Price Vs Quality – Which to Choose When Purchasing Supplies

In these economically uncertain times, there’s a perception among home improvement companies that homeowners are being more careful with their money.

This has led to a ‘race to the bottom’, with home improvement providers competing to provide more affordable solutions for their customers.

As a homeowner, you may think that this means a more cost-effective product or service. However, with reduced costs, you often end up with reduced quality as well, which can, in the long run, end up costing you more. 

So if you’re looking at purchasing supplies like double glazing or a new conservatory, should you be looking at investing in the best available in the market? Or would you get the same benefit from a cheaper installer? 

Quality First 

According to a recent survey conducted by CERTASS, quality is the main driver behind home improvement decisions. While consumers are being more careful with their money, they are also being more considerate about where they spend their money. So rather than reducing the cost of their initial investment, homeowners are actually seeking out higher quality products and installations to ensure their investment is a safe one that will last for years and add real value to their home. 

If you’re looking at replacing your double glazing, you should definitely seek out the best provider you can afford. Do this by checking previous work they may have done, obtaining references and ensure they carry all the relevant certificates and accreditations. 

Value for Money 

That’s not to say that you should completely ignore the price of the product. Neither should home improvement companies simply charge whatever they want under the assumption that a higher investment automatically means higher quality. 

But you shouldn’t feel like you have to bankrupt yourself in order to replace windows. A reputable home improvement company, like MLI, will be able to provide you impartial advice on how to get the most out of your budget.

The key is to get the best windows you can afford. That means having an idea of budget in mind before contacting home improvement companies. Then find the ones that offer the highest standards and see what they can do for you on price, without cutting corners. 

When purchasing any home improvement, it’s important to get the right balance of quality and price.Get in touch with us today to see how we can help with your project and providing the right supplies, at the right price, at the right quality.

What’s the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

Orangery is a term that’s been around for a few years now but it’s one that still has a bit of mystery surrounding it. And if you’ve ever been in the situation where you’ve complimented a friend’s conservatory, only to be told that it is, in fact, an orangery, you may want to understand the distinction between the two. You may also be considering whether an orangery may be a better option for your own home. 

Both a conservatory and an orangery offer your home an additional living space, while opening out your home to the outdoors, and both are made largely of glass. A conservatory or orangery can be used for multiple purposes, whether you’re looking for somewhere to sit in the Summer months, or somewhere stylish to dine, overlooking the garden. However, there are a couple of important distinctions between the two that will help you identify which is which. 

What is an Orangery? 

The orangeries of old are, really, where it all started. In the 18th Century, explorers and merchants were traveling farther than ever before, bringing back many exotic treasures from around the globe, including plants.

Unfortunately, plants more accustomed to warmer climes were unlikely to flourish in the harsh British climate.

To overcome this, orangeries were built, usually within the grounds of stately homes. These were huge glass structures in which were housed tropical plants, including – you guessed it – orange trees. 

A good orangery was a status symbol, enabling the owner to show off their wealth through their range of exotic plants and, unlike the orangeries of today, they were built away from the main house, within the gardens on the estate. 

Although the purpose of an orangery is very different in today’s society, a contemporary orangery is essentially a supplementary glass structure, similar to a conservatory, but built in the style of the original orangeries. 

What makes it an orangery? 

Though not always the case, an orangery generally has more brick or timberwork than a conservatory.

However both an orangery and conservatory can be built with a brick base or brick or timber pillars between the frames so this is not the clearest identifier. The key difference between the two, however, is the roof.

Where a conservatory has an all glass roof, an orangery is built with a solid roof (usually flat) with a glass lantern in the centre to allow in more light. 

Should I choose a conservatory or an orangery? 

Ultimately, the decision on which to go for comes down to your own personal preference and the building you already have in place, as well as budget. If you want a new living space for your home, an orangery may be the best option for you as, with the solid roof, they have more of an indoors feel and are more like an extension to your home. However, if you want your new room to be more of an ‘outdoor’ living space, a conservatory may be your better option. Both a conservatory or an orangery, however, can be fully customised to suit your needs perfectly.

If you would like to discuss your options further and have a chat about which option is right for your home, get in touch with MLI Building Products today and our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Disposing of Double Glazed Windows

The environmental credentials of uPVC double-glazed windows are now well known.

With improved insulation, they help to keep your home warmer and increase energy efficiency as a result.

What is less well-known, but equally important, is that new windows are often manufactured using advanced and environmentally friendly practices, as well as being manufactured from recyclable materials. 

But in order to have the most positive impact from this, it’s important that you dispose of your double glazed windows correctly. 

Recyclable materials

There are two key materials used in your double glazed windows and you’ve probably already guessed what they are: uPVC and glass.

uPVC is widely and easily recycled so as long as you dispose of it correctly, you can rest assured that it will go to good use and not to landfill.

The glass is a little more tricky as the different types of glass have a different chemical makeup and therefore a different melting temperature. It can be recycled, but you have to make sure you take it to the right facility. 

If your windows date back to the 70s or sooner, you may struggle to recycle all of the materials due to the lead paint used. This will need to be disposed of in accordance with strict regulations and you should consult your local authority for guidance to ensure they are disposed of correctly. 

Disposing of the materials

First, remove the window from the frame by unscrewing the hinges.

Then you need to separate the glass from the casement using a hammer and chisel.

Once you’ve separated the glass from the plastic, you then need to identify the best place to take them for disposal. Your local council will point you in the direction of an appropriate facility, usually a building materials reuse centre. 

uPVC windows are a great way to ensure you are doing your bit for the environment. Not only do they help with energy efficiency in the home, but the recyclable materials used and sustainable manufacturing processes, means each window is made and installed with environmentally sound principles in mind.