Warm up this winter
Whether looking at replacement windows and doors, or considering an extension to your home, thermal efficiency has never been more important. Up to 30 per cent of your home’s heat loss can be through the windows, while 25 per cent can go through a roof, so it pays to understand the thermal efficiency of any home improvement.
Watch the rating
To window shop the smart way, it’s important to get to grips with Window Energy Ratings (WER). Similar to the ratings found on home appliances, WER ranges from A (meaning most energy efficient) down to G. UK building regulations stipulate a ‘C’ rating as the standard window rating expected in modern homes.
With windows and doors, as in many areas of life, technology moves on quickly. Just five years ago doors and windows were installed that today would not achieve a C rating.Opting for A rated windows, which Securahome fits as standard, will minimise your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills meaning a better return on your home improvement investment. When it comes to an existing conservatory, if it’s uncomfortably chilly at this time of year, there are options that can transform it into a year-round room.
Glazing is the first port of call. Improvements in technology mean that a window or door installed just five years ago could be around 30 per cent less efficient than one installed today.
Set the ceiling
However the most dramatic improvement in thermal efficiency comes from replacing the roof. Securahome has two solid roof options that can be retrofitted to an existing conservatory or added into the design of a new construction. The LivinRoof is a contemporary-styled roof that offers the versatility to add glazed panels for added light. Strikingly modern, it is constructed from insulated composite external panels and Kingspan slab insulation, which are strong and robust yet extremely thermally efficient.
For a more traditional feel, our other solid roof option gives the appearance of slate or tiles. It has similar thermal properties to a traditionally constructed solid roof, without the weight, meaning it can be retrofitted to an existing conservatory. Both solid roofs transform the look of the conservatory inside and out, allowing for plastered ceilings and down-lighters, for a contemporary feel.
To further improve the thermal efficiency of your conservatory opt for Loggia columns. These super-insulated, columns are up to five times more thermally efficient than brick and very fast to construct. With specially designed, stylish, floor to ceiling heaters, the Loggia columns make for a modern and comfortable room that you will want to use whatever the weather.