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Double glazing how to protect your investment


´╗┐With the ability to reduce your carbon emissions by a staggering 740kg a year, double glazing offers numerous benefits to households. A feature found in almost every home, consumershave embraced the energy saving trend by investing their money in these efficient products - but how can you protect this investment?

With the ability to reduce your carbon emissions by a staggering 740kg a year, double glazing offers numerous benefits to households. A feature found in almost every home, consumershave embraced the energy saving trend by investing their money in these efficient products - but how can you protect this investment?

Whilst the cost of having double glazing fitted is soon outweighed by the financial savings it offers on energy bills, these benefits are made redundant if the windows are not protected.

Why do they need protection?

Any window, regardless of how it is made, can be damaged. This unfortunate fact of life means that protection is needed, helping households to keep their efficient homes well maintained.

For anyone who has invested money into these products, protecting them is vital and should be done through regular maintenance.

How should you maintain your windows?

The first thing to remember is that it is not just the glass of the windows which you need to maintain, but the frames and hinges should also be kept in a good condition. General maintenance checks should be completed regularly and should cover the following areas:

Cleaning: the glass, mechanisms and frames should all be cleaned regularly. If your windows suffer from condensation then make sure any moisture is cleaned immediately and the affected area dried thoroughly. Remember to clean the outside of the windows, as well as the inside, and remove dirt from locks, hinges and other mechanisms with warm soapy water to prevent them from becoming blocked.

oLubricating: hinges, mechanisms and other moveable parts should be lubricated to keep them in full working order. Use a suitable substance, such as petroleum jelly or WD-40, and apply a small application as necessary. Only lubricants which are free from acid or resin should be used.

oTesting: to make sure your windows are working correctly, conduct regular testing. Check the frames and seals to ensure no gaps have developed and check that movement is easy and fluid when opening or shutting the window. Check the security of mechanisms and parts, making adjustments if necessary.

What are your legal rights?

Under The Sales of Goods Act (1979), any items which are purchased by consumers must be of satisfactory quality and match their description. Retailers or double glazing must abide by these rules and that means you can be confident that what you are buying is suitable.

On top of this, you can also invest in a form of breakdown or emergency cover. This gives you access to professional repairs whenever you need them, ensuring your home is kept well maintained and thus protecting your investment.

Furniture ideas to make your home look more expensive


´╗┐Everyone wants to be house-proud. Part of making this happen is giving off the illusion that your home is more expensive than it actually is.

Everyone wants to be house-proud. Part of making this happen is giving off the illusion that your home is more expensive than it actually is. It is about adding quality to a room at a low price. Nobody wants to admit their sofas came from a second-hand shop down the road. They want people to think they spent money on designer Harris Tweed sofas.

In this article, we are going to show you how you can make your home look more expensive.

Add in some Mirrors : Much of making your home look more expensive is in the psychology. Here is a little trick you can use. Mirrors are huge space enhancers. They make rooms look taller by reflecting both artificial and natural light. If you want to make a small room look bigger, this is the way to do it.

Do not try to add mirrors everywhere, though. Only add them when they naturally fit into a room’s décor.

A Splash of Colour : Things like colourful shutters and bright paintings on the wall will always add a focal point. The problem is these days it is standard to have a room that uses beige and boring neutral colours. These colours add nothing and only say that you are sticking with what everyone else is doing.

If you have ever seen the inside of a luxury home, you can see colour everywhere. They are often in unexpected places. For example, a pair of full height French doors may have some colourful shutters or curtains over it. This makes everything look punchy and instantly draws the eye.

Swap Out the Tiny Basics : If you looked into every room on your street, you would probably find exactly the same accessories in every home. Basic fixtures like doorknobs rarely change. This is where you can stand out from the crowd. Look into getting some custom door handles fitted. By adding something different, whether by changing the shape or the pattern, you are adding something new. Luxury homes do everything they can to stand out from everything else.

A Few Designer Pieces : Here is a simple way of creating a designer abode without breaking the bank. Only purchase a couple of pieces of designer furniture. You may decide to go shopping for furniture in Inverness and pick up a Harris Tweed armchair. Everything else can be cheap and cheerful, but those few designer pieces will draw attention away from everything else.

To an extent, having only a few pieces of designer furniture will only make people appreciate those few pieces more.

Chic Finish with Flowers : The difference between a luxury home and a standard home is the finish. This does not have to cost you much of anything. Get a stylish vase and fill it with fresh flowers. Not only will it remove much of the stuffiness of the room, it will add that extra bit of colour you need to really make the room pop.

The benefit of flowers is you can change them on a regular basis. Change them according to the seasons. This way, every time a guest enters your room they are going to get a new look every time.