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GOLCAR VICARAGE RECEIVES VITAL REVAMP

19th century Golcar Vicarage

19th century Golcar Vicarage

The sodden sash windows at Golcar Vicarage have been urgently replaced by period window specialist Ventrolla.

The property, occupied by the local vicar and his wife, sits within the grounds of the Golcar parish, West Yorkshire. Following an inspection of the late 19th century building the windows were deemed too rotten for repair.

Read the full case study here.

DISPELLING THE MYTHS FOR THE BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK

COSY UP THIS WINTER FOR ENERGY SAVING WEEK 21ST – 25TH OCTOBER

COSY UP FOR THE BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK

The best tips to reduce heating bills are being unveiled across the UK, as the Big Energy Saving Week sweeps across the nation, busting some of our favourite energy saving myths as it goes.

A survey commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust, as part of the seven day event finishing this Friday (31st January), found that almost half of Scottish homeowners think it is cheaper to leave their heating on all day on low rather than turning it up and down, or on and off, when needed.

Mike Thornton, Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland, dismissed the theory in an article in the Scotsman, saying that only having the heating on when needed “ensures heat is not wasted and your home will be a comfortable temperate”.

It is estimated that a whopping £369 million is wasted collectively by the Scots due to this misconception.

Other fables dispelled this week are that electric heaters are as energy efficient as radiators and that cranking up the thermostat will heat a room quicker – when in fact both are false.

Here at Ventrolla we are well aware that heat is lost if a building has poorly maintained windows. Draughts and rattles can cause great amounts of heat to be lost which can swiftly become a very costly problem.

Yet it’s a little known fact that simple solutions, such as installing the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS), can improve a window’s energy rating by up to 30%. The Ventrolla system ensures that all the gaps around the sashes are filled, creating a fully sealed sash or casement window.

It’s no myth that this upgrade can lead to improved efficiency and lower heating bills.

To find out more about Ventrolla’s services, call free on 0800 378 278 or click www.ventrolla.co.uk/downloads to download a copy of our new brochure.

Stop and look up!

I was on the train this morning sat at one of those Union-Jack-e13408437704664 seat tables by myself, revelling in the leg space and peace, quietly reading my book and avoiding eye contact with the general public as is the fashion. The train stopped at a station and a gaggle of college students, 16 or 17 years old, tumbled onto the train in a cacophony of blaring tinny music and cloud of Lynx deodorant.

They dispersed around the carriage and three of them sat at my table and started talking about last night’s X-Factor or Britain’s got no talent or some other such assault on the senses.

I swiped a figure across my iPad and delved back into my book. I didn’t resurface until I heard the boy say “Did you watch the Graham Norton Show?… it was amazing” with far too many a’s and z’s in the word. “Will Smith was on it and this guy called Carlton, I never even knew Will Smith did TV!”

I rolled my eyes and fretted about the fact that people born in 1997 can be fully formed adults.

The student continued “Apparently he used to be in a show called the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or something and this Carlton guy did a dance” One of the girls chimed in “Yeah it’s meant to be really famous or something, I’m going to sky+ the whole series now… I think it’s amaaazzzzing too”

Thankfully my stop came into view so I said “excuse me this is my stop” in the most manly and authoritative tone I could muster and then had to do that embarrassing bum hop to move from the window seat to the aisle seat. As I strode down the train platform I imagined the trio where talking about other new things they’d seen like Knight Rider or the Cosby Show.

And so in a very tenuous and roundabout way this brings me to the point of today’s blog. We all walk around often oblivious to the beautiful works of architecture that are all around us. Crane your neck backwards in any city (apart from Milton Keynes) and you’ll see intricately carved stone work and Victorian timber windows and other period features that you walk past every day without noticing.

Some people may argue that these parts of our cities should be replaced with new efficient and eco-friendly alternatives. At Ventrolla we fight to preserve those wonderful links to our past, those marvellous works of craftsmanship that you simple don’t see any more on modern buildings.

Ventrolla’s timber sash window renovation service using our patented perimeter sealing system means we can all benefit from the best of both worlds. Period timber windows that have all the energy performance and sound deadening abilities of a modern uPVC unit yet still preserve their unique charm and heritage.

To find out more about how Ventrolla can help you live in a comfortable draught and rattle free home call us today on 0800 0277 454 or visit www.ventrolla.co.uk.

Oh, and the TV’s shows and culture of my youth should be taught to today’s youth so I don’t have to feel old and annoyed on the train.

What on earth is that?!

Wasp SpiderCan you think of anything you’d want less in your house than something that looks like this? It is aptly called a Wasp Spider and is currently moving through northern Europe giving the hibijibis to everyone who sees it. I think I’d rather be in the sea with a Tiger Shark, another portmanteau of the animal world.

Well luckily their migration has been halted by the ongoing cold weather the UK has been recently suffering. This is a rare positive point to the winter months when Christmas is a distant memory, the novelty of the snow has worn off and you’ve seen your first quarter energy bill we all start to long for BBQ’s in the garden and blue skies.

When it comes to keeping the cold and the wind out we know that a 150 year old timber sash window in a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian property may not perform as well as a modern, but charmless plastic window and that the temptation to replace them can be strong.

As the UK’s leading Timber Window Renovation Specialist we know how much character a beautiful period timber window adds to a property and always champion their renovation and restoration over replacement with uPVC plastic imitations.

So we have developed a unique system called the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) which allows you to preserve the heritage of your windows while benefiting from same draught free, rattle free energy efficiency of a modern window.

To find out more about Ventrolla’s renovation and draught proofing service visit www.ventrolla.co.uk or call 0800 0277 454.

So here’s hoping that next year the jet stream behaves itself and I’m not using my Tesco club card to scrape ice off my car in April.

Make A Change With Climate Week

Climate WeekHave you noticed the weather starting to take a turn for the better, the night’s drawing out, and temperatures rising too? We have at Ventrolla and we’ve even started to think that spring has finally sprung!

We all love our changing seasons, not least because we are a nation obsessed by the weather. But with climate change always making the headlines, it is often a worry how long our seasons will continue to change.

As timber window renovation specialists, we are constantly promoting the importance of energy efficiency, actively demonstrating how our products can help with environmental issues and help to create a sustainable future.

Therefore we are getting behind the biggest national awareness campaign in Britain, ‘Climate Week’ taking place this week.

The campaign, which has been running since Monday 4th March and ends on Sunday 10th March, celebrates ways in which to protect our planet. This is done through a host of activities taking place throughout the week, in schools to local businesses, charities to councils.

These events are all aimed to showcase practical solutions to combat climate change, share ideas, show what has already been achieved in workplaces and communities across Britain and encourage others to do the same.

As an example to showcase our work, the unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) is the ideal product to improve the energy efficiency, and therefore environmental-friendliness, of draughty or rattling timber sash windows.

By installing this system, a window’s energy efficiency rating is improved up to 30%, which significantly reduces energy bills.

Our commitment to combating climate change is also apparent from our recent Green Deal accreditation, being the only draught-proofing installer under the government’s flagship scheme.

So, to do your bit to help Britain’s biggest ever environmental campaign, take a look at the Climate Week website for more details on events near you. Likewise, if you would like more information on Ventrolla’s energy efficient solutions, speak to our friendly advisors on 0800 0277 454 or visit our website.

UK Property Winners and Losers of 2012

It’s been a turbulent year for the housing market with prices flat lining or falling, much to the misery of homeowners wanting to sell. Better mortgage deals and a rise in mortgage approvals have failed to give the market the kick start it really needs.

This has affected certain parts of the country more than others, which has been summarised by MSN as the ‘UK property winners and losers 2012’.
Based on data from property website Zoopla, let’s start with the bad news first.

The three worst hit towns include Egham in Surrey (-8%), Dalton-In-Furness in Cumbria (-9.7%) and rolling in at an unfortunate first place is Houghton Le Spring in County Durham. Homeowners here have experienced a 11.6% decline in just 12 months, which means you could get your hands on a two-bedroom semi-detached for £124,995 – what a steal!

But it’s not all doom and gloom in other parts of the country. The three towns that got to enjoy a welcome rise in house prices was Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire (+10.8%), Malvern in Worcestershire (+10.9%) and top of the list is Cirencester in Gloucester. The market town’s properties rose by more than 11%, resulting in an average value of £351,356.

And there’s even more good news, as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have predicted that house sales are set to climb in 2013 to their highest level since the market crashed in 2007.

If you’re going through the process of selling your period home or intend to, it may be worth considering renovating your timber sash windows and doors. Using the restoration expert Ventrolla and its unique perimeter sealing system can add extra value and a selling feature that is becoming more recognised by estate agents and potential buyers.

If you’d like to find out more, just give our friendly advisors a call for free on 0800 0277 454 or click www.ventrolla.co.uk to arrange a FREE no-obligation survey. They will be more than happy to talk through the issue and discuss the options available.

KEEPING WARMTH WRAPPED UP OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON

Ho Ho Ho. Yes it’s that time of year again where we’ll be joining the family, eating and drinking to our hearts content whilst singing along to cheesy Christmas songs.

As the big day approaches you want to ensure that you can enjoy the festive season in the warmth and comfort of your own home – especially as Lakeland’s recent survey found that 70% of us will be staying put this Christmas.

The last thing you want is Granny settling down to watch the Queen’s speech with the sound of rattling sash windows interrupting.

Or draughts that blow through the living room as you’re settling down in front of the TV for a Christmas film.

The culprits of these uncomfortable conditions are more often than not timber sash windows or doors.

Here are three quick fix tips Ventrolla has pulled together to help you combat these problems in the short term;

  • Install self-adhesive foam strips between the window and the frame to fill any gaps
  • Cover up the key holes and letterboxes with cardboard, with a Christmas wrapping lining
  • Use draft excluders for every door. If you don’t have time to go out and buy one, why not stuff a pair of tights with newspaper or stocks

But remember, these are only temporary measures. For a sustainable solution for 2013, Ventrolla advises that you get a renovation expert to take a look at your sash windows and doors. They will then be able to assess the level of repair required and advise you on the work needed to renovate and upgrade their performance.

So to make sure Jack Frost isn’t nipping at your nose next year, get in touch with Ventrolla in the New Year for a FREE no-obligation survey on 0800 0277 454 or click www.ventrolla.co.uk.

And above all, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from everyone at Ventrolla.

WINDOWS AND DOORS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT…

It’s that spooky time of year again, when things that go bump in the night seem louder, more frequent and more menacing than usual.

You might be asking yourself: Was that the cat upstairs? Was it the wind? Am I hearing things?!

Or perhaps you should question whether it’s because your timber sash windows are in a frightful state letting in draught and spooky rattles, and your front door is scaring away the neighbours?!

Well if so, perhaps you need rescuing this Halloween by Ventrolla, the UK’s leading timber window and door renovation specialists.

As experts, Ventrolla understand how those little bumps, whistles and howls in the night can be very disconcerting, especially during the witching hour. However, these are probably nothing more than the draughts and rattles coming from an ill-fitting or damaged sash window or casement window and can be easily rectified with expert attention and a treat rather than a trick.

The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) not only draft proofs the windows but it also improves the Window Energy Rating by up to 30%, significantly reducing energy loss, eradicating draughts and rattles and ensuring no further spooky goings on!

Likewise to solve that monstrously creaky door, Ventrolla offer a beautiful collection of period timber replacement doors. The Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian designs are available in treated softwood, hardwood and oak, and can be tailored to individual tastes with a wide range of authentic stained glass motifs. Alternatively your existing timber front door can be renovated and draught-proofed itself.

No stranger to scary stories, the Ventrolla team recently worked on Halton Hall in the North Yorkshire Dales, which was used in the filming of 2011 horror movie Woman In Black! They do, however, work on houses that are not haunted too!

So, if you want to sort those creepy creaks and relentless rattles out, visit Ventrolla’s website or call free on 0800 0277 454 for a free no-obligation survey.

 

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A HISTORY LESSON IN OUR GREAT BRITISH HERITAGE

Britain is an historic nation, there’s no doubt about that. From the Tudors to the Victorians and right up to the post-war era, Britain’s history has undoubtedly shaped the nation as we know it today.

However in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, Director-General of the National Trust, Dame Fiona Reynolds voiced her concerns of how children today are increasingly unaware of the importance of British history and the impressive heritage it holds.

The paper reported that Dame Fiona said: “I worry, if I’m honest, about the teaching of history and geography in schools today.

Knowing and understanding about history gives us such an insight into the challenges of today… We need to remember our past and relish the extraordinary landscapes and experiences that have led to who we are today.”

Sharing in this philosophy, Ventrolla too has a passionate understanding of the importance of keeping our British heritage alive and has been proudly involved in many prestigious historic renovation projects up and down the country.

The picturesque Halton Hall in Yorkshire, which dates back to 1877 and featured in the 2012 film The Woman in Black, had 16 of its windows renovated by Ventrolla North East.

Likewise, the large renovation efforts at the University of Sheffield’s Grade II listed Sir Frederick Mappin Building, saw Ventrolla South Yorkshire transform 32 windows and revive the beautiful work of notable Architects Messrs Flockton and Gibbs, who designed the building in 1886.

This year has also seen Ventrolla involved in the renovation of Dublin’s famous General Post Office (GPO) which dates back over 200 years. The GPO was once headquarters for the leaders of the ‘Easter Rising’ in 1916 and is one of the most historic buildings in the city.

In these cases, the majority of problems faced by the experts were operational issues and draughts. Many of the windows were rotten, some leaked and most allowed draughts to sweep through the buildings.

Yet with the help of the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) which eliminates draughts and rattles, as well as Ventrolla’s Sash Removal System (SRS) which allows the entire window to be removed for maintenance and upkeep, the heritage of these great buildings was protected showing them the respect and recognition they deserve.

With over 25 years worth of experience and Ventrolla’s free, no-obligation survey, which individually assesses each window in order to retain as much of the existing materials as possible, there has never been an easier way of breathing new life into old timber sash windows, or casement windows, improving both performance and aesthetics.

For your free, no-obligation survey and quotation visit www.ventrolla.co.uk or call free on 0800 0277 454.

CELEBRATING ENGLISH HERITAGE SUCCESS

Heritage Open DaysCELEBRATING ENGLISH HERITAGE SUCCESS

This month saw heritage lovers enjoy four days’ worth of open days, celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture whilst offering free access to hundreds of public and private heritage properties.

Heritage Open Days took place between 6th and 9th of September with an amazing turnout of 60,000 visitors and 200 events taking place, the greatest number to date. These included festivities in castles, city halls, woodlands, workshops, tower tops and even tunnels.

The National Trust also threw open 142 of its doors, free of charge, for members of the public to come and enjoy the buildings history and culture.

Making all of this happen were 40,000 volunteers who can only be commended for their efforts and as renovation experts, also passionate about preserving the heritage of properties, Ventrolla are more than pleased to hear about this success.

Tying into their vision of renovation rather than replacement, the sash window services available from Ventrolla allow the character and history of a building to be maintained whilst also improving the performance and functionality of the windows themselves.

The Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS), tackling draughts and rattles as well as the Sash Removal System (SRS), allowing the entire window to be removed for maintenance and upkeep, are two products which make the preservation of heritage simple.

With over 25 years worth of experience and Ventrolla’s free, non-obligatory survey, which individually assesses each window in order to retain as much of the existing profile as possible, there has never been an easier way of breathing new life into old sash windows, improving both performance and aesthetics.

For your Free, no-obligation survey and quotation visit www.ventrolla.co.uk or call free on 0800 0277 454.