BE SAVVY FOR BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK

Saving energy is the order of the month as Big Energy Saving Week returns for a second time this year.

COSY UP THIS WINTER FOR ENERGY SAVING WEEK 20th - 26th OCTOBER

From Monday 20th to Friday 24th October, Citizens Advice together with the Government and other organisations are leading the charge to raise awareness of energy and efficiency issues and offer fuel saving advice.

According to Which?, the consumer watchdog, homeowners are spending on average £410 more on energy bills than they were a decade ago meaning it’s more important than ever to be in the know and understand how to be energy-efficient.

For over 30 years, the period window specialists at Ventrolla have been fixing pesky window draughts which not only cause discomfort in homes but can cause fuel bills to escalate out of control.

Christian Walker, Marketing Manager of Ventrolla, said: “Lots of homeowners have seen a huge rise in their household bills due to ill-behaving windows so it’s important to upgrade and maintain them in order to improve efficiency and save energy.

“With a little help from our expert renovation team, windows can be draught-proofed with the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) to ensure any gaps around sashes are filled. This has been proven to improve a window’s energy rating by up to 30%. We can also fit replacement double glazed sashes and discreet secondary glazing units.”

To find out more about Ventrolla’s services or to book a FREE no-obligation survey and quotation call free on 0800 0277 454 or visit www.ventrolla.co.uk.

VENTROLLA SCOTLAND TO BREAK THROUGH PANE BARRIER FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITY

RP logoPutting his best foot forward this weekend will be friend and colleague Bruce McGowan, who will be running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London.

Managing Director of Ventrolla Scotland, Bruce will be heading to the capital to begin his challenge and raising money for Variety, a national charity for disadvantaged children and young people.

Bruce will be picking up the pace to help provide valuable funds for the charity, which specialises in practical assistance and creating memorable childhood experiences.

Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the 13.1 mile run through Central London will mean Bruce can enjoy a spot of sightseeing en route including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

Bruce said: “The challenge was put to me only last month so I decided it would be a great opportunity to raise money for a charity close to my heart.

Royal-Parks-2011_1071“I have set a target of £200 and would like to thank everyone who has donated already to show their support and to help me keep up the pace.”

Back at base, the Ventrolla team will be cheering on and are eagerly awaiting pictures of Bruce’s ‘Mobot’ on the finish line Monday morning.

If you would like to show your support and add to the total already raised, visit Bruce’s Virgin Money Giving page where you can make a donation online or via your mobile device.

VENTROLLA FEATURED IN HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING MAGAZINE

Ventrolla featured in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine

Ventrolla featured in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine

Check out this month’s issue of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine for an in depth look at what to consider when repairing period windows.

The eight page feature includes expert advice from Ventrolla on how to deal with rotten window frames and sills, as well as recommended solutions to common complaints, such as misted window panes, damp and draughts.

For expert advice on your window project and to arrange a FREE, no-obligation survey and quotation, contact Ventrolla today on 0800 378 278 or visit www.ventrolla.co.uk

VENTROLLA EXPERTS ON HAND AT SCOTTISH HOME SHOW

Ventrolla experts on hand at Scottish Home Show

Ventrolla experts on hand at Scottish Home Show

Timber sash window specialist, Ventrolla, will be making an appearance at the Scottish Home Show this September, in the shows 67th year.

Hosted at the Aberdeen AECC between the 26th and 28th September, the show has everything homeowners could possibly want from conservatories and garden furniture to kitchens, bathrooms, cookware and decorations.

With over 200 exhibitors, Ventrolla the sash window renovation experts will be starring alongside a number of big name brands, such as Bo Concept, AGA and Claymore Homes, across all three show days, offering information and advice on all things timber window renovation-related at stand A43 in the Self-Build & Outdoors hall.

To add some celebrity sparkle, Lorraine Kelly and Linda Barker will be making guest appearances along with Ground Force presenter & builder, Tommy Walsh.

Ventrolla specialise in restoring and repairing sash windows focusing on window renovation and upgrading the performance of timber sash windows.

Based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Ventrolla has offices throughout the UK and Ireland, offering a bespoke renovation service to improve all operational issues.

For a FREE no-obligation survey or quotation please contact Ventrolla on 0800 0277 454 or visit www.ventrolla.co.uk.

VENTROLLA RENOVATION HONOURS BUILDING AT MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

University of Manchester’s Samuel Alexander Building

University of Manchester’s Samuel Alexander Building

A neo-classical, Grade II listed building dating back to 1919 has been given expert help to retain its front facade by period window specialist Ventrolla.

The Samuel Alexander building, part of the University of Manchester’s Language Centre, is located on a prominent site in Oxford Road and includes a library, multimedia suite and study area.

Read the full case study here.

DISCOVER ENGLAND’S SPECTACULAR HERITAGE … FOR FREE!

Free from 11-14 September. What will you discover?

Free from 11-14 September. What will you discover?

From 11-14 September, thousands of volunteers invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture, an annual event now celebrating its 20th year.

Take the opportunity to see some of the most impressive and some of the quirky heritage of England this weekend.

If you get the chance, visit the beautiful Chester Railway which has recently had its timber windows restored by Ventrolla.

Guided tours and updates on this historic station, where the foundation stone was laid on 1st August 1847, will include a fascinating historic time-line stretching from its original builder Thomas Brassey right up to the present day, with detail on the large investments which have been required to make it a key transport interchange for Chester and the surrounding area.

Read the case study here: www.ventrolla.co.uk/case-studies/case-study/chester-railway-station

Heritage Open Days gives you the chance to go for free, so get your skates on and go and see somewhere you’ve not been before.

See more at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

TOP TIPS TO STOP A STICKY SASH

Very carefully, score along the top of the sash and the upper window frame.

Very carefully, score along the top of the sash and the upper window frame.

Have you been dealing with sticky windows and don’t know where to turn? Perhaps you didn’t know you could prevent this with some simple DIY.

Here at Ventrolla we treat existing wooden sash windows to remove any rot and improve operation, but we thought we would share some handy hints and tips to help maintain those sashes before the experts need to move in:

  1. Firstly, you should check that the sash isn’t just painted closed. Take a utility knife and, very carefully, score along the top of the sash and the upper window frame. If the sash still doesn’t open then continue with the following steps.
  2. Check there is nothing hindering the sash anywhere else. Take your utility knife and score around the whole sash and casing. Now try to wiggle the window. It may help to use the knife at the same time, sliding the knife between the sash and top to try and free it. Again, if this doesn’t help proceed with the following steps.
  3. You now need to try unsticking the sash from the outside and check no exterior paint is hindering movement. Use your utility knife between areas that don’t move freely. And remember, ground floor only. 
  4. Providing this has worked, you will be able to see the inner window tracks. Check for any blockages, carefully sand the area and without getting it on the brush pile, apply wax to keep things moving smoothly.

These points mostly cover painted shut windows, but what if humidity is the problem? This is where simple home appliances will come in useful to help with swelling.

  1. Set a hair dryer to a low heat and aim it at the sash and window frame, indoors. 
  2. As the window dries out, wiggle it until it moves freely. 
  3. Now just clean out the tracks and again being careful not to get it on the brush pile, rub wax in the tracks to keep the window moving freely.

Some further points:-
If some of the paint feels chunky or you notice other obstructions carefully use sand paper to stop this becoming a problem.

Keep the tracks free from dirt and debris to keep the window operating smoothly.
In the summer months, the combined heat and paint on your windows mean they are likely to swell.

To find out more and to request a free, no-obligation window condition survey and report, call Ventrolla on 0800 0277 454 or visit the sash windows renovation page on our website.

THE GREEN DEAL CLOSURE OPENS NEW DOORS

Ventrolla are here to offer a helping hand.

Ventrolla are here to offer a helping hand.

Following the sudden closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund on 24th July, leaving homeowners angry and confused, period window specialists, Ventrolla are here to offer a helping hand.

The Green Deal, a scheme that allows households to benefit from energy-efficient improvements, re-opened in June this year and offered individual households up to £7,600 to install measures such as solid wall insulation and double glazing.

The government claims that the lack of notice on closure was due to “overwhelming popular demand”. However thousands who paid for a Green Deal assessment will now lose out after not registering in time, prompting a formal investigation.

David Greaves, Managing Director of Ventrolla, said: “This news is troubling as the Green Deal’s original aims to help bring properties up to scratch with energy saving improvements and reduce carbon emissions were admirable.”

“Unfortunately the government does not seem to have hit the mark this time and many people will be left out of pocket. Fortunately though, our nationwide network of offices is on hand to provide help and guidance to those affected. ”

“Our energy saving range includes double glazing solutions, as well as draught-proofing using the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS), which improves a window’s energy rating by up to 30%, reducing energy bills and eradicating draughts and rattles.”

“It is a shame that the Green Deal has not provided the assurance that was originally expected. However we would like to offer reassurance to our customers that there are products on the market in line with the Green Deal aims and that we are available for guidance and advice on 0800 0277 454 or www.ventrolla.co.uk.”

VICTORIAN SASHES ENJOY SOME TLC

Victorian Sash window restoration in Harrogate

Victorian Sash window restoration in Harrogate

The striking bay window of a Victorian residence in Harrogate has been treated to some tender loving care by timber sash window specialists Ventrolla, restoring its dilapidated appearance back to its original beauty.

Mrs Bloomfield lives in the ground floor flat of the property and grew concerned about her ageing sashes after experiencing cold draughts coming through her windows.

Read the full story here