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If you’re a homeowner wanting to transform or renovate your home, you might start thinking about the home improvement projects you want to carry out. When you’re working to a budget to complete your dream home it can be difficult to know where to spend money and where to save it. Sheerwater Glass has put together this guide to inform Surrey homeowners about the most popular home improvements in their area.
When you are deciding which home improvement project to prioritise you should consider, your personal budget, the cost of work and return on investment. It’s always worth discussing your options with a neighbour to hear their opinions and experiences. As well as talking to your local estate agent who will be able to give you up-to-date information on house prices in your postcode.
Although glazed extensions have always been a popular home improvement in Surrey, it wasn’t until the pandemic that they became a necessity for many homeowners. In 2020, there were approximately 5.6 million people working from home in the UK. The change was rapid and it meant that homeowners needed to adapt their homes quickly to accommodate a working environment from home. For some this meant creating a home office whereas for others it meant creating an at-home gym. As things have returned to normal more employers are encouraging hybrid or fully remote working. For many homeowners, this meant that their lockdown offices became permanent additions.
With a need for more space and an ever-shrinking housing market, glazed garden extensions became the practical solution for homeowners in Surrey. At Sheerwater Glass, we’re able to install high-end garden extensions like conservatories and orangeries. By having an extension installed you’ll immediately increase the floor plan of your home, providing you with the necessary room to convert into your home office or separate working space. There are many more benefits to a glazed extension aside from the obvious additional space.
At a time when all homeowners are looking for more space, the addition of a conservatory is a fantastic selling point. As such it’s one of the home improvements that adds the most significant amount of value to your home. The amount of value will completely depend on the size, style and quality of your conservatory. It’s important to consider the size of your garden before and after installing a conservatory as gardens are considered just as if not more valuable than space in the home. A professionally installed conservatory can add anywhere between 5% – 15% worth of value to your home. To find out how much value a conservatory could add to your Surrey home, we suggest contacting your local estate agent.
Surrey is known for its picturesque views and outstanding natural beauty. A glazed extension allows you to extend the views from your garden and enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. You’re able to have a slimline bifold door installed as part of your conservatory to seamlessly blend your home and garden whilst allowing gorgeous beams of natural sunlight to stream into your home.
Aluminium windows are typically considered a premium home improvement as they come at a higher cost than uPVC alternatives. Despite being a premium product, they are extremely popular in Surrey due to their exceptional range of benefits including slim frames and high durability. The natural strength of the frames means that aluminium windows are able to feature large panes of glass with minimal sightlines. You’ll enjoy far-reaching views and an increase in natural light entering your home. Upgrading to large aluminium windows will allow you to enjoy stunning Surrey views.
Potential homebuyers typically look for homes where the windows and doors have recently been replaced or look to do this as the first task in their new home. In fact, when asked 1 in 10 homeowners said they prioritised replacing their windows and doors.
There’s a common misconception that aluminium windows aren’t energy efficient. This stems from a time when aluminium products weren’t manufactured with polyamide thermal breaks instead, they conducted heat and cold between the interior and exterior. At Sheerwater Glass, we install Sheerline’s exceptional range of aluminium windows. Manufactured with innovative thermal break technology and a Thermlock core to prevent heat transference between the internal and external frame. Our aluminium windows are able to achieve U-values as low as 0.9 W/m2k when paired with triple glazing.
Unlike other window materials, the structural integrity of aluminium cannot be affected by time or weather exposure. Aluminium is naturally resistant to insects, rot, corrosion and warping. You’re never required to treat aluminium; we simply advise that you thoroughly clean the frames and glass a minimum of twice a year to remove dirt and debris. All our aluminium windows are finished with a long-lasting powder coating to achieve your desired colour as well as providing additional protection to the frame. It's important to us that our windows meet changing building regulations whilst achieving PAS24:2016 certification and Secured by Design accreditation. Providing you with total peace of mind that your home and family are safe all year round.
Composite doors have dominated the home improvement industry with more homeowners than ever opting for an insulated core front door. As of 2020 composite doors now account for over 50% of the entrance door market. When you look at all the features and benefits of composite doors it really is no surprise that they’re one of the most popular home improvements in Surrey.
Composite doors are manufactured with a glass reinforced polymer (GRP) skin and an insulated core of either high-density foam or a solid timber core. At Sheerwater Glass, we manufacture our timber doors with a solid internal timber core to combine modern technology with the natural properties of timber. Composite is the strongest door material available, it’s scratch, corrosion and warp resistant so you won’t need to worry about the door being affected by British weather conditions. The locking systems fitted in our doors have been thoroughly tested to ensure they surpass British security standards.
As energy bills continue to rise, homeowners are seeking out ways to save energy and money. Over 35% of the heat in your home escapes through cracks and gaps within your door. Replacing your old front door with a composite door is one way that you’ll be able to enhance the thermal efficiency of your home. At Sheerwater Glass, our composite doors boast an impressive A+ energy rating. They’ve been carefully engineered to ensure that your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Wooden doors require continuous upkeep to protect and maintain the natural materials. You’re required to regularly clean them as well as reseal and treat them. With composite you’re never required to treat it instead, we recommend cleaning your door twice a year. This helps to remove any dirt or debris caused by the weather. With this minimal treatment, they’re able to last at least 30 years without rotting, cracking or warping.
Sheerwater Glass are passionate about providing Surrey homeowners with high-quality home improvements that are beautiful, secure and efficient. Contact us online today for your free, no-obligation quote or give us a call on 01932 344 415. A member of our professional team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or provide you with advice and guidance.
“From start to finish, the service has been outstanding, from understanding our requirements and particular wishes, to keeping in contact with us regarding lead times, right through to the fantastic installation guys who worked so hard and completed the installations efficiently and perfectly.”Melinda Weare
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