Five signs you need to replace your uPVC windows

UPVC windows are one of the most cost-efficient, high-quality and easy to maintain windows available. However, there comes a time when your uPVC windows need replacing. Therefore, it’s important you’re aware of the warning signs that could be putting your home, your health, and your bank balance at risk.

So, to help you out, here are 5 signs you need to replace your uPVC windows.

  1. Your home is draughty


One of the signs that your windows need replacing is the presence of draughts in your home. Often, people tend to notice draughts in their home during the winter. Not only are draughts uncomfortable and cold, they are also a common sign of insulation failure.

Did you know that having draughty windows can cause your energy bills to be around 10-25% higher? Draughts can be an expensive problem! Therefore, to reduce your outgoings, it is worth considering replacing your windows with energy-efficient alternatives. Things like double-glazing in new windows can have a significant impact!

  1. Curtains, carpets, and furniture materials are faded


Have you started noticing that the materials in your home are starting to fade in colour? If the faded materials are close to the window, it’s likely the culprit is single paned glass or old windows that no longer keep out the UV rays. If you think the materials in your home are becoming faded or the plant leaves are yellowing, it may be worth considering a uPVC window replacement.

If you replace your windows with quality double glazing and UV protection panes, you can increase the natural light in your home safely and effectively while also reducing sun glare.

  1. Problems with condensation


One of the most telling signs there are problems with your current windows is condensation. Despite the fact your windows may be double-glazed, there is still the possibility of humidity and moisture infiltration as the windows age. Although there are steps you can take to reduce condensation in your home, the best solution is to replace your windows.

Problems with condensation are often a sign your windows are experiencing seal failure, which happens to old windows over time. Experiencing condensation is another important sign that you may need to replace the glass of your windows.

  1. You’re experiencing noise pollution


Have you found that you’re experiencing a lot of noise in your home, even when all the windows and doors are closed? Have you ever heard of something called noise pollution? Experiencing constant noise from outside, whether from people, weather or traffic, is considered noise pollution and can lead to severe stress and frustration for many family members.

Although we don’t often have control over the noise happening outside, there are ways it can be kept out of our homes. One of the best ways you can do this is by replacing your windows with high-quality, double-glazed uPVC replacements. This should keep your home free from noise, protected, and comfortable.

  1. You don’t have double glazing


An absolute must for every property in the UK is double glazing. There are so many benefits to double-glazed windows, including energy-efficiency, security, durability, and reduced noise pollution. However, if your home was built before 1970 it might have the original single pane windows in place. Single pane windows can put the security of your home at risk, they let in noise, and they are extremely inefficient, raising your bills exponentially.

If you don’t have double-glazed windows you have been seriously missing out. Prioritise replacing all your single glazed window panes with double glazing to help make your home more comfortable and even raise its market value!

Call Admiral today!

If you’ve been meaning to get your windows replaced but just haven’t got around to it, stop putting it off and call us today on 01865 788333. With a team of specialists available to answer your questions and advise you on the best windows for your home, Admiral can help restore your windows to their former glory.

This is a guest post by Rachel from Bamboo Nine.

Author Bio

Rachel is a professional copywriter specialising in high-quality content for a variety of websites. She is passionate about home improvement projects and keen to share her knowledge with others.



Watching the sky: lantern roofs

Does your flat-roofed extension cause adjoining rooms to be too dark? Adding one or more lantern roofs to a flat-roofed extension can transform the space into a desirable living area that is flooded with natural light. This is also likely to add value when it comes time to sell the house.

We can install lantern roofs made with either uPVC or aluminium frames. The latter are usually slimmer (and more expensive) than uPVC frames, so aluminium lanterns offer a greater glazed area – more glass; less frame. With that said, the frames can be attractive design elements in themselves. Lantern roofs are available in various sizes, from a 1 metre square upwards.

Atlas roof (aluminium)
Farndon Road 2
Skypod roof (uPVC)

Which would work best for you? Call us on 01865 788333 to book a no-obligation visit from one of our expert advisers.

Tired of paying for window cleaning?

What’s the worst thing about cleaning upstairs windows?

For some people, it’s going up ladders; for others, it’s paying someone else to go up ladders.

We have a solution that will make your life easier and safer – tilt and turn windows. With easy access to the outside glass from inside the property, tilt and turn windows make a practical and stylish alternative to casement windows. The design also allows the window to be tilted open for ventilation. See more on our website.

For a no-obligation quote, call Admiral today on 01865 788333.


Composite doors – our ranges for 2018

Visage Edinburgh_VISAGE

Since their introduction to the UK market in 1989, the choice of composite doors has expanded enormously. Many British manufacturers now produce composite doors, and there is a vast range to suit every property style.

What is a composite door? It is a door that is manufactured using a variety of materials (hence ‘composite’). Typically, GRP skins form the outer surfaces while, within a wood or steel frame containing striker plates for security, the core is packed with an insulating material – either foam or engineered timber. The door sits in a bespoke reinforced uPVC frame. Outer frames need not be white – in many cases, they can be coloured to match the door or to provide an attractive contrast.

The advantages of composite doors include:

* Energy efficiency

* The look of a timber door but without the need for regular maintenance

* High security

* Quality feel

* Long life

Compared with timber or u-PVC doors, are there any disadvantages? Not really – although, to avoid problems, accurate measuring and expert fitting are essential. Having the door fitted professionally by a reputable company such as Admiral brings a guarantee not just on the door and its outer frame but also on the door’s installation and operation.

At Admiral we continually check the market for the highest quality composite doors at the best prices. The ranges we supply and fit in 2018 are described below.

Solidor composite doors are 48mm thick and feature solid hardwood cores instead of foam cores. Because the timber core is protected by the GRP skin, the door is resistant to warping and bowing. These hefty high-end doors let you feel the quality every time they are opened. Solidor doors have achieved BSI ISO 9001, and are BSI kite-marked. Every Solidor door features an Ultion lock as standard – If a break-in occurs as a result of a lock snapping, Ultion will give you £1000. Solidor manufacture doors in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern.

Residor is Solidor’s more affordable composite door range. These also come with Ultion locks as standard. Residor composite doors feature foam slab inners that are surrounded by a strong 3.6 mm GRP skin  – this is more than twice the thickness of the GRP skins on most other manufacturers’ composite doors.

Visage doors are made by Shepley – a leading British fabricator. Visage use Rehau outer frames and can also supply side screens with glass to match the door. Operating at a smaller production scale than some other manufacturers, Shepley are able to offer excellent after sales support. The door pictured below is the Visage Balmoral that secures our Chilton site office.


All Phoenix door designs feature thermally-efficient foam cores. The Phoenix Meridian range is a rebated door design, which provides an additional weather-strip to enhance thermal and weathering performance Meridian doors are 70 mm thick and feature triple glazing as standard. Phoenix state that their 70 mm Meridian doors are 19% more thermally efficient than 48mm solid timber core composite doors.

Phoenix also offers the Sovereign Collection (also known as The County Collection). These are excellent affordable 44 mm composite doors.

Quick comparison chart

Solidor Residor Phoenix Meridian Phoenix Sovereign Visage
Thickness 48 mm 44 mm 70 mm 44 mm 44 mm
Core material wood foam foam foam foam
Locking Ultion Ultion Yale Yale Yale
Secured by Design Optional Optional Standard Optional Optional
Colour choices 20 6 11 12 18

Most composite door styles can be specified to meet the Secured by Design (SBD) standard. SBD is a Police accreditation scheme that provides homeowners with an independent assurance that their new windows and doors have been manufactured and tested to pre-defined security standards. Depending on the size of the glazed area, the glass will often be laminated in order to meet SBD compliance.

Call Admiral today for your free no-obligation composite door quote – 01865 788333.

Close the door, light the light

Your front door is a major part of visitors’ first impressions of your home. The door that you choose should match the style of your property. For example, a Victorian semi might look at its best with a door that contains two glazed panels at the top and two infill panels at the bottom, whereas a 1930s terraced house might benefit from a door with a smaller glazed area. Owners of listed buildings and those in conservation areas will be somewhat restricted in terms of material choices, sizes and styles – your local planning office can advise.

A front door must be tough enough to cope with keeping out the elements – including the criminal element! All Admiral’s composite and uPVC doors feature a host of security features to ensure that unwelcome visitors are barred from entry.

Composite or uPVC?

upvc_door with sidepanels

Admiral uPVC doors are made to the highest quality, and are bright, modern and virtually maintenance free. Available in a choice of colours and woodgrain finishes, uPVC doors don’t rot, flake, rust or fade. All you need to do to keep them looking smart is give them an occasional wipe with a damp cloth – it’s that easy. They add to the warmth and comfort of your home by keeping out noise and draughts. The hinges, locks and keeps are fitted directly to the door’s steel reinforcement for excellent security.

composite door with sidepanels

Our composite front doors are also excellent when it comes to security and insulation – typically 44mm thick and fitting into super-strong 70 mm structural frames, these doors stand up to the weather extremely well. Although composite doors cost a little more than uPVC doors, they offer the visual appearance of timber doors – but with better security and without the maintenance hassles.

Our door installations come with the Admiral 10 year guarantee and price promise. If you receive a lower quote from another supplier and installer then, provided the specification is the same, we will beat it. Call us to arrange a free no-obligation quote.

Conservatory roofs – G values and U values explained

admiral-vic_roof_bannerThe G-value, expressed either as a percentage or as a decimal fraction of 1, shows how much of the sun’s radiant energy is allowed to pass into the room. The lower the G-value, the less the conservatory will overheat during the summer months. Two 4mm sheets of basic clear glass might have a G-value of 0.75 (75%) whereas replacing the outer sheet with Pilkington Perfect Day Super-Blue brings the G-value down to 0.4 (40%).

The U-value is the overall heat-transfer coefficient; a numerical expression of the calculation (W/m2 K) Watts per square meter times temperature (Kelvin being the scale of absolute temperature). Simply put for our purpose, it is the measure of how well a material is able to retain heat. The lower the U-value, the warmer the conservatory will be in the winter months. The two 4mm sheets of clear glass in the previous example will give a U-value of 2.8, whereas a top-sheet of Pilkington Perfect Day Super Blue brings this down to a U-value of 1.2. These values are logarithmic, e.g. a U-value of 1.2 gives much more than double the heat-retention of U value 2.4.

Polycarbonate roofs versus glass roofs – which option gives better insulation?

A roof panelled with 32mm seven-wall tinted polycarbonate will give U-value of 1.4:- a much better performance than is achieved by two sheets of clear glass but not as good as the U value of 1.2 that is achieved by the purpose-made Pilkington Super Blue roof glass – and a tinted polycarbonate roof will allow in considerably less light than will a tinted glass roof.

In many cases, we are able to replace an existing polycarbonate roof with a solar control glass roof – which is much less expensive than replacing the whole conservatory! We offer a free no-obligation visit to your property, where we will assess and discuss with you the potential to replace your existing conservatory roof. To book an appointment, call us on 01865 788333.

Roofline makeover



Hopefully, we’re just about through the snow and gales of winter’s extended hangover, and we’ve caught up on our sleep following the start of British Summer Time last weekend.

This might then be a good time to take a look at the roofline of your house.

How well has your roof withstood the ravages of the ‘Beast from the East’, and Storms Fionn, Eleanor and Emma? Perhaps your gutters have seen better days, and are now sagging, leaking, cracked and buckling? Guttering and downpipes transport a lot of water – an inch of rain falling on 1000 square feet of roof will discharge over 600 gallons of water through the guttering and downpipes. If left to deteriorate further, damaged drainage systems can lead to expensive damage to the fabric of your home.

Well (you’ve guessed it!), help is at hand. Admiral can remove all rainwater goods, old fascias and soffits, and replace them with new long-lasting uPVC fascias and new soffits, together with new gutters and downpipes. No rot, no peeling and no need to repaint. Use our roof trim visualisation tool to help you imagine the effect of the various colour options and combinations that are available.