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Monthly: June 2017


Ideas For Your Conservatory in Derby

If you’re thinking of installing a new conservatory or looking to upgrade your existing one, deciding how you want to use it and how it will look, can be the most exciting and challenging part.

Making those decisions all depends on your lifestyle and the space you have. At Trade Windows in Derby we work on lots of exciting conservatory projects and often help people to decide how to use and decorate theirs.

Whether it’s someone wanting to add extra space to create an open plan kitchen, a space for the children to play, or just for a place to chill, we’ve helped lots of customers to get the best conservatory design.

We find that traditional style conservatories are still really popular, but there are other options to go for too.

We’ve put a selection of conservatories below. They look so good when our customers have decorated and laid out them out. Hopefully this will inspire you to find the right design and furniture for yours.

A Bit of Class, With Less Glass








This first one isn’t actually a conservatory. If you’re looking to add space to your home, you may even want to think about going for an orangery. Not all that different to conservatories, orangeries are becoming more and more popular with homeowners.

They don’t look all that different to conservatories but they have a lot less glass in most cases and are usually topped off with a roof lantern or skylight. With more wall space in an orangery, you can make it feel more like an extra room on your house that you can use as a dining room, extension to your kitchen or as a room to chill.

We love how homeowners have decorated the one above so it looks very modern.

Bright and Relaxing

If you want your conservatory to be somewhere you can relax, then making sure it’s uncluttered, bright and airy should be at the top of your design list. Go for plenty of glass that lets lots of light in, with windows and doors to let fresh air flow easily.

We love the conservatory above we worked on in Selston, Nottinghamshire. The owners wanted a sunroom that simply served as a place to unwind and enjoy free time. The two sets of patio doors not only allow more air to fill the room but also help to connect the garden to the home. Try adding a few plants inside to help the room breathe too.

A Comfortable Living Space







Are you a little fed up with the other half always hogging the TV remote? Well your conservatory can work really well as an extra living room, if you want somewhere to watch your favourite soap, film or football match.

In the conservatory pictured above in Alvaston, Trade Windows built a double conservatory. The first of the two rooms, which is a little larger and connected to the house, serves as an additional lounge. With a corner sofa, a chair, TV and rugs, the owners have made it a really comfortable spot, to sit back and enjoy a bit of telly.







The smaller part of the conservatory serves as a space to relax and enjoy the garden. If you want a multipurpose conservatory, think about having two new spaces, in one.

Talk to Trade Windows

If you’d like to find even more ideas for your conservatory or orangery, call Trade Windows on 01332 755551 to book an appointment.


Bring Light To Any Space With A Skypod Skylight In Derby

Been tripping over the children’s toys lately? Or can’t find space for your ever-growing vinyl collection? It sounds like you need to create some new space in your home.

Often when we think about adding some extra space, we tend to think about adding an extension, converting a garage or installing a conservatory to the back of the house. But maybe your budget doesn’t stretch that far and you need to find an alternative way to create that new space, that also saves you pennies.

Many of us, have areas in our home that with a bit of work, can come to life and feel like a completely new part of our home. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is to transform a flat roof with a skylight or roof lantern.

If you have a room with a flat roof or even a garage, you may want to add extra light into it to help the room feel bigger and breathe new life into it. Skylights and roof lanterns are the best way to do this. They add extra height and plenty of new light into rooms that have a flat roof. With the extra light, you suddenly have a room which feels a lot more inviting and you’ll get more use from it.

At Trade Windows, we fit the Skypod Skylight in Derby. It is built with the latest technology from Eurocell and is one of the best skylights on the market because it has lots of design options. It looks great and it brings lots of light into your home, brightening it up and making any space feel so much bigger. It’s cost effective too making it a fantastic long-term investment for your home.

If you need more space in your home, then why not transform a flat roof extension with a Skypod from Trade Windows? Here are some of the reasons why a Skypod should be your next home improvement.

And then there was light

Skypods bring so much light into the home, especially if you decide to go for a really big Skypod. There are two design styles to choose from when it comes to Skypod. There is a two-bar design and a three-bar design.

If your extension is quite big or you need to transform a large flat roof area, a three-bar Skypod is the best choice for you as it has lots of glass and sizes go up to 2.75m x 8.7m. They’re impressive and open up any room to the sun in the day and the stars at night.

Get The Look You Want   

If you’ve colour matched your windows and doors across your property, or there’s a particular colour you really like, the number of frame colour options on Trade Windows Skypods gives you the opportunity to get the look you want.

On the outside of the frame, Skypod comes in any RAL colour, so there are hundreds of colours to choose from with lots of shades of grey, green, red, blue and yellow. Greys are really popular at the moment across all types of glazing. Anthracite Grey is one of the top picks if you’re looking for the latest trends.

It’s not just the frame that provides an array of colour options, you can choose from different glass colours on your Skypod from Trade Windows too. Glass colour options give you the opportunity to create fantastic contrasting effects between your frame and your glass. As well as clear glass, you can get blue, neutral, bronze and aqua.

We also do solar controlled glass on our Skypods which helps to keep the temperature just how you want it. Not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the summer. To find out more about how our solar control glass works, find out more on our Pilkington Activ™ glass blog.

Save Money On Your Energy Bills

Skypod from Trade Windows is also designed and manufactured to be really thermally efficient to help you save money on your energy bills. There’s minimal heat loss from a Trade Windows Skypod, keeping your home warm and your energy costs down.

Talk To Trade Windows

If you’re looking for a flat roof conversion or you’re thinking about a flat roof extension, speak with a member of the Trade Windows team about Skypod now on 01332 755551.


Conservatory Roofs In Derby

What Style Conservatory Roof Is Best For Your Lifestyle?

There are a number of great reasons to add a conservatory to your property. Whether you want a place to relax for some peace and quiet, a room to connect your home to your garden, a playroom for your kids or just as some added extra space, a conservatory can be a really good investment.

When it comes to deciding on the type of conservatory you should go for, you need to think about how you want to use it, how you want it to look and what kind of budget you have. These points will go a long way to helping you find the right conservatory for your home.

Finding the right conservatory style may take some time because there are plenty of styles to choose from. At Trade Windows in Derby, we install a range of conservatory designs including Georgian, Gable-end, Victorian and Lean-to. You can read more about each design on our conservatory styles blog where you can find out more about the look of each design, what properties they suit and how they can be used.

Another important part of your conservatory to think about, is your conservatory roof. The type of conservatory roof you have, can affect how much you use your conservatory, what types of weather you like to use it in and the overall look of your conservatory.

The most common types of conservatory roof are polycarbonate and glass, but solid conservatory roofs have really taken off in recent years because of the technology has come on so much.

Here are some of the things you need to consider for each type of conservatory roof.

Glass Conservatory Roof

At Trade Windows we offer Pilkington Activ™ glass on our glass conservatory roofs. If you want to bring lots of natural light into your conservatory and want to be able to see the sky whilst you’re relaxing, then glass is the best choice for you. It’s a great option for a relaxing space to unwind after a long day or on the weekends.

We use Pilkington Activ™ glass in our conservatories because it’s made using solar control technology. You may think because you have a glass conservatory roof that your conservatory will heat up but with Pilkington Activ™ lots of the heat is reflected helping to keep the room cooler but it still lets all the natural light pass through it.

The design of the glass also means it is usually double glazed so even during the colder months, your conservatory roof will help to trap the heat inside, keeping you warmer. For other benefits of a glass conservatory roof from Trade Windows in Derby read our Pilkington blog here. We can do glass roofs for Georgian, Gable-end, Victorian and Lean-to conservatory styles.

Solid Conservatory Roof

One of the biggest trends in home improvements, solid conservatory roofs are helping more people to use their conservatory all year round. It’s a growing market and we’re working on more and more solid conservatory roof installations across Derby.

At Trade Windows, we fit Equinox solid conservatory roofs which are made using the latest technology from Eurocell. Solid conservatory roofs are tiled on the outside and have plasterboard with insulation on the inside. The tiled roof blocks out the suns glare in the summer, shading your space and keeping you cooler. In the winter the insulation on the inside helps to trap heat inside, keeping you warmer and lowering your energy bills.

An Equinox solid conservatory roof is a great choice if you want to use your conservatory as an extra living room, or maybe as a children’s playroom as it will help you keep your children cool when they are playing in the summer. If you already have a conservatory, you can switch to a solid roof, read our Equinox blog here.

Polycarbonate Conservatory Roof

One of, if not the most traditional material to go for is polycarbonate. Polycarbonate conservatory roofs are made up of layers that bridge together, reinforcing the roof and helping to insulate your conservatory. Polycarbonate roofs can now have up to as much as 7 layers.

Polycarbonate costs less than glass or solid conservatory roofs. Because of the material, it reduces the suns glare into your conservatory, and it reflects light back into the room helping to create a really bright space.

If you find the pattering of rain drops therapeutic, then a polycarbonate roof is a great choice. To find out more about polycarbonate, glass or solid conservatory roofs, give the Trade Windows team a call on 01332 755551.