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Monthly: April 2015


Spring Inspiration on Trade Street

Spring time means lighter nights and warmer days. It’s the perfect time of year to start those home improvement projects you’ve been thinking about during the winter months.

Perhaps you noticed a few more draughts through the old windows at home, the flaky wooden roofline needs sanding and painting again this year or the tired looking front door is lacking kerb appeal. Maybe you realised you need more living space or you want to be able to open up the house to the garden.

Whatever plans you have for your home, now’s the time to get those projects done. The weather is better, so there’s no battling the elements whilst you have work done and it means that you and your family can start enjoying them straight away and right through the summer.

To help you find all the inspiration you need for refurbishing your home, we’re hosting our annual spring open weekend on 18 and 19 April at our showroom in Derby.

Visit us over the weekend and take a stroll down Trade Street, our row of full size brick homes, all fitted with windows, doors, bi-folds and conservatories. Take a seat in our Chartwell green orangery, picture dinner in our conservatory or step through the modern grey bi-fold doors onto our deck. Get a feel for opening our windows, walk through our selection of over 30 composite doors or imagine looking through one of our Skypod® skylights.

Our team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and will be able to explain how each design can be installed to suit the style of your home.

Over the weekend, we’ll be offering 10 percent off window, door and conservatory orders and 20 percent off roofline products. We’re also running 2 prize draws where lucky customers can win a composite door in one draw and a massive 50 percent off their order in the second prize draw.

So if you’ve noticed some work that needs doing around the house, you’ve got a plan in mind for adding space or you just fancy getting some inspiration for your home this spring, pop down to Trade Windows open weekend at the Derby showroom on London Road in Alvaston. We’ll be open 10-4 on Saturday and 10-2 on Sunday, so feel free to call in, have a cuppa with us and take a wander down Trade Street.



Convert your garage to create a welcome for older relatives

Trade Windows Garage Conversion Design


In the UK, more and more people are choosing to take care of their older relatives at home. That’s not surprising when you consider the benefits. Instead of the stress of travelling between properties or concerns about loneliness, moving your relatives into your home provides much more peace of mind.

Understandably though, many people worry about how to find room for their mum or dad as they get older. After all, research shows that 1 in 20 homes in the UK are overcrowded. Fortunately, it’s easier and more cost effective than you might think to adapt your home to create a living space for your loved one. Plus, it doesn’t have to involve the time and expense of building an extension onto your home. As a Derby Trusted Trader, we offer everything you might need to transform an unused garage into a comfortable, independent living space.

Converting your garage can be better than just making space in the main part of your property. While you get the reassurance of providing support for your relative, they get to keep their independence. There’s even the option of adding a separate front door. With more than 20 years expertise, we offer everything needed to transform your empty garage into a cosy, welcoming space.

By converting your garage, we can help you create a space on the groundfloor so it’s suitable for people with limited mobility. You could add a wet room or a kitchen area. Or by adding a conservatory to the back or side you could make a separate sitting area. Tell us what you want and we’ll apply for all the necessary building regulations from the council and manage everything from the plumbing, to the flooring and the electrics.  It won’t be long before your elderly relative is enjoying their new home and you’re happy they’re close by.

If you’d like to talk to us about converting your garage, call into our showroom on London Road or call us on (01332) 755551.



How ClearShield cuts your window spring clean in half

Trade Windows Spring Cleaning

As the sun starts to shine after the long winter, the great British tradition of the big spring clean begins. Before you start to prepare your home and your cleaning materials, you may want to hear about a clever upgrade for your windows that could change the way you look at spring cleaning forever.

Can you remember cooking before non-stick Teflon? Food got stuck to the bottom of the pan and it took forever to clean off. Now imagine all the benefits of non-stick cookware applied to your windows. That’s exactly what ClearShield is. In a science nutshell, it’s a unique polymeric resin that forms a strong chemical bond that when applied to ordinary glass makes the surface non-stick and easy to clean by stopping grime and dirt sticking to it.

ClearShield can transform your window spring cleaning because it needs less than half the cleaning of ordinary glass. That means your windows look newer and cleaner for longer. As well as making sure that your windows resist staining and discolouration, ClearShield also stops contaminates from bonding to the surface and limits further damage caused by corrosion. It bonds completely with the glass, so it won’t peel, flake or crack.

Because it makes double glazing even lower maintenance, ClearShield is ideal for everyone. Whether its people with limited mobility, those with a busy life or a property where the windows get a lot of use, especially where the windows are hard to reach

If you like the idea of windows that are both easier to clean and to keep clean, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s simple to upgrade to ClearShield to make even more of your investment in new double glazing.

So if you’re planning your spring clean, think how great it would be to skip the window cleaning. To find out more, pop down to our showroom on London Road or call us on (01332) 755551.