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Monthly: July 2016


No Better Time To Get The Conservatory You Always Wanted

Conservatory from Trade Windows Derby

Summer is here, the temperature is up, flip-flops are on and the sun is out.

It’s great to have a space to come home to from a long hard day at work or to relax in and enjoy the beautiful weather on weekends. But maybe you don’t have the room, perhaps that space has always been on your mind but you have never got round to doing something about it.

You may have always wanted a conservatory or an orangery but the thought of going through the hassle of getting planning permission and getting the extension off the ground has put you off. Well that’s something you don’t have to worry about.

Extension Extended

In 2013 the government relaxed the laws around extensions. These were due to end in May 2016 but the great news for people thinking about extending their home is this change has been extended for another 3 years. You now have until 30 May 2019 to complete extensions under these rules.

For types of work that don’t need planning permission, they are known as permitted developments. Conservatories, orangeries and single storey extensions fall into this category. So you don’t need to submit planning permission for them as long as they fall within the planning regulations.

That means you can extend up to 6 metres beyond the rear wall of your original property if it’s a semi-detached or terraced house and up to 8 metres if you live in a detached home. This is double the length of the previous law which only allowed people in semi-detached and terraced properties to extend as far as 3 metres without planning permission and just 4 metres for people living in detached homes. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to get the extra space you always wanted.

The Neighbour Consultation Scheme needs to be taken into consideration when you are extending. For everything you need to know about the Scheme, follow this link for a handy guide, Planning Portal.

Inside of a conservatory from Trade Windows DerbyA Step Closer

Now you know you don’t need to ask for planning permission, that conservatory or orangery you want is a step closer. It is the perfect place to wind down in, put your feet up and enjoy the summer weather. It also adds a little bit of extra charm to your home. Now you just need to decide what type of extra space you want.

On Trade Street in our Home Improvement Centre on London road in Derby, we have lots of different styles of conservatories which give your home something a little bit different and they are all fully built so you can see exactly what they really look like. We have styles ranging from Edwardian to Victorian, for a more traditional look. Or for modern glass extensions we have lots on offer. Take a walk down Trade Street to see what style would work best for you.

All Year Round

Thanks to advanced technologies, our conservatories can be used all year round. We use Pilkington Activ™ glass, which is designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, just what you want. It won’t be heating up like a greenhouse during the warmer months and it won’t feel like you are stepping into a freezer in the winter.
Or instead of a glass roof, look at our thermally efficient tiled roof system Equinox, to make sure our conservatories are the right temperature for any time of the year. So if you finally turn that dream conservatory into a reality, make sure to buy one that can be used throughout the year.

Whatever You Want

One of the great things about adding a conservatory or orangery to your home is that it can have many uses. If you just want to use it for relaxation then you can have your very own ‘man cave’ or ‘she cave’. If you have young children you can use the conservatory as a room for them to have their own space to play. Or maybe you just want to extend your living space to create open plan living, for a bit of extra comfort.

For all you need to know about the planning laws for conservatories, check out the planning portal link that follows: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/10/conservatories

Also for all other extensions please follow this link:


How to combat the British weather with Trade Windows

June was one of the wettest starts to the summer since records began, but rain is nothing new to us Brits.
Summers on the whole do appear to be getting wetter which means we are spending less time in our gardens, so having a perfect space inside the home that allows us to enjoy the outside from within, is becoming more popular.

It also means our homes are having to battle with a lot more rainwater, which could leave your roofline and guttering feeling a little under the weather and you front door looking a little worn.

Here are just some of the home improvements you can make to your home this summer with Trade Windows to enjoy the garden from the inside out and make sure your house is in top condition to handle the downpours.

Roofline by Trade Windows DerbyGive your roofline some shine

With all the recent downpours, your roofline has had to worker a lot harder than usual. You may have noticed that it has started to show a little wear and tear, maybe it needs repainting or sanding down to give it a fresh look.

Or due to the heavy rain the gutters have been overflowing damaging your fascia and soffit, they could even be sagging away from the home slightly.

The low-maintenance alternative is our Roofline range. It works by replacing your old wooden boards with maintenance-free PVCu fascias and soffits. We also fit our own aluminium guttering system, which reduces the chance of your gutter leaking.

Enjoy your garden from the inside out with a Trade Windows Conservatory

With the wet weather, it means we spend more time inside and less time in our gardens. If you have spent a lot of time and care on your garden to make it look good and be an enjoyable space to relax in, it can be quite frustrating not to be able to use it as often as we would like.

An inside space like a conservatory or an orangery is a great way to bring the outside and in and allow you to enjoy the drawn out evenings and longer lasting light.

Our range of conservatories provide a stylish space for you to enjoy your garden from inside your home. You may want to blend your conservatory with your property and you can do with our tiled roof system. Its tiled finish gives the appearance of a traditional tiled roof and its fantastic thermal efficiency means you can use your conservatory throughout the entire year.

Trade Windows Conservatory

Give your home some curb appeal

If the British weather has started to take its toll on your front door, then it’s time to replace it. If you’re fed up with draughts you may want to think about getting a composite door.

Composite doors are one of the most popular trends on the entrance door market. Made from the best combination of materials, composite doors provide a durable and stronger alternative to traditional wooden doors but still offer a fantastic woodgrain look.

Our composite doors come in a range of styles and designs with different glass options to customise the door to your taste.

Modus windows from Trade WindowsGet the timber look

Old 19th century timber windows looked great but didn’t offer a high level of performance modern windows do with their advanced hardware and design.

Flush sash windows give you that authentic timber look but with all the benefits of a modern PVCu window. Our Modus flush sash windows look great, keep the heat in and stop draughts.

When closed, the window sits flush against the frame to get that authentic timber look and with 30 colours and woodgrain finishes, there’s a style for every taste.