Monthly Archives: January 2018

Stay Warm in Cold Weather

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High quality double glazed windows are generally accepted as the product of choice for your home, keeping it warm, dry and efficient. While this is true, it isn’t possible for every home to benefit from double glazing. If you live in a historic home or one sited in a conservation area, you may be unable to replace the windows. There are however, ways to boost the insulation properties of your windows and doors, usually without spending a lot of money.

Energy efficiency is a priority for most of us if we want to save money on bills and be kinder to the planet, and there are a number of ways to achieve this with your existing windows for immediate results. These tips will help keep your home warm even in extremely cold weather.

  • Clear, heavy duty plastic sheeting or film can be taped to the inside of your window frames in order to block drafts. Affordable kits are available online too.
  • Self stick weather seal strips can be fitted to window or door frames also to seal any gaps.
  • Snug fitting window blinds made from insulating fabric will keep out cold air when closed, and are even more effective when used in conjunction with thick, thermally lined curtains.
  • Remember, keeping curtains closed at night and open in the daytime to allow any sunshine in is important.
  • Draft excluder’s can be placed on the floor at the bottom of doors, or on window sills. These are cheap to buy or can be made by sewing a long piece of material along the side to form a tube, filling it with dried rice and sewing the ends.

Sometimes this type of older property in places like Billericay, Essex, can be fitted with aluminium secondary double glazing, which presents a kinder option, and preserves the look and character of the original windows. Essex Trade Windows Ltd offer some of the highest quality double glazing products around, and are renowned for their friendly customer service. Give them a call on 01268 726262.

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The Wonders of EPS

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Insulation is an important aspect of any building, especially in our climate where fuel bills can sky rocket as we try to stay warm and comfortable. High on everybody’s agenda also these days is sustainability, especially within the construction industry, and developments and research are ongoing into the best way to deliver this. Expanded Polystyrene [EPS] ticks many of the boxes here, providing an uncompromising insulation outcome. It is used widely within food packaging, and has a variety of applications within the building arena and lots of other areas both in the UK and internationally.

The versatility of this material is impressive, it is used extensively in packaging due to the fact that any product of any size may be perfectly packaged in expanded polystyrene. It acts as an ideal shock absorber, and parts of the industrial sector have been significantly transformed by this product, as any large and valuable item is totally protected from damage during transportation or handling.

The list of product types to benefit from being packaged in this innovative material include electrical goods and components, pharmaceutical products, toys, household and garden items etc along with a vast amount of other items. The mould-able nature of the material means no staples or sharp edges, an advantage for those working within EPS production systems. It also represents one of the most viable options when it comes to efficiency, versatility and cost.

EPS is also extensively used throughout the building industry including structures like roads, bridges, railway lines, public buildings and homes. The home of course needs to be protected from extremes of weather, prompting the application of EPS, some people have even used EPS to insulate their sheds and garages. Although the better the design and specification of your shed, the less likely that stored belongings will deteriorate or become rusty or mouldy, so additional insulation is not normally required.

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