We had to look twice when we read a trade article about 3D printed windows - how does that work?
VEKA, a quality manufacturer of UPVC windows have devised a way to create new window designs using 3D printing technology.
This allows them to develop life size models to which furniture can be added (hinges, locks, handles etc). These can be tried and tested before going into production using the traditional methods.
Colourchange UPVC are delighted to be the main sponsor for the Stowmarket U18's football team.
Daryl Collins, owner of Colourchange UPVC said:
"We recognise the importance and benefit of these community groups. Run by volunteers, these clubs often struggle to find financial support and we were happy to help with the team sponsorship"
Colourchange UPVC chose various events and activities to support each year. From the St Elizabeth Hospice London to Paris charity ride in 2017, Runway Sunday event in Rendlesham last year, for the hospice again. This year Stowmarket Under 18's football team and the Wickham Market Sportive cycle ride in aid of the East of England Ambulance Service.
From “Grand Designs”, “Love it or List it”, “Ugly house to Lovely house” or one of the multitude of broadcasted TV make over shows, there is a common theme – Single storey extensions.
One of the questions that we are often asked at Colourchange UPVC is “what is the difference between a single story extension and a conservatory?”
When conservatories were simply made of upvc frames, glass and a polycarbonate roof there was a significant difference. But now we see bifold doors, insulated roofs, supporting brickwork, fitted out with underfloor heating and integrated lighting and sound systems the gap between the modern conservatory and a single storey extension has narrowed.
If you are looking to develop your property with a single story extension here are things to consider.
Budget is clearly key – for a standard project plan £1,500 to £1,900 a square meter, add around 5% for architects fees, engineer and survey fees may add another £1,000 to £2,000. Don’t forget the VAT!
Planning permission – there is no easy answer. You may be able to extend within “planning development rights”, avoiding the need for planning permission, if your project height and footprint meet permitted development criteria. You will certainly need to comply with all building regulations.
Colourchange UPVC, specialists in providing UPVC and aluminium colouring services for retail and trade customers, have a dedicated single story extension and conservatory installation team under their “Suffolk Conservatory” brand. Make your project easier with their office team who take care of all the legal requirements, plan the project and make it easier for you.
A new extensive show area is being developed in Rendlesham, near Woodbridge where customers will be able to see the different ranges of product available.
Supalite tiled roof systems are one of the most popular for single storey extensions. Designed and perfected to give maximum insulation benefits combined with the technology to protect your building from condensation issues the Supalite roofs offer complete peace of mind.
Colourchange UPVC are the only Registered Supalite installer in Suffolk. We have the training, experience and knowledge that you can depend upon to undertake your building project.
Give us a call for a free quaotation.
The Easter Bank Holiday weekend has seen a shift over the past 10 years. Where it was once a busy time for home improvements and the property market there has been a shift towards the family and treating the period as a time for a holiday and a break from work.
Our opening times over Easter reflect this change:
Thursday 18th April open 9am to 5pm
Good Friday 19th April - closed
Easter Saturday 20th April - closed
Easter Sunday 21st April - closed
Easter Monday 22nd April - closed
Tuesday 23rd April open 9am to 5pm
Have a wonderful Easter
Do you remember times before houses were packed with loft insulation, before cavity wall insulation and double glazing? Houses with single glazed windows had ice on the inside, draughty floor boards and a howling gale that came through the windows and doors, the “central heating” was a fire place or a range!.
As we drive forward with more energy efficiency, better insulation, draught-proof windows, doors and floors we have sealed up our houses, at the same time made our homes warmer than ever before.
Modern living has resulted in people living in smaller spaces with tumble dryers, radiators, house plants and more showers/baths. All these add moisture to your home – this creates a dramatic increase in warm, water laden air.
For security and insulation reasons, we also don’t leave our windows open. Why spend money heating a place to open windows and have that cold air flow in and the hot air rush out?
The result is a developing problem in modern houses. we have a problem with condensation, mouldy walls. Mould around windows, peeling paint around windows, a line of mould on the wall/ceiling line.
This is the reason trickle ventilators were specified in building regulations in the 90's. All new builds and extensions had to be fitted with trickle vents. Today there are Positive Input Ventilation Systems which can be installed but window trickle vents are a cheaper and easier option.
So if you are thinking about replacing your old windows which already have trickle vents, your new windows will need to have them too (assuming they were required under the original building regulation requirement when they were installed) The new vents should offer at least the same capacity as the existing outgoing vents.
What creates the biggest problem?
The most common contributors to high levels of water laden air in the home are towels on radiators, showers and boiling on the hob.
Simple steps can be taken to help.
Following a shower open the window and close the door to the bathroom. Let the air circulate in the bathroom and the water laden air will be replaced with fresh air. This saves all this moisture spreading around the house.
Boiling on the hob – install and then use an extractor fan, as you see the water levels decrease in the pot all the water is circulating around your house without and extractor fan.
Towels on radiators create large amounts of moisture which becomes airborne. Open a window directly above the radiator to allow the moisture filled air to be replenished.
The team from Sydney Bales and Co Construction were busy over the weekend building up the brickwork and bases for the new conservatory show area. We will have the largest range of insulated conservatory roofs in Suffolk, if not East Anglia.
On completion of an installation, whether a conservatory, windows, doors or roofline, customers are asked to complete a feedback form which scores our performance out of 10 for:
Work completed in acordance of the scope of the contract.
Completing the job in a timely manner.
Cleanliness of the site.
The friendly and professional nature of our staff.
Overall performance of the fitting team.
From March 2018 to March 2019 the total client satisfaction score was 4,364 out of 4,450 which is 98%.
The average score accross all five areas was 9.8 out of 10.
When people are looking for a conservatory, windows or doors we understand that seeing the real thing, touching, feeling and comparing products is a really important element when making a decision.
It is our aim to provide the best range and choice of double glazed windows, composite doors, insulated conservatory roofs and styles of conservatory in Suffolk.
It's quite a goal that we are setting ourselves and it make take us a while to get there but the next big step is underway and we hope to have a whole new set of conservatories up and ready by Easter.
Coloured windows, doors and conservatories. For the last 4 years Anthracite grey has been the number 1 colour that our specialist colouring unit has asked for. But is there a new trend developing?
RAL 7005 has is being requested more and more. Much lighter than the Anthracite which has a deep grey/purple tone, the RAL7005 known with the less appealing name of "Mouse Grey" is lighter, but dark enough to provide good contrast, being lighter also suggests that it will show less dust.
It will be interesting to see if this becomes the new grey!
When you're looking for windows, doors or a conservatory you want to make sure that you are chosing the right products for your home. The best way to do that is by seeing, touching and comparing the real thing.
We recognise this which is why we are extending our showarea to provide you with more examples. If the weather holds and all goes to plan we will be sorted in time for Easter.
Window, door, conservatory fitter required. We are getting ready for another year of growth and need to strengthen our team of great fitters.
Unlike many in this industry we like to employ our fitters rather than have contractors. This gives you the security of work, holiday pay, pension contributions etc.
Plus, we want the best team, so we offer very good salaries for the right people. If you are an experienced, versatile and hard-working fitter, can combine excellent workmanship with quick work and are looking for a new challenge then please get in touch and let’s have a chat.
Call Daryl 01394 420774
The transformation of this building is significant with the new UPVC window in a black finish.
The large window allows far more light into the room, and it look fabulous.
You can see this property in an earier news story. The original window was too small and didn't let sufficient light in for the space to be used as a studio.
WIth a background in building the Colourchange team cut a larger hole and installed a lintel.
Tranform your property with new windows. With a background in building Colourchange UPVC are well placed to offer a transforming solution to changing your windows.
Here the existing windows are too small and do not let in enough light.
Obviously the front door is the first thing you and your visitors see. If your door is not as you would wish it to be you can look at our onsite colouring services or get a new composite door or UPVC door from us.
From quotation to installation you will have a trouble free experience and will be delighted with the results.
The previous news item showed the preparation of the UPVC painting. Here we see the final product. UPVC windows and doors painted using the latest colour bonding technology.
Colour your windows and doors with the assurance of a 10 year warranty with Colourchange UPVC.
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Our on site colouring team can transform the exterior of your home.
All external windows and doors can be coloured. With 30,000 colours to choose from and the latest paint bonding technology, guaranteed for 10 years, you can are sure of a quality product applied by skilled technicians.
Contact us today for a quote.
The example in this picture is a section of a stable door that we have transformed from the classic white. Now a more contemporary grey door which is warmer and richer in colour. At Colourchange we know how to transform the colour of windows, doors and conservatories and can guarantee they won't feel, flake or blister
Extend your living space in time for Christmas. If you have a conservatory that is too cold to use in the winter you could have that changed in time for Christmas.
An insulated replacement roof on your conservatory transforms the space into a room that you can use all year round.
Celebrate Christmas with your family, or use the space to escape for peace and quiet!
Adding an insulated roof to a conservatory means that you will transform the space to a room that can be used all year round.
The insulation will keep the room warm in the winter and in the summer protect from the room becoming too hot.
The picture shows an example of a door section we recoloured from an yellow/orange pine colour to a colour more contemporary and appealing.
With over 30,000 colours to choose from we will find the right colour for you
Families enjoyed an amazing experience on Sunday 19th August when they had the chance to ride, scoot and skate on the runway at Bentwaters Parks.
The old UASF Bentwaters runway provided a unique environment which was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. The event was sponsored by Colourchange UPVC and raised money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.
A huge thank you to Sarah at Bentwaters Parks for allowing us to use the runway, a massive thanks to the Marshalls, Eastern Community Assistance Team and Raynet who were fabulous.
For more pictures please visit: https://www.upvcspraying.co.uk/blog
We are frequently asked if we can colour windows that are already installed. This refreshes the appearance of a property, transforming your home.
I use the term colour rather than paint because UPVC has silicon within it and this prevents normal paint from bonding to the surface. Painted windows often look great when first done but a little bit of heat or a cold snap will often see blister or cracks forming.
We use a bonding technology which creates a chemical reaction between the frames and paint, when this dries the surfaces are bonded together. By the nature of the process we can only colour the exterior surfaces, not internal.
Whether doors, a conservatory or windows we can transform your home.
We seek reviews from all our customers, not all complete the online review, some complete the paper version which are all reproduced on our colouring and conservatory websites, all the reviews are listed - good and bad! You can see these here https://www.suffolkconservatory.co.uk/reviews
The following information is taken from these forms. Half way through the year and 87% of customers scored us 10 out of 10, and 8% scored us 9 out of 10 a total of 95% scoring 9 and 10's. The total client satisfaction score was 839 out of 850 which is 99%.
Last year we sponsored the London to Paris bike ride which was raising money for the St Elizabeth Hospice. This year we have upped the ante and are organising our own event for families.
Again it has a cycling theme, but this time we have added in Scooters and Skateboards and a runway.
With a Massive, Massive thanks to Bentwaters Parks we are able to offer people the chance to ride, scoot or skate on the runway at Bentwaters, Rendlesham. A unique experience.
Normal sportive, charity rides are set over 25 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles. Great for cycling enthusiasts but less inclusive for the broader family. Welcome to Runway Sunday - with a 2.3 mile circuit or a flat 1 mile length this is a perfect, safe location for the family. Book your place at this fun event as soon as you can. Visit www.runwaysunday.co.uk for all the details.
The last news item featured a purple door that raised a few eyebrows, a very bold and individual choice. Here we have blue sliding doors, The customer decided on a blue exterior and white interior and everyone that has seen it has said how great this particular blue is.
A customer recently asked us for a door in a particular shade of purple. The colour associated with Cadbury's. The photos shown here shows the door in the paint booth undergoing the colouring process.
Colourchange UPVC offer 30,000 different colours using the latest colour bonding technology that is guaranteed for 10 years.
Our professional and skilled fitting team have transformed another conservatory. They replaced the old Poly Carbonate roof with a new, super insulated Warmroof.
Now the conservatory can be heated effectively in the winter without all the warmth being lost through the roof, In the summer the super insulated roof will keep the room cool. They have transformed an old and tired conservatory into a wonderful new room.
Colourchange UPVC can change the roof on your conservatory or build a new conservatory from scratch, please give us a call or come and visit our show room in Rendlesham.
Our talented painter created this perfect finish to exacting colour requirements.
The new Colourchange spray booth allows us to paint with greater speed. With better extraction control and the ability to dry the paint the team can work on numerous projects in a day
Our spray booth was completed just before Christmas and is now fully commissioned and working perfectly. The investment in this "state of the art" colour spray booth came about because of the increase in demand for coloured windows, doors and conservatories.
Colourchange UPVC are leading experts in colouring services on UPVC and aluminium products supplying to the retail and trade markets. The new colouring facility enables us to colour items in a matter of hours, rather than the 48 hours it took in the old booth. This quicker turnaround will support the trade side of the business allowing Colourchange UPVC to significantly increase production.
Colourchange UPVC approached the local business community to discuss the best way to move ahead with this investment and were delighted to receive funding from the Small Grant Scheme, an initiative supported by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Regional Development Fund.
Visit our showroom today - Bentwaters Business Park, Rendlesham IP12 2TW
Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday