A Compelling Case for Composite Doors

Thinking of investing in a new front or back door? If so, experts agree, composite doors should be your first choice.

Why? Well, they don’t just look good thanks to a wealth of contemporary designs and colours, but security-wise they are well above standard. And the latter is nothing to be complacent about. Figures from the government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) show there were 291,816 residential burglaries in England and Wales between June 2018 and June 2019. Not surprisingly, when the nights are darkest (October to February) the number of break-ins increase by more than one third. This begs the question, how secure are your doors and windows?

What makes composite doors so strong?

The main reason composite doors get such high praise from those in the home security realm is because of the way they are constructed. Unlike timber and uPVC glass doors for instance, composite doors are capable of withstanding salt erosion (perfect for those who live near the sea), chemicals and UV light (which can quickly fade colour in ordinary doors).

Composite doors are also twice the thickness of uPVC doors. That’s because they comprise either a thick foam core which is coated in Glass Reinforced Plastic (GPR) or a solid timber core with an inner thermo-plastic. Here at Sovereign Home we are proud to be able to announce that our own 48mm thick timber composite doors are around 10 per cent thicker than our nearest competitors, making them the most secure on the market.

Hardly lacking when it comes to locks

Shockingly, a recent survey by the online consumer site MoneySupermarket showed that five per cent of house burglaries are caused by the thief simply walking in through the front door! But if you’re not the absent-minded type and do actually remember to secure the door when you go out – is your current lock good enough? After all, the same survey showed that thieves got in by the front door in almost three quarter of burglary cases in England and Wales.

Our composite doors are all fixed with the Ultion system of locks to ensure once you’ve turned the key, it can’t be picked. That’s because if a burglar does attempt to prise open the door by tampering with the lock a second, hidden lock springs into action. This provides double protection – regardless of whether you leave the key in the lock overnight or not.

Household items most regularly stolen

Those burglars that do manage to penetrate a home’s defences usually look for cash, says the MoneySupermarket survey. Next most popular items are laptops and other electronic devices. Almost one third of burglars also make off with jewellery, including watches. Make sure it’s not yours they’re after…

Get in touch for your peace of mind

At Sovereign Home we offer a choice of up to 256 different colour combinations of doors. They range from contemporary shades to beautiful and realistic woodgrains. To find out how a composite door can improve your home security and, at the same time, enhance the appearance of your home, get in touch today. Call 0800 1777 771 or email us at info@sovereignhome.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!


Are Conservatories Cold in Winter?

Some conservatories – particular older structures built more than a decade ago– can certainly be cold in winter (and conversely too hot in summer). But certainly not all conservatories – and especially the newer-built models that we provide here at Sovereign Homes. The reason for this is mainly down to the superior glazing used today ie solar reflective glass.

Rework your roofing

Advanced technology in glazing means it’s possible to have a tiled roof with thermal insulating properties meaning it’ll be warmer during the winter and keep out heat during the summer months. And the best bit? This type of light-weight roof can also be retro-fitted, provided the existing structure is strong enough to support it.

But you don’t have to do away with glass in your conservatory roof completely. Not, that is, if you go for a hybrid option ie a roof that has both tile and glass panels. Vaulted powder-coated aluminium roof panels and insulted glass panels can work well together to regulate temperature in a conservatory. Certainly, both of these options (the thermal tiling and hybrid roof) are far better and more functional than the original polycarbonate or decade-old double-glass roofing.

But what if you’ve already replaced your roof in recent years and you’re still feeling a tad on the chilly side? Well, look out for the following heat thieves too:

Gaps in windows and doors

After a period of time – and with much use – doors and windows can start to lose insulating efficiency. Gaps can develop and need to be sealed.

Dampness

It puts a chill in us just writing that word but it’s true – dampness can make any room feel cold. And worse still, if it’s allowed to exist untreated then it will spread and can cost quite a bit of money to repair. If the dampness is minor then make sure the conservatory is well-insulated. One way to achieve this is to leave the doors between the conservatory and house open. Next, use a dehumidifier to prevent it getting any worse.

Cold flooring

Because it’s on ground level, conservatory floors can be cold; particularly in winter. One way to alleviate this problem is to install under-floor heating; a less costly option is to put down a large rug or several smaller scatter rugs to toast your toes while you’re sitting down. And, on that note, keeping blankets and big snuggly cushions in your conservatory during the autumn and winter months, isn’t a bad idea either…

Exposed windows

There’s a reason we close the curtains at night – it keeps the heat in during the winter. If you’ve no curtains or blinds in your conservatory because you like the sight of plain glass, then it’s time to reconsider.

No helpful heating

We think nothing of switching on the storage heating in our homes when it gets cold, so why shouldn’t we turn on heating in the conservatory too? Electric heaters aren’t particularly expensive to buy (although they will cost more than gas and storage when it comes to the utility bill). If you’re only using them during the really cold periods then surely you can justify their use?

Even just employing two or three of the measures mentioned in this article can make a big difference to the temperature of your conservatory. Do the lot and your conservatory may just become the most popular room in your home this winter!

Thinking of getting a conservatory – or need some advice on making her existing extension warmer? Then why not give us a call here at Sovereign Homes today? Tel: 01277 810 910.


Triple Glazing vs Double Glazing

Fancy upgrading your windows – or about to choose windows for a self-build – but confused over which to type to choose? Then you’re not alone.

Unless you actually work in the construction industry, you’re unlikely to have read all that much research on the different kinds of glazing available today – such as double glazing and tripe glazing. And hence the reason for this article – to summarise the difference and the benefits of both: 

Double glazing 

The way double glazing works is by trapping a gas (usually Argon) inside two panes of glass. The reason Argon is chosen is because it’s heavier than air, making it a poor heat conductor. As a result, it traps more heat in your room.

Types of double glazing available

It’s possible to buy double glazing in different designs, such as Turn & Tilt, Bi-folding and in windows large enough to fit Conservatories and Orangeries.

Triple glazing

Triple glazing has, as its name suggest, three panes of glass. Instead of Argon it’s often Krypton glass that is used for thermal insulation in between the panes.

The additional panes and gas make triple glazing at least two degrees warmer than double glazing. A room in a new-build home with energy-efficient double glazing will be around 16°C if heated to 21°C; but with triple glazing the heat can reach 18°C.

Experts have calculated that around 20 per cent of the heat in a room escapes via the windows so it’s important to get the right type of glazing for your home and current insulation needs.

For this reason, you’ll find triple glazing routinely used in countries such as Norway and Sweden. It gets colder there, of course, and whether triple glazing is necessary here in the UK with our milder winters, is a big point of debate.

Another criticism of triple glazing is whether it’s possible to recoup the additional costs. For instance, it could take at least two decades to make up the difference considering the savings in your energy bill may only be around £40 a year. The only way you could really maximise the benefits of triple glazing is if the whole house was insulated to the same extent and is what you can expect from a Passivhaus design concept.

Benefits of double glazing

  • It’s cheaper (at least 20 per cent cheater than triple glazing)
  • Double glazing today can have a U value (which is used to measure energy efficiency) of 1.6. This compares to 0.8 for triple glazing – so there’s really not a huge amount of difference between the two.
  • They are light and easy to fit (heavier glazing, such as triple, usually requires more robust window frames to support the weight of the additional pane of glass).

Benefits of triple glazing

  • You’ll save more money on your annual heating bills due to better insulation
  • If your doors and flooring are insulated to the same extent (giving you a constant room temperature) then you’ll really maximise on the savings.
  • Some Passivhaus designs claim energy bills as low as £120 a year.

If you’d like to chat about the type of windows that would be best for your home, then do give us a call here. We’d be happy to provide some guidance. Simply call us on 0800 1777 771.


Why Planning and Design for your Extension or New Home is Essential

Come the start of the new year there is no better time to sit down and start planning that new extension or conservatory. Or maybe you’re even more ambitious and in the market for building a new home?

Whatever your and your family’s home construction dream, in order to get the most for your money it’s essential to plan meticulously from the off. Enthusiasm to get started is great – but the build process has to be methodical and well-thought out from the very start. And that means covering a number of different aspects, such as:

  • A site survey. This can determine what kind of soil the ground you plan on building on has and whether it’s really suitable for what you’re planning after all. Poor soil could lead to more expensive foundations having to be built or the land could be a flooding risk. You’ll also want to know if the land is on a slope and what the drainage facilities nearby are like. So, it’s essential not to skip this part!
  • This is where you sit down with the architectural designer and explain what’s in your mind. You can then both work together and discuss what the finished outcome should look – and feel – like. A designer can provide you with ideas you may never even have considered. He or she can also advise you about new materials on the market, including eco solutions.
  • It’s very easy when building a new home or extension to go over budget. And it’s why you need an experienced design company to advise you during the build. It all depends on what materials you plan on using and the type of fixtures and fittings opted for. A designer can ‘rein you in’ should you get carried away (and it’s extremely easy for this to happen!).
  • Planning applications. You will more than likely have to apply for planning permission. This varies from council to council but there are uniform restrictions regarding how high you can build so that your plans aren’t intrusive to neighbouring properties. The appearance of your extension or home will also have to be ‘signed off’ by council planners. The forms have to be filled out in a particular style and tend to be pretty detailed.
  • CAD plans. Design technology is pretty impressive these days. It allows you to see three dimensional renderings (representations) of your extension or property. This gives you a better feel for the space and means you can correct any inconsistencies right at the start (saving you money further down the line when a piece of wall has to come down etc). You can also alter the CAD drawing as the project advances eg change the window frames, add furniture for perspective etc. In many cases it’s possible to have a virtual walkthrough of your home before the first brick has even been laid!
  • Drawings for building regulations. It could prove necessary to present documents to the Building Control department of the council. Whereas Planning deals more with the environment, physical layout and use of an extension, house etc, Building Control is more interested in aspects such as the materials being used, the building’s structure, insulation and access.

Find out more about what the planning and design of an extension or new home involves by taking a look at our planning and design section here.


Recommended Essex Builders…

Recommended builders essex - CheckaTrade.com, Sovereign Home Improvemnts EssexWhen it comes to high tickets items for the home, we all like the security of knowing you have chosen the right team and we are pleased to say we are highly recommended Essex Builders…

Our customer ratings with Checkatrade.com are second to none in the area!


As a family firm based in the county, Sovereign Home Improvements are one of the leading builders in Essex that are highly recommended by CheckaTrade, Which? Trusted Trader and have many great reviews on Google and Facebook.

This is because we do an honest job at an honest price and treat every customer as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

We don’t cut corners.

The result is that every customer gets the finished job that turns out exactly as they wanted it and as we promised it.

We get asked to construct a considerable number of home extensions because many people with growing families don’t wish to move home and leave family and friends yet need more space.

Recommended Essex Builders – Kitchens…

 

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Adding an extension in the form of perhaps another bedroom gives the extra space, and at considerably less cost than moving home in most instances.

Other customers want a kitchen extension, and this is becoming quite common.

The fact is that the kitchen is no longer a room just for doing the cooking and washing up but has become a room where we also eat and entertain your guests as well.

Sovereign Home Improvements can do wonders with a kitchen extension.

You can have an island cooking area or an island dining table.

You can have the latest marble or granite worktops that will really dazzle your family and friends.

You can have all your appliances hidden behind doors that match all your cabinetry.

You might install a range.

There is no end to what you can do with a kitchen extension.

 

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Recommended Essex Builders – Home Office…

Then again, some people need a home office.

Apart from anything else, it saves the dreaded two-hour a day commute.

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With the internet today, many people can work from home.

However, if you have young kids running around the home, getting some peace and quiet can be a problem.

The answer is coule be a ‘Home Office’.

You can have an extension built into the garden or perhaps a loft extension.

You might even have a garage that you can convert.

There are lots of possibilities.

Of course, another favourite type of extension for many people is a conservatory.

This enables you to enjoy your garden with windows all around it and you can sit there whatever the weather is doing.

You can also grow some exotic plants in your conservatory too.


Whether you are looking for a new Kitchen, a new Home Office or any other new work you require, use a recommended Essex Builders!

At Sovereign Home Improvements we can do it for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Save on energy bills…

Save on Energy bills - aug 2019 - Sovereign home improvements - EssexThey say your home is your most valuable asset but how can you save on energy bills?

It goes without saying, we want our properties not only to look good but also to be safe and secure and EFFICIENT!

Sometimes, merely updating your double glazing windows, UPVC windows or a front door can bolster the overall aesthetic look of your home.

Not to mention, save you a pretty penny or two on your energy bills – so it’s win-win when updating your home…


Save on energy bills – Windows…

Our double glazing Essex windows are ideal for any home, as they come in a variety of colours and sizes.

They’re well designed and comply with the recommended industry standards.

Our locking systems are even Police approved and offer customers peace of mind as they have their double glazing Essex UPVC windows installed.

Contact us today to see how we could help.

Save on energy bills – Front Doors…

Everyone wants to know that when they close their front doors in Essex, that their home is safe, dry and secure.

This is why we offer Composite and Solidor front doors in Essex.

They come in loads of different colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.

If you’re interested in a Composite door, you should also know that they boast a 48mm design that’s 10% thicker.

This offers just that little bit more protection for you and your family.

Alternatively, you may be interested in a Solidor door.

These are made from solid timber cores, making it the most durable composite door on the market.

Send us an email to find out how we can help.

Save on energy bills – Our double glazing promise to you…

We at Sovereignhome offer new and existing shoppers excellent customer service.

Our fully trained, helpful, and knowledgeable customer care team can give you lots of information about front doors in Essex, double glazing and UPVC windows.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already placed an order or you’re thinking about booking a home visit; they’ll happily answer your query.

Save on energy bills – Why do we care…

We’re a family-run business and having satisfied customers really matters to us.

After all, we’re going to be spending time in your home with you, so it’s essential you’re happy with our service.

In addition, we are keen on making sure you also save on energy bills.

Whatever your reason for wanting to invest your hard-earned money in new double glazing, UPVC windows or front doors in Essex, you’ll be in safe hands with us.

So what are you waiting for?

Get in touch for more info and a no-obligation quote.

 

 

 


Improve the value of your home…

Improve the value of your home - soveriegn home improvementsThey say an Englishman or Englishwoman’s home is their castle and if maintained regularly, you will improve the value of your home…

But what else can you do to increase its value?


It almost goes without saying, we want our properties not only to look good but also to be safe and secure.

In addition, everyone likes to see the value of their home increase over time.

Sometimes, merely updating your double glazing windows, UPVC windows or a front door can bolster the overall aesthetic look of your home.

Not to mention, save you a pretty penny or two on your energy bills – win-win.

 

Improve the value of your home – Windows…

Our double glazing Essex windows are ideal for any home, as they come in a variety of colours and sizes.

They’re well designed and comply with the recommended industry standards.

Our locking systems are even Police approved and offer customers peace of mind as they have their double glazing Essex UPVC windows installed.

Contact us today to see how we could help.

 

Improve the value of your home – Front Doors

Everyone wants to know that when they close their front doors in Essex, that their home is safe, dry and secure. This is why we offer Composite and Solidor front doors in Essex.

They come in loads of different colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.

If you’re interested in a Composite door, you should also know that they boast a 48mm design that’s 10% thicker.

This offers just that little bit more protection for you and your family.

Alternatively, you may be interested in a Solidor door.

These are made from solid timber cores, making it the most durable composite door on the market.

Send us an email to find out how we can help

 

Improve the value of your home – Our double glazing promise to you

We at Sovereignhome offer new and existing shoppers excellent customer service.

Our fully trained, helpful, and knowledgeable customer care team can give you lots of information about front doors in Essex, double glazing and UPVC windows.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already placed an order or you’re thinking about booking a home visit; they’ll happily answer your query.

 

Improve the value of your home – Why do we care? 

We’re a family-run business and having satisfied customers really matters to us.

After all, we’re going to be spending time in your home with you, so it’s essential you’re happy with our service.

Whatever your reason for wanting to invest your hard-earned money in new double glazing, UPVC windows or front doors in Essex, you’ll be in safe hands with us.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch for more info and a no-obligation quote.

 


By Ian Mullins

 


What is the lifespan of double glazing windows?

lifespan of double glazing -Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extensions, Sovereign Home, EssexNothing lasts forever they say and double glazing is no different but what is the lifespan of double glazing windows?

If your Essex home is looking past its’ best and your windows are beginning to fail, then don’t worry about it too much.

Whether you are inland in Basildon or on the cost in Southend, the fact is, that double glazing doesn’t last forever.

Surprised? However, it is true.

What is the lifespan of double glazing windows – Who knew?

Windows and doors get opened and closed many times a day, and in the case of windows, especially so in the summer.

We open them because it’s hot, then close them so that we can go to the shops.

Then come back again and open them.

Then it’s time to pick the kids up from nursery, so we close them again.

We could go on, but you get the picture.

Not only that, there can be problems with older windows misting up as well.

Many of the windows of 20 or 30 years ago were only expected to have a life of perhaps about that long. (They didn’t tell you that, did they ?!).

But to be fair, nothing lasts forever, not even double glazing.

Furthermore, the older windows didn’t have anything like the superior glass that we have today, so although they were a lot more energy efficient than single glazed windows could ever be, they still lag behind what we can do now in the 21st century.

So if you are looking to replace your double glazing in Basildon, it’s not surprising.

And if indeed, you are, then you are going to want the best of the best, and that means Sovereign Home Improvements.

What is the lifespan of double glazing windows – Why Us?

How is it that we have become the leading installer of double glazing in Basildon and the rest of Essex in just over three short years?

It’s because we are a family firm and we started in life with the intention of being the best, both with our sales pitch and our installation teams.

Our mantra is to treat every customer as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

Nothing more and nothing less.

This means that we don’t use gimmicky sales tactics.

We quote you a fair and honest price for your double glazing, and please don’t be surprised if we don’t offer an “amazing” reduction if you don’t accept it.

It will almost certainly be well below the price of one of the national giants anyway (mentioning no names) because we don’t employ very expensive salesmen.

We’re a family business, remember.

What we do is offer you a fair price and outstanding workmanship (see our testimonials).

If you want the best at the lowest price, give us a call.

No hard sales tactics – that’s a promise. Just the best.


By Ian Mullins


Adding An Extension To The Home Rather Than Moving…

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Need more space around the house, many people today now look at adding an extension to the home rather than moving…

If you are considering any sort of extensions in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements is the obvious choice.

We can provide any type of extension that you wish.

Adding An Extension To The Home…

Many people these days choose to add a conservatory to their home, and it is most certainly a way to enjoy the great outdoors in all weathers and at any time of year.

With all that glass, you can sit and enjoy your garden come rain or shine.

Many of the older conservatories that were built in the 80’s and 90’s are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

However, today we use reflective glass which will ensure that the conservatory doesn’t get too hot in summer, and of course, you can have it heated for the winter as you would any other room.

You might also choose to have the Guardian Warm Roof on your conservatory.

This is a solid roof, and at Sovereign Home Improvements we are now official installers in the county.

Orangeries in Essex are also gaining in popularity.

Many people don’t really understand the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

Orangeries were so called because they were extensions that were added to the homes of wealthy landowners as far back as the 17th century when they wanted to grow oranges and other citrus fruits in the UK.

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex v2Obviously, they would need protection in the winter, and the orangery was the answer.

Today, most orangeries don’t have as much glass as conservatories which have glass wall to ceiling.

Orangeries tend to have about three feet of brickwork at the base, but they still incorporate a lot of glass.

Of course, there are other ways of adding an extension to the home, and one that has also gained popularity recently is the home office.

This is because, with the growth of the internet, many people can work from home instead of going into an office.

But, of course, you need peace and quiet and to get away from the kids: the home office is the perfect answer.

Other people need a home extension because of a growing family when the kids want their own bedrooms.

Adding an extension can be an awful lot cheaper than moving to a bigger home, and it means that you can stay in your local area among family and friends rather than moving away.

Of course, whatever sort of extension you add to your home it is going to add value, so if you do want to sell at some time in the future it is also an investment.


uPVC Windows in 2019…

uPVC Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extentions, Sovereign Home, Essex (2474)If you are looking for either uPVC windows in Essex or uPVC doors then Sovereign Home Improvements is the company for you.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Considerations…

Installing double glazing is not “cheap” even though it is a great investment.

This is especially true if you have single glazed windows at the moment because you won’t believe the amount you can save on your heating bills.

Even if you have double glazing already, but it is over 20 years old, you will still save money because today’s double glazing is ultra-energy efficient.

And from that point of view beats older windows hands down. Our uPVC windows are all A+ energy rated.

However, it is not just the cost and energy saving aspects of uPVC windows and uPVC doors in Essex that makes them so attractive.

There is also the fact that our windows and doors are very long lasting, and they need virtually no maintenance.

They don’t need painting as wood-framed windows do, and if you decide to have tilt and turn windows you don’t even need a window cleaner!

They open inwards 90°, so you can clean the outside of the windows without going outside your home.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Cleaning…

Talking of window cleaning, there is another way of dealing with that chore, and that is by using self-cleaning glass.

Yes, despite the fact that it has been around for some while now, most people don’t know that you can have self-cleaning glass in your windows.

It has a special coating that breaks down dirt and then the rain simply washes it off.

Clever, huh? Of course, it costs more than standard glass, but just think what you’ll save by not having the window cleaner around every month.

It goes without saying, or it should do, that your Sovereign Home Improvements windows and doors can be crafted in any style you wish.

Without doubt, this is the most popular window style is the casement window which is hinged on one side and to open it you simply swing it out.

However, it can also be hinged at the top or the bottom of the frame if required.

There are many more styles of windows we can supply, one of those being sliding sash windows which don’t have hinges but slide up and down on rollers.

Some also have a tilting option to make for easier cleaning.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex and Sovereign Home Improvements…

Furthermore, Sovereign Home Improvements only ever uses top quality materials.

As with any type of product, there are always cut-price options, but the company believes that what a customer wants is the best, without any cutting of corners, so the best is what the customer gets.

Yes, there may be a slightly cheaper option, but when customers are making an investment of some thousands of pounds, they want something that is going to last, look outstanding, and have a guarantee that goes with it.

Whatever your needs for double glazing in Essex, just give us a call. We can do it all.