When living space becomes a bit of a squeeze more and more home owners are now opting to extend rather than move house.
From a financial point of view extending can be much cheaper than moving, if your home is in an area with good schools and decent local amenities, the resale value added to the property is very likely to outweigh the cost of extending.
Creating an atmospheric space, designed to be flooded with light during the summer, but to also maximise the limited daylight during the long UK winter months can be a challenge. However a glass extension can tick both of these boxes, as well as requiring a far far shorter build time.
Solarlux’s glazing concepts are specifically designed to welcome the atmosphere into buildings; a particular selling point. Glass extensions are also modular systems therefore allowing for a 100% bespoke design solution no matter how large or small the space!
Brick extensions can take weeks to complete, whereas glass extensions can be completed within just a few days.
Manufacturers like Solarlux have the freedom and diversity to use RAL, DB and Eloxal colours allowing the system to match existing windows, doors or even the existing structure itself and provide a great wealth of design options. The roof and bi-folding doors can be made of aluminium and/or timber, matching pre-existing characteristics of the house.
With so many design options decision making can prove tricky, but Solarlux and its authorised dealer network use 3D visualisations of the existing building and intended new-build to make this a smoother, less intimidating process.
With the high costs of heating, an energy efficient home is a must; purchasers are looking for an aesthetic design which incorporates thermal efficiency as standard.
A good bi-folding door has not only high quality insulated glass, but also thermal breaks (air chambers) within the profiles and an interlocking mechanism allowing for maximum air permeability - no cold draughts.
Solalrux products feature an additional insulation layer and triple glazing, allowing them to achieve exceptionally low U-values of 0.80 W/m2K whilst maintaining a slim and modern design.
Another important aspect for consideration is security. With the addition of large areas of glass and increased visibility into the property, comes increased fears re security.
This is where the choice of supplier becomes incredibly important, bi-folding doors and glazing solutions from high quality manufacturers like Solarlux are certified to the European Standard RC2/RC3. The British preferred certification ‘Secure by Design’ and ‘PAS24’ is also available for many systems, proving that Solarlux products exceed the stringent testing parameters for burglar resistance, providing buyers with true peace of mind. The maximum sliding window cero can also be linked with an in-house security system.
It is always worth paying extra for items which you know have been manufactured to last the test of time, you can then rest assured that your investment will still be adding value to the building even after 20 years or more. High quality moveable parts and an excellent after sales service are just part of the Solarlux promise; staff will always be available to offer advice on operation and maintenance of the doors.
Solarlux products are designed to exceed industry standards, the new innovative the Bi-Fold Door system has also been certified to class 2.
Bringing the outside, inside
Solarlux’s glazing concepts are designed with this in mind, allowing seamless transitions between inside and outside as they extend almost boundlessly into the open. Solarlux invites all visitors to visit them on stand B329 at Grand Designs Live to see and touch the products for themselves.