Unbeatable window & door security

Having your home broken into is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with, but it’s something we all have to consider as a possibility. Thieves are opportunists that will take advantage of a security flaw in a home. This is why it is essential to ensure that you have secure windows and doors.

In this article, we’ll look at the ways in which DGN windows and doors provide a safer and more secure home for total peace of mind.

A secure investment

Security is a key concern for our team and is something each and every member of staff takes pride in. From our frames to our hardware, each component of a DGN window or door is built with security in mind. So what’s involved?

World-renowned window and door hardware

Our customers feel more secure because they know we only partner with the best lock system and security hardware providers available. As trusted Yale suppliers we have a partnership that allows us to provide the latest in home security technology across our entire window and door range, so you never have to worry about whether your home is as secure as it can be.

Industry-leading uPVC frames

When you purchase a DGN uPVC window or door,  you’re receiving a product that is at the forefront of uPVC technology. Made right here in the UK the Liniar window system has in-built reinforcement structures that provide increased rigidity, so our frames won’t crack under pressure.

Highly accredited

Need more reassurance? Both our Yale locking systems and Liniar uPVC frames are Secured By Design accredited, which is the preferred security specification of the Metropolitan Police. Among the most secure residential products available, our doors and windows have been rigorously tested to achieve these certifications so you can be sure that your home and it’s contents are safe.

If you’re looking for total peace of mind, DGN provides secure products to suit any homeowners needs. For more information about DGN products and services, get in touch with our team or use our online quote builder tool for a free quotation today.

What makes a uPVC bi-fold door a good investment

With spring just around the corner and summer fast approaching, many homeowners are looking for ways to make the most of their gardens and there’s nothing that allows you to make better use of your outdoor space like a set of Bi-fold doors.

In today’s article, we cover the key features of our uPVC Bi-fold doors. From their superb utility to thermal efficiency and security.

What are the benefits of bi-fold doors?

Market-leading design & customisability

One of the greatest benefits of choosing a DGN uPVC bifold door is the endless customisability on offer.

Not a fan of plain white uPVC? Long gone are the days when that was your only option. All DGN uPVC products come with a wide range of colour, styles, and hardware choices which allow you to configure your new door to match existing fittings or give your home a fresh new look.

Bi-folding doors can also be specified to suit your needs, with different folding configurations available to fit any space and any home.

Security

Not only are our uPVC bi-fold doors stylish, but they’re also incredibly secure.

With concealed hardware and world-renowned Yale Shootbolt locking systems, would be criminals will have a hard time gaining entry. Need more reassurance? Each and every one of our uPVC doors, including the Liniar Bi-fold, is Secured By Design accredited, meaning it has passed the most rigorous security tests in use.

Low maintenance

Like all DGN uPVC doors and windows, our bi-fold door requires little to no maintenance, with only a periodic wipe down of the door’s surface being required to keep them looking spotless. Compared to traditional timber doors, our uPVC Bi-folds practically look after themselves. No more polishing or staining required and no more lengthy cleaning processes.

Our uPVC doors and windows are also covered by a 10-year guarantee against warping cracking and discolouration.

Thermally efficient

DGN uPVC doors are at the forefront of energy efficient uPVC technology, thanks to our partners Liniar. With an unbelievably low U-value of only 1.3 W/m²K when fitted with double glazing, not only will your Bi-fold doors let the cool air in during summer, but also keep you perfectly insulated when winter comes back around.

To top it all off, the Liniar uPVC Bi-fold door is 100% lead-free, which means its 100% recyclable!

For more information on the DGN uPVC Bi-fold door visit our product page. Alternatively, if you’re ready to make an order you can find your nearest DGN installer.

Why are composite doors a good investment?

If you’re in the market for a new set of doors, the word composite is likely to have come up. So what are composite doors? And what makes them a good investment for your home?

In this article, we provide an overview of the key features of composite doors, including security, thermal efficiency, maintenance requirements and what makes a composite door really stand out from the pack.

What are composite doors made from?

At DGN our composite doors are constructed using a combination of high-quality materials including GRP (glass reinforced plastic), the Liniar uPVC profile system and a foam core for additional thermal and physical protection. This combination provides our customers with a door that is both thermally efficient and secure.

What are the benefits of composite doors?

Incredibly Secure

Composite doors are unbeatably secure and offer the greatest protection available to our residential customers. The multi-layered construction method makes it perfect for home security.

Our entire composite range is certified with the 3-star British Kitemark, which is awarded by the British Standards Institute and demonstrates the highest level of security standards.

Additionally, Liniar frames are Secured by Design certified, the preferred certification for the British Police force.

As well as this we use Yale as our locking system partners, a household name in home security, providing total piece of mind.

No need for regular maintenance

As DGN composite doors are resistant to weather damage and most forms of general wear and tear, they’re the perfect choice for any home.

As standard our composite doors are resistant to warping, cracking and discolouration meaning all you’ll ever need to keep your door looking brand new is a damp cloth. Simply give them a quick wipe down to minimise the buildup of dirt as necessary. This makes composites the obvious option if you’re after a traditional look without the high maintenance of timber doors.

Upgrade your energy efficiency

Like all Liniar profiles, the DGN composite door is at the forefront of thermal efficiency. Not only does it have Liniars multi-chamber profile but it also includes a PU foam core that provides an additional barrier against heat transfer, making it one of the most thermally efficient doors on the market.

Endlessly customisable

The benefits of our composite doors don’t just stop at efficiency and security. We know that choosing a new door for your home is personal. That’s why we have a vast range of customizable options available.

From glass to colour and finish, right down to the hardware, you can customise your new composite door to your heart’s content. Try it now using our free online quote builder tool! We also provide quick turn around times on quotations and work around you, so there’s no need to delay.

Offering total peace of mind, the DGN composite door makes a lasting impression in a secure and beautiful package. For more information about DGN products and services, get in touch with our team or use our online quote builder tool for a free quotation today.

 

What not to use when cleaning windows and doors

In a previous article, we discussed how to clean your conservatory and offered a few tips on how to get the best results.  In this article, we’re going to look at the things to avoid when cleaning windows and doors in order to prevent damage occurring or unsightly results from your cleaning.

Cleaning the Window or Door Frame

When cleaning windows and doors, product choice is vital:

Don’t: use abrasive pads, bleach, spirits or everyday household cleaning products such as spray foam. Abrasive pads will damage the fabric of the frame while cleaning products, many of which are corrosive can cause discolouring to the uPVC frames.

Do: Use soft cloths and warm water. With regular cleaning, this will be more than enough to keep your window and door frames looking spotless.

Cleaning the Hardware (Including Weather Strips)

Any damage to the hardware is likely to affect the proper function of your windows or doors. Regular maintenance is, therefore, key to keeping the mechanism effective.

Don’t: use regular oil or grease or non-specialised lubricants. These can leave residue and may also cause damage to the surrounding areas, including weather strips.

Do: Use machine oil. This can be sourced from any good DIY store.

Cleaning the Glass

There is nothing worse than the light on a sunny day being ruined by grimy double-glazing. However, improper cleaning technique can make the problem worse and may even damage the glass.

Don’t: Use abrasive pads or glass cleaners. Abrasive pads will likely cause irreparable damage to the glass, while glass cleaners may cause runoff which will cause damage to the frame.

Do:  Use warm water, a soft cloth and non-abrasive, non-alcoholic cleaners. With regular cleaning, this will be enough to keep your windows sparkling, with minimum effort.

When it comes to cleaning windows and doors, the key thing is to make it regular. The build-up of grime on the frames or glass will lead to a more intensive clean being required, in which case it is best to engage a professional, rather than resort to potentially damaging elbow grease. For more tips and advice on caring for your windows and doors, be sure to follow our blog. For a quote on new windows and doors, use our handy find an installer and quote builder tools.

How to clean a conservatory roof

Conservatories are a fantastic addition to any home, providing stunning views as well as increasing the value of your home. But like the rest of your home, conservatories require some maintenance to keep them looking brand new. Due to the structure, many people aren’t aware of how to clean a conservatory. Or if they even can.

In this quick guide, we’ll cover all you need to know on how to clean a conservatory roof.

Safety first

When cleaning conservatories, safety is paramount. Whilst it is possible to clean a conservatory with the correct equipment and procedure if you lack either of these it may be best to consult a professional.

Safety rule number one with cleaning conservatories is not to? place your full weight onto the roof. Conservatories are not designed to support the weight of a person. As such they should never be climbed upon, as you risk serious injury.

Recommended equipment

Whilst a pressure washer might seem like the ideal tool for this cleaning tasks, pressure washers can damage the weather seals.

Instead, opt for:

  • A water-fed pole with a brush
  • A suitable cleaning detergent (safe for glass)
  • Squeegee
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Bin bags

How to clean a conservatory

Set up a ladder in a safe position with access to the roof. Once you have access to the roof, clear the area of the larger debris such as leaves and moss by hand. Never step on the roof to access the higher areas of the roof.  Place the pieces of debris in a bin bag for easy cleaning later.

Once the larger debris has been cleared, apply a detergent and leave for 5-10 minutes to allow it to soak into the thick layers of dirt.

Using a water-fed pole begin to wash away the detergent. The small pieces of debris will be in the gutter so once again it is advised to clean the gutter by hand so that it doesn’t block drainage.

Complete a final rinse of the roof to ensure that all debris and detergent have been cleared, then leave to dry.

How often should you clean your conservatory?

There is no rule on how often you should clean your conservatory but under two conditions it would be advisable:

  1. After heavy rainfall clear the drain covers to make sure there’s no debris buildup, ensuring proper water flow. This reduces the buildup of grime on the windows.
  2. When visibility is reduced.

Whilst preventing drain blockages completely isn’t possible, you can make it more manageable. Investing in drain covers will help to prevent the need for regular unblocking.

Cleaning your conservatory will help you to enjoy stunning views of the sky and also allow you to increase the amount of sunlight in the room.

If you’re looking to invest in a conservatory find your local DGN installer today by visiting our website.

How double glazed windows improve thermal efficiency

Though double glazing has become more common in recent years, as well as being standard for most new builds, there are still a great number of homeowners in the UK that have yet to replace their old single glazed windows.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at how double glazed windows function to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

How double glazing works

With a single glazed window, one glass pane serves as the barrier between your home and the outdoors. As we will talk about later, this is inefficient due to the heat conducting properties of glass.

Double glazing, on the other hand, uses two panes. Not only that, the layer of air between these sheets plays just as valuable a part in insulating your home as the extra glass.

This is also the case for the window frame. Unlike with single glazing, double glazed window frames provide more space to include an insulating framework. Including airtight seals with air chambers throughout. As we’ll talk about next, these pockets of air are highly beneficial.

Why is Double Glazing more effective at insulating your home?

As glass is a fantastic conductor of heat, single glazed windows do very little to prevent the transfer of heat. Whether it’s going in or out. This will mean that you end up overspending on heating and energy bills in the long run.

Double glazing is effective because whilst glass is a good conductor of heat, air is not. The air pocket between the two panes of glass, therefore, creates a seal against the outdoors. This reduces the transfer of heat. Some double glazed windows can even be filled with gases that conduct heat less well than air, such as Argon and Krypton. These increase the cost slightly but improve energy ratings even further.

What about triple glazing?

Whilst triple glazing is an option, it can be prohibitive in terms of cost. Potentially up to two times that of a double glazed window. As well as this triple glazed windows are noticeably larger than double glazed units. This is due to the large frame required to house the extra panel of glass. Meaning that you’ll have less range of motion when opening and closing your window. Plus, the extra frame may have an intrusive amount of overhang which could interfere with the furniture and fittings surrounding it.

Though Triple glazing may seem like a logical choice, the extra investment may not be worth it. In much colder climates such as Finland, where triple glazing is common, the extra protection is a necessary cost. For the UK’s milder climate, however, this is not the case.

If you’re looking for high quality double glazed uPVC windows, our Liniar window systems provide unbeatable energy efficiency and a wide range of customizability options.

free online quote using our quote builder tool today, or find your nearest DGN window installer using our locator.

Beating the summer heat – How certain window and door types improve air flow through the home

Continuing on with our topic of beating the summer heat, in this week’s article we’ll be looking at the kinds of windows that are best suited to creating greater airflow through the home. Any client that asks how to make their home cooler should be aware of the affect poor airflow has on the heat of a home.

So what causes poor airflow

One of the most common culprits of poor air flow is the mistake of only opening a single door or window as an inlet. To create proper air flow through the home you need both an intake and outlet. Opening windows at opposite ends of the home will provide this.

As well as this, advise customers to make sure there are no obstructions. This includes internal doors, or even the fittings on your windows, such as a curtain. These small diversions to air flow can make large impacts on how much cool air is circulating through your home.

Keeping secure

Although opening your windows is a great way to create better airflow throughout your home, you should always make sure to keep secure when doing so. Never leave your windows or doors unopened when you are not in the house. If you have a window open in a room you are not using, whilst in the house, consider using some safety precautions. We have plenty of bespoke solutions available.

Can your Window and door choices help?

Whilst all windows can aid with better airflow, if a new set is required and proper airflow is a concern, there are certain models better suited to it.

The Tilt & Turn is both elegant and secure, but in this case specifically, the utility of the Liniar Tilt & Turn is where it really shines. The uPVC Tilt & Turns wide range of motion make it unbeatable when it comes to directing air through your home. In the case of doors, both the Liniar bi-fold and Liniar French door are best in class when it comes to providing a cool breeze through the home.

Will my windows get damaged if I leave them open all the time?

Unlike wooden or aluminium frames which over time will suffer under the elements, our Liniar uPVC windows and doors don’t warp under the pressure. We even provide large insurance periods for warping and cracking, so we’ve got you covered.

If you have a client looking for new windows and doors, our powerful quote builder tool provides fast, free quotes based on your requirements that can then be carried out by one of our trusted installers. If you have any further questions, get in touch with our team, we’re always happy to help.