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Painting uPVC Windows

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New uPVC windows are the perfect way to give your home a facelift.

While you may want to give your home a new look, you may not yet be ready to invest in new double glazed windows, perhaps because your existing windows are still reasonably new, or you’ve moved into a home where the windows are not quite right. This might lead to you asking the question:

Can I paint uPVC frames?

The short answer to this is, yes you can, but there are lots to consider before you attempt it and it isn’t a task that should be entered into lightly.

uPVC isn’t designed to be painted and you will have a hard time trying to get the paint to adhere to the surface. Heat expansion will also be an issue so any paint used would have to have the same elastic properties as uPVC to avoid cracking and flaking. 

Some other considerations include: 

  • Never paint on uPVC which is less than 12 months old as the resins used in the manufacturing process will prevent the paint from binding to the surface. 
  • South facing windows will need to withstand a lot of UV radiation and the paint may become sun bleached over time. 
  • Painting your windows may void your warranty. 
  • It is almost impossible to hand paint on uPVC without leaving brush marks in the finish, so you need to be sure that you’re happy with that look. 

How to paint on uPVC 

If you’re resolved and still wish to go ahead, it is important that you do it correctly for best results. Before you start, degrease and clean the surfaces to ensure there are no substances which would impede paint adhesion. 

Then lightly sand the surface, taking sure not to use too coarse a sandpaper or too much pressure as this will create scratches that show up through the paintwork. Remove all the dust and then apply a coat of specialist uPVC primer. This may require several coats to be effective and will need to be left to cure between each coat. 

When applying the topcoat, use a polyurethane paint that will have the expansion properties required to reduce cracking. You should also use a good quality brush to avoid leaving any brush hairs trapped in the paint. 

Once finished, keep children and pets away from the paint until it has dried. 

It might also be a good idea to start with a small, less visible window, for instance on a downstairs toilet or possibly a garage window, to ensure you’re happy with the finish and the technique you need to use before moving on to the rest of the house. 

Consider new windows 

If you really want to give your home a new look, new windows may still be your best bet. Humberside glazing provide a wide range of windows in different finishes and styles to suit all homes and budgets. If you’re in the Scunthorpe area, you can get a free online window quote from us at Humberside Glazing.

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Energy Efficient Windows: What you need to know

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Double glazed windows offer a myriad of benefits to your home. With a range of styles and finishes available, you can get a great new look for your property, while also enjoying the benefit of increased security and soundproofing. But perhaps the biggest benefit to investing in new windows, is the improved energy efficiency they offer.

Double glazing has long been known for its improved energy performance and with new developments in manufacturing and design, they are more energy efficient than ever before. But how do they work? And what are the benefits for you and your home? Humber windows are here to explain.

Window energy efficiency ratings 

Windows are rated according to a scale developed by the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC).

This provides you with an at-a-glance view of how efficient your windows are. Windows are measured against three core criteria: How well they capture warmth from the sunlight; how much heat is lost through air loss, and how much heat is lost through conduction.

The highest performing windows are rated A++, which are the most energy efficient windows, with the lowest scoring E, representing the least energy efficient.

How do energy efficient windows work? 

Windows and doors are the main areas where heat is lost from your home. Heat escapes in two ways. The first is through conduction.

Simply put, the warm air inside your home and the cool air outside will naturally try to balance out in temperature; the air in your home will lose its heat as it warms the air outside your home. The addition of a second or third layer of glass creates a greater barrier to heat loss, with more material between the warm air inside and cool air outside.

In addition, the heat from your home will warm the air or gas between the two panes of glass before the air outside, effectively trapping it inside your home. Cavities built within the frames work in a similar way, trapping a warm layer of air inside, thereby keeping it in your home. 

The second way heat is lost is through air loss. Gaps between the windowpane and frame are eliminated with air tight seals that prevent heat being lost from your home in this way. 

In addition, Low-Emissivity (Low E) glass is manufactured with a microscopic coating on the inner pane of glass. This allows the sunlight to enter your home while reflecting its heat back into the interior, thereby maximising the amount of heat entering your home. 

New windows are a fantastic addition for your home.

Not only do they look amazing, but they can also create a more comfortable environment in your home while also reducing your energy bills and carbon footprint. If you own a home in the Scunthorpe area and are looking to replace your windows, see how much a new window could cost with our online window quote tool.

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Top Five Things to do in Scunthorpe

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At Humberside Windows, we’re proud to be a key part of the town of Scunthorpe.

Having traded here for over twenty years, we’ve seen a lot of what the town has to offer.

A popular seaside destination for day-trippers and holiday makers alike, Scunthorpe offers plenty to see and do for families and tourists. 

If you’re new to the area or, even if you’re a long-term local looking for something new to do, here are our top five things to do in the area. 

Wacky Warehouse 

Parents of young children, particularly very young children, will know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained, and how draining that can be on a day out! Wacky Warehouse is an indoor soft play area with activities for young children, as well as a café and restaurant, so whatever the weather, you can let your little ones run off some of their energy while you enjoy a coffee or get a bite to eat as a family. 

Messingham Zoo 

Just a short drive away in nearby Messingham, Messingham Zoo offers you the chance to get up close and personal with a whole range of furry critters. From farmyard animals to more exotic creatures like the ever popular meercats and wallabies. 

North Lincolnshire Museum 

With a wide range of exhibits and interactive displays as well as crafts and activities throughout the year, the North Lincolnshire Museum offers the chance to get hands on while learning about life in Lincolnshire throughout the ages. 

Visual Arts Centre

The Visual Arts Centre offers fascinating displays of arts combining multiple different media. Throughout the year, they run a diverse programme of creative exhibitions, activities and events so there’s always something new to see and do. 

The Plowright Theatre 

For an evening of light entertainment, the Plowright Theatre offers a diverse programme of concerts and events. There’s also something different on so it’s worth checking the programme to see what’s coming up. 

These are just a few of our favourite activities within the area, but Scunthorpe has so much to offer its visitors. Humberside Windows love being a part of this town and if you’re new to the area, we are happy to welcome you to Scunthorpe.

If you’re new to the area, you may also be looking at upgrading your windows, and we’d be more than happy to help with that too. Contact us today to find out what we can offer you.

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Maintenance: How to Clean Double Glazed Windows

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Double glazing has so many benefits: it improves energy efficiency and soundproofing inside your home, not to mention the fact that they look fantastic.

But that great new look can start to deteriorate over time if your windows are not properly cared for.

Luckily, uPVC windows are also famously easy to maintain, and with a little regular care and attention, you can keep your windows looking shiny and new for years. 

Equipment

As with anything, it’s important that you use the right equipment for cleaning your windows. fortunately, the materials you need to clean uPVC windows are incredibly simple. There’s no special solution or miracle cloth that will get your glass looking clean and clear, all you need is the following: 

  • Warm, soapy water (you can also add a drop of vinegar to prevent streaks) 
  • Soft, non-fluffy and non-abrasive cloths or leather chamois
  • Squeegy or sponge
  • Window cleaning blades 

Cleaning the glass 

Cleaning the glass and leaving it streak-free is actually very simple (sorry window cleaners). Apply the soapy water to the glass using the squeegee. Then, with a fluid, ‘S’ shape motion, wipe away the water from the top of the glass to the bottom. With your cloth, wipe away any excess water that may have gathered around the seal before giving the glass a final wipe with another dry cloth. 

Cleaning the uPVC frames 

Regular cleaning of your window frames is essential to keeping them looking fresh and white. Luckily, as with the glass, this is also very simple. Warm, soapy water will do a perfectly good job here, but there are some specialist uPVC cleaning products available that will definitely give them a good finish. However, you should check the products very carefully as the wrong cleaning product may damage or discolour the plastic. 

First, clear away any dust from your frames; be sure to open the windows so you can into all the cracks. You can use a duster for this or the duster attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Then apply the warm soapy water to the frames. If you’re using a sponge, don’t use the scourer side as this could scratch the plastic; stubborn stains, such as bird droppings may require more than one application of the water. Wipe away the water with a cloth, then give it another wipe with a dry cloth before stepping back and enjoying your handiwork.  

And it’s just that simple! But whatever you do, don’t put it off, as the longer you leave it the harder it is to clean your windows, and the more likely your frames will be to become discoloured. So make sure you get out there regularly in order to keep your windows gleaming.

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Recycling Double Glazed Units – Where and How?

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If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, you really can’t go wrong with double glazing. Double glazing will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency in the home. In most cases, they are also manufactured using sustainable processes and materials. So when it comes to replacing your windows, it’s important to remember to dispose of your old windows correctly and recycle as much as possible. 

Which windows can be recycled? 

If the windows you are replacing were installed in the 70s or sooner, it’s possible that they will contain lead paint. If this is the case, they will need to be disposed of according to strict regulations. Your window installer will be familiar with these, but it’s important that you check they are doing this correctly. 

On the other hand uPVC is a completely recyclable material, so if the windows you are disposing of are uPVC, you are in luck. The glass in your windows can also be recycled; however it is a little more complicated than recycling, say, a glass bottle. Different windows use different types of glass, each of which has its own chemical composition and separate melting point. The good news is, recycling your glass isn’t completely impossible. 

Recycling your old windows 

In order to effectively recycle your old windows, you’ll need to separate out the composite materials. Start by unscrewing the windows from their hinges and then removing the glass from the frames using a hammer and a chisel. 

Once you’ve separated the materials, contact your local council to determine your nearest building material reuse centre. They will also be able to advise you on what materials are likely to be accepted at the centre.

Once you have disposed of your old double-glazing, you then need to make sure you are replacing them with sustainably manufactured double-glazing units to ensure you keep up the good work in helping the environment.  

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Why Choose To Add Secondary Glazing To Your Home

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If you live in a listed property, or you find that double glazing it outside your budget, you may want to consider secondary glazing.

And while most people think it looks cheap and it’s not as good as double glazing, in this blog we aim to show you the reasons why secondary glazing might not be as bad as people think and why it could prove to be a solid investment.

Energy Efficiency

Once you install secondary glazing over your single glazed windows, you will instantly notice the benefits.

Especially through heat retention. Before, where hot air could escape through draughts and come straight into contact with cold air (due to only have one single window pane) heat could escape easier and there was an increased loss of energy in the home.

Once you install secondary glazing, you will see that heat will be increased throughout the home and retained much easier. You will even see your energy bills reduce on a monthly basis because you’ll find you’re not heating the house as often as you would’ve done previously.

All in all, energy efficiency will be increased quite substantially and you will notice the difference.

Noise Reduction

As with your heating constantly being on, you’re probably aware that there is no soundproofing through single glazed windows and that you can hear everything and anything.

This might not be too bad during the day, but at night when you’re wanting to sleep and you hear a lot of street noise or cars, it can prove to be frustrating.

Secondary glazing eliminates all of this, as the added window panel creates an extra barrier to prevent unwanted noise to get through.

Once you’ve installed secondary glazing you may even have the best nights’ sleep you’ve had in a long time.

Improved Security

If you’ve ever felt the glass of your single glazed windows, you can probably tell they’re quite flimsy and appear to be easily breakable.

You may even wonder how long they’ll last between weather conditions and accidents.

That’s why secondary glazing increases security to keep any unwanted intruders out and to make sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your home.

As well as some being encased in aluminium, these can easily deter burglars efforts, much more so than single glazed windows could.

Ready To Get Secondary Glazing?

We’ve briefly spoken about some of the benefits secondary glazing has to offer and while these are just some, the list is endless, from other benefits including eliminating draughts and how they’re suitable for listed buildings and not to mention how they’re more affordable than brand new double glazed windows. 

But if you’re ready to get secondary glazing into your home, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to advise and help you pick the right secondary glazing units that are right for you and your home.

We’ll then come out and fix them for you. 

So make sure you go over to our website and get a free quote to get an idea of how much it will cost to install secondary glazing into your home.

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Top industry trends for windows and doors 2020

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As the new year is in full swing, many of you may be thinking of giving your home a fresh look for the new decade. 

With many new trends appearing in 2019, we thought that we would take a look at the top industry trends appearing in 2020. 

In this article we cover the following trends: 

  • Glass extensions 
  • Aluminium windows 
  • Increased light 
  • Sliding doors 

Glass extensions

The demand for large windows saw a significant increase in 2019 with more people opting for large windows and doors to increase the amount of light in their living space. The demand for large windows and less frames is rapidly increasing in popularity among homeowners in 2019 and its showing no signs of slowing down. 

Aluminium windows

Another trend that made an entrance in 2020 was aluminium windows. Aluminium windows and doors have a sleek and modern style that can instantly change the appearance of any style of home.  This has been a trend through 2019 and is set to continue in 2020.   

Increased light 

The popularity for homeowners to increase the amount of natural light entering their home has escalated with more people opting for bi-fold and sliding doors. The popularity to create living spaces with captivating views has massively increased over the years, making large glass windows and doors a must have for 2020. 

Sliding doors  

Bi-fold doors seem to be a distant memory, with large sliding doors taking a strong lead with homeowners looking for a better way to increase light in their home. By offering much wider panes of glass than bi-fold doors, the large glass panels of a sliding door gives a sense of spaciousness and an increased sense of light.  

Buying window and doors from Humberside Glazing 

With over 20 years of experience, Humberside Glazing is a fully accredited company offering windows and doors to the people of North Lincolnshire. 

If you’re thinking of replacing your windows and doors this new year feel free to contact us to begin your journey with us today.

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5 top tips to stop cold air from coming through windows

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When the weather starts to cool down, you don’t want to be worrying about cold air entering your home. 

But how can you stop the draught from entering your home? 

Keep reading to learn five simple techniques to keep cold air from coming through your windows.

Insulate your windows with foam tape 

One way to make your home warm during the winter months is to purchase foam insulation tape. Foam insulation tape is a great weather-proofing alternative for doors and windows that create a lot of draughts. Cut the tape to size and secure it along the areas that have a draft. However, this is only a short term solution. Other alternatives should be considered if you’re looking for something more long term. 

Hang insulated curtains

If you’re looking for a way to make your home warmer, then purchasing thick curtains can be a great way to insulate your home.  Curtains can be used as a way to exclude draughts as well as light. If the curtains are thick enough, they can help prevent air movement, thus making your home warmer. Curtains can also be used as a method to make your home more aesthetically pleasing.

Re-Caulk windows and doors

If you’re not planning on opening your windows during the winter months, caulking is an effective way to reduce the cold air coming through your windows. Caulking  is a method that is used to seal windows shut and can be used to block out any damaged areas of your window frames that may be letting in draughts. Re-caulking your windows is a great way to comprehensively seal your windows against the cold air. It is an effective and efficient technique, however, if done incorrectly, can make windows look unsightly. 

Make Fabric Draught Excluders 

If you’re looking for a DIY project over the winter months, why not consider making draught excluders for your home. Draught excluders can be laid against the window to reduce the cold air from the outside coming into your home. Draught excluders are a cheap way to reduce draught and can be used as a way to decorate your home. A drawback of using draught excluders is that you can only use them at the base of your window. As a result, if the draught is coming in through the rest of the window, it will not be blocked. 

Upgrade to Secondary Glazing

If you can afford to upgrade your property then secondary glazing is one of the best ways to keep cold air from penetrating your windows. Secondary glazing is extremely versatile and offers a permanent solution that improves the overall appearance of your property.  Secondary glazing also comes with ventilation which means you can easily control the temperature of your room. 

Get a secondary glazing quote and keep your home warm this winter

Here at Humberside Glazing, we offer an extensive range of secondary glazing options to help improve the thermal efficiency of your home.

If you’re interested in learning more about our products and services, contact us today. 

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Autumn garden ideas in Scunthorpe

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As autumn is in full swing, it is a good time to get on top of odd jobs in the garden. 

But what tasks should you be undertaking this time of year?

In the article, we have put together a list of odd jobs that you can tackle in the garden. 

Keep gutters free of leaves 

As the leaves fall from the trees, you may want to consider installing gutter guards. Gutter guards are available in many materials, and  help block debris from entering the gutter whilst allowing water to drain. This can help cut back on gutter cleaning during the cold winter months. 

Plant Spring Bulbs

After the growing season has finished, be sure to prepare your garden for the arrival of new plants.  Autumn is a great time to prepare your garden ready for spring by planting spring bulbs. There are many available on the market, so be sure to check the correct time to plant. For more information about planting spring bulbs, visit the RHS website.  

Clean and stack pots

As many of your pot plants will begin to fade and lose their appearance, it may be a good time to clean out your empty pots. Scour pots with a soft bristle brush and rinse. Once clean, turn your pots upside down to prevent them from filling with water and freezing and cracking. 

Cover winter pot plants 

Although winter plants can withstand the cold winter months, it is still best practice to cover them over to prevent them from freezing over. You can buy a suitable plant covers from many garden centers or local supermarkets.

Rake up the leaves 

Gather as many leaves as you can during the autumn months. Autumn leaves retain moisture, stifle weeds and enrich the soil. Gather as many as you can and retain them until the spring. You can also add organic fertilizer and turn the soil in your beds to ease the workload come springtime. 

Protect patio furniture

For those who have little storage space, covering your garden furniture with plastic covering may be the best option. A heavy polyester design will help prevent your furniture from cracking in extreme cold temperatures. You can find heavy duty plastic covering in many mainstream supermarkets and garden centers. 

Store garden tools

Storing your garden tools during the winter months can save you essential time when the busy spring season begins. Create space in your garage or garden shed to organise your tools ready for the upcoming months. For more ideas on how to organise your tool shed, read the life storage blog. 

Keep your home warm during the winter

As well as keeping your garden tidy and well maintained, it is also a good idea to keep your home well insulated for the upcoming winter months. Humberside Glazing are double glazing specialists based in Scunthorpe. 

Start your free online quote today. 

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How does double glazing work

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Double glazed windows have become a common choice for many UK households. The demand for spaces with natural light and large windows has more recently seen an increase.

However, heat loss and energy efficiency may be a concern without even realising it.

Luckily, you can now overcome these concerns thanks to double glazing.

But what is double glazing and how does it work?

In this article, we will uncover the science behind double glazing and its benefits in comparison to single glazing.

What is double glazing?

In the past, single glazing was the most commonly installed glazed window type in UK homes. Consisting of only one pane of glass, they were responsible for letting out excessive amounts of heat and unable to reduce noise.

Thankfully, due to the advancement of new technologies, double glazing was developed. These windows contain sealed units which contain two panes of glass, providing insulation against the cold in winter and heat in the summer.

How does double glazing work?

Double glazing uses two panes of glass separated by a layer of Argon gas to keep your home more energy-efficient and to reduce noise from the outside. The gas which is used keeps the warm air from escaping, whilst the second pane of glass acts as a barrier to reduce noise. It is also a great way to improve home security.

Why are double glazed windows filled with Argon gas?

Argon is used in many double glazed windows as it is a gas that can improve energy efficiency and reduce noise. Gases such as Krypton and Xenon are even more energy-efficient than Argon but are more expensive making Argon a popular choice for many window installation companies.

What are the benefits of double glazing?

Although thermal insulation and noise reduction seem the most obvious asset of double glazed windows, there are also many other benefits. Benefits of double glazing include:

Improved security

Unlike single glazed windows, double glazed windows are a lot harder to break and are difficult to force open from the outside. This makes it extremely difficult for intruders to break into your home and can act as a deterrent to would-be intruders.

Low maintenance

Double glazed windows are also easy to maintain due to being made from a material called uPVC. This type of plastic is particularly durable and easy to clean meaning that you can have sparkly-clean windows all year round.

Aesthetic appeal

The home can soon become quite outdated and in need of some extra attention. Installing double glazed windows could be an effective way to spruce up your property. With a variety of styles and colours available for you to choose, double glazing is a way to improve brightness and make your living space look more spacious.

Are double glazed windows expensive?

The average cost of a double glazed window is between £400 and £600 per window. Of course, prices may vary depending on things such as style, size and number. Take a look at our range of windows and get your free quote today.

Thinking of installing double glazed windows?

If you’re thinking of installing double glazed windows you have come to the right place.  From traditional to contemporary, Humberside Glazing have a wide range of uPVC windows to choose from.