How to Add Value to Your Home This Summer

If you want to know how to add value to your home, make sure you check all the boxes so you can increase value without breaking the bank. Building an extension, replacing old windows, upgrading your heating system, and investing in energy efficiency are just a few of the smart ways to enhance value and boost the appearance of your property.

Certain improvements are simple and quick to complete, adding instant appeal, while others are more involved and provide curb appeal to help add value to your home this summer. If you’re thinking of doing precisely that and increasing the value of your home, consider the following:

Add a new heating system

If you’re looking for a way to add value to your home this summer, look no further than your current central heating system. Many older homes lack central heating or have outdated systems that need to be replaced. Adding or modernizing a central heating system will always add more value to a home than it costs, and it should be done in tandem with enhancing the building’s overall energy efficiency. If your boiler has enough capacity, you could add new radiators and heated towel rails to the existing system, as well as underfloor heating.

Add bi-fold doors

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With some new bi-fold doors, you can create an instant wow factor and a lot of light. Bi-fold doors are a great way to let in more natural light while also connecting your interior space to the outdoors. Bi-fold doors provide other advantages as well, such as increasing the perception of space and essentially creating a new ‘outdoor room’ during the warmer months.

Invest in solar panels

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Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy costs. For many people, energy efficiency is a top priority because it is required for properties listed for sale to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You’ll get a better EPC score and your property will be more appealing to home buyers if you install solar panels. Not only that, but they’ll get the benefits right away without having to pay for or install them.

Replace old windows

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Many homebuyers now regard double-glazing to be a must-have and adding it will only add value to your home. Of course, if you’re restoring a historic home, you’ll need to be mindful of the house’s style, otherwise, you risk depreciating its worth. Unless the building is listed or located in a conservation area, old windows should be replaced like-for-like. However, they will need to be double-glazed to comply with modern Building Regulations. 

Add more space

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Adding a conservatory to your home will not only provide you with more space but will also enhance the value of your home. Choosing the perfect style, fit, and shape for your conservatory can turn it into a valuable asset when it comes time to sell your home.

First impressions matter

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A stylish new front door can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. Aside from increasing the look of your home, installing a new front door can have numerous benefits and be a good investment. Choosing the right front door is important though, so be sure to do as much research as possible. Supercraft Windows has an excellent selection of composite doors that are energy-efficient, provide security, and offer many designs to match your home and add value. 

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What is the difference between uPVC and PVCu?

If you’ve seen the phrases uPVC and PVCu used to describe windows and doors, you might be confused. Is there a distinction between the two? What is the difference between uPVC and PVCu? Consumers today are frequently perplexed about which sort of doors and windows to buy for their homes, but with enough information, they can make an informed decision. So keep reading to learn more about the meanings of these phrases and the benefits that these types of windows and doors can provide for your home.

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What is uPVC?

Polyvinyl Chloride is a common, strong, and lightweight plastic used as a building material. The “u” stands for “un-plasticised,” which means the plastic isn’t softened during production and retains its strength. Because of its many advantages, such as resistance to chemicals, sunlight, and oxidation from water, it has grown in popularity in the home improvement industry and has become an alternative to painted timber. It is low-cost and low-maintenance, which makes it especially suitable for double-glazed windows and doors. Roofline products such as downpipes, guttering, and fascias can also be made of uPVC.

What’s the difference between UPVC & PVCu?

As we are sure you can tell by now, there is no difference between UPVC and PVCu because they both refer to the same material, Un-plasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride. UPVC is used by installers to promote windows, doors, and other home improvement products, but it is also known as PVCu. Because most languages pronounce the PVC before the U, the change was made in the 1980s to align with European standards in order to create a universal naming convention.

Why do we use uPVC for windows and doors?

PVCu (or uPVC, depending on your preference) is the most commonly used material in the UK today. It is used to manufacture the casement and frames of home improvement products such as doors and windows. Because of its strong composition and lightweight design, which can withstand even the most extreme weather conditions, it is a popular alternative to standard PVC and wood. It is also a very affordable option for consumers.

What are the benefits of using uPVC?

At Supercraft Windows, we have a fantastic selection of uPVC windows, as well as entrance doors, french doors, and patio doors. PVCu is the most common material used to make the frames and casements of windows, doors, and other home improvement products, and it’s probably one of the most popular alternatives to wood and PVC. PVCu is lightweight and has a strong composition, which allows it to withstand the harshest weather conditions while lowering consumer costs.

The benefits of PVCu are:

  • It is resilient and does not discolour in extreme sunlight
  • PVCu can withstand extreme weather conditions
  • It has a lightweight design
  • it retains its shape during normal temperatures
  • It is strong which means it can endure heavy impacts
  • It ages well

For more information on uPVC or window and door installation, get in touch with us today.

COVID-19 Update – Re-opening of our Etruria Showroom

Dear Customer                    

 COVID-19 Update

Following the recent UK Government announcements and after careful consideration, Supercraft Windows have taken the decision to commence our operations and re-open our Etruria showroom with effect from Monday 1st June.

In this difficult time, we will continue to prioritise the health of our team, both internal colleagues and external partners and our customers. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and are implementing procedures so that we can fully comply with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.

Our operations will be limited to start with to ensure we stay COVID-19 secure; we will have some employees working from home and our suppliers are working at reduced capacity. Safe home visits for service, installation and surveys will be carried out using the guidance issued by UK Government – Working safely during COVID-19 in other people’s homes. No work will be carried out in a household which is self-isolating or where an individual is shielding. Customers will be contacted prior to a visit to discuss how the work will be carried out to manage the risk of COVID-19.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported our business in this difficult time, and for your patience and understanding over the last few weeks.

Yours faithfully

Fab Mogadam

Managing Director

Supercraft Windows

COVID-19 Update – 12 May 2020 – Temporary Business Closure Continues

Dear Customer

COVID-19 Update – 12th May 2020

Following the recent UK Government announcements and guidance issued we have reviewed our situation and have decided that unfortunately, we must continue to temporarily close most parts of our business in order to help tackle COVID-19.

In this difficult time, we must continue to prioritise the health of our team, both internal colleagues and external partners, and our customers. We must also follow the guidance from the UK Government relating to Social Distancing. But we have noted the guidance issued on 11 May – Working safely during Covid-19 in other people’s homes, and this does provide us with the basis of restarting our installations and surveys. In particular installations such as roofs, could be started very soon and we are currently reviewing these contracts.

We will continue to update you as we look to restart our installations and other operations. Our showroom remains closed.

We are still taking orders and providing quotes and would like to thank those of you who have placed an order with us.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our business in this difficult time, and for your patience and understanding over the last few weeks.

Yours faithfully

Supercraft Team

COVID-19 Update 2: Temporary Business Continues

Dear Customers,

Following on from our previous update and due to the continued advice from the Government regarding COVID-19, as well as closures within our supply chain, Supercraft Windows will remain closed and our deliveries remain suspended. The safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance to us, so please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period.

At this time, we do not have a set date for when business will be returning to normal, but we are following government guidance carefully and will advise as soon as we have any further updates. Our emails will continue to be monitored, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

We would like to continue to thank you for your patience during this difficult and challenging time, and we look forward to working together as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

The Supercraft Team

COVID-19 Update: Temporary Business Closure

Dear Customer

COVID-19 Update: Temporary Business Closure

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 23rd March, we unfortunately find ourselves in a situation where our business must temporarily close in order to help tackle COVID-19.

In this difficult time, we must continue to prioritise the health of our team, both internal colleagues and external partners and our customers. We must also follow the guidance from the UK Government, relating to Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, and also the restriction of movement.

It is therefore with great regret that we must inform you that our business is now temporarily closed as of Tuesday 24th of March for an initial period of 3 weeks. We will continue to review the situation as things unfold. 

As of now, all outstanding orders and installations have been placed on hold. Once the situation changes, we will look to begin installations and delivering product as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

I hope you all appreciate and understand our reasons for taking this unfortunate but important decision.

Yours faithfully

 

Fab Mogadam

Managing Director

Supercraft Windows

COVID-19 Supercraft Operational Update.

To all of our valued customers,

Supercraft is currently operating as normal and has not been affected by the current issues relating to COVID-19.
All installations are currently on schedule.

Should anything change, you will be notified immediately.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

The Supercraft Team