HERITAGE WINDOWS – 2017 STYLE

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So how do you combine the luxury of modern security features, heat retention and quality whilst trying to keep the character of your property. Modern heritage windows are designed to do just that. With a wide range of special features, we can tailor-make your installation to suit the style of your property and even, using the most up to date uPVC technology, give your property the look and feel of its original design.

You can select from a range of special designs with luxury features in a variety of finishes including:

 

  • Tilt and turn windows with the benefit of controlled ventilation and easy cleaning.
  • Vertical sliding windows which perfectly mirror the features of traditional wooden sash windows but with all the benefits of uPVC technology.
  • Run-through sash horns which replicate the traditional techniques of manufacture in modern fabrication.

To really enhance your heritage windows why not also look at enriching your propertSash_1y with decorative glass panels to really give you the kerb wow factor. Choosing from diamond or square leaded glass to bespoke coloured glass designs or adding arched overheads can really enhance your property.

Whatever your needs our design consultants are here to give advice and guidance to give you the best options for your home, so for an informal chat call 020 8683 1234 and we will be happy to help.

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SECURITY IN MIND

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Many people worry at this time of year that their homes are not secure, especially when they are away visiting over the holidays or have an abundance of gifts under the tree.  Sadly, the winter months are the peak time for breaking and entering your home with the dark nights making it much easier for criminals to hide themselves.

But all is not lost, modern windows and doors have been specifically designed to combat even the most persistent offender.

So here are our top tips for keeping your property secure:

  • Make sure your house is externally neat and tidy, they will assume that if you are lax in your home security, open gate or single lock on door, at the front of your house you will be even more lax at the rear making it easier to break in.
  • Invest in doors that have double secure locks that are obvious.
  • Make sure all windows are fitted with a multi-point locking system.
  • Lock all windows even if you are going out for a few minutes.
  • Doors should be fiited with a 5-lever mortice deadlock.
  • Ensure door frames are strong and can support the door, hinges and locks.
  • Fit letterboxes with an internal cover plate.
  • Avoid leaving valuables, and in particular, keys in reach of letter boxes or windows.

Criminal techniques are very advanced now although it is worth remembering that they will also know they will know that newly installed windows and doors will have all of the following and are much harder to break into:

Windows

    • Locking wedge
    • Hingeguards
    • Hardened steel shootbolt and roller locking
    • Centre lock

Doors

    • Hingebolts
    • Endurance tested hinges
    • Hardened hookbolts
    • Central deadbolt
    • Stainless steel handles
    • Rollercam locks

So, if you are looking for peace of mind in 2017 upgrading your windows and doors to a secure system could be the solution.

Call Astral today for an in-depth guide to improving security in your home. 020 8683 1234.

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CASE STUDY – WHITGIFT SCHOOL

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Installing windows in a domestic property can be a challenge but installing windows in a school is almost certainly a challenge with the scale and planning of such a project, to fit in with the school timetable, a significant factor in managing a large installation.

We have worked closely with several schools in recent years planning and managing projects to work around the academic year, working closely with the on-site facilities team to ensure that Health and Safety and school policies are adhered to.

One of our most recent projects has been with Whitgift School in Croydon. In 2016 the school wanted to mount an exhibition to commemorate the students that had fought during WW1.  As part of this project they decided that the building that was to house the exhibition needed to be upgraded and worked with Astral to project manage the installation.  Working with Mark Blendell, the school looked at increasing light into the hall by replacing the high-level sky light windows. They also wanted to make the entrance more accessible to incorporate the exhibition graphics to create a stunning entry point for visitors.

The outcome gave the exhibition team the opportunity to display amazing graphics within the windows and the school were exceptionally pleased with the outcome.

“Astral have always given Whitgift School an extremely prompt and efficient service, often working to tight deadlines.  They have also successfully undertaken a couple of very challenging projects and have come up with effective and workable solutions.  Combined with excellent customer service, professional installation and competitive prices the School will continue to make full use of Astral going forward.”

James Stremes, Whitgift School, Croydon, Surrey

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Proud Members of Age UK London Business Directory

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At Astral Security Windows, we are delighted to have been verified and accepted as a proud member of the Age UK London Business Directory.  So, what does this mean?

Launched in 2013 the Age UK London Directory and Helpline enables people to connect with a trusted trader who has been approved by the charity.  The aim of the directory is simple, to protect consumers from rogue traders and to give them businesses that have been fully vetted and checked by their staff giving access to trusted businesses who offer good service, quality products and excellent workmanship.

All business applying to be in the directory has to undergo a quality check and we are delighted that Astral passed with flying colours.

One of the things the Age UK London particularly liked about our business was the fact that not only do our window products meet British Standards but Astral are one of the few glazing specialists that have been awarded the BS Kitemark for window and door installation and survey (BS552490) which means all our fitters have been trained to this standard and offer an exceptional level of fitting.

Currently we are the only glazing solution specialist approved by Age UK London in Sutton, Merton, Croydon and Kingston.

If you would like to check out the directory you can online www.saferservices.london or call the helpline on 0800 334 5056.

We are looking forward to working with the team at Age UK London and supporting their community in 2017.

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Garden Room to Games Room – The Ultimate Conservatory

 

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Fast car! Speed boat! Yacht! The ultimate boy’s toys and all things that might heavily feature when dreaming about winning the lottery, but frankly, and let’s be honest, that’s a dream that has very high odds. However, with a little thought and investment could you impress your family with a great idea and equally give yourself your own miniature indoor sports stadium, think dart board, snooker table and wide screen TV.

With the current political climate, more and more people are nervous about moving house. So why not look to extend and invest in your property and give yourself the games room you have always wanted.  People often think that extending their home is a major undertaking with planning permission and building regulations, however investing in a garden room or conservatory means that these don’t apply and therefore this is a win-win solution.

Advances in technology have made conservatories a modern alternative to an extension and with a flexible roofing system, with both solid and glazed panels, they can be used 365 days of the year giving you a head start with the indoor sports, England play Scotland this week in a World Cup qualifier and World Darts begins in December!

So why not think about investing and enjoying the extra space in your current home and save yourself the hassle of moving house.

If you want to know how we can plan your new room for you give us a call on 020 8683 1234

 

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