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  1. Save money on your heating bills

    Autumn is here - Save money on your heating bills by installing secondary glazing

    As the summer has gone and the days are getting cooler and shorter, thoughts are turning back to those awful heating bills we had last year! 

    If you live in an older property with single glazed, or inefficient double glazed, windows you will be losing a large amount of the heat you are generating, literally straight out of your windows. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to replace these windows with new double glazed ones. So, what can we do to make our homes warmer and cut our heating bills without breaking the bank?

    The answer is Ecoease secondary glazing. This neat and discreet magnetic secondary glazing is a fraction of the cost of new windows. Also, as it is easily removable and doesn’t permanently change the fabric of your windows, you won’t need planning permissions even if you have a listed property.

    Ecoease works by creating an air tight seal

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  2. Roof Vents – Your solution for a hot conservatory


    During an earlier period in my life, I lived in a house that had a glass conservatory. It was one of the things I liked best about the house. I would spend hours lounging on the sofa with a book in my hand gazing out into the garden. I used it throughout the Spring and Autumn and even during the hot summer months of the year.

    People often complain about heat build-up in their conservatory, but my conservatory had a unique feature, it had the ability to raise the ridge, (the highest part) of the roof, to let the hot air out. Warm air rises and in

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  3. Universal Edge Trim or Aluminium F section?

    Universal Edge Trim or Aluminium F section? Which is best for a rafter supported roof?

    Both of these sections are used to create an end bar at the right and left edges of your rafter supported roof.

    The powder coated aluminium one is obviously more expensive than its PVC cousin. Your choice should however, not be based purely on cost as each section has its own merits and is better used with specific glazing bars.

    The Universal Edge Trim or PVC F section

    This section was created specifically as a trim for PVC capped rafter bars. Designed to fill the outside of the bar to easily create an end bar. The two prongs on the underside of the section replace the gasket in the outside of the glazing bars, clipping into the place where it would have been. It is not designed to be used on its own as it has no structural strength and will not be effective against wind uplift. This trim will balance up the bar and create

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  4. PVC capped rafter bars - value for money?

    PVC capped rafter bars or ‘snap down bars’!

    PVC capped bars are a cheaper option than aluminium screw down ones. Does that mean they are low quality? Not at all!

    By far our best selling rafter glazing bar is our PVC capped snap down one. The bar offers a great combination of being neat, easy to fit, and very good value for money. This bar is suitable for polycarbonate sheets but not for glass. We also have a range of aluminium capped rafter bars which are suitable for glass.

    The bar is easily adapted from an intermediate bar (one that joins between two sheets) and an end bar. To create your end bar, simply click in a universal edge trim (PVC F section) this will balance up the outside of the bar and neatly cloak off the edge of your roof.

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  5. A Guide to Door Canopies

    A door canopy is a feature of a home that may sometimes be overlooked, but a well-constructed and designed structure can make a big difference to the aesthetic appeal and functionality of a property. A door canopy serves as both a practical shelter from the outside elements, and also is an eye-catching architectural feature that is a surefire way to boost kerb appeal.

    Whether you’re looking for protection, style, and more, a door canopy is always a good investment. Here at The Glazing Shop, we offer more than just roof glazing products, and have a wide range of  over door canopies.

    But what different kinds are available, and what makes them such a great feature?

    We’ve written this guide to find out, so let’s take a look.

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  6. Why Polycarbonate is Ideal for the Amateur Builder

    For many of us, spending weekends performing DIY tasks is an enjoyable experience. Not only is it a great way of picking up new skills and improving our home, but it also can save us money and time in waiting to find a builder who has the capacity to work on a project. When it comes to doing DIY, having the right tools and equipment to do a good job is very important. Something that is always a great option is polycarbonate, and here at The Glazing Shop, we sell this to many amateur builders looking to do some work on their property across the UK.

    We’ve created this guide to let you know what makes polycarbonate so good for DIY, so let’s take a look.

    What Makes Polycarbonate So Good for DIY? 

    Unless you are highly skilled in a certain trade, most home builders don’t have the same level of expertise and knowledge as professionals. This means that you

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  7. The Sunwood aluminium capped rafter bar

    The Sunwood aluminium capped rafter bar – why it is top of our list and should be top of your roof!!

    When looking for a rafter bar there are lots of different types out there to suit a range of projects and a wide range of budgets. The best of the bunch in our opinion is the aluminium capped rafter bar from the Sunwood range.

    This range has been tried and tested in the market place for over 30 years and this simply designed yet very attractive bar has been there from the start.

    It has many advantages over a PVC capped bar both in terms of appearance and strength. It costs a bit more due to its powder coated aluminium make up but there are many benefits to easily justify that.

    It suits any thickness of glazing

    The bar top cap screws down to accommodate any thickness

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  8. Debunking 4 Common Myths About Polycarbonate Roofing

    When it comes to roofing materials for conservatories that want to let in natural light, there are often two choices.

    Glass or polycarbonate.

    There are sometimes accusations that get thrown at polycarbonate roofing, and throughout this guide we’re going to answer these, and the results may surprise you.

    Let’s take a look.

    Why We’re Happy to Debunk Your Myths

    We’re always delighted to speak to our customers and answer any questions or concerns they have regarding any of our products.

    In this case, with polycarbonate roofing, there are frequently asked questions that we are happy share information on, including the four below.

    But why do we think this is so important? Well, here are three key reasons:

    ·       It Gives Out Accurate Information – It is hard to

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  9. How to Care for Your Polycarbonate Roofing

    Polycarbonate is a popular roofing choice across many homes in the UK, and there are many reasons for this.

    It has great thermal qualities, is versatile and efficient to install, and also has great impact resistance and durability.

    Polycarbonate doesn’t last forever though. Like every other aspect of your property, it must be maintained and cared for to make sure it is always producing optimal performance and maintaining its longevity.

    But how can you do this? Well, in this guide we’re going to give you five tips that will ensure your polycarbonate roofing works like new right throughout its lifespan.

    But first, let’s start at the beginning.

    What is the Life Expectancy of a Polycarbonate Roof

    A good estimate for how long a polycarbonate roof will stay in

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  10. The Benefits of Using Polycarbonate Roofing on Your Property

    There are many different options when it comes to choosing a material for your roof.

    One of these is polycarbonate.

    This type of roofing material is often seen on structures such as conservatories, skylights, and canopies, but does have many other uses.

    But why do so many people choose polycarbonate sheets for their roof?

    Well, we’ve created this guide to answer just that question.

    Let’s take a look

    What is Polycarbonate Roofing?

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