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Fewer people are looking to sell their homes and instead they are making home improvements which will add value and make a better quality living environment. Common home improvements include updating kitchens, bathrooms windows and doors or adding a conservatory as these offer the best value.

1. Window Improvements 

The first choice for many people is to install PVC French doors and windows as they offer a lot of advantages over standard wooden doors and windows. They offer better security through superior locking mechanisms and security features that many insurers now recognise and it can actually lower your insurance quote. They are also non toxic and meet all health and safety regulations.

Make Small Improvements For Big Gains On Your Home

Installing double glazed pvc windows and doors will save energy. The double glazing vacuum acts like a solar panel and prevents cold air from entering your home and heat from escaping and considering how much it can cost to heat a home, this is a good thing! Some estimates state that you can save up to 40% on energy costs and will eventually recoup the cost of installation. PVC windows and doors can also help to eliminate condensation. Protection from draughts and cold air can be particularly beneficial for people who are susceptible to respiratory problems. PVC windows and doors will insulate your home from outside noise such as heavy traffic or children playing.

2. Weather Proof your Home with Style 

Wood has a propensity to swell and eventually rot with the constant dampness of the winter months, leaving unsecure windows and even loose glass in the frame; dangerous and a waste of energy, letting all that heat out and cold in. However pvc is weather proof. Damp will not be able to penetrate the frames and they will not rust or rot. PVC windows and door will last for many years before they need replacing; they can last as long as 35 years and need very little maintenance.

Unlike in the past when pvc windows and doors only came in white, they now come in a wide range of colours and styles so you will find it easy to choose frames that suit the rest of your home. You can also choose from different types of windows, for example you may want to replace and old bay window or install French windows or sash windows. You can find frames available in a variety of sizes, allowing you to blend a consistent style across your home. Doors come as ‘low threshold’ to make a smooth transition between indoors and outdoors, excellent for prams and wheelchair users. This way they also comply with building regulations.

They are easy to fit so that they blend aesthetically with modern homes or older homes, for example from the Victoria or Edwardian era. If you like to keep the look traditional, pvc window and door frames can come in a wood grain finish and can even look like traditional hard wood frames.  PVC French doors and windows from eurocell are good quality frames which also come with “turn and tilt” which makes for easy cleaning.


Shirley Jones writes regularly on home improvement for a range of house and home websites and blogs. She recommends pvc French doors and windows from