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Replacement Windows Northern Ireland

Replacement Windows Northern Ireland

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Replacement Windows Northern Ireland

Figuring out where to start when thinking about replacing your windows can be a difficult decision. There are so many different considerations that can affect the price and timescales, that it’s almost impossible to estimate without a home visit. So take it from a trusted window and door supplier with over 30 years experience that, whilst it’s convenient to do a lot of the leg work online, do not accept a quotation as accurate unless the window installer has visited your home and measured up properly!

As a rough estimate, installing double glazing with uPVC frames throughout an average 3 bedroom house in Northern Ireland will cost on average between £3,000 to £5,000, but there are many variables involved such as style, size and type of windows you’re looking for. Triple glazing windows can add around 30% to the cost but is definitely worth your consideration for the long time savings on energy bills.

The type of window frame you choose will have the biggest impact on the cost of your replacement windows Northern Ireland. So to help, we have put together some information below and on the pros and cons of each of the main replacement window options for you to think about.

uPVC windows are generally the lowest cost option but don’t let this fact make you think they are not a great choice for your home. As long as you make sure that your window installer is supplying high-quality uPVC frames, they are energy efficient and easy to maintain with an occasional wipe down being all that’s needed to keep them looking their best.

Timber frames are one of the most costly window refurbishment option but can add value to your home. They can provide a classic look to your home, especially if it is a period property. Timber frames come in either hardwood or softwood but do remember that they also require higher ongoing maintenance than uPVC or aluminium framed windows.

Aluminium frames are again more expensive than uPVC but do provide a long-lasting, durable and sleek looking window frame. They offer good energy efficiency and require less maintenance than timber. Aluminium frames can also be supplied in a range of colours so they remain consistent with the look and style of your home

Whilst you are refurbishing your homes windows, take the opportunity to think about adding extra functionality such as additional security options, or Tilt & Turn windows that open inwards into the room to offer improved ventilation.

When getting quotes for your window refurbishment project, make sure that the quotes supplied include most, if not all of the following:

  • A full survey of your home with professional measuring
  • Full details on the window frames offered
  • What security features are included
  • Certified proof of the windows energy efficiency rating
  • Full details on the glass being supplied (standard, toughened, obscured)
  • Breakdown of the accessories included such as handles trims and fixings etc
  • All installation/labour costs separate to the material costs
  • Make sure the supplier will remove and dispose your old windows

With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions have installed dozens of windows, doors, kitchens and bathrooms across the length and breadth of Northern Ireland. That’s why we have a 5 out of 5-star review rating based on the opinion of our customers on our Facebook page.

We welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

View more details on our window refurbishment choices on our website and why not book in a free home consultation whilst you’re there!

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Benefits of PVC Cladding

Benefits of PVC Cladding

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What is PVC cladding?

PVC wall cladding became mainstream in the 1970s as an alternative interior wall solution. PVC cladding is a lightweight panel with a smooth surface with a decorative surface and a tongue-and-groove edge for easy assembly. Modern PVC now offers a myriad of design variations to the look, feel and finish.

Benefits of PVC cladding

One of the main reasons PVC cladding is so popular for bathroom refurbishments is its water-resistant quality. Wall cladding is also mould resistant, unlike traditional wall tiles, so it can be used anywhere around your home!

Another compelling benefit compared to tiles is that PVC cladding is a lot more cost-effective compared to tiles, both for material costs and labour to install the panels.

PVC cladding is also low maintenance being quick to clean and having no cracks, bumps, or pores for the dirt to get into. They will look as good in years to come as they do when they are first installed.

PVC cladding is simple and quick to install and unlike tiles which are labour intensive and require a skilled tiler, are a very user-friendly product. The panels are easily cut to size and simple to install, making it the ideal DIY solution. Compared to tiles, they take approximately half the time to install.

In addition, PVC cladding is hygienic with its mould and bacteria repellent properties as well as being safe as they are non-flammable, self-extinguishable products. Lastly, PVC is 100% recyclable and can be taken to any plastic recycling centre.

PVC cladding panels also provide great thermal insulation, they offer an insulating value of R 2.25 (0,16 watt/m°K), which is pretty impressive. Their insulation value is comparable to that of a normal house brick.

If you have rough, uneven or patchy wall surfaces you can easily install PVC cladding panels to a prebuilt frame. If you have smooth and even walls, then you simply glue the panels to the plaster or plasterboard, or even apply directly on to existing tiles.

Do PVC wall cladding panels need special cleaning products?

You can simply use your everyday household cleaning products, as long as they are nonabrasive and are not based on chloride. You can even bring wall cladding back to its original condition by polishing the panels using a soft, non-abrasive cleaning agent. But for everyday cleaning, you only need a damp cloth to clean the panels thoroughly.

In summary

If you are looking for a cost-effective and easy to maintain wall covering solution for your home that still offers a truly stylish design, then you should definitely take a look at our wall cladding offerings. With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions have refurbished dozens of kitchens and bathrooms across the length and breadth of Northern Ireland. That’s why we have a 5 out of 5-star review rating based on the opinion of our customers on our Facebook page.

We welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over. Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com View more details on our bathroom refurbishment choices on our website and why not book in a free home consultation whilst you’re there!

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Bathroom renovation ideas for 2021

Bathroom renovation ideas for 2021

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If you are considering a bathroom renovation and looking for some design ideas, then come and talk to Value Home Solutions today. After all, we have over 30 years experience renovating bathrooms, fitting new bathrooms, kitchens, doors, soffits and much more.

Whether you’re making small upgrades to liven up an existing bathroom, planning to go all out on a full overhaul, or just planning ahead for a 2021 project, a bathroom renovation can make a big difference in the feel of your home. So it’s no surprise that alongside your kitchen, the bathroom takes top priority when it comes to time and money spent on remodelling.

But choosing a brand-new look and making the most of your space (especially in a smaller bathroom) isn’t always easy. Don’t worry! Value Home Solutions has gathered some of the most popular bathroom design ideas from the many projects we have worked on over the last year to offer you some inspiration.

Bathroom renovation can be a big task, especially if you’re working with a space that’s small, awkwardly shaped or even with quirky features such as built in cabinets or exposed pipework. Light can also be another big factor, especially if there is not much natural light available. So yes, a complete bathroom remodel can indeed be a challenge.

Here are some of our best bathroom renovation tips to help with all types of bathroom remodels, straight from the experts of course, to ensure that your bathroom improvement project will be a success.

Flooring is often overlooked but can make a massive difference to the feel of space, light and colour, especially in smaller bathrooms. If your bathroom is still sporting plain tiles, consider replacing them with smaller tiles incorporating bolder colours. En-trend at the moment are geometric tile designs in black, white, gray which leave room for a splash of your choice in colour. This switch in a bathroom flooring makes such a big difference!

If the bathroom to be refurbished is an en-suite, consider a double vanity unit to get more storage, rather than just one large sink and mirror combination. Double vanity units can feature ample cabinet room for stowing all toiletries and freeing up counter space.

Another great opportunity to inject bright and bold colours into your bathroom remodel is your choice of cabinet colour, be bold and vibrant! If your flooring preference is more monochromatic, choose cabinets in bright colours to add impact to your bathroom to create a welcoming vibe that’s hard to resist.

With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions have installed dozens of bathroom renovations and new bathroom installations across the length and breadth of Northern Ireland. That’s why we have 5 out of 5 star reviews based on the opinion of 29 people on our new Facebook page.

We welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

View some of the most recent bathroom renovations and hear our customers satisfied feedback on our Facebook page. And why not book in a free home consultation whilst you’re there!

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Bathroom trends for 2021

Bathroom trends for 2021

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After the success and interest of our 2020 bathroom trends guide, we thought it a fitting time to look ahead to the emerging trends for 2021. After spending so much time stuck in our homes recently, it’s a great time to consider refurbishments and home improvements. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how you can integrate any of these new trends into your own bathroom refurbishment project, call us today on 02890 861000.

  1. Repeated Patterns, Repeated!

Tessellated designs (repeated patterns) are set to be one of the biggest new bathroom trends for 2021. By using bold patterns that incorporate various shapes, dots, lines, animal prints, you can refresh an otherwise tired looking bathroom and the best news is that it’s one of the easiest trends to achieve!

One of the reasons for its popularity is due to its simplicity to execute. Whilst there are many different designs, patterns, and colours to choose from if you are getting someone in to refurbish your bathroom, it is also quick and easy to add a designer touch to a plain bathroom yourself! Achievable for any level of DIY enthusiast, you just need a pot of paint, a stencil kit or even some home-made stamps and can be finished in a couple of hours.

  1. Take A Sustainable Approach

Whilst it may not strictly be considered a design trend but planning your 2021 bathroom refurbishment with sustainability in mind is becoming a top priority for more and more people. Whether this means sourcing environmentally friendly bathroom products which save water and energy or selecting items that are made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials, going green (not literally) should be an important bathroom trend for all of us.

  1. Go Organic

Another big bathroom trend that is easy to achieve is to pick out tiles and wall cladding in soft, blush or grey colours, and combine them with simple patterns, handcrafted art and accessories to create a simple yet stylish space in which to relax.

With a slightly rustic feel, accessorise your bathroom with wall prints in simple patterns and shapes, and consider the natural environment with plants and organic items like wicker baskets.

  1. More Choice Than Chrome

As mentioned in our 2020 bathroom trends, whilst still very popular, more people are moving away from Chrome tap fittings. Why not look at more warmer tones available from other metallic finishes like gold, nickel, and antique bronze.

Alternatively, if you are going for more of an industrial theme, the trend for matt black tap fitting also continues to gain momentum. This can create a real impact, especially when paired with thin, black metal glass frames, and accessories, to create a real urban effect.

  1. Go Bold With Your Colours

Homeowners are being bolder than ever with both their colour choices and the way in which they use them. Use block colours for maximum impact – paint your cladding, walls or skirting boards in one single colour, or use subtle tonal changes to add contrast and definition. Go even further and match furniture such as basins and taps. Popular contemporary colour combinations for this 2021 bathrooms include pink & blue, green & orange and blue & white.

  1. Pay Attention To The Details

We all know that the ‘devil is in the detail’ when it comes to bathroom refurbishment projects. Bathrooms are becoming more stylised than ever before, and items like taps, mats and storage are no longer an afterthought. We predict this trend will continue into 2021 with more attention being made to those little things, like drawer handles, light pulls, bath feet and hinges, the soap dish and even the toilet brush holder, all of which adds to the bigger picture.

  1. Be Mindful About Relaxation

The rise of mindfulness and relaxation has led to the trend of luxurious spa-style cleansing at home. Incorporate plenty of luscious planting suitable for bathrooms to surround your walk-in showers or freestanding baths. Match the greenery with sandy tones to complete a cheerful and welcoming bathroom, perfect for meditating and relaxing away your daily stress.

  1. In The Navy!

The nautical style has been around for a long time, but in the latest trend forecast for 2021, this design concept takes on a more subtle approach. The dark blue base tone remains, but consider adding matt black taps and accessories to give this updated style of bathroom a bold, boho appearance, with more than a hint of elegance.

We hope you have enjoyed our predictions for bathroom trends for 2021! If you want to keep up to date on further news and product announcements that will help you with any bathroom refurbishments, why not follow us on social media?

With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 02890 861000 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

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New Windows in Belfast

Welcome to the next generation of PVC-U Windows from VHSNI

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Here at Value Home Solutions, we never rest on our laurels. We are constantly looking at emerging technology, improvements in performance, design and efficiency, to ensure we are supplying the best-in-class home solutions to our valued customers.

We are therefore delighted to announce our partnership with a new supplier Profile 22. Profile 22 has developed a range of windows hailed as the biggest new product introduction in the window industry for a decade. Specifically, their Optima range has been developed to be the most advanced, accredited, high-performance window system available in the UK.

Profile 22 went back to the drawing board and conducted a radical rethink of each stage in the window and door system production process, to ensure superb quality and consistency whilst protecting the environment through reduced energy and ecological impact.

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Here are just come of the reasons we love Profile 22 PVC-U window systems:

Profile 22 is the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U windows, whose range offers exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security. Quite simply, their window systems are the best on the market today.

Choosing a high-performance PVC-U product does not mean compromising on style! Whether you are looking for modern, contemporary styling or traditional cottage style windows, you can achieve a distinctive appearance with the same exceptional qualities and without compromising on performance.

  • Better insulated with thermal U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K and A++ Window Energy Ratings (WER).
  • Better protection through revolutionary additional centre seals which deliver enhanced security, strength, insulation and weather protection.
  • Achieve a unique decorative finish from an even bigger choice of durable colour foil options, including subtle shades, bold tones and varnished wood effects.
  • Total design flexibility with the widest choice of ancillaries includes colour matched cills, baypoles and accessories.
  • Windows that are designed to be easy to clean and maintain with angled edges to allow rainwater to run off, minimising dirt and debris build-up.
  • The widest choice of glazing options on the market (24-44mm), including triple-glazing in three sizes.

Lastly, Profile 22 windows are built to last and designed to offer superb long-term durability and weather protection for life. They surpass UK and EU Building Regulations and PAS24.

Value Home Solutions carried out a lot of research and testing before choosing our suppliers for Windows and are delighted to offer our customers ‘Best in Class’ window frames, in a wide range of colours.  Our frames are made from 100% recyclable materials and their energy efficiency properties will help keep your house cool in the summer and warm during the winter.

At Value Home Solutions we have over 20 years experience with installing windows and all of our design consultants are qualified tradesmen who will give you complete peace of mind when choosing your window frames.

Remember, if you are looking to add elegance, sophistication, style and most importantly, value to your home, think of the Optima range from Profile 22. Future-proof, high-performance window solutions supplied through trusted installers Value Home Solutions!

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Conservatories in Northern Ireland

Conservatories in Northern Ireland

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There are few home improvement projects that will add as much value to your home quite like one of our conservatories. A study by Towergate Insurance showed that adding a well-built conservatory can increase your home’s value by at least 5%! So if you are looking for ideas on how to create a stunning conservatory in Northern Ireland, call Value Home Solutions (VHS) today on 028 9076 7108 or send us an email on hello@vhsni.com

As well as adding value to your property, conservatories can really enhance your lifestyle at home. Whether you are a keen gardener and want to bring the garden into your home more, have some extra room to eat, cook or relax, or maybe you just want to indulge yourself in a light and tranquil room that you can use all year round. Either way, Value Home Solutions has the right choice for you. From the simple to the luxurious, the traditional to the ultra-modern, a tailor-made VHS conservatory is the perfect way to add style, space and value to your home.

Value Home Solutions are the premier company for the design and building of tailor-made beautifully crafted luxury bespoke Orangeries, Conservatories, Glass Room Extensions and contemporary Sunrooms, built to suit the needs of each and every one of our valued customers throughout Northern Ireland.

Our designers have extensive experience combined with a wealth of knowledge in creating your tailor-made bespoke glass room extension in many different styles including modern and contemporary, to blend sympathetically with the original building style, and also to meet planning requirements.

Conservatories are traditionally mostly glass construction to facilitate more sunshine entering the room. Usually built with a fully glazed roof (using either glass or polycarbonate) and 100% to 75% glazing on the walls. We have a broad range of modern designs and options to make your conservatory your own.

Alternatively, our bespoke Sunrooms will add glamour and significant style to your home, featuring more brickwork than traditional conservatories, resembling home extensions that will seamlessly blend from your home. A new Sunroom is a sure way to add value to your home.

Value Home Solutions can supply and install a wide range of conservatory styles in all shapes and sizes, even in small, challenging spaces. Through our range of PVC windows, doors and roofline offerings, we can create a home extension that is unique to you and gives you the massive benefit of only having to deal with one company.

As well as conservatories, VHS is one of Northern Ireland’s largest suppliers and installers of; PVC fascia, soffit and guttering (roofline products), PVC windows and doors, PVC bathroom wall panels, bathroom refurbishments and sanitary ware products and fully fitted kitchens and appliances. This means that we are able to integrate any of these other products into your conservatory project.

Want new PVC windows in Northern Ireland to match your stunning new conservatory? We got you covered! Want to part extend your kitchen into your new sunroom through a new refurbishment project? No problem!

We understand that every home is different, and that’s why we don’t sell ‘off-the-shelf’ products. In fact, we have over 30 years’ experience of delivering purpose-made PVC windows, doors, roofline, conservatories and bathrooms.

Value Home Solutions have a list of happy customers who are willing to show people around their own new conservatory or sunroom. This is proving to be more useful than a few displays in a showroom, as you can see the actual extension incorporated into a real home and better imagine what it will look like on your own property.

Our careful approach to planning, combined with our years of experience and qualified tradesmen, means that when it comes to delivering your conservatory, the entire process is quick and hassle-free, with minimal disruption to your daily life… which is just how it should be.

All VHS sunrooms come with the following guarantees to give you total peace of mind:

20 Year Frame Guarantee

15 Year Glass Guarantee

10 Year Workmanship Guarantee

With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

 

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PVC Suppliers Belfast

PVC Suppliers Belfast

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If you are looking for PVC suppliers in Belfast, you have come to the right place! If you are considering any PVC based home improvement solutions in Belfast or across Nothern Ireland, check out Value Home Solutions (VHS) first. We have one of the widest ranges of this popular, maintenance-free building and home improvement material.

VHS is one of Northern Ireland’s largest suppliers and installers of; PVC fascia, soffit and guttering, PVC windows and doors, conservatories and conservatory roofs, maintenance-free bathroom wall panels, bathroom refurbishments and sanitary ware products and fully fitted kitchens and appliances.

Why go through the trouble, stress and mess involved with ‘doing it yourself’? Let the specialists do it right the first time and we also guarantee all of our work as well! VHS believes in doing the job right and making it hassle-free for our customers.

A lot of our customers ask us many different questions about PVC, is it safe, durable, easy to clean etc? So we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked topics below to give you the peace of mind that PVC is a leading material for all types of home improvement projects. If we have missed anything, or you would like to discuss further, call us on 028 9076 7108, we are always happy to help!

Some of the benefits of PVC products:

Strong and lightweight – PVC products are resistant, lightweight, with good mechanical strength and toughness. These are the key technical benefits and the reason for its popularity in building and construction applications.

Easy to install – PVC can be easily cut, shaped, welded and joined on-site, in a variety of styles. PVC’s lightness and ease of handling reduces the difficulty of manual cutting.

Durable – PVC is very resistant to weathering, rotting and corrosion, shock and abrasion. It is, therefore, the preferred choice for many different outdoor products where long life spans are expected. In fact, medium and long-term applications account for some 85 per cent of PVC production in the building and construction sector.

For example, it is estimated that more than 75 per cent of PVC pipes will have a lifetime in excess of 40 years with potential in-service lives of up to 100 years. In other applications such as window profiles and cable insulation, studies indicate that over 60 per cent of them will also have working lives of over 40 years.

Cost-effective – PVC has been a popular material for construction applications for decades due to its physical and technical properties which provide excellent cost-performance advantages. As a material it is very competitive in terms of price, this value is also enhanced by the properties such as its durability, lifespan and low maintenance.

Safe material – PVC is non-toxic. It is a safe material and a socially valuable resource that has been used for more than half a century. It meets all international standards for safety and health for both the products and applications for which it is used.

Fire-resistant – Like all other organic materials used in buildings, including other plastics, wood, textiles etc., PVC products will burn when exposed to a fire. PVC products, however, are self-extinguishing. So in other words, if the ignition source is withdrawn they will stop burning. Because of its high chlorine content, PVC products have great fire safety characteristics. In practical terms, this means that they are difficult to ignite, heat production is comparatively low and they tend to char rather than generate flaming droplets.

With over 30 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure up, discuss the options available and then provide you with an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

 

2020 bathroom trends

2020 Bathroom Trends

2020 Bathroom Trends

2020 bathroom trends

So, it’s the start of a new decade and we thought it would be a great idea to look at the exciting 2020 bathroom trends that are influencing bathroom refurbishments. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how you can integrate any of these new trends into your own bathroom refurbishment project, call us today on 028 9076 7108. Let’s begin!

  • Brass is back with a bang!

It’s fair to say brass has been in decline in recent years in favour of the ultra-modern and sleek chrome alternative. However, brass is back in 2020! Brass offers a much warmer alternative to chrome and can give your bathroom a much more elegant and sophisticated look over chrome.

Consider brass detailing options in the usual places you would use chrome, such as taps and showerheads, shower valves and even accessories like towel and toilette roll holders. Even as a small accent, like a mirror frame can make a major impact. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make!

  • Black is the new chrome!

If your preference is ultra-modern, then consider matte black finishes over chrome. Matte black taps, shower fittings and even radiators began to trend in 2019 and all evidence shows it will increase in popularity in 2020. This trend includes the gorgeous dark grey hues of anthracite in case full-on black is a little step too far to the dark side! Also, consider black framed shower screens, another 2019 trend that had a spectacular rise in popularity, to compliment your other black detailing.

  • RGB LED Everything!

Talking of modern bathroom designs, integrated RGB (Red, Green & Blue – basically the ability to change lights to any colour) LED lighting is being incorporated into an ever-increasing range of bathroom products. With LED now more efficient, longer-lasting, and cheaper than ever, LED lighting can be integrated into many bathroom products to enhance your bathroom’s look. Imagine soaking in your bath with relaxing mood lighting adding ambience to the room!

  • Marble effect wall coverings

Whilst we completely understand that real marble tiles are not in everyone’s price range, there is an increasing range of marble effect (or ‘marbleised’) wall coverings now available. High-quality wallpaper and PVC wall coverings offer a great value alternative and the marble effects are so life-like, it is getting hard to tell the difference! Consider adding some marble elegance into your bathroom to create a real “wow factor”!

  • Earth tone tiling

There is a definite trend developing around moving from plain (even clinical looking) white tiles to more warmer earth tones such as travertine, limestone and terrazzo or the rugged natural look of granite. Whether used on the floor or walls of your bathroom, these organic tones will add a natural look and feel to your room. Consider matching natural wood (or wood coloured) units to complement the look – another growing trend we predict will continue in 2020!

  • Different shaped tiles

On the subject of tiling, rectangles are so last year! Instead, there is a push to more creative and visually impactful tile shapes such as geometric hexagon designs or scallop-shaped tiles. They are a great way to add a stunning impact to your bathroom or introduce bold colours in a controlled manner.

With over 20 year’s experience, Value Home Solutions welcome the opportunity to visit your home for a free design consultation to accurately measure your bathroom, discuss options and provide an accurate quote that we will stand over.

Contact Value Home Solutions today on 028 9076 7108 or via email on hello@vhsni.com

choosing the right tradesman

How To Choose The Right Tradesman

How to Choose the Right Tradesman

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Choosing the right tradesman or organisation to carry out any significant building or repair work in your home is a major decision and not to be taken lightly! It also shouldn’t come down to just the price they’re charging, you need to do your homework, carefully!

In fairness, the majority of tradesmen are honest, competent, and hard-working. But if you unfortunately end-up choosing one who isn’t, it can mean living in a building site for months or even years, cost you thousands of pounds to fix the poor quality of work undertaken, or leave you with a botched job that causes problems for years to come.

If you are planning a new bathroom, kitchen or looking to replace all of the doors and windows in your home, these are decisions that can affect the value of your home, so you need to research potential suppliers. This guide will offer you advice on what to look for and what to be aware of when choosing a supplier to work with.

To make sure that you find the right tradesman or company to carry out your project, these are some of the main topics that you may want to undertake:

  • References from previous work
  • Professional accreditations
  • Insurance and warranties
  • Pricing and payment terms

Let’s dive into these topics in a little more detail to help you choose a tradesman:

  • Look for references of previous work undertaken

Last year, the Federation for Master Builders (FMB) said that the most common complaints they received were about poor quality workmanship and a lack of professionalism by the tradesmen when carrying out the work.

Use personal recommendations where possible. One of the best ways to make sure of quality service is to choose somebody who has been recommended to you by a good friend or family member, especially if you have seen their work first hand.

Another good source of references is to search online for referrals on websites, social media sites and review sites etc. See if you can find an existing customer who has had similar work undertaken and drop them a message directly to ask for further information on how the project went. Ask for their feedback on timekeeping, how helpful they were before, during and after the project and also the quality of their work.

By doing this homework, you will be able to get a feel for the quality of their finished work, as well as gaining an understanding of their work ethics.

There are also a number of online trade directories which potentially can be a useful resource. They list individual tradesmen as well as companies with customer references. Each of these websites operates differently but generally, both individuals and companies have to meet certain criteria as part of their registration process.

  • Check they have the appropriate qualifications

When choosing a tradesman, ensure they are reputable. When choosing your tradesman, remember that all builders should be members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The organisation offers its own dispute service for both builders and clients.

If there is any gas or boiler work included in the project, the tradesman must be registered with the industry body GasSafe. Likewise, any plumbers involved in the work should be registered with WaterSafe. Last but not least, electricians should be approved by either NICEIC, NAPIT or ECA.

Roofers do not have their own trade body to register with, but they should be able to prove they are health and safety certified.

  • Do they have insurance? What warranties are offered?

When choosing a tradesman or company, it is very important that whoever is going to carry out the work is insured. That way, if any materials get stolen from the site, accidental damage is caused to the property, or if the work has to be redone by another person, you will be covered for the extra cost.

Ask about what guarantees or warranties are included in the quote? Are the materials and products supplied guaranteed in the event that anything goes wrong after the project has been finished? Warranties should also be offered on the labour provided, the fitting of the products and materials. Make sure you have a clear understanding as there can be differences between products and services.

  • Pricing and payment terms

The Federation of Master Builders reported that almost 2 million British homeowners say a tradesman had disappeared after they have been paid, without completing the work.

Don’t get fooled by low quotes, it is very easy for untrustworthy tradesmen to give a low estimate initially in order to secure your business and then put the price up at a later stage. Even if theis does not happen, low prices often result in lower quality products and labour too. Go with a tradesman or company that you trust to do a good quality job for a fair price, rather than one that offers you low prices.

After you’ve found your tradesman, checked their references and accreditation and received a quotation for the work to be carried out, before you give them the go-ahead to start the work, always insist on a contract. A professional tradesman or company should also insist on this.

The contract should include these components at a minimum; the scope of work to be carried out and details of the individual costs of materials, products and labour involved. Make sure you also clarify whether the final figure includes or excludes VAT.

If it’s a large project then milestone payments can be agreed, along with how much these should be and deadline dates are written in. It’s also fair to set in a penalty clause if the work runs over.

Never, ever agree to pay for the whole project upfront.

The above sounds like simple common sense – but you’d be surprised. According to recent figures from the FMB they get up to 1.5 million complaints a year about cowboy builders. Don’t let one of their victims be you!

Don’t…

  • Sign up a person who knocks on your door and points out a small problem. Reputable tradesmen will not cold call.
  • Hire someone who says they can start work straight away. Also tread carefully if a quote seems too low.
  • Choose workmen who only have a mobile number, and who can’t – or won’t – provide references.
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New Year – New Home Refurbishment

New Year – New Ideas For Refurbishing Your Home

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For many people, New Year is a time for a change, so here at Value Home Solutions, we thought we would give you some ideas in case you are thinking about how to bring some New Year refurbishments to your home. 

Are you fed up with drafts, high energy bills and struggling to heat your home?

There are many reasons why your home may be difficult or expensive to keep warm and the winter temperatures will definitely help you decide if now is the time to take action.  Maybe you have an old home which is hard to heat, an outdated boiler or you don’t have enough insulation.  What many people don’t think about is the amount of heat you lose if your doors or windows aren’t efficient.  New doors and windows are extremely quick and easy to install.  There are so many options from PVC to composite, patio doors to bi-fold.  Modern doors and windows come with very high energy retention and they also are extremely secure.  They can be purchased in a wide range of colours and styles, so it’s also an opportunity to improve the outer view of your home and to give it some personalisation.  Colourful and stylish front doors are very popular now and gone are the days when all the homes in a street look identical.  More and more people are taking out their patio doors and opting for bi-fold doors which help bring in extra light and easy access to the outdoors.  Our design team can look at your current arrangement and advise what alternatives are best to give the feel you want to achieve.

You can never have enough storage

Finding somewhere to store all those new toys and Christmas presents can be a real challenge!  While it’s not quite time for spring cleaning, many people just want to find a way to have a tidier home.  A well-designed kitchen is often a good start with new modern storage solutions available to suit every home.  Sit down with one of our expert consultants and they will find a way to house all your unique range of kitchen accessories and gadgets.

If bedroom storage is your challenge, why not have a look at the options for fitted bedroom furniture.  Our design team can work with you to find the best way to add storage to your bedrooms with the style of your choice.     

Storage isn’t enough, you need more space

If you have a growing family but not enough money to move, why not consider adding a conservatory, sunroom or glass room extension to your home?  Getting planning permission for adding a room is much easier now and Value Home Solutions can help you through the process.  Our design consultants can help you to design the best solution to fit the space available outside your home.

Does the outside of your home need any work?

Messy gardens are a normal part of winter, but while you are hiding inside away from the cold and storms, people easily overlook the fact that the outside of your home needs as much care as the inside – and that’s even more important in the winter months.  You should check your walls and roof regularly to make sure there are no tiles missing, that you don’t need any repointing between your bricks or that vents haven’t become broken or missing.  Guttering can easily become blocked and get damaged and timber cladding can start to deteriorate helping water to find a way into your home. 

If you find yourself dreading the thought of painting all your timber, think about transforming the appearance of your home with a PVC roofline including the fascia, soffit, guttering and cladding.  This not only helps to protect your home from the weather, but it also requires no maintenance, so you won’t have to keep painting every year. 

Are you thinking of moving?

Did you know that a few modernisations can make a difference in the sale value of your home?  Many buyers want to move into a home that is ready to live in, so that means a fresh lick of paint can make a big difference to the appeal of your home.  Not everyone can see past their first impressions, so stick to neutral tones as that gives your potential purchaser the option to add their own colours to suit their taste and is less likely to put people off.

If you have an older home with an outdated bathroom suite, en suite or kitchen updating these can also help make you more money when you are selling.  Check in with us to find out about the most modern styles.  At the moment in bathrooms glass panelled showers and sparkling white bathroom suites are the favourite to give a luxurious and clean feel while practical kitchens with plenty of storage and room to work are the must have.

Don’t break the bank with your refurbishments

Remember that refurbishing and modernising your home don’t have to cost the earth.  Value Home Solutions is committed to offering affordable solutions to allow you to have the luxurious, practical and high quality home refurbishments you need within the budget you can afford.  We stand over the quality of all our products and give warranties on all our work, so you can rest easy knowing that all our products come with guarantees. 

I can’t really get a feel without seeing it in real life

If you aren’t really sure what you are looking for and you just need ideas, have a look at our website for an overview off all the services we can provide.  You can see all the available styles, colours and options and consider what would be best to suit the personality of your home and family.  We also keep our facebook page up to date with pictures, videos and descriptions of our recent work – so there is always something new to look at!  If you find something you really want to see in real life, we have lots of happy customers who don’t mind someone visiting to see our work, so just give us a call and we will try to help you with whatever you need. 

Happy New Year and we look forward to helping you with all your refurbishment ideas in 2020!