Posts made in May, 2015

Why You Should Choose Glass Countertops in Your Kitchen Renovation

When you undergo a kitchen renovation, you have to make a huge number of decisions. One of the standout elements of any kitchen that you’ll have to decide on is the countertop. It covers a lot of space, it is used to prepare meals, and it can also be a social space where you relax over a glass of wine with friends.

Natural stone is a typical choice, as are tiles, but what about glass? If you haven’t considered glass countertops as a material option, here are three things that make glass the perfect choice for your kitchen counters:

Glass repels stains. One of the great advantages of glass counters is that this material does not stain at all, and the kitchen is the one room in the house where you are likely to encounter staining. Imagine that you are chopping up beetroot and some of the purple stain gets on to the counter, or that you are cooking a delicious Indian curry and you accidentally get some turmeric on the countertop. When you opt for glass, these situations don’t have to be at all bothersome. Just wipe down the glass with a gentle soap and water solution and the stains will disappear.

Glass also repels bacteria. It’s also important that your kitchen is a safe place to be since it’s the place where you will be preparing family meals. With so much food out in the open, you want to make sure that your kitchen is a bacteria free environment so that your family meals are as healthy as they can possibly be. Another great advantage is that bacteria simply doesn’t like glass. This is because the material is non-porous unlike some natural stone countertop options that are more likely to harbour bacteria.

Glass is heat resistant. When you have lots of pots and pans bubbling away on the stove, your kitchen can really heat up. With some other materials like vinyl, it’s not a great idea to place those scorching hot pans directly on the countertop, but with glass, you won’t even have to think about it. You won’t need to give the glass any additional treatment to make it heat resistant; it’s just the natural quality of the material.

For serious cooks and people who want their countertops to last a long time, glass countertops are the ultimate choice for a kitchen renovation. Learn more about your options by consulting resources like Kitchen Connection.

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How to Reduce Condensation on Double Glazed Windows

Condensation can cause damage to paintwork, window fittings, curtains and wall coverings. It was never a big problem decades ago, as properties tended not to have carpets covering the floors, the windows and doors were not fitted to today’s standard, and the ceilings of properties were higher than they are today. These all allowed the air to flow through a property, and thus avoided the build up of excess moisture in the air.

Today, properties have door and window excluders, lower ceilings (the space in between the loft joists is now covered with insulating material) and carpets. Although warmer, these factors combine to prevent a proper airflow through a property. The result is condensation. Let’s look at some ways to avoid the build up of condensation in a property.

Improve Ventilation

It is possible to provide a modern property with natural ventilation. This can be done by utilising the top part of a double glazed window —the slit there can be opened to allow air to circulate freely.

Air bricks can also be used; these are bricks with holes manufactured into them to allow air to flow through. A ventilation unit can also be installed. Lastly, the easy way is to simply open the window in a room for a period of time during the day, allowing the air to be completely changed. All these methods will help the air flow through the property, reducing the chance of condensation.

Close Internal Doors in the Kitchen

A kitchen with a kettle and a stove usually produces air moisture that can be carried through the rest of the property, usually by convection currents. To avoid this, make sure that you draught-proof the other internal doors and keep them closed. This will prevent the warm air from building up in the other rooms.

Alter Your Curtains

Glass that is isolated behind heavy curtains can often have a temperature that is cooler than the air in the room. When the air hits the glass, condensation appears. Make sure that if you do have thick curtains, you allow the air to circulate around the curtains, so that the glass does not cool too much. Hang the curtains so that they are around twenty centimeters away from the glass. If you have a box pelmet, drill some holes along the top, to allow the air to circulate.

In cold weather, it is a good idea to keep some kind of heating on all the time, and radiators (if practical) can be fitted under double glazed windows to maintain a steady glass temperature.

Learn more about these or other options by consulting resources like Enviro Vision UPVC.

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