A new report has revealed the top reasons why you should upgrade your windows.
Eurocell’s The Future Home Report ranked energy efficiency as the top reason and improved durability at the bottom of the list, created from the findings of a survey of 1,000 25 to 40-year-olds who either own or rent homes.
According to homeowners, the top reasons why you should upgrade your windows were:
Improved energy efficiency (52%)
More natural light in the home (38%)
Noise reduction (35%)
Because they’re old or broken (25%)
Improved durability (9%)
In the survey, 52% of people said they wanted to see windows with higher energy levels. Sustainable materials were also in demand, with 26% of people saying they wanted to see these used more. Floor-to-ceiling windows were a hit in terms of design trends.
Our windows make more of ambient heat. In winter, the energy efficient coated glass used in our windows retains warmth within the home. It’s also designed to exploit radiant heat energy from the sun. These properties result in significant fuel savings compared to a single glazed dwelling.
Here’s why you should upgrade your windows to an energy efficient option: by choosing an energy efficient window, you can reduce condensation in your home; reduce your carbon footprint; reduce your energy bills and add value to your property.
A Stoke-on-Trent window company is celebrating a record-breaking month which saw sales double compared to this time last year.
Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, has put the success down to an open day and offers celebrating the firm’s 35th anniversary.
Director Guy Basnett said: “Our open day on May 5 and 6 was really successful, and we have also invested in a marketing campaign promoting offers and massive savings, which are running all year.
“I think the fantastic weather has also boosted enquiries, alongside traditional word of mouth recommendations.
“We are a family-run business and we have built a great reputation over the past 35 years, so we’d just like to thank our customers for their support.”
The boost has meant the business has been able to hire a new salesperson, Brian Mitchell, who brings a wealth of experience within the industry, working for national companies and local businesses.
Mr Mitchell, 58, from Stafford, said: “I’ve only recently joined Target, but already I have been made to feel very welcome. They are a well-respected company and it’s a pleasure to join them in such an important anniversary year.”
Target Windows has further increased its offering this month by making a deal with Kolorseal, allowing customers to choose practically any colour for their windows and doors.
Mr Basnett added: “We’re really excited about this partnership because these days customers want more colour choices. We’ve noticed that Chartwell Green UPVC windows are really popular, because that’s one of the most interesting choices which have been available – but now customers can have hot pink, purple, red, whatever colour they want really.”
The firm has also gained several new contracts, including winning more work with the Harper Group providing windows and doors for local housing and also continuing its work with the Dogs Trust to kit out several new kennels.
Target Windows is celebrating 35 years in business.
The company is running a Facebook competition in March, where anyone living at a property with a combination of 3 and 5 in their property number can enter. The prize is a luxury M&S hamper worth £100. You can enter here.
The business is also asking people to challenge Target Windows to beat a quote for windows, doors and conservatories.
Company director Guy Basnett said: “We’re so proud of what we have achieved and to mark our 35th anniversary, we will be hosting a celebration event at our Stone showroom on the bank holiday weekend of May 5 and 6. Customers old and new will be invited and full details are being finalised.”
The Meir Heath-based company was established in 1983 by businessman Alan Tune, who manufactured windows for a local double-glazing firm.
But Alan found himself with a factory full of machinery and no customers after the firm he was supplying went out of business.
He opened a small showroom in Radford Street, Stone, where his sister Jane and his wife Sylvia would make appointments for Alan to see customers who required quotes for windows, doors and conservatories.
As demand increased, Jane assisted with sales appointments, and the small showroom was soon outgrown. Target relocated to its current home at The Filleybrooks in Stone and expanded into Uttoxeter.
In 2002, current company director Guy Basnett joined the team, after marrying Jane in 1999. His experience in sales opened up the commercial market. Alan’s brother Mick is also part of the management team and has many years of experience in the industry. The family business has gone from strength to strength.
Mr Basnett said: “It’s a very exciting time for Target. We are now focusing on securing commercial contracts throughout the UK on new build sites, schools, animal re-homing projects and refurbishment projects.
“Many new products are set to be introduced to the existing range as the domestic market continues to evolve, to meet the demand of our many clients wanting to maximise their living space.”
For further information 01782 398021.
Terms and conditions:
March Facebook competition
Entrants must enter via the Target Windows Facebook page and post a photo of their house number containing a 3 or a 5 on the competition post, which is pinned to the top of the page.
The prize is as stated, no cash alternative can be given.
The competition runs from 12pm on March 1 until 12.00 midday on March 25, 2018.
The winner will be notified via Facebook and also announced on social media week commencing March 26, 2018.
The competition is not open to employees of Target Windows and their families. Entrants must be aged 18 and over.
Beat a quote competition
The customer must present a formal document containing a quote from the supplier. Target Windows will try to match or beat the quote.
The competition is not open to employees of Target Windows and their families. Entrants must be aged 18 and over. Competition closes at 12pm on March 31, 2018.
The boss of a family-run window company has spent a day locked in a prison cell to raise over £1,800 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Guy Basnett, director of Meir Heath-based Target Windows, was picked up by uniformed officers and bundled into the back of a police van on Wednesday after signing up to take part in the hospice’s 2018 Jail or Bail Challenge.
Mr Basnett spent Valentine’s Day in a cell at the disused Magistrates Court in Fenton, along with David Webster, CEO of Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Ian Walker, director of Fifteen Group, and Dave Meakin, a driver at Jones & Shuffs.
He said: “I was made to wear a white jumpsuit over my puffer jacket, so I looked like Michelin Man, then stuffed into the back of a police van in a cage.
“We all had our finger prints taken and then we were put into a dark, dank prison cell. We were allowed our phones, so we could plead for donations to secure our freedom. It went really well, and some of my mates were offering to donate more to keep me in there! I’d like to thank everyone who donated. I think the Dougie Mac has raised £4700 so far.”
The Jail or Bail campaign marked the 45th anniversary of the hospice providing local care to local people. The money will go towards the cost of funding the services provided by the Dougie Mac at the hospice in Blurton and across the North Staffordshire community.
Target Windows is hoping to spread some Christmas cheer by releasing a video which sees staff don Santa suits and belt out a festive hit.
Employees attached fake beards, grabbed inflatable guitars and adjusted their Santa hats at the firm’s Meir Heath factory to record a unique version of Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody on Tuesday morning.
They were joined by Christmas angel, production director Mick Tune, who braved the cold in white tights and a yellow wig.
He said: “It was a very cold morning, but it was all good fun and seeing me dressed as an angel certainly gave the lads a laugh. We hope the video makes people smile too.”
The video went live today and is being shared on social media. It will be displayed at Target’s showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter.
Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “The idea came on the back of last year’s Christmas video, which was The Twelve Days of Christmas. Loads of people commented on how much they enjoyed it, so we wanted to do another this year, only do a funny take on a pop hit.
“It was certainly a laugh – the lads won’t be making it into the charts any time soon; they’re much better at fitting windows than they are at singing!”
Target also took the opportunity to announce its support for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, as a corporate partner. The company will be taking part in the charity’s Jail or Bail challenge, which will see Target raise £2,000 for the hospice.
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To celebrate the release of the video, Target Windows is running a Facebook competition to give people the chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper from Il Gusto Trentham. To enter, just like and comment on the post here. Usual Ts & Cs apply.
Target is offering another chance to win a prize this festive season. Anyone who books a January 2018 installation this month will get huge savings on new doors, windows, a conservatory or an orangery.
On top of that, one lucky winner will receive £100 in Love2shop vouchers. Winners will be announced on February 1, 2018. Usual Ts & Cs apply.
For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.
A Meir Heath company has helped complete a £750,000 community facility in Audlem.
Family-run business Target Windows worked with Sneyd Building Contractors to supply windows and doors for the project, which saw an annex created to enhance the Public Hall in the village.
The Annexe is designed to complement the hall, and will provide: lounge and dining facilities for senior citizens; a dedicated space for a new youth club; storage and dressing rooms for the 5A’s drama group; changing rooms for Audlem FC senior and Audlem Saints junior footballers, cycling and other sports.
There will be a community-run fitness room equipped with treadmills, a rowing machine and exercise bikes, and a small kitchen and medical room, along with a multipurpose small hall suitable for meetings and functions.
Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “We’re so pleased to have been involved with a huge community project like this. The Annexe will be used by several local groups, as well as providing a gym, with profits going back into the community.
“We have supplied aluminium and UPVc windows and doors, so it should feel very comfortable all year, and help reduce operating costs, making the project as sustainable as possible.”
The new facility has cost around £750,000 to design and build, with money from The Big Lottery Fund, grants and donations from parish councils, residents and major sponsors. Significant funds were raised by the APHAx Committee.
Roland Hall, chairman of the APHAx Committee said: “We have been working with the Big Lottery Fund for over four years to make The Annexe a reality. The project has its roots in the 2005 Audlem Parish Plan, which identified the need for better sport and recreational facilities. The APHAx team are very proud that they have delivered the most important community project for decades and that it will benefit future generations for years to come.”
Heather Jones, chairman of Audlem Parish Council, said: “Audlem Parish Council is delighted to have helped fund this splendid new annexe to the Public Hall. Due to a variety of circumstances, the Parish Council was, fortunately, in a position to give £20,000 towards the building costs and we believe it is money well spent.
“The Annexe will provide much-needed facilities for the village and councillors are confident the building will be well used by community groups and other organisations now and in the future.”
Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council and ward councillor for Audlem said: “Completion of The Annexe is due to the dedication of the APHAx Committee and enthusiasm of our vibrant village community and beyond.
“The Annexe sees the fruition of Parish Plans penned in 2005 and 2010, with improved sports and recreation facilities now in place for residents ‘from eight to eighty’. In addition to the traditional table tennis and, badminton, indoor bowls and snooker, we now have on our doorstep a community not-for-profit gym, along with improved facilities for 5A’s, Youth club, Audlem & District Community Action and senior and junior football teams
“Congratulations to everyone who has made this happen this is a fantastic facility worthy of its Lottery Funding and community support.”
Homeowners are being advised to check their windows and doors are secure for the winter.
Target Windows, which has showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter, is offering some top security tips as part of National Home Security Month this October.
Guy Basnett, director of the family-run business, said windows and doors should be Secured by Design Accredited. This is a national police crime prevention initiative which encourages manufacturers of products like doors and windows to attain SBD’s Police Preferred Specification.
“SBD products are more robust to resist physical attack and as a result they last longer and require less maintenance,” he said.
“Thieves often target homes over the winter months, when the nights are darker, so it is important to take a good look at the condition of windows and doors.
“Old frames, especially timber ones, are likely to have been saturated by rain and mould, and over the years their defence against the elements lessens, which can weaken the frames.
“Old glazing can often lead to condensation building up in your windows, revealing gaps in the panels and making it easier for thieves to break in.”
Target Windows is offering free Secured by Design quality products for the price of standard windows and doors, via Profile 22, throughout October. For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.
Top SBD safety tips:
*If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables.
*Choose a supplier by: looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet high standards.
*When buying a new a door it is better to buy a new door set, the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’.
*If refurbishing a door check that the frame is firmly fixed and sturdy. If it is weak or rotten, replace it.
*Check that the door hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws.
*If your door is PVCu or Composite then it should be fitted with a Multipoint lock.
*Consider fitting a cage or restrictor on your letterbox to prevent thieves from putting their hands or gadgets through the letterbox.
*Fit a door viewer so you can identify people before opening the door.
*Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retro fitted to many windows.
*Glazing may be protected from being smashed with the addition of accredited adhesive window film.
*Patio doors and conservatories are vulnerable so if not secure install additional locks and security blocks to stop lifting or forced entry.
*When buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.
Target Windows has been chosen to work on a project which will see more than 40 new affordable homes built in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
The Wrekin Housing Trust (WHT) is creating the homes for rent on land off Meadow Drive and Bank Street, and the family-run company, which has branches in Stone and Uttoxeter, will be installing the windows and doors and creating three new jobs in the process.
The development will include 22 two-bedroom homes, six three-bedroom homes, and two two-bedroom bungalows, alongside the restoration and conversion of 5 – 7 Bank Street into 12 one-bedroom apartments.
The project is located just outside Cheadle’s conservation area and the Trust says the design compliments the vernacular style of Cheadle, interpreting key features found within the architecture of the surrounding vicinity, to provide the scheme with a slightly contemporary edge.
In a design statement, Sutton and Wilkinson architects said on behalf of the Trust: “The scheme is complementary and sensitive to its immediate surroundings and the construction of interesting, vibrant, good quality dwellings will be attractive to local residents and future tenants alike.”
The new build will feature the very latest in design and technology from Target’s Optima range of UPVc windows, taking design inspiration from the older traditional properties in the area. With the conversion of 5-7 Bank Street, existing windows will be replaced with similar timber sash windows.
Guy Basnett, Director of Target Windows, said: “We are happy to be working with contractor J Harper and Sons to carry out this project for The Wrekin Housing Trust. It’s another win for our family-run company, which has seen our commercial projects double this year. As a result, we will be looking to recruit another installation team of two, plus a site manager to help us cover the massive expansion in commercial work we are currently undertaking.”