5 Reasons to Start Your Winter Home Improvements Now

Thinking about those dark, cold evenings can be depressing – so if you haven’t thought about your winter home improvements, now is the time. Making major improvements to your home can be costly and time consuming; however, by simply upgrading your doors and windows you can reduce your costs, add security to your home and make your home more energy efficient. So why overpay?

If you haven’t considered upgrading your doors and windows yet, here are 5 reasons why you should do so:

1. Colder nights are just around the corner

Cold months are fast approaching, so now’s the time to act. Making home improvements can be costly investment – that’s why it is crucial you invest your money right.

The simplest way to keep your home warm during winter and ensuring it won’t get too hot during summer is by upgrading your doors and windows. By installing double glazed windows, not only you can potentially save some money but you can also benefit from ultimate insulation which leads to warmth and security during winter and reduced temperature during summer.

2. Winter is coming. Make your house more energy efficient now

Many people love winter season for many reasons, one of them being Christmas. However, winter is also associated with icy weather and snow, which although add beauty to the winter season are factors that make your house cold and expensive to heat. Can you afford to stand another winter in cold? Why not look for solution?

One of the most popular and efficient ways of making your house more energy efficient is upgrading your doors and windows. One way of upgrading is choosing double glazed windows over single glazed. Double glazed windows from Synergy Windows & Conservatories require low maintenance, but at the same time provide you with benefits such as high insulation which leads to reduced heat loss and comfortable living environment. Moreover, due to high energy performance glass (which is used on the inside and outside panes of Synergy Windows & Conservatories products for ‘solar control’) you will be able to reduce heat loss during winter and reduce chances of overheating during summer.

With all those facts, why not prepare and make your house more energy efficient this winter?

3. Darker, earlier nights = more burglaries

October is National Home Security Month, so why not get involved and make your house secure too with a window upgrade from Synergy Windows & Conservatories?

As days become shorter, you are more likely to leave your house in darkness – giving burglars the perfect opportunity. Smashing windows has become less popular due to noise and attention that it creates; that’s why burglars now attempt to force the frame itself. However, by upgrading to internally beaded windows, you will prevent intruders from lifting out the glass pane, making your house extremely difficult to access for burglars.

Furthermore, our frames are highly secure thanks to a multi-point locking system, giving your home an extra layer of protection. Is making your home more energy efficient and secure not good enough reason to start your improvements now?

4. No more fixing doors and windows in the cold

Are you tired of fixing your doors and windows in the cold? With new double glazed windows, you won’t need to spend any time on maintenance. Due to advanced technology and improved design, all Synergy Windows & Conservatories products required minimal maintenance saving you time and money as well as giving you more time indoors, in the dry and warm. All locks and frames are designed to adjust to unexpected weather changes ensuring perfect reliability all year around.

5. Buy now and beat the rush

At Synergy Windows & Conservatories we understand that home improvements might not be your priority, especially with Christmas around the corner. However, if you would like to benefit from upgrading your windows and want to get it done before Christmas, why not give us a call and let the professionals take care of your improvements while you focus on your winter shopping or Christmas preparations?

Ask Synergy Windows & Conservatories about your pre-winter home improvements
If you’re looking to winter-proof your house, we can help. With more than 50 years’ experience improving homes across the region, we can help you choose stylish windows and doors that suit your property, too. For more information, call us on 01325 527538 or send us a message today.

New WarmCore Fixed Roof Light for the Celsius Solid Roof

Synseal Group has launched a new fixed roof light for their Celsius Solid Roof which uses a stepped glass structure and WarmCore technology maximise light and offer excellent thermal performance.

WarmCore products use a unique multi-chambered thermal core which provides 25% more thermal efficiency than standard aluminium window and door systems. Combining this technology with 6mm outer and 4mm inner toughened glass, the new WarmCore Fixed Roof Light offers impressive U-values of around 1.4.

The stepped glass structure covers the whole area of the window, right up to the subtle ceramic edge which sits flush to the roof, to create an incredibly clean looking finished product. This fully glazed design approach means the product has 41% increased visible glass area compared to the equivalent sized market leader in roof lights.

The new fixed light comes in three sizes – 630mm x 700mm, 630mm x 1200mm and an impressive 630mm x 1700mm – and has been designed to be easy to integrate into the Celsius Solid Roof. It comes in white and anthracite grey internal colours with a black exterior, and a discreet black flashing kit that is barely noticeable from an external viewpoint.

Andy Jones, Group Sales and Marketing Director, said:

“Solid roofs are a really popular choice among installers at the moment, particularly for retrofit projects as they are flexible, easy to fit and can be incorporated into practically any existing structure in no time at all.

“As the solid roof market continues to grow we wanted to bring to market a high performance fixed roof light which can help our customers to increase their margins and add more value to their roof sales.

“Following the huge success of our WarmCore window and door systems, it made complete sense to utilise this technology to design the new fixed light so our customers know they are getting exceptional thermal performance as standard.

“The market place for fixed roof lights which can be easily incorporated into tiled roofs is very restricted, so we wanted to design a product which would be really straightforward to install and which offers maximum natural light and a clean looking finish.

“Feedback from our customers shows that the majority of homeowners who have roof lights installed in conservatories or extensions never really use them as opening windows because they’re out of reach and inconvenient. Realistically, customers install roof windows to add more natural light, not to improve ventilation.

“You will be amazed by how much more light you can add to a room by removing the open/close mechanism from a roof light and using glass across the whole width and length of the aperture. We think this is going to be a real game changer for homeowners, helping them to get light and thermally superior living spaces that can be used 365 days a year.”

The new fixed light is available now as an option on any Celsius Solid Roof through Synseal stockists and will be on display at the WarmCore product stand at next month’s FIT Show, Stand R15.

Newly finished orangery in Darlington

Have you ever wondered how much an orangery could transform the existing aesthetics of your home? Let us give you a beautiful example.

Synergy Design & Build were recently appointed to install this beautifully done orangery at a Darlington Home.

The home owners felt as though the house was somewhat lacking in the looks department and failing to show off the property to its full potential.

They needed more space and a talking point when wanting to use the back garden with a contemporary style design that accentuated the attractiveness of the house, and Synergy Design & Build delivered on all counts.

Now fully equipped with thermally efficient, secure and maintenance-free Painswick coloured windows, the difference between the before and after shots is like night and day. They expertly complement the gorgeous house too.


How To Turn Your Garage Into A Gym

A garage, depending on how you use it, is a very useful space to utilise on your property.

For far too long, people have been looking at garages for the sole purpose of storing your car, motorbikes and other objects that aren’t in constant use within your family or home. When in fact, only 20% of garages contain a car regularly.

You can make your garage into a space that is much more useful to you and your family, especially in an economic climate where it is no longer an easy option to just up-size to a bigger house when the demand for space has increased, converting your garage has become a favourable option.

The growth of garage conversions has been made apparent to garage conversion companies all over England, such as MPK Lofts who are helping more homeowners to convert their garage space.

Popular conversions for your garage include office space, a new bedroom, a bigger kitchen and now many homeowners are looking to convert their garage into a home gym.


In a health conscious society many of us are seduced into the idea of getting into shape. But if a commute to an overcrowded, machine occupied and some what hygienic atmosphere within a gym is not for you, then you can opt to create your very own gym just a stones throw away.

First and foremost, you need to rehome the existing clutter that is taking up space within your garage.

For most people, garages are used to store bicycles and other household items that are not used regularly. These can otherwise be relocated to nearby storage centres.

A garage conversion is a quick process and when carried out by skilled professionals you can achieve a bespoke and high end finish.

Firstly, the big garage door is removed and replaced with brickwork that matches the existing exterior of your house so that it blends in.

Heating, lighting and plumbing is then properly implemented alongside with any plastering and flooring work that needs to be done.

Although there is a pricey tag on most gym equipment, you can achieve the same level of fitness with just a few items.

It all of course depends on what you want to achieve. If you are looking to lose weight and get cardiovascularly fit, then a treadmill and a rowing machine amongst a gym mat and an exercise ball will suffice.

Alternatively, if you are looking to gain muscle out of using your gym, then a bench and a barbell weight amongst a few dumbbells will work perfectly.

In proven fact, people who have a home gym are in better shape than those who attend a commercial gym. This is because those with a home gym purchase products and do training exercises that are specific to them and therefore focus on their fitness goals.

The Low Down On Cavity Wall Insulation

Cavity wall insulation is one of the types of insulation available for free through UK Government funding to help homeowners saving money on their utility bills and reduce their carbon footprint in the most cost-effective way. According to the latest 2014 Government report there are approximately 5.5 million hard-to-treat uninsulated cavity walls and around 0.7 million easy-to-treat cavity walls that need to be insulated.

A cavity wall is created when there is an air gap between two walls made of brick or brick and block which haven’t been filled with insulation. Unfilled cavity walls can be mainly found in properties built between 1924 and 1982 – properties built before 1924 are likely to have solid walls and properties built after 1982 had to have their cavity walls insulated at time of construction due to new building regulations.

Cavity walls were created as a way to drain rain water or humidity water that has been absorbed gradually by the property’s masonry back out to the outside through weep holes at the base of the exterior walls or above windows.

Cavity wall insulationCavity wall insulation is said to prevent up to 35% of your heat escaping through your walls, saving you up to £250 a year on your heating bills and up to 1040Kg of carbon dioxide emissions for a detached gas heated property, according to the Energy Savings Trust.

The insulation material can be made from shredded glass fibre mineral wool, beads or granules or foam insulate, which is blown into the cavity in small drilled holes of around 22mm in size at 1m intervals from your outside wall. After installing the insulation the installer will fill all the holes in the brickwork so it will be hard to notice the holes.

Cavity wall insulation is a job that requires a registered cavity wall installer who will install the insulation in around 2 hours, mess-free for an average house with easy-to-access exterior walls.

If you are unsure whether your home has cavity wall insulation or not you can do a simple check under your windows. Are there any holes the size of a 10p that have been filled with cement? If you are still uncertain whether you have insulated cavity walls then you will be able to arrange an inspection by an accredited installer who will drill a small hole in your external wall to determine whether they are filled or hollow.

To ensure your property is suitable for cavity wall insulation does your home fit the following criteria:

  1. Is the property damp-free? Any signs of damp in the walls need to be rectified before cavity wall insulation can be installed. Your property also needs good ventilation and where it doesn’t you need to able to install a vent otherwise your property won’t be suitable.
  2. Does the property have unfilled cavity walls?
  3. Is the wall cavity at least 50mm wide?
  1. Is the property’s brickwork/ masonry in a good condition? If your property is timber/steel framed or made from concrete or stone it cannot have insulation.
  2. Is your property over 20 years old? Newer homes will already have insulated cavity walls because cavity wall insulation became mandatory at time of construction for homes built after 1982.
  3. Are your walls exposed to driving rain? Exposed buildings to driving rain are not suitable for cavity wall insulation.
  4. Do you have easy access to the external walls? Cavity wall insulation is installed from the exterior of the property; therefore, the installer needs access to all external walls. If your home is attached to other houses, the installer will need to insert a cavity barrier to ensure your neighbours are unaffected by the cavity wall insulation.

How Does Double Glazing Work?

Double glazed windows are now installed as standard in new houses while many older houses have upgraded their single pane windows to their double glazed counterparts. Th
e heat and sound proofing properties of double glazing are common knowledge, but do you know how this is achieved?

What Double Glazed Windows Are Used For

Windows are designed to let in light, while blocking air and objects from entering the house. A single pane of glass is relatively poor at providing insulation. Windows are only a few millimeters thick, providing little resistance to heat passing through them into the outdoors, making it more expensive to heat your house. The idea of double glazed windows is to let light through while blocking the transfer of heat, making windows much better insulators.

How Double Glazed Windows Are Structured

Double glazed windows are simply two panes of glass with a space in-between them. The space between the windows is very well insulated so that little or no air can leak between the panes of glass. There is also often a desiccant between the panes to absorb stray moisture and to stop fog from forming. Windows can be clear or covered with a tinted or reflective coating.

How Double Glazed Windows Insulate

If you would like to upgrade to double glazed windows, seek a local glazing specialist in your area. In some cases, there may be grants available to help towards the expense. The payback time on double glazing for the average household is long, so do not expect to recoup the cost within ten years at a minimum. Double glazing is best used in conjunction with other insulation and draught proofing solutions to reap maximum benefits and reduce the payback time.

Double glazed windows are particularly effective at providing insulation for two reasons. Firstly, doubling the amount of glass simply doubles the amount of material heat has to escape through, slowing down heat transfer and keeping more heat inside the house. Secondly, the space inbetween each pane is filled with air. This air acts as a buffer due to the fact that air is a poor conductor of heat compared to solid materials such as glass. In this situation, the glass panes either side slow the movement of air, keeping more heat inside the property.