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Benefits Of Upvc Doors

As trusted and award-winning (not that we like to blow our own trumpet, but have you seen how many awards we’ve won?!!!) builders in Bolton we are dedicated to providing the very best advice and service for all of you and your home’s needs. And so that is why we have spent time and effort training all of our staff in the correct installation of UPVC windows, doors, soffits and facias. Unless you have a particular yearning for wooden doors and window frames (in which case we will supply and fit you some absolutely amazing ones!) we would always recommend opting for UPVC as it has many benefits over the traditional wooden options.

In particular today, we wanted to discuss some of the benefits of getting Wisecraft to fit you a brand new UPVC door. For the uninitiated UPVC is an acronym for unplasticised poly vinyl chloride and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for new and replacement exterior doors for many of the reasons outlined below:


UPVC doors are actually made from a core of galvanised steel around which the UPVC is wrapped. This makes the doors incredibly strong and almost impossible to break through, unlike their wooden counterparts. Also as most UPVC doors are fitted with a 5 point locking system, they are significantly more invader-proof that a wooden door, especially if it only has a single Yale style lock. It has also been reported that home invaders are less likely to target properties that have UPVC doors and other fittings, as they know that they are so much more difficult to breach. Instead they are more likely to move on to easier pickings elsewhere. 

Long Lasting

Another advantage of UPVC doors is their long lasting qualities, so much so that many manufacturers offer them with a 10 year guarantee. Unlike wooden doors, UPVC doors are not affected by the elements and can stand up to the worst that the British weather can throw at them (and we certainly know about wet weather here in Bolton!). Whereas wooden doors in a damp climate such as ours can be subject to warping and shrinking, UPVC doors will stay solidly resolute and continue to fit snugly into their surround for many years. 

Simple Maintenance

UPVC doors also require very little maintenance, as they are not affected by the ravages of the weather. You can now choose your UPVC door in a myriad of colours that will not fade or weather and will therefore never require repainting. At most to keep your door looking spick and span simply give your fixtures a polish and wipe down the surface of the door with a damp cloth.

So if you are interested in replacing your exterior doors with UPVC, contact Wisecraft Ltd today.


Published Date: 27th July 2015
Category: General, Handy Tips



The Pros And Cons Of A Loft Conversion

If you are looking for ways of creating more space in your home, a loft conversion is often the first thing that comes to mind. It has the benefit of usually being very easy to organise in terms of regulations, require no planning permission and dependent on the size of your home you may be able to get one or even two rooms out of the space available.

If you need to make more room on your home and haven’t decided if a loft conversion is for you, take a look at our pros and cons before making your final decision.


Extra Space

This may sound quite obvious but if you have a relatively small home then a loft conversion could really open it up and provide you with that additional bedroom or office that you need. There is no need for a traditional home extension and simply adding space upstairs means you can skip the need to gain planning permission or agonise over whether you want to sacrifice garden or yard space for more rooms.


Loft conversions are almost always cheaper per square metre than a traditional home extension as though there is building work, there is no need for major structural changes. Adding a loft conversion to your home can also increase its value, by as much as 20% according to some property experts and this means it is a great investment for the future, should you plan to leave your home in years to come.

No Effect on the Neighbours

An extension, especially a double storey one, can affect the views and experiences of your neighbours, you could also find that your new space is overlooked and therefore it feels awkward and less private than you would like. With this in mind a traditional extension is quite strictly limited with where windows can go and how they have to be laid out whilst with a loft conversion you can choose the style of window you like and enjoy your space in privacy.


Losing Storage Space

If your loft is currently your main storage area, where will all the things go? It can be difficult to find new homes for everything you store in the loft when it is turned into a functioning room but you could choose to use the lowest points of the room to build in cupboards and utilise this for storage.

Tight and Narrow

You may find that your loft conversion is not suitable as a room for sleeping in, simply because of the sloped ceiling that many conversions will have and ceilings less than 2 metres could be problematic when it comes to fitting in furniture let alone standing up with ease.

Not Always Possible

Getting your heart set on a loft conversion is not a good idea until you have had an expert’s opinion. Houses with low pitched rooves are not always suitable to be converted and therefore you could find yourself disappointed. Others can be converted but they require roof remodelling and it can get costly. There are also strict regulations surrounding roof remodelling for the purpose of loft conversion so it is worth talking to an expert before you make your decision.

At Wisecraft we have worked on many loft conversions and can provide impartial advice and suggestions, helping you to decide if it is the right choice for your home.


Published Date: 7th July 2015
Category: General


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