Five Irresistible Invites For Burglars.

Some things are hard to pass by – two for one on ice cream multipacks, small dogs that really want their ears scratched, and – if you’re a burglar – some of the following common mistakes are really hard to let go without a closer look. Here’s what draws the eye of the average thief…

1. Unlocked doors and windows

Nipped off to the shops for five minutes? Warm sun beating through the living room window? Decided to leave it open a little crack, since you’ll only be gone five minutes? Probably better not to – burglars see this as a welcome invitation!

Talk to Dalmatian today about your window and door security – we can help.

2. Visible keys

These days, it’s not as simple as leaving a spare key under the plant pot. Burglars are sharp enough to take a look around all the obvious places. If you need to keep a spare key nearby, you’re safer to leave it with a neighbour or a friend.

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Visible keys

It’s not enough to make sure you haven’t left your keys outside, either. You should also make sure to keep your window keys securely away from view.

3. Signs you’re not home

Heading away on holiday? Any newspaper subscriptions or milk orders piling up are a sure-fire sign that nobody’s home, so be sure to put them on hold.

Likewise, when the lights are off, nobody’s home. A set of light timers can give the impression of an active house every evening.

4. Easy pickings

There’s nothing a burglar likes better than an easy target. Student houses are usually empty over the holidays, and elderly people can often be vulnerable. In circumstances like these, it pays to have properly secure locks and alarms in the home. Take a look at our new secure doors, perfect for the security conscious home-owner:

It’s not just the indoor stuff that thieves are after, either. Leaving your gardening tools around is a really easy way to find yourself in need of some replacement gardening tools, since they’re so easy to snatch, make off with and sell on. Keep them locked up!

5. Hiding places

Burglars like a good spot they can hide in while they take a proper look for valuables. Any obstructions, such as pot plants or statues, set neatly in front of your ground floor windows, can do a lot to stop any loitering. It always helps to have your house well-lit, which a motion-activated light can ensure without wasting money and energy leaving lights on all night.

Security Flood Light Attached to brick wall

So keep your house well-lit, your doors and windows locked securely, and don’t leave anything lying about (including keys), and your house shouldn’t provide any kind of temptation for passing opportunists. If you are concerned about the security of your doors and windows, Dalmatian can help. Book a visit today:

Invest in Tilt & Turn Windows

Why should I invest in Tilt & Turn Windows?

Dalmatian Windows Double Glazed Tilt & Turn Window suppliers are a good investment because of the following:

tilt and turn windows that have been openedTilt & Turn Windows open inward for easy cleaning and improved ventilation and have two different opening positions (1) from the top like traditional Casement Windows and (2) from the side so you are safe and in your home should you want to clean them.

Dalmatian Window’s Double Glazed Tilt and Turn Windows are available in a diverse range of fixed panes, colours and styles. So whether it’s a bungalow with bay windows or a flat, 2 up in a tenement close, our Tilt & Turn windows will not only increase the value of your home, but they will save you money on your heating bills because the thermal flow of your home will improve because our A rated Energy Efficient Double Glazing.

Dalmatian’s Tilt and Turn Windows are also approved by the Police through their “Secured by Design” initiative, which uses the principles of natural surveillance and defensible space, which should give you peace of mind that your home and family are safe and secure. We only ever fit the very latest in locking mechanisms in our uPVC Windows, Doors and should you be considering a Conservatory, all of our conservatories bear the “Secured by Design” logo because they too have been tested and approved by the police. Our Tilt & Turn Windows complement and match perfectly with other Dalmatian home improvements as they are an exact match to our conservatory roof system. This style can be made to very large dimensions compared to other ranges, and this increases the amount of natural daylight that comes into your home.

6 Steps to an Energy Efficient Home

house being painted green symbolising energy savingHere at Dalmatian, we focus mainly on three things; the satisfaction of our customers; the quality design of our products; and the continuous improvement of both our security features and energy efficient technology.

We have combined the three for this blog post in order to bring you 6 Steps to an Energy Efficient Home. Kick off with step one, sit back, and watch the savings pile up!

1. Look out for your general appliances

All over your house you’ve got electricity being used up when you’re not around, and there’s lots of tiny ways that you can save on the usage; Only fill your kettle with the amount you need to boil, fill your washing machine and dishwasher completely before turning them on, and try turning your thermostat down by a degree or two.

You’ll be surprised by huge the difference these small actions can make.

Oh, and when you’re turning in for the evening, remember to turn everything off. No sense keeping your TV on standby when you’re in bed fast asleep, is there?

2. Double-Glaze your windows

Keeping your curtains closed at nighttime can seriously reduce the amount of heat that escapes, keeping your home nice and toasty. Or you could do one better, and replace your single panes of glass with double-glazed windows from Dalmatian.

Once they’re fitted, you won’t just notice the difference in heat – you could be saving upwards of a hundred and fifty pounds a year in heating bills. The satisfaction of that money in your pocket should be enough to keep you warm at night, all by itself.

Take a look at our ‘Double Glazing Energy Efficiency’ range and start seeing the savings immediately.

3. Know how you’re heating your home

It’s important to know what kind of boiler you own in your home, since it’s likely that at least half of your monthly fuel bills are going to home heating. If your boiler’s quite old, it’s more likely to be running at a lower level than it’s peak efficiency.

You can also keep the heat in your home during the colder months of the year by upgrading your doors and windows with Dalmatian’s specialist energy efficient technology. See how much you could save on heating here.

4. Insulate your home, well

There’s a lot of room for insulation in a home, and if you’re doing it right then you’re using the minimum amount of energy for the maximum amount of results. Cavity wall insulation can save you hundreds of pounds a year, and double glazing in your windows can do just the same.

And don’t forget to keep your boiler and your water pipes insulated – your hot water is going to stay a whole lot hotter.

5. Consider your utilities providers.

These days, there’s no shortage of available utilities companies, and there’s no reason not to keep your options open and your eye on any deals.

The easiest and simplest way to save on your monthly energy bills is to just pay less for them in the first place.

6. Install an energy monitor.

Energy monitors don’t do anything to save you money in and of themselves, but what they can do is pinpoint those areas where you might be wasting energy, and you can decide from there where you could make the small changes that could lead to big savings.

The final step on this energy efficient journey is to relax in your warm home, enjoy the extra cash in your pocket, and bask in your pollution-free conscience. Enjoy!

Bi­-Fold Doors – What They Are & Why You Need Them

Do you love to host family and friends for summer barbecue parties and want to create a welcoming atmosphere for your guests?

Do you hate how your door wildly swings open and bang as it’s closed?

Or do you enjoy the freshness of the evening breeze as it gently floats into your living room?

Bi-Fold Doors may be the ideal solution!  Our double glazed Bi-­fold doors are easy to ­use, elegant, and perfect for creating a household that blends the warmth of a home with the openness and freshness of the evening breeze.

What are Bi-Fold Doors?

Bi-Fold doors are folding doors connected by hinge joints that allows for multiple doors to fold up on top of each another, sliding effortlessly back to reveal a large, unobstructed opening, they help create a beautiful, bright, warm living space, bringing the outside in– whatever the weather.

Bi-Fold doors do this as they are specifically designed for space saving and you may have already seen them in operation on a friend or family members conservatory.

Bi-­Fold Door Installers You Can Trust

At Dalmatian Windows, we professionally install double glazed Bi­-Folding Doors are a popular choice for both. They open up in seconds, creating an open atmosphere perfect for a variety of needs.

Our artisan colour options offer you maximum flexibility to personalise windows, bi-fold doors and conservatories to your own personal taste and enhance the style of your home.  For more information about the choices available to you, please get in touch with out friendly staff and we will be only too happy to discuss our range of products and answer any questions that you may have, even if your questions are about products or services not related to Double glazed Bi-fold doors.

7 Creative Ways To Improve Your Home With A Sunroom

Enjoy reading, and want to open your home to natural sunlight? Want to utilize the sun’s natural heating properties to bring warmth to your house? Looking for an ideal gathering space for your family?

If you are looking to extend your house and provide extra space, a sun room is an ideal option. They’re cost ­effective and multinational, and integrate smoothly with the rest of your home.

The Dalmatian Windows team have put together seven of the most popular uses for sun rooms. We have seen these transform people’s houses overnight. As you read through the list, let your imagination run free and consider the different ways you could use a sun room, and once you know what you want to use it for, let Dalmatian Windows provide you with a competitive quote to create your ideal space. We can build you a sun room that is exactly what you are looking for.

1. Dining Area

One of the main concerns people have with a sun room is that it will be too cold in the Winter. Obviously a room isn’t a valuable addition to your home if you can only use it 3 months out of the year! However, sun rooms can let you enjoy the white beauty of a cold winter’s day in the warmth of an enclosed space.

2. Indoor Greenhouse

Many people fill their sunrooms with plants You can add one, two or more potted plants or flowers to your sunroom to provide more oxygen, and to anchor the room in a natural setting.

3. A Reading Area:

Install comfortable couches or plush seats in your sunroom, and enjoy your favourite books in the natural light.

4. Entertainment Space

Install a TV and surround sound system in your sunroom. Consider placing your furniture along the window, facing inside, for an enclosed atmosphere. You can even install a bar along the inside wall for the perfect hosting area.

5. Gym / Exercise Area

Install your sun room to make space for exercise machines and an indoor exercise area.  Your exercise will be more enjoyable with plenty of natural sunlight!

6. Family room

Install an entertainment system, play area, games shelf, and tables. A sun room blends the best of the inside and outside, and is a great place to relax with your family. You can even install doors to the outside, and supervise your children’s play from the comfort of your couch.

7. Indoor Spa Area

Install an indoor spa. Enjoy the starry night sky while relaxing in the soothing warm waters.

Once you have an idea for how to use your sun room, give us a call. We will develop a customized solution that fits your needs. If your focus is on using your sun room as a way to collect solar heat, we recommend using thicker, insulated windows that wrap around most of the structure.

If you envision a room that can be opened for fresh air, we will accommodate this. Greenhouses require fresh air, light, and protection from temperature fluctuations, and a customized solution will take these into account.

You can also choose whether you want your sun room to be totally enclosed, with doors, or open to adjoining parts of the house. Our sun rooms are Secured By Design so you can be assured that we have your security in mind.

Patio Door Installation Glasgow

We specialise in providing a patio door installation here at Dalmatian Windows and have provided this service to customers in Glasgow for a number of years now. We have gained an excellent reputation over the years we have provided patio door installation to customers in Glasgow, this is because we offer a service that is reliable and honest.patio doors that are shut

Each of our joiners are highly experienced and are fully trained to provide a patio door installation, they also take attention to detail when they are installing patio doors for customers; so you can expect your installation to be carried out to the highest of standards.

We provide highly competitive prices to those in Glasgow who are interested in coming to us for our patio door installation and our customers regularly tell us that this service is great value for money, so you don’t need to worry about spending large sums of money on this service. We would also be more than happy to provide you with a quotation before we get started, this will inform you of the total cost for our patio door installation.

If you are interested in our patio door installation and want to find out more information or you would like to arrange for us to come out and fit your patio doors then all you have to do is give us a call or fill out the contact form that we have on our contact page, we can then tell you a bit more about this service and/or arrange for one of our team to come out to your property and provide you with a quote.

Double Glazing Windows Lanarkshire

Here at Dalmatian Windows we have a wide range of double glazing windows to choose from in different styles and colours. By having a range to choose from we are able to provide windows to suit every property regardless of whether you have a modern or a traditional property. girl sat by a window that is double glazed

Single glazed windows have been found to provide incredibly poor insulation as they generally let heat escape and let cold temperatures in too easily, this is why double glazing windows have become the perferred option for most homeowners in Lanarkshire. 

Our double glazing windows can provide a number of different benefits to homeowners in Lanarkshire, some of the benefit include:

They can help you to save money on your heating bills – This is because with double glazing you will be able to reduce the amount of heat that is escaping through your windows, this will then reduce the amount of money that is spent on heating your home. 

They can reduce noise pollution in your home – They can reduce noise pollution in your home by lowering the amount of external noise that reaches into your room. 

They can reduce your carbon footprint – This is because your home will be better insulated which will mean you will use less energy to heat your rooms, ultimately resulting in your home creating fewer CO2 emissions. 

It can reduce damp and condensation – This is because it reduces internal condensation. 

Our double glazing windows come in UPVC which is superior to wooden windows because unlike wooden windows they don’t rot or warp. They also don’t discolour which therefore means they don’t require any painting. 

We provide decent prices to property owners interested in coming to us for our double glazed windows and would be more than happy to discuss the cost should you be interested in coming to us. 

For more information on what we can offer to you and other property owners in Lanarkshire all you have to do is give us a call.