Blog

Hand Picked By East Devon Planning


MPS are proud to announce that we have been hand picked as the exclusive glazing company to feature in the East Devon Planning Handbook.

When you apply for planning permission within the East Devon region, you will receive a handbook. This handbook contains some of the most trustworthy local businesses. Featuring local builders, architects and other home improvement specialists that can assist you with your project. It is an honour to lead the way within the glazing industry and feature in this publication.


MPS Windows to be featured within East Devon Planning handbook

Being hand picked by East Devon to feature in their Planning Handbook is testament to our years of dedication and commitment to excellence. We see it as one of our biggest accomplishments to date. To be widely recognised and recommended by so many as market leaders within our industry, is a core value of our Company.

We are fortunate enough to have built a fantastic reputation in our sector. This has earned us the ability to feature on Grand Designs and assist with countless large scale, bespoke domestic projects. Our quality of work has also won us large scale commercial contracts. Some examples are Exeter Chiefs Rugby Stadium, Exmouth’s Deaf Academy, Rockfish and many more.

If you have a project, large or small that requires glazing of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us. You can call our team on 01395 268712 or get in touch via our contact form.


Are Sliding Doors Right For Me?


When it comes to choosing the perfect doors for your home, there are several options to choose from. French, bi-folding, and sliding doors are all available. Each different type of door offers different features and benefits. We explain the features and benefits of sliding doors to help answer the question – Are sliding doors right for me?


Triple track aluminium sliding doors

What Is Unique About Sliding Doors?

Unlike your other options, sliding doors neither open inwards, or outwards. As the name suggests, sliding doors simply slide from one side to the other. This is a brilliant feature that does not sacrifice space inside, or outside. Unfortunately there is a drawback. As sliding doors do not open like a conventional door, there is always a section that is fixed. If you have a small opening, sliding doors may not be the best option for you. In these cases, you would be better to look at bi-folding or French doors.

If you have a medium to large sized opening, sliding doors could be the door type best suited to your home. As sliding doors are not hinged and rely on a roller system, they provide the largest glass to frame ratio of any door style.


Foiled uPVC sliding doors

Which Material Should I Choose?

As your local glazing experts, we offer a range sliding doors in both uPVC and aluminium. Sliding doors made from uPVC are a very popular choice among our customers. They are available in configurations of 2, 3 and 4 sections, can span a width of up to 5m and have the option of a triple track. Further features are available from aluminium sliding doors than their uPVC alternative. Offering much thinner sight lines, sections that slide both ways, and the function of a lift & slide.

The chosen material will depend on a few factors. Our uPVC sliding doors are a great option if your space is limited and you do not want a door leaf taking up room when it is open. They’re also a fantastic option for creating large openings to your outside space, and a budget friendly alternative to aluminium. If the purpose of your new doors is to have the highest glass to frame ratio available, open up a large expanse and picture frame your beautiful views, aluminium is definitely the material of your desires. Offering sight lines as slim as 20mm and huge unobstructed views, our sliding doors can open up your living space and bring the outside inside like never before.


Slimline aluminium sliding doors

What Else Should I Consider?

There are many configuration choices when it comes to sliding doors. From a conventional 2 section sliding door, to sliding doors with multiple tracks and sections. Due to their versatility, the possibilities, like the views they offer, are vast. Our expert advisers are on hand to discuss your project, and give advice on the solution that best suits your needs.

To find out more about how our sliding doors could enhance your home, call our team on 01395 268712 or get in touch via our contact form.


Building Regulations – Document F

The time for change has arrived and it is called Building Regulations – Document F. Until now, regulations suggest that if the existing item doesn’t have trickle vents, they will not be required in your replacement items. However, if the existing item does have trickle vents, or is going into a new aperture, the item being installed must include trickle vents. New legislation from Building Regulations has now been enforced for all glazing installations taking place from 15.06.2022.

Aluminium Bi-Folding doors including trickle vent

What is Document F?

Document F has been introduced to maintain or improve indoor air quality. The areas specific to the glazing industry indicate the need for trickle vents. They are now required in doors and windows in almost all circumstances. Document F is relevant to many trades, so be sure to check that any work you have done around your home complies.

What does this mean for me?

My Windows / Doors already include trickle vents

There is no notable difference to the new regulations. This means your replacement products must include trickle vents. The replacement trickle vents cannot be smaller than the ones currently in the window or door being replaced.

My Windows / Doors are going into a new aperture

There is no change from the existing regulations. All items being installed into a new aperture must include trickle ventilation.

My current Windows / Doors don’t include trickle vents

When replacing windows or doors in a habitable room, the replacement product must include them. The size of the trickle vent depends on the purpose of the room, but if the minimum ventilation cannot be achieved, the closest possible equivalent must be used.

Are there any exceptions?

There are a few exceptions, but these do not apply to most replacement items. If it is unfeasible for the new window or door to contain a trickle vent then one cannot be installed. Also, if your home has mechanical ventilation with a heat recovery system, then trickle vents are not required.

If the property has “continuous mechanical extract ventilation” no trickle vents are required in wet rooms (kitchen, utility, bathroom, WC), but you must fit 4000mm² equivalent area in all other rooms. Other exclusions include properties that are listed or in a conservation area.

As a FENSA approved installer, we will ensure that you are aware of whether trickle vents will be required and install your products in line with all regulations.

FENSA Trickle Vents Installation Requirements Guide
https://www.fensa.org.uk/Approved-Document-F

Approved Document L – Energy Efficiency

Another change that has come into force affects the minimum acceptable thermal performance requirements for new windows and doors. These changes mean that:

  • The new products must be no less efficient than what is currently installed
  • Either achieve a whole window or door value of *1.4W/m²K or:
  • (Windows) have a Window Energy Rating of B or better
  • (Doors with a glazed area greater than 60%) have a Door Set Energy Rating of C or better
  • (All other doors) have a Door Set Energy Rating of B or better

Why is it important to comply with the new Building Regulations?

Regulations have been put in place for a reason, to improve the quality of products, and installations. We ensure that as a company, we follow all regulations. If your installation does not comply with regulations it can cause numerous issues for you. If your installation is non compliant and you were to receive a building inspection, you could be told that your products need to be replaced. This could cause a significant loss of money for you and also cause issues if you were to try and sell your house. We have built a very high reputation which we endeavour to uphold. Our customers mean everything to us and by ensuring that all regulations are met, everyone can be safe in the knowledge that we can be here to service all of our past and future customers’ needs.

If any company suggests that they can get around the regulations, this should be a cause of great concern. No company is above regulations. If they aren’t met, you run the risk of causing problems that could cost you dearly.

I want to find out more

At MPS, we take care of the hard work for you. It is our job to ensure that all of the relevant standards and regulations are met, taking the worry and hard work away from you. From your initial contact with our consultants, all the way through to installation from our in house teams of installers, we ensure that you receive nothing less than the best. Our experts take into account your requirements, desires and budget to provide you with a quotation that meets your needs.

We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form but if you would prefer, we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We’re aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years.

Conservatory Roofs – What Are My Options?

MPS Glass and Window Centre Limited. Conservatory Roofs – What Are My Options?

Conservatories have long been a welcome addition to homes. They provide desired extra living space but they haven’t always been able to be used in all seasons. Product evolution has changed this.

A main component of a conservatory is the roof. Typically, roofs are made from either polycarbonate or glass. Technology has greatly improved over the years and there are now more roof options available. These new and updated options can be used to either create a new conservatory that is a year round usable room, or be used as a replacement roof to turn your existing conservatory into a room again.

Whether you want a thermally efficient glass roof to let light pour in, a mixture of both glass and solid panels, or a lightweight tiled roof for a more traditional look, we have what you are searching for. Our range of conservatory roofs offer a lovely light room, but one that can be used as intended, all year long.

Conservatory Roofs - What Are My Options?
Anthracite grey conservatory and doors.

Roof Types Explained

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs provide a low cost roofing solution. A strong thermoplastic material that has a low production cost which offers a budget friendly solution. A roof that will withstand wind, rain and snow. The problem however, is that they offer little thermal insulation and noise reduction. Depending on the weather outside, your conservatory is likely to be very hot, cold or noisy. This can be the perfect choice for a room that is of limited use. For a room that is to be enjoyed as a living space, there are more suitable options.

White uPVC conservatory with a  Polycarbonate Roof.

High Performance Glass Roof

A glass roof is the most common among all conservatory roof types. These have been used for as long as conservatories have been around and give your room that typical conservatory feel. Glass roofs let the light flood in giving you a living space like no other. Glazing technology has advanced greatly in recent years. Thermally efficient self cleaning glazed roofs are available that will keep the traditional feel of a conservatory, but keep the room at the perfect temperature.

Hybrid Composite / Glass Roof

The hybrid roof has been designed to give you the option of having both solid and glazed panels. This offers the best of both worlds. Seamlessly providing the thermal performance of a solid roof whilst adding the light from a glazed roof. The solid sections of the roof are internally plastered and provide the ability to have a range of lighting and speaker options to enhance your living space. Hybrid roofs stands as an exceptional addition to any home and provide a living space to be enjoyed in any weather.

Hybrid Composite / Glass Roof

Composite Tiled Roof

Lightweight composite tiled roofs offer the most advanced conservatory roofing systems on the market to date. Providing a beautiful and authentic tiled finish that can integrate glazed panels, combining both elegant aesthetics and modern technology. The solid sections of the roof are internally plastered and provide the ability to have a range of lighting and speaker options to enhance your living space. This intelligent design gives the benefit of having the most thermally efficient roofing system possible. No more worries about scorching summer days or cold winter nights. This roofing system creates a room to be enjoyed, but all year long.

Composite Tiled Roof

How Do I Decide Which Roof Is Best For Me?

At MPS, we have the knowledge and expertise to help design your dream conservatory. From your initial contact with our consultants, all the way through to installation from our in house teams of builders and glazing installers, we ensure that you receive nothing less than the best. Our experts take into account your requirements, desires and budget to provide you with a design that meets your needs and gives you the extra living space that you’ve always dreamed of.

We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form but if you would prefer, we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We’re aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years. 

How Much Do Windows Cost?

The cost of new windows is one of the most popular questions we get asked. Unfortunately the answer is not that simple. You may be able to find websites that offer a rough cost for windows, but these are usually just a cost for a basic off the shelf window and most of the time, without the cost of installation. Nothing that we install is off the shelf. We only ever install made to measure products, which is much more important than you might think.

How Much Do Windows Cost?

What Impacts The Price Of Windows

Material

Windows come in a variety of materials. uPVC and Aluminium are both very popular options, but both have a different cost. Aluminium is a more expensive material than uPVC and this affects the cost of the finished window.

Colour

Coloured windows are more popular than ever, but they come at a cost. A coloured uPVC window goes through a process called ‘foiling’. The window frame starts off as white uPVC and then has a coloured foil applied to it, to give the window frame the desired finish. Aluminium windows are powder coated with a marine grade paint and come in a vast range of colours. As with all products, manufacturing time and resources will inevitably have an impact on the price.

Profile

Not all uPVC or Aluminium windows are the same. Different extrusion providers will offer an entirely different profile to begin with. Each extrusion provider will usually then offer a range of different styles of window from chamfered edge, sculptured edge, flush casement and more.

Size

The size of the window can have a big impact on price. A large window requires a larger frame and more glass. Also, every window that we install is made to measure and not an ‘off the shelf’ window, which is much more effective. One of the primary functions of a window is to weatherproof a home. If a window is too big, it will not fit. If a window is too small then it can leave your home exposed to draughts, or worse, water penetration. It is very important to have a window of the correct size otherwise you can have endless problems, as we have seen with so many installations from companies that have cut corners.

Configuration

Windows are available with many different types of configuration. Some windows are fixed, others will open. Opening windows can have one opener or several. This will impact on the materials used and therefore will affect the cost.

Glass

There are many different options when it comes to glass. Single, double or triple glazing are the most commonly understood options. Solar control, tinted and acoustic glass is also available. MPS offer a very wide variety of glass types and we can help you determine what you need. As standard, all of our double glazed units are ‘A’ energy rated at a minimum.

Installation Type

Installing windows properly takes time. Just how much time depends on many factors. Consideration needs to be given to what is being removed, unless the window is being installed into a new aperture. The level of internal and external finishing will also impact on the time required to carry out the installation to the highest professional standards. All in all, the amount of time required to install the window will have an affect on the price.

How Much Do Windows Cost?

Does It Have To Be So Complex?

With so many different variables, it may seem like it’s very hard to get an idea of how much new windows will cost.

Fortunately, at MPS we are committed to excellence and our team of experienced consultants will make the process very simple for you. We will speak to you about your wants and needs, measure your windows and take care of all of the hard work from there. We will then provide you with the most suitable, cost effective solution of having your windows installed to the highest standards achievable. For more information, or to book a free no obligation quotation, please visit our contact form.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

Windows that need replacing are normally quite easy to spot. Whether it’s condensation in the glass, windows becoming hard to operate or simply a case of them being very old, there are signs that it is time to upgrade. Unfortunately windows do not last forever, although high quality windows can last for 30 years or more, replacing them at some stage is inevitable. Below, we explore 5 common signs that it’s time for change.

Poor Window Operation

Over time, parts can wear out and begin to fail. Even when maintained correctly, hinges and handles don’t last forever. It may be that some parts can be replaced, but the older the windows are, the harder they are to source due to industry advancements.

Failed Window Components

Eventually, sealed units will fail and you will start to see condensation. It is possible to change the unit only, which our glazing department can assist with. Depending on the age of the window, it may be that you have a thin glass unit, so a replacement double glazed unit will be much less energy efficient than a replacement window. As well as blown units, other problems we see are bowed windows, warped frames and shrunken gaskets. These are all signs that your windows need attention by either repair or replacement. Our experts will provide the best solution to your problem.

Poor Energy Performance

The window industry has introduced energy saving measures such as energy efficient spacer bars, low-e coatings and argon gas. Many measures have been taken to greatly increase energy performance. If you find yourself leaving your heating on in spring or you experience drafts, these are reasons to change your windows. This is more important now than ever with the increase in energy bills. Replacing your old windows with more energy efficient ones, could potentially save you hundreds of pounds per year.

Bad Soundproofing

The population is increasing, roads are getting busier and our surroundings are becoming louder. If your windows are old, the chances are, you hear a lot more of the noise from outside than you need to. Modern double glazing offers superior soundproofing over older windows. We can now also offer acoustic glazing which is a great option for homes in particularly busy areas. It’s not the high performing windows that improve the soundproofing, it’s also how well insulated and sealed the frames are during installation.

Tired Appearance

Your home should be something that you are proud of. Windows are one of the biggest external features of a home. Simply replacing old, tired windows with a modern alternative can transform your home instantly. Coloured uPVC and aluminium windows are also a very popular option and can really make your home stand out from the crowd.

For professional advice about changing your windows and doors, or for any other enquiries about our services, you can get in touch by using our contact form.

What is a Flush Casement Window?

What is a Flush Casement Window?

Infinity flush casement uPVC windows and door in foiled anthracite grey. Composite tiled Ultraroof.

Flush casement windows are now a very popular option for homeowners. This is due to their even sight lines and aesthetic appearance, but what are they?

Simply put, when the window is closed, the whole window sits flush. This creates a smooth, flat surface on the outside of the window. This is unlike a traditional casement window where the sash protrudes from the outer frame.

Flush windows are not a new concept, traditionally a lot of timber windows were made to fit flush within the frame. Since then, casement windows with a lip became more and more popular. What we now consider a standard casement window has been the most popular choice among homeowners and property developers. 

Due to exciting advancements within the glazing industry, we are now seeing the rise of the flush casement window. With uPVC and aluminium versions available, you can choose modern, maintenance free flush windows. You can also pick from a huge array of colours to suit all homes.


Why Would I Have Flush Casement Windows In My Home?

Traditional Style 

Flush casement timber windows have been around for centuries and many people love the look. Traditional is timeless and a modern twist has enhanced the beauty.

Perfectly Balanced Sightlines

Our sight lines are balanced and equal. A flush external finish paired with dummy sashes create a window that is more visually appealing than a standard window.

Virtually Maintenance Free

We cannot take away from the beauty of timber windows however they do need a lot of care. Timber can swell, shrink, warp and twist depending on the weather. Also, paint flakes, fades and peels. uPVC and aluminium windows on the other hand are tough, durable and insulating. They need very little care. They open easily and when they are closed, they are secure.

Affordability

Modern timber flush casement windows can be expensive to purchase, and expensive to maintain. uPVC flush casement windows are generally far cheaper to buy than their timber counterparts with little to no cost to maintain.

Conservation Areas

Planning authorities are recognising that there is a fine line between preserving the past, and being stuck in it. As the look of timber alternative flush windows has been perfected, they are becoming more accepted. They can now be found in conservation areas and even listed homes. There are many period colours, especially in uPVC with wood effect finishes, including grained timber, painted white and cream plus many more.

If you would like to read more about flush casement windows, please click here.

Infinity flush casement windows in English oak foiled uPVC.

How Much Are They?

Naturally, uPVC is more of a low cost option than aluminium and a more popular choice. As with all projects we undertake, the cost is determined by the amount of windows and doors, the dimensions, specification, finishing and glass choice. It is very difficult to provide an estimate for a project without knowing all of your requirements. We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form or we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We are aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years. 

What is Nickel Sulphide Inclusion?

Nickel Sulphide Inclusion is a naturally occurring phenomenon in glass. Impurities can still be contained in the glass pane after its manufacture and toughening processes. Small particles of Nickel Sulphide can still be present in the glass at point of installation.

Visually, you will not able to see these tiny particles of metal but they can still be present in the glass until they are aggravated.

Nickel Sulphide Inclusions have two main states: Stable at high temperatures and stable at lower temperatures. When the glass is heat soaked, the heat converts the Nickel Sulphide Inclusion to the high temperature state. When the glass is cooled quickly, the Nickel Sulphide Inclusion isn’t able to change to the lower temperature state. The transformation to the lower temperature state can occur over time, therefore a glass breakage caused by a Nickel Sulphide Inclusion can happen if the inclusion is large enough and if it is located within the central portion of the heat soaked glass.

A very simple way to determine whether a glass breakage has been caused by Nickel Sulphide Inclusion is to watch out for the ‘Butterfly Effect’ pattern on the glass. The implosion will centre around a singular point on the glass and will fan out in a butterfly wing formation.

What are the odds of a piece of glass having Nickel Sulphide Inclusion?

Unfortunately, there is no way to totally remove the risk of Nickel Sulphide inclusion. In a standard pane of glass, the estimated risk of a Nickel Sulphide Inclusion is 1m2 in every 10,000m2 of glass (estimated by the GGF). But you can reduce the risk of an NSI breakage by putting the glass through a finishing process called Heat Soaking.

The Heat Soaking process includes thermally treating the glass further after completion, in large heat soaking ovens. The glass is heated to very high temperatures in an effort to force any panel with Nickel Sulphide impurities to shatter. The resulting glass that survives the testing therefore has a lower chance of containing a Nickel Sulphide Inclusion, reducing the risk of broken panels to the end user.

You should note that the Heat Soaking process will increase the cost of the glass and increase lead times but will reduce the risk of a Nickel Sulphide Inclusion down to 1m2 in every 1 million m2 of glass.

NSI Breakages and Warranties 

Nickel Sulphide Inclusions are a rare yet accepted anomaly within glass manufacturing and no glazier processors or suppliers are able to provide a warranty against breakages from this phenomena. This then means that MPS Glass & Windows Ltd are not able to pass any warranty onto our customers.

Bi-Fold Doors VS Sliding Doors

In this post MPS explain the difference between Bi-folding and Sliding Doors and how both can be a benefit to your home renovations or newbuild, allowing you to make a more informed decision. 

What’s the difference? 

Bifold doors fold back against themselves, concertina-style. Typically, more than two panels are connected by hinges and run along a track within the door frame. Sliding doors tend to be made of two or more large panes of glass which slide sideways to the end of a frame. Due to the bi-fold opening up the aperture to create a seamless transition between indoors and out, the doors will require space for the panels to be stacked to one side or both sides, either indoors or outdoors. Sliding doors will always remain within the track, taking up less room but not allowing you to open up the complete space.

Above is an example of a four section bi-fold door. The existing patio has plenty of room to accommodate the door leaves when open, transforming the space with a seamless transition between indoors and out. 

Above is an example of two six-section sliding aluminium doors. Two sections sliding in to the third either side, giving a large open space without the intrusion inside or outside the property. 

Available Colours?  

We offer many, many various colour and finish options to suit your home. Weather it’s subtlety or statement, we are sure to have what you’re looking for. For aluminium bi-folding and sliding doors you have the choice of hundreds of RAL colours as well as textured finishes. uPVC is a little more restricted but still a vast array available from modern shades to traditional woodgrain finishes. All colours are available to view in our showroom. 

What materials are available?   

We manufacture both bi-folding and sliding doors in aluminium, which is a premium product and now the go-to material for newbuild homes and extensions/conservatories. Homeowners are seeing the benefits from the ultra slim and sleek look that aluminium offers and you only have to look at the samples in our showroom to see why it’s the product of choice. We also offer sliding doors in uPVC, which is a more cost effective option. uPVC is more restricted in both size and colour but still a great option is you’re on a tighter budget. One of the more popular colours in uPVC is Anthracite Grey, giving the modern look of aluminium. Although not as slim and sleek profile as the aluminium alternative, it’s still a great option and one to consider. We do not offer bi-folding doors in uPVC due to the insufficient performance. 

How much are they?   

uPVC is more cost effective than aluminium and a popular option for replacing an existing door. As with most projects, your sizes and specifications will dictate the overall cost. With various colours, furniture finishes, tinted glass colours, thermal/acoustic glass options, integral blinds and installation type, it’s difficult to give an estimated cost without knowing your exact requirements. We are happy to provide an accurate quotation online through our contact form, or we can arrange to visit your property at a date and time to suit you. We are aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advise as market leaders for 30 years. 

Adding value to your home

We demand a lot from our homes, they need to accommodate the ever changing number of occupants, through various stages of our lives. We look at why homeowners are adapt their homes.

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?

Whether you are looking to accommodate an ever growing family or create additional space whilst avoiding full scale building work, a new conversatory can offer the perfect solution.

Do I need planning permission for windows?

Before starting any building work or home improvements it is essential to obtain the correct planning permission – failure to do so can result in expensive. In our recent series of planning permissions guides we have covered the regulations around extensions, now it time to look at planning permission for windows.

Continue reading