WORRIED ABOUT SECURITY? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE:
One of the biggest fears for homeowners this year is security and having their home broken into. But this isn’t surprising considering that 76% of all burglaries were through a poorly secured door. As well as 31% that were entered by forcing a lock. So what can we do to protect ourselves against burglaries?
The British Standard 3 Star Maximum Cylinder Security from ERA is the lock we recommend here at Select Windows. The lock has been independently tested to meet the latest industry security standards. This offers maximum protection and peace of mind.
The high performance lock contains six hardened high security pins which means it is the ultimate defence against snapping, bumping and picking. These sections of the lock prevent intruders from accessing the inner workings of the lock as well as protecting from intruders drilling through the keyhole.
At Select Windows we believe you should always feel safe in your own home. That’s why we pride ourselves on our attention to security on all of our products.
We offer a range of extra security features such as locking systems, reinforced hinges and child safety mechanisms. We ensure that you can relax in the knowledge that you are safe.
Our products are accredited by Secured by Design, a police backed initiative awarded to products with security features as their main priority.
ANTI – SNAP
Two sacrificial sections means if the Fortress cylinder is snapped, the two front sections will break off, preventing the intruder from getting access to the inner workings of the lock giving superb Anti-Snap protection.
ANTI – PICK & ANTI – BUMP
With six trap pins and over 98,000 differs, Bumping the pins or Picking the lock becomes time consuming and therefore redundant. Giving you a cylinder with the very best Anti – Bump and Anti-Pick protection.
ANTI – DRILL
The use of hardened pins protect from an intruder drilling through the keyhole to access the lock. Multiple pins prevent a drill bit penetrating the lock, for maximum Anti-Drill protection.
FREE DOOR UPGRADE FOR BURGLED WALSALL PENSIONER
After Edgar Merrick, 86 and his wife Beryl, 84 were burgled in their home in Walsall, Select Windows fitted their new windows. After meeting the shook up couple, it was then offered by the company to upgrade their front door for more security.
The Brookhurst Crescent house was broken into via the back bedroom window, whilst Edgar and his wife were downstairs. On hearing a noise, he headed upstairs where he was forced to the ground by the burglar, who then ran off with a bracelet. Edgar, who has been married to his wife for 63 years, shouted Beryl to call the police.
Needing their window replacing, the couple phoned Select Windows. Chris Wood, the Sales Manager says they went out straight away to the couple; “As we were installing his rear bedroom window, where the burglars got in we felt that his front door was also at risk. We upgraded it to a front composite door for the added security for him and his wife, as they were both shook up.”
Edgar and Beryl were very grateful for the work, he said “It was really nice of them and the door is lovely.”
Are you worried about security? Call us on 01543 370 666 and book a free quotation on a secure door.
CONSERVATORY VS ORANGERY:
WHICH BETTER SUITS YOUR HOME?
Orangery or Conservatory? It’s one of our most frequently asked questions – what exactly is the difference? We know it can be a complete minefield out there for information, so we have outlined exactly what the differences are. At Select Windows, no matter what you are looking for we can create the best result for you.
– CONSERVATORY –
A conservatory tends to contain a lot more glass than an orangery. The roof is usually a fully glazed unit with no flat roof to separate the guttering and the glass units. With this in mind, a conservatory roof opens up a great deal of natural light.
With minimal brickwork, conservatories are often used as a room for viewing the garden whilst incorporating similar design features to the rest of the house. Enjoyable all year round, the conservatory makes a great addition to the home.
The concept of the conservatory dates back to the beginning of the 17th Century. It was around this time that European countries began using conservatories as a fashionable green house. People had began to see benefits in this style of glass architecture and they became much more than a place to grow exotic plants.
– ORANGERY –
Orangeries tend to have more brickwork but contain large windows within the construction as well as glass within the roof. There are countless designs available for orangeries but the main concept features a large plastered flat roof with the addition of a roof lantern that adds the natural light to the room. Roof lanterns are available in many different shapes and can be used to conjoin one room to another to create an extended room.
Orangeries are often designed with matching material to the house to become part of it, rather than just an extension.
The orangery dates back to the 17th-19th Century and was often found among the wealthy and “fashionable” elites. Founded in Italy and then architecturally adapted in Holland, the orangery soon became viewed as a status symbol among the wealthy.
AWARD WINNING FLATS REFURBISHMENT WITH PROFILE 22
Triple glazed PVC-u windows played their part in a major refurbishment for Merseyside-based One Vision Housing, a not-for-profit social housing provider with around 13,000 homes across Sefton, Liverpool and Wirral.
The work was for 96 units in eight blocks that make up Hornby Flats in Litherland, where the replacement windows were used alongside external wall insulation to reduce carbon emissions as well as residents’ heating costs. A mark of the success of the project, it gained a ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ award for its re-use of existing buildings in the annual ‘Builder and Engineer Awards’.
With a total cost of £2.4million, the project received £1million of funding from REECH, (Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Community Housing) a project managed by Sefton Council and financed by the European Regional Development Fund, aimed at improving energy efficiency in some of the Liverpool City Region’s most deprived communities.
The 520 white casement windows and 120 PVC-U doors were made using the Profile 22 FS70 system by Walsall-based fabricator Select Windows, a company with extensive experience in commercial refurbishment and social work as well as a member of the Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor scheme.
This scheme offers clients access to a UK-wide network of experienced window contractors, trained in matters such as construction law and site management and fully supported by Profile 22’s own technical and specification teams. It also offers specifiers benefits such as a completely free design and specification service, where many other system suppliers and schemes would charge for such a service. Select Windows also spent some time before the work began assisting architects with the design, to accommodate features such as render insulation.
With the Hornby Flats contract, One Vision Housing had not only specified Profile 22 by name but also insisted on triple glazing, because of the need for a high standard of energy efficiency. The resulting casement windows therefore contributed significantly to the priority on heat retention for the overall refurbishment project.
The main contractor on the project was Seddon Construction. Select Windows MD Gary Wylde credited all contractors and other bodies for a level of co-operation and communication that helped the project to run as smoothly as it did, and he added: “I believe the quality of the Main Contractor and how they work with their sub- contractors is one of the main reasons for the success of the project.”
As well as Seddon Construction and REECH, One Vision Housing worked in partnership with Cost Consultants WYG, Trowers and Hamlins, Architectural practice Halsall Lloyd Partnership (HLP) and was able to turn the project around within an accelerated timescale.
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