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News, Windows

It’s time to… check for condensation

At this time of year, all you want to do is escape the cold weather, come home and curl up in your warm, cosy home. However, the cold weather often comes with condensation – something none of us want appearing on our glazing. Don’t worry though! You’re not the only one suffering, it’s a really common problem. We want to help prevent condensation and give you a better understanding as to why this occurrence happens every time the winter catches up with us.

Internal and external condensation

If you notice external condensation on your windows, it means that they are working. It might be a bit of an eye sore, but you can be assured that your glazing is performing how it should be – keeping the warm air inside your home, so you’re kept cosy, and the cold air is kept out.

However, internal condensation isn’t so good. This means that the outside pane of glass isn’t protecting the internal pane from the cold, this means that any moisture in the air is precipitating on the inside pane and causing condensation. In extreme cases, this can drip down the window and puddle on your window cills. Download our condensation guide for more useful information.

What is condensation and what causes it in your home?


Your home is more susceptible to condensation in the colder, winter months as the air is cool outside whilst your house is warm inside. We love to keep our homes particularly warm and snug in the winter months by turning the heating up and keeping all the windows shut. Keeping the windows closed means that there is a lack of ventilation throughout your home and allows moisture to build up in the air as water vapour, which then condenses to water as it hits the cold glass surface of your glass windows and doors.

Your windows, conservatory or doors aren’t the cause of condensation. It’s down to your normal day to day activities. We’re constantly adding water vapour into the air, whether we’re cooking, cleaning, drying clothes, showering – or even breathing creates half a pint of water! The condensation that builds up can look unpleasant and block the view out of your windows, but it also can create mould and damp which damages your home. We don’t want this happening to you over these colder months so make sure you know all the tricks to help prevent and check for condensation.

Combatting condensation

Tilt and Turn windows

The best way to tackle condensation is to ensure your home is well ventilated and fitted with energy efficient windows.

We know the last thing you want in the colder months is to have a draught, but in cases like this, it can help. Opening your windows slightly, whilst keeping the heating on will help the air flow properly and reduce the water vapour in the air of that particular living space. Our PVCu tilt and turn windows are perfect for such thing, as they are designed for optimum ventilation. They allow you to keep the airflow in the winter without compromising the warmth of your cosy home. With effective draught proofing, you’re all set for the cold and wet months.

If condensation in your home is a regular occurrence in your household, it’s worth investing in some new windows. Advancements in window technology means our PVCu and aluminium windows offer excellent energy efficiency.

Trickle vents are also a good idea to combat condensation in your home as they help with the airflow. If there are rooms in your home that get more condensation than others, such as the bathroom, it could be worth purchasing a dehumidifier which will draw out the moisture in the air so that it doesn’t hit the glass on the windows and form condensation.

Choose Trade Windows

If you want more advice on your condensation or home improvements, call us on 01332 755551 or come and visit our showroom

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It’s time to… add light

Trade Windows want to make sure that you start the New Year right. 2020 was the most unpredictable and strange year for us all, so the New Year is the perfect time to add light into your home as it means we can all get ready for a much better summer.

Flooding your living space with extra light is also the key to brightening up the gloomy winter months and it will have a wonderful, positive impact on your happiness and wellbeing.

Your happiness is key

It’s really important to keep your home bright and ventilated. People generally spend most of their time indoors – especially now with the COVID restrictions in place. Introducing more natural light into your home benefits your skin, improves your sleep and helps with your body clock. As we’re staying home a lot more than we’re used to, our mood can be affected. Injecting daylight into your home will encourage growth, strengthen your immune system and regulate your mood – making you happier.

It’s also a great idea to add more natural light if you’re working from home, as this will reduce the need for artificial light which can lead to eye strain when combined with staring at a screen for too long.

Opening up your home

Aluminium Sliding Doors

One of the things you can do to ensure that both health and happiness levels within your home are the best they can be is create a wall of glass.

It’s worth looking into installing our bi-fold doors. This style of widespan door can drastically improve the amount of daylight and in your home. You can completely fold away the doors thanks to the concertina style, giving your home a more open feeling. The unbeatably slim sightlines give you less frame which means more glass, allowing sunlight to shine directly into your living space, creating a brighter home.

Sliding doors are another great option for letting more light in. The wide openings and lack of obstructing door panes or frames make them ideal for letting the winter sun flood in during the colder months and the rays of summer sunshine to beam inside.

Frame-less windows exclusive to Trade Windows

Lumi Windows

Lumi windows are designed with the frame placed inside the glass panes. This wall-to-wall glazing allows your home to be illuminated with light, implementing a brighter, more open space in your home.

Create your own sun with rooflights

Skypod rooflight

Skypod rooflights give you 365 days of sunlight, no matter what the weather is like outside. Transforming your living space all year round by allowing the natural light to shine directly down into your home makes for a lighter and fresher space to spend your time in. You can find our Skypod rooflights in our Derby showroom.

Adding both light and space in your home


We offer a wide range of conservatory styles and extensions that add extra space in your home – ideal if you need an office room as you work from home or home-school your children, or if you just need to make room to enjoy your space more as we spend more time indoors. They are designed to add extra light into your living space so that you feel like you’re improving your wellbeing at home as much as you can – both the extra light and extra space for home workouts will positively contribute to this.

Vitamin D boost

We need to make sure we’re getting enough sunlight and vitamin D. By implementing at least one of these ideas in your home you will notice a positive effect on you and your families physical and mental health. At Trade Windows we want to make sure that you start off the year right, our products we offer will not only improve your property but will help you out too.

Trade Windows can help you

Visit our showroom in Derby or give us a call, we’ll be happy to help you out with whatever your requirements are! Follow our socials too where we regularly update you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Conservatories, News

It’s time to refurbish your conservatory

If you have an older conservatory, you’ll know the problems that you face with them. They can sometimes look separate from the house, especially if you’ve updated your windows. Not to mention that it’s either freezing cold in the winter or too hot in the summer to even think about going into the room. If you’re facing these issues, it’s time to refurbish your conservatory.

New tech advancements in conservatory roofing

Space is more valuable than ever now, whether you need it to work from home, for the kid’s home schooling or to get away from the family and have some time to yourself. With new tech advancements in conservatory roofing, it makes your conservatory a much better place for studying, working or relaxing

Making a quiet space

Solid roof conservatory

If you’re fed up of hearing the rain crashing down onto your current conservatory roof, the perfect solution is to renovate and switch to a solid roof. This transforms it into a quiet, tranquil space making it the perfect place for you to concentrate if you’re working, working out, or to wind down after a long day as the ideal place for meditation/yoga.

Controlling the temperature

With a typical old conservatory there’s no in between when it comes to the temperature. It either feels like you’ve stepped into a sauna or like you’ve just opened the door into your fridge… it’s a pain to keep those temperatures under control. Refurbishing to a conservatory with a solid roof will make your life so much easier, it massively reduces heat loss from the roof there’ll be no need to wrap up at this time of year anymore in your own home!

Style upgrade

Tiled Roof Conservatory

Our tiled roof conservatories can also change the way you link your home to the conservatory by creating better flow within your home. In order to create that flow, you could look into getting our bifold doors that can fold either way in order to create more space and for your home to cascade from one room to another. Its great if you want to gain that extra living space.

The finishing touches

roof lights conservatory

Solid conservatory roofs are available in a range of colours, so you can complement the windows and doors in your home.

You can add extra light when renovating your conservatory with a solid roof, with roof lights across the ceiling so that you can create the right ambiance and tailor your space to make your home uniquely yours.

Our conservatories

If you don’t already have a conservatory, why not start from scratch? That way your space will be perfect from day one. Explore our website to see what design would suit your home best, along with one of our solid tiled roofs so that you’ll always have a quiet, warm space in the house to go to whenever you want, for whatever you want.

Call us on 01332 755551 for more info or nip to our showroom in Derby to see our conservatories in person. Have a look at our socials too! Our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are filled with inspiration.

Halloween composite door in showroom

Spook-tacular Glass Design Competition

To get your children into the spooky spirit of Halloween, we thought we would to give them something fun and creative to do. We ran a competition to design the most frightfully fun bespoke glass for us to install in a composite door in our showroom.

By Friday the 16 October, more than 20 of your spook-tacular window designs had been submitted! We were so impressed with all the entries and we’d like to thank everyone for amazing glass designs. That made judging very difficult for us and it was a hard task to choose the winner.

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Decorate home for Halloween

It’s time to… decorate your home for Halloween

It’s October, which means it’s officially spooky season, so get your pumpkins, costumes and home ready for the most spooktacular time of the year!

Although it’s not until 31 October, the most dedicated Halloween lovers get prepared from 1 October, casting a spell to transform their homes into the most bewitching haunted house.

Whenever you’re planning to get into the (ghostly) spirit of things, we’re here to help you have a boo-tiful Halloween.

Here are our top tips for decorating your home this Halloween:

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It's time for Trade Windows

It’s Time For Trade Windows

The more time we’ve spent indoors over the last few months, the more we’ve come to realise how important it is to make the most of our homes.

It’s time to live the way you want, it’s time for Trade Windows.

From flooding your home with natural light, to create an open plan living space, there are so many ways to improve the way you use your home.

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Can I get the Green Home Grant on my windows and doors?

The Green Home Grant scheme is eligible to some households and installations, provided they meet the criteria of the scheme.

The only windows that apply are single glazed windows being replaced with double glazed windows.

Eligible households have earnings on less than £30,000 a year.

The Government is yet to announce the details of upgrading to energy efficient doors, but it’s likely that it will only be for replacing old timber doors. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.

Please note: the Green Home Grant is not available for extension, conservatories, or new build.

If you have any further queries, please call us on 01332 75551 or email reception@tradewindows.com


How to create a happy house in Derby

Natural light is a must-have feature for many homeowners and that’s why renovation projects often include amazing glazing.

Exposure to daylight has been linked to improvements in our wellbeing and mood so innovative use of glass has become an extremely popular, go-to product.

Homeowners across Derby often talk to us about wanting to create a light and airy interior packed with wow factor and we can help. At Trade Windows, Derby, we know how to create a happy house.

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News, Windows

How to dress beautiful bay windows

Bay windows are big and beautiful and open up space in your home. They have more glass, come in unique shapes and sizes and let in a lovely amount of sunlight.

But the billion dollar question if you’ve got a 1930s bay window in your home, or are about to install new ones from Trade Windows, is how do you sprinkle the right amount of design magic to create something stylish and elegant in your house?

Across Derby, in areas like Six Streets, Allestree, Shelton Lock and Chaddesden, there are an abundance of 1930s Victorian homes with beautiful bay windows.

Here’s our expert advice on how to find the perfect home styling solution.

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