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Monthly: May 2015


10 Reasons to use Trade Windows

Trade Street at Trade Windows

Are you looking for replacement windows and doors, thinking about having a conservatory or garage conversion or considering replacing your roofline? Are you struggling to decide on which firm to use?

We understand it can be difficult to know which home improvement company to choose, so we’ve written just a few reasons why Trade Windows might be right for you.


  1. 1. Loads of experience – 22 years of experience, in fact. Since 1993, we’ve fitted more replacement windows, doors and conservatories in and around Derby than anyone else. With experience comes knowledge, so no matter what the challenge is, we’ll know how to solve it.
  2. 2. ERA Security lock guarantee – All our windows and doors come with an ERA Five Star Guarantee which not only keeps your home extra secure, it could also save you money on your home insurance. Brokers know that products with better security levels mean that there’s a lower risk of break-ins, so they might reduce your premiums.
  3. 3. Trade Street – We’ve got a great showroom. On Trade Street we have a row of full sized brick houses fitted with windows, doors and conservatories so you can instantly get an idea of how they might look in your home. You can sit down in one of our 8 glass extensions or try out any of our 32 doors on display to get a feel for the kind of products we have.
  4. 4. Project management service – We take care of everything for you with our full project management service, whether you’re having a new composite door or converting your garage. We’ll organise everything with our installation teams and make sure that all building work adheres to regulations. We’ll arrange all of the other trades too and organise a schedule of work so you know what’s happening and when.
  5. 5. Rough measurements quote – You don’t need to have a home survey to get a quote from us, if you’re only in the planning process of improving your home. Just bring some rough measurements along to the showroom and we can give you a quote on the spot.
  6. 6. Good quality products – We will only use top quality products on your installations. We’ll come and do a full technical survey before we begin, so we can make sure that the fitting process will run smoothly.
  7. 7. Trusted Trader – We’re on the Derbyshire County Council’s Trusted Trader scheme. It was introduced to help homeowners find reliable and trustworthy traders in Derbyshire who do professional jobs at fair prices and provide good customer service.
  8. 8. Buy with Confidence – We’re part of the Buy with Confidence scheme too. It means that we’ve agreed to abide by their code of conduct. We’ve been inspected by Trading Standards, passed background checks and had good customer references in order to be a part of this scheme.
  9. 9. Age UK registered – Often older people feel more vulnerable inviting tradespeople into their homes, that’s why we’re in the Age UK Business Directory for the Derbyshire area. It means that Age UK has recognised us as a reliable and trustworthy trader to give greater peace of mind to our customers.
  10. 10. Our customers say it best – It’s not just us: customers tell us we’re good to deal with. Here’s one from the Trusted Traders website.
    From our initial visit to Trade Windows we knew this was the company to choose. There was no pushy selling, just a simple and straight forward quote which we could consider without a barrage of phone calls demanding a decision! The staff in the showroom are all excellent and the guys who came out to carry out the work were great! I cannot recommend Trade Windows highly enough.”

So if you’re looking for windows, doors and conservatories in Derby, Nottingham or Leicester, Trade Windows is a company you can trust to supply and fit top quality products. Give us a call on 01332 755551 or come along to Trade Street at our showroom on London Road in Alvaston, Derby.


Best Composite Door Selection in Derby

On Trade Street, at our showroom on London Road in Derby, we have over 30 composite doors on display for you to browse. These are just examples of the kinds of door you can have, but actually, the combinations are endless, with 27 door styles, 12 glazing options and over 40 colour choices as well as a wide range of door furniture.

Best composite door selection in Derby


As modern house designs become more popular, so does our contemporary door collection. We have lots of minimalistic, sleek designs like this one to perfectly complement any modern home or extension. You could try it in one of our shades of grey, such as Lead, Granite or Charcoal for a perfect counterpart to light coloured renders. Finish it off with a chrome letterplate and handle for a super minimal look.




If you’re looking for a splash of colour, why not try Salsa Red (pictured), Mandarin or Buttercup? These vibrant colours will make your entrance friendly and welcoming in the winter and look great during the summer months surrounded by colourful flowers. Choose from our 12 glass designs in a complementary colour to complete the design.





If you live in an older Victorian or Edwardian style property, you can’t go far wrong with classic black. Add some traditional style features for a really authentic look. We have a selection of glass designs with gold accents and a large door knob and traditional gold numerals will create a really authentic look. You can also choose a traditional pull close lock and escutcheon instead of a handle. This design also looks great in Green or Rosewood with the same gold furniture.





If you’re looking for a front door with a bit more privacy, try one of our solid options. This cottage style door is great for smaller doorways and can be installed with a peephole so you can see who’s at the door. This Soft Cream colour will look great next to traditional red brick work and black furniture gives it extra style. Alternative pastel shades are Chartwell Green or Duck Egg Blue.




For any home, try this classic design. The large glass panel with crystal bevels will allow lots of extra light into dark hallways. Perfect for traditional and modern homes, you can go for an art deco feel with Andaman glass or modern with bright Pear Green and Satin furniture. If you want something even brighter, try it in Ultramarine Blue or Passion Flower.



We can design your door on-screen so you can be sure that it looks perfect. Pop into our showroom on London Road in Derby any day of the week to chat through your options or call us on 01332 755551.



Georgian Elegance with Vertical Sliders

Sliding sash windows from Trade WindowsIf you live in a Georgian style property or if you’d like to add some traditional style to your home, our vertical sliding windows are perfect for you.

With older properties, we know that modern window styles can look out of place, but PVCu sliding sash windows can faithfully replace the classic timber sash. Our vertical sliders combine a traditional design with the most up to date energy efficiency and security features.

Replacing timber vertical sliders reduces maintenance too. There’s no more repairing, sanding and re-painting to be done. Just easy to clean PVCu frames which are available in every colour so that they match your home perfectly. You can even have a different colour on the inside, to suit your décor.

The windows feature a slide and tilt mechanism so you can turn them inside out. This means cleaning the outside panes just got easy because you can do it from inside.

This really versatile style is great for keeping rooms well ventilated. Both the top and bottom sashes can be opened separately or together and there’s an overhead vent for when your windows are closed.

If you live in a conservation area, our sliding sash windows may help you to meet building requirements without compromising on the energy efficiency and security benefits you want from replacement windows. Our team can give you advice on your options for conservation areas and Article 4 Directions.

Our sliding sash windows have excellent thermal efficiency too, with a Window Energy Rating (WER) of ‘B’ as standard and the option to upgrade to ‘A’. The design features an anti-jemmy bar to stop the window from being forced open and there is a range of traditional style locks and fasteners in a selection of colours to give a really authentic look. So, you can enjoy great looking windows that are safe and secure and draughts will be a thing of the past.

For more information, pop into our showroom on London Road in Derby or call us on 01332 755551.


What’s the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

Orangery from Trade WindowsOrangeries and conservatories are similar in that they can both introduce an extra light-filled space to your home, but they have some key differences.


Conservatories were designed to create extra space in the home which would allow for the garden to be enjoyed all year round. They have a minimum of two thirds glass walls and a fully glazed roof which lets in lots of natural light and provides undisrupted views outside. Most don’t need planning permission and offer a quick and easy way to introduce a light and airy space into your home.


Orangeries have a long history and first came about way back in the 18th century when they were used like green houses, for growing citrus fruits. They started as separate structures in the garden but as time went on, they were used as more of an extension of the home. Modern orangeries have all of the benefits and privacy of a brick extension but are designed to let in lots of light through roof lanterns.

What’s best for you?
Today, both are used to create extra space in the home and depending on what you and your family need from your glass extension will influence your choice.

We’re often asked about the differences between orangeries and conservatories. If you pop into our showroom on London Road in Derby, our full sized conservatories and orangeries on Trade Street can help you to choose what will suit your needs best.

Call us on 01332 755551.