top priorities. This time of year is where many homeowners are in a rush to expand their living space.
So why should you consider a Glevum conservatory or orangery? We have highlighted 5 important reasons in hope to help you consider and understand the benefits of the purchase.
New Windows and Doors the key to adding value to your home?
Posted on February, 2019
We are a nation of home improvers. A survey by the insurer Hiscox last March amply demonstrated this – with 15% of homeowners choosing to improve rather than move – a fivefold increase on five years before that. If chosen well, windows and doors won’t only be an excellent first impression of your homes exterior, but they will play a huge role in adding character and security, which in turn adds value.
Time to rejuvenate your conservatory?
Posted on September 26, 2017
With the prospect of shorter and chillier days just around the corner, you might find the prospect of spending less time in the garden a bit depressing. For those fortunate enough to have a Conservatory though, they have the perfect link between the garden and the home and a place from where they can still enjoy the garden regardless of the weather. If you have a conservatory has it been shown the love that it deserves or is it just a little bit neglected? Are we making the most of the extra space?
Has your Conservatory become a dumping ground, an office, a play room or a new home for the ironing! It’s easy to redefine, organise and refresh your conservatory – with little effort or money. Here’s how…
How to choose the perfect door for your home
Posted on September 12, 2017
Our homes are as individual and unique as we are. Each family home will have different requirements for the perfect front door, depending on style, security requirements and functionality. Choosing your dream door doesn’t have to be a chore. By working out what you need from your entranceway, you’ll be able to easily find the best fit for you and your family.
Have you considered replacing your Conservatory roof?
Posted on August 30, 2017
Have you noticed that over the recent months you cannot help but notice somebody having their conservatory roof or ads in the paper or on the radio selling solid roof options? It is not surprising as the replacement of old plastic or glass roofs with solid roofs is a big thing at the moment. So what it is all the fuss about?
Home Security – Hints and Tips
Posted on July 02, 2017
Whether you live in a studio apartment, a two bed semi-detached house or a rural manor house, your home is your castle and you need to protect it. Home security and safety is an important concern for most people, but it needn’t be a worry. With a few simple techniques, you can sleep soundly knowing that your home is as safe and secure as can be.
Most of us would regard our homes as safe but there could be a few gaps in your security system that can easily be fixed.
Window Energy Rating Explained – there is more to it than you might think
Posted on February 21, 2017
Almost any house appliance that we buy these days comes with a rating showing how energy efficient they are, and windows are no different.
So how exactly do we get to that magic A or A+ rating? Well, you find the U-Value, the G-Value and the L-Value, which give you the Energy Index, which then translates into the Window Energy Rating (WER). Simple!
Allow us to explain more…
New Year Energy Efficiency Resolutions
Posted on December 27, 2016
At this time of year for many of us, our minds will turn to New Year’s Resolutions. For some it will be going on a much needed health kick. For others it will be pursuing a new career. But almost all us of will be wanting to save money in some way or another. The good news is that every household could improve their daily life as well as their bank balance by looking at how to make their homes more energy efficient.
How does Double Glazing Work?
Posted on December 16, 2016
A house with single glazed windows is becoming something of a rare sight these days, as double glazing became standard in new builds in the 1980’s and replacing windows became a popular choice. Here at Glevum we started in 1984 – the year that Band Aid were number one – with “Do they know it’s Christmas”.
If you remember Band Aid the first time round then you may just remember mornings of waking up to freezing temperatures with condensation streaming down the inside of the windows.
Thanks to double glazing, this is now a thing of the past. But how exactly does it work and what are the benefits?
Five Easy Steps to a Greener Home:
Posted on October 5, 2016
With rising energy prices and increasing concern for the environment, many of us are doing what we can to make our homes as eco-friendly as possible. From the smallest of changes to our behaviour at home, to overhauling the structure of our properties, there’s a huge variety of things we can do to reduce the size of our carbon footprint.
Let’s look at some simple and actionable tips to move towards the goal of having a greener home.
Improve Kerb Appeal – Five Easy Tips:
Posted on September 27, 2016
Whether you’re putting your property on the market or are simply looking to impress the neighbours, kerb appeal is of paramount importance. It’s impossible to overstate the role that first impressions play in the world of property. From the smallest brass door knocker to the state of the rendering, every detail counts.
Here are a few straightforward tips to help you transform the look of your home from the outside.
Four ways to add value to your property using glass:
Posted on September 1, 2016
For most of us, the value of our home represents our most important financial asset. Whether you’re looking to pop your property on the market or are making investments for the future, carrying out work on your home is usually a shrewd economic move.
Beyond a lick of paint and a new kitchen, home-owners need to employ a touch of imagination in order to get the most from their property. One smart way to get the thinky-ball rolling is to consider what you can do with glass around the home. Let’s explore a number of ways in which glass can add value to your property.
How to make the most of your outside space:
Posted on August 1, 2016
In the world of property, outside space couldn’t be any more valuable. Access to a private outdoor area has the power to transform the way we live. From playing with the kids in the summer to cultivating our own fruit and veg, having a garden opens up all manner of possibilities.
All outside space may be valuable, but not all outside space is created equal. Getting the most from your garden or patio takes a touch of imagination and a healthy dose of elbow grease. Here, we explore some simple methods of brightening up your outside space.
Top tips for buying a conservatory:
Posted on April 1, 2016
Maybe as summer is around the corner you are looking to bring the sunshine into your home. Perhaps there is a new arrival in the family and you are keen to find some extra space. Or maybe you are looking for a cost-effective way to add some value to your property. All of these are common and valid reasons for considering buying a conservatory for your home.
Done well, a conservatory can transform a property both inside and out. Getting it right requires some intelligent planning, though. The first step is to decide exactly what it is that you want from your new glassy extension. So let us take a look at a handful of essential things to consider in the run up to buying a conservatory.
There’s more to window and door quotes than meets the eye:
Posted on February 15, 2016
Investing in any home improvement is a serious business. From the products you choose to the companies you employ to carry out the work, each and every decision can be hugely important. Not only do your improvement projects have a significant impact on your enjoyment of your home, but they can also have big implications for its value somewhere down the line.
A common mistake made by homeowners is to let their decisions be influenced too heavily by the figure at the bottom of the quotes they receive – it can be a mistake to think that cheaper is always better. While there’s a lot to be said for getting the best deal available, things are rarely so straightforward. Here, we take a look at the most important things to consider when comparing quotes for new windows and doors.
New Year’s resolutions for your home:
Posted on December 24, 2015
The dawning of a new calendar year marks a great opportunity to start afresh. For some of us, this might mean dropping a few bad habits or adopting a healthier diet. One common place to concentrate our positive energy at the beginning of a new year is in our homes.
Here, we take a look at a handful of things you can do to transform your home at the beginning of a new year.
The changing motivations of window buyers:
Posted on November 29, 2015
Windows are one of the most important elements of a property – affecting the way our homes look, feel and function. So the decisions we make when the time comes to replace our windows have considerable implications.
The decision process of replacing windows is not always a simple one. In fact, the factors motivating home-owners to replace their windows is changing all the time. Here, we take a look at the modern approach to window buying, considering how home-owners’ attitudes are changing.
Top Tips for getting your house fit for winter:
Posted on October 30, 2015
The demands on your home can change throughout the year. Whether you’re living in a modern urban flat or a glorious Gloucestershire Georgian country mansion, there’s no doubt that the toughest pressures for your home come with the winter.
The weather conditions in winter can put added stresses on your home. Here, we take a look at a number of things you can and should look out for in the months leading up to the worst that the winter can throw at you.