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  1. Your Guide to Canopies and Carports

    Your Guide to Canopies and Carports

    Canopies and carports make a great addition to your home.

    Simple and effective, they are a fantastic way of adding extra functionality, space and luxury.

    With countless uses, we’ve put together this guide to help show you the benefits of adding a carport or canopy to your home.

    What are canopies and carports?

    Put simply, a canopy is a structure with a roof that provides shelter, without fixed walls like a room. Usually fixed to the side of your house, carports are canopies that can be used as a space to park your car. A carport protects your car from the worst of the elements and weather all year round, as well as giving you some much-appreciated shelter on heavy rain days.

    With a simple style, carports add functionality and an attractive feature to any house.

    Canopies aren’t just limited to cars.

    Used in a variety of styles, locations and sizes, canopies are highly versatile and offer a world of opportunities for your home.

    Opening a new space, canopies can be used for extra dining or garden areas to relax with loved ones, play areas, walkway covers, cycle or smoking areas or even for extra storage.

    Attached to your house or as free-standing structures, canopies are a perfect way of protecting yourself from the rain or sun while enjoying the outdoors.

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    Why get a canopy or carport?

    Canopies and carports are a simple, yet functional and attractive way to protect you from the weather.

    With a variety of different designs and uses, canopies and carports are an excellent way of opening new spaces and possibilities while adding an element of luxury.

    From big, free-standing spaces on your garden to small porch canopies that provide you and your visitors shelter while they enter your house, there’s a canopy that can suit any home.

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    Conclusion

    Canopies and carports are simple shelters that can be used for a variety of different purposes. Adding both functionality and luxury, canopies and carports are perfect for creating new spaces and possibilities for your home.

    At LB Supplies, we offer a range of canopies and carports available in a variety of sizes. Each of our canopies is manufactured in maintenance-free, white powder-coated aluminium with special colours available at extra cost. The canopies are glazed with a 16mm triple wall polycarbonate sheet that offers clear, bronze and opal tints and provides UV protection. Want to transform your home with a canopy or carport? Look at our range today.

     

  2. How to reset your VELUX remote control

    No matter how great modern technology is, sometimes remote controls can get out of sync with other products.

    Most of the time, this is fixed with a quick reset.

    But when resets involve more than simply taking the batteries out and putting them back in, resetting can be an annoying and confusing process. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to resetting your VELUX remote to make it as easy as possible.

     

    Step one. Reset the window.

    Before you can reset your remote control, you need to reset your window.

    First, manually open your window. If your window has any other products installed, such as blinds, make sure these are also open.

    Once your window is open, press and hold the reset button for at least five seconds. This will cause your window and other installed products to start moving, letting you know that the reset has worked.

    If your window doesn’t start to move, press and hold the reset button until it does.

     

    Step two. Turn the power off

    Now that the window has been reset and has stopped moving, close the window. Once closed, make sure the power is completely turned off. If you have more than one window, repeat step one for all the windows before turning the power off.

     

    Step three. Reset the remote

    Now that the window has been reset, it’s time to reset the remote control.

    To do this, slide off the battery cover and press the reset button with a pointed object, like a small screwdriver, for at least five seconds.

    Once complete, replace the battery cover and turn the remote around.

     

    Step four. Resync your windows

     After completing step three, a display will be shown on your VELUX remote asking if you want to reset your remote control. Press the yes button.

    While the system resets, your remote will show the VELUX logo. Once complete, you will be asked to select your language and turn the power back on.

    Pressing the forward arrow to continue, the remote will then search for and resync to your VELUX window.

     

    Step five. Test and enjoy

    After following the on-screen instructions on your VELUX remote, your windows and remote will now be in sync with each other again.

    Spend a couple of minutes after this process to test and make sure that your remote is in perfect working order. If an error has occurred, repeat the steps until the remote and window sync with each other.

     

    Conclusion

    Following the easy step-by-step guide should make resetting your VELUX remote a quick and simple process.

    For more information on your VELUX products, get in touch today.

  3. Everything you need to know about VELUX roof window flashings

    Roof windows are an excellent way of using natural light to transform your space.

    With roof windows, it’s important that you pick the right flashing to weather-proof your window and protect it from the elements.

    With VELUX offering different types of flashing, it can be difficult knowing which one is right for your roof.

    That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about VELUX flashings, so you know exactly what you need.

     

    Installation height

    The new VELUX generation of windows offers flashings at two main heights, standard and recessed.

    The standard installation height is where the roof window and flashings are usually installed, making the window slightly stand out from your roof.

    Alternatively, recessed installations are installed 40mm deeper into your roof. This creates a sleeker, more streamlined appearance in your roof. Recessed installation can also offer greater energy efficiency, cutting your energy costs.

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    Flashing types.  

    VELUX has five categories of flashing. Choosing the right type depends on the type of roofing material you have, as well as your roof pitch (the angle of height your roof has) and if you want standard or recessed installation heights.

     

    Plain tiles

    Plain tiles sit flatly on your roof.

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    The plain tile category of VELUX roof flashings is EDP/EBP/EKP.

    The category fits all plain tiles up to a maximum thickness of 14mm. This type of flashing can be used only with standard installation on roof pitches between 25° and 90°.

     

    Roof tiles

    This is the overlapping or curved shaped roof tile and has two main VELUX flashing categories.

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    For standard installation heights, roof tiles can be used with the EDW/EBW/EKW flashings.

    This category of flashing fits all flat and profiled roof tiles up to 120mm in thickness on roof pitches between 15° and 90°.

    If you prefer recessed installation heights, the VELUX EDJ/EKJ category of flashing is what you need.

    However, the EDJ/EKJ category is only suitable for flat and profiled roof tiles up to 90mm in thickness and roof pitches between 20° and 90°.

     

    Slate tiles

    Slate tiles have two types of VELUX flashing.

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    For slate up to 8mm thick, the VELUX flashing categories are dependent on your preference for standard or recessed installation heights.

    For standard installation on pitches between 15° and 90°, use the EDL/EBL/EKL flashing category.

    If you prefer recessed installation and your roof pitch is between 20° and 90°, use the EDN/EKN flashing category.

    Both these categories are unsuitable for interlocking slate tiles. For interlocking slate, thatch and profiled sheeting roofs, use the EDW/EBW/EKW flashing category for roof tiles.

     

    Conclusion

    Although VELUX flashing may look complicated, the categories depend on the type of roofing you have as well as your preference for standard or recessed installation.

    Once you understand your roofing material, it will be a straightforward process to match it to one of VELUX’s window categories.

    For more information on VELUX flashings or choosing your perfect VELUX window, get in touch today.

  4. Five of the Best Roof Terraces in the World

    Roof terraces are flat roof areas that are on top of or protrude from buildings.

    Developed around 1500 CE, roof terraces were common in Venice as a place where laundry could be hanged out to dry. Today, roof terraces are predominantly used for social purposes, but can add luxury to any space.

    To showcase the power of roof terraces, we’ve picked the five of the best roof terraces in the world.

    1. Villa Honegg Hotel – Switzerland

    Found on Mount Bürgenstock heights, this roof terrace overlooks the stunning views of Lucerne Lake.

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    Making use of its spectacular surroundings, this roof terrace is a charming, spacious, and relaxed environment. Filled with comfortable furniture, the terrace makes the perfect space for you to unwind with family and friends, or just peacefully admire the beautiful surroundings.

    2. Mayfair Hotel– Miami

    The roof terrace at the Mayfair Hotel is a beautiful and luxurious space.

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    With comfortable seating, bar, fireplace, swimming pool and stunning views there is something for everyone in this roof terrace.

    The Mayfair Roof terrace is a fantastic example of how these terraces are perfect for social occasions. Every Sunday night, this terrace hosts popular DJs to celebrate and enjoy the sunset.

    The roof terrace also boasts separate cosy booths for those that want a quieter space to relax and unwind with family and friends, making it a perfect social space.

    3. Mandarin Oriental– Paris

    Among the Paris city tops, the Mandarin Oriental has luxurious and intimate roof terraces.

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    Filled with greenery, the terraces make the perfect place to relax, dine and soak up the Paris skyline with family and friends.

    The greenery adds an extra layer of beauty to your surroundings and creates a luxury, tranquil and peaceful space for you to enjoy.

    4. Hotel Grande Bretagne – Athens

    The roof terrace at the Hotel Grande Bretagne serves exceptional and beautifully-presented Mediterranean food in its first-class restaurant.

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    This roof terrace uses a simple layout of tables against a stunning Athens backdrop to create a simple, yet luxurious space.

    The Hotel Grande Bretagne is a fantastic example of how roof terraces can hold a practical function to your home while providing a luxurious place to relax with and host your family and friends.

    5. Four Seasons Hotel – Hong Kong

    Situated on top of the Prince’s Building in Hong Kong, the Four Seasons Hotel roof terrace boasts a simplistic and stylish design next to its incredible 360° views of the city.

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    The roof terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel is the perfect combination of amazing views… a simplistic and comfortable layout with practicality.

    During the day, guests can enjoy afternoon tea and sweets and a quiet, comfortable place to soak up the city views. At night, the whole terrace livens up with popular DJs or even occasional saxophonist.

    Conclusion

    Roof terraces can provide some truly amazing and wonderful spaces.

    No matter the size or location of your space, roof terraces can be used to add a luxury social or relaxing space to any home.

    If you’re planning a roof terrace, we can help turn your dreams into a reality today.

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  5. The Benefits of Choosing Aurora Windows and Skylights

    At LB Supplies, we are proud to sell Aurora windows and skylights. To help you choose your perfect Aurora window, we’ve put together this guide to show its windows and skylights will benefit you.

    Why Choose Aurora?

    Choosing an Aurora window or skylight is an excellent way to transform your home. They are a luxurious and elegant way to bring natural light into a room, in a sleek and modern design. All Aurora windows and skylights are tested, strong and durable no matter the weather.

    Aurora has a wide range of windows, skylights and accessories in different styles and sizes. With a wide range of products to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your home. The range is manufactured in Europe to exacting standards. Products are available for all installations both in domestic and public buildings, and in all heated and inhabited rooms.

    All Aurora windows benefit from exceptional insulation properties when compared with most other products on the market, saving you money on heating and energy costs.

    Conclusion

    With a wide range of products, Aurora windows are fantastic for adding natural light and space to your home. At LB Supplies, we’re proud to offer a range of Aurora products.

    That’s why choosing Aurora windows and skylights with us, we will provide an extra list of benefits for you. For example, we will ensure a fast turnaround, letting you get your products exactly as you need them.

    LB Supplies will also provide a 10-year guarantee on Aurora windows and skylights, along with after sales and support. This will make sure that everything runs as smooth as possible and you are 100% happy with your Aurora windows.

    Ready to transform your house? Browse our range of Aurora windows and skylights today.

     

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  6. Five of the Best Roof Lanterns in the World

    Roof lanterns are architectural features used to transform small and dark areas by filling them with natural daylight.

    A roof lantern is an elegant centrepiece that will add an iconic edge to any project.

    To showcase the benefits a roof lantern can bring to your home, our experts have picked five of the best roof lanterns in the world.

     

    The Florence Baptistery

    The Florence Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence and one of the earliest examples of a roof lantern.

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    Dating back to roughly 1150 (and enlarged in 1202), this lantern brings natural light to highlight its famous mosaic-covered interior. This historic example shows the prestige and impact roof lanterns can bring.

     

    The Seville Cathedral

    The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral features a dome roof lantern within its prestigious design.

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    In 1511, the lantern collapsed and was rebuilt to its former glory in 1519.

    The cathedral is an excellent example of the roof lantern’s importance in Renaissance design, which has now become an iconic show stopping centrepiece of modern architecture.

     

    The Kuskovo Orangery

    Roof lanterns were widely used in orangeries in Europe in the 16th Century.

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    As a marker of prestige, orangeries were used to house and protect orange and citrus trees from harsh winter weather.

    One of the best examples is in Kuskovo, the summer country house and estate of the Sheremetev family.

    Built in the mid-18th century, it was situated several miles to the east of Moscow but is now  part of the East District of the city. It was one of the first great summer country estates of the Russian nobility, and one of the few near Moscow still preserved.

     

    Katharinenkirche

    Katharinenkirche, or St. Catherine’s Church, in Oppenheim, Germany, is regarded as an important Gothic church building on the Rhine, along with the cathedrals of Cologne and Strasbourg.

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    It’s impressive roof lantern, complete with phoenix sculpture, illuminates with natural light its gothic charm.

     

    Friars Mill, Leicester

    The iconic ibex weathervane which sits proudly atop one of the UK’s oldest surviving factories, Friars Mill, in Leicester, heralds the dawn of a new age in industrial evolution. Now a thriving business centre, this former 18th Century mill on the banks of the River Soar has been restored to its former commercial glory.

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    At its centrepiece is a classic roof lantern which allows natural light to flood into the building below. A perfect example of modern design blended with traditional British architecture.

     

    Conclusion

    Roof lanterns have changed a lot over the years, but are a fantastic and elegant way of bringing natural light into your home.

    As iconic centrepieces, roof lanterns are an easy way to add luxury to and transform any project.

    The Atlas Contemporary Slimline Roof Lantern we offer, for example, is the slimmest, strongest and most thermally-efficient lantern on the market.

     

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    With no clunky bars or supports cluttering the glazing, this design allows you to get more sky and sun into your home.

    Minimalist, sleek and efficient, these roof lanterns bring elegance and luxury into any space.

    Ready to transform your house? Browse our range of roof lanterns today.

     

     

  7. How to Fit a Velux Roof Window

    A roof window is a fantastic way of letting extra natural light into your home. Designed to be weathertight and safe, Velux windows also have a quick and simple installation.
    To help you on install your perfect Velux roof window, we’ve put together this quick guide.

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    Before you install

    Before you install your Velux roof window, you need to check the angle of your roof and determine where the window will be positioned.

    The position of your window must comply with building regulations and planning permission laws. If the space is used only for occasional storage, the window can be installed in any sensible location that does not weaken the roof structure. If you have any doubts with this, talk to the building control department of your local council.

    Roof windows are not recommended for roofs with an angle below 15°. This is because the water runs off shallow roofs more slowly. Shallow roofs are also more prone to wind blowing the rain back underneath the tiles or furnishings.

    A centre pivot roof is great for roof angles of between 15° and 90°. For ease of use, it is also recommended to place the top frame of the window 1.85-2.20m above the floor.

     

    How to Install

    For diagrams of the stages, look at the Velux installation guide. Using the QR code on this guide, videos of each stage if installation can also be seen:

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    1. Create the opening

    Before you create your roof opening, it is important to make sure you check for any obstructions, such as valleys, central heating vents or the ridge line. It’s also important to remember that you need the opening to be big enough to fit the flashings in as well as the physical size of the window.

    The opening is created by removing the roof tiles or slates from the area. The tiles are accessed by cutting the felt underneath them, and can be removed by cutting away one of the battens from under the tile.

    Once the tiles are removed, you will be able to remove the necessary roof timbers for the opening and add additional timbers to make the new framework.

     

    2. Fit the frame

    The sash (the opening part of the window) is removed from the window. Metal fixing brackets are attached the remaining frame.

    The position of the metal fixing brackets depends on your type of flashing.

    The type of flashing depends on the installation height of your window (either standard or recessed) and the type of roofing material.

    For EDW or EDL flashings, the brackets are fitted on the top and bottom of the frame. For EDJ or EDN flashings, the brackets are fitted onto the side.

    The frame is then fitted into your roof opening and secured into place.

     

    3. Fit the flashing

    Window flashing is an important aspect of your roof window and is designed to prevent water entering the gaps in your roof.

    With Velux, the flashing is easy to install and will click into place around the window before being secured with a small number of screws.

    Proper installation of the window flashing will create a barrier between the window and the sliding, helping to weatherproof your roof window.

     

    4. Return the tiles/slates

    Once the frame and the flashing are in place, the tiles or slates are placed back into position to the sides of the new window frame.

    It’s highly likely that some of the tiles will need to be cut down to fit your new window.

    Tiles are cut down using an angle grinder. When using it, make sure you are on solid ground and are wearing safety googles.

     

    5. Fit the opening sash

    The final step of your roof window installation is to refit the opening sash to the window.

    Once this is in place, you can now enjoy your fantastic roof window and the natural light entering your home.

     

    Conclusion

    By following all these steps, you will be able to easily install your new Velux roof window and enjoy all its benefits.

    If you struggle with any part of the installation, you can always contact a local tradesman for a quick and simple installation.

    Ready to transform your loft space? Browse our range of Velux Roof Windows today.

     

     

  8. Natural light provides the best way to cure the winter blues

    word press 19When the winter weather sets in, it’s hard for anyone not to feel all doom and gloom. Dropping temperatures, higher chances of ice and blustery winds are certainly not everyone’s vision of paradise. However, extensive research has shown that for a growing number of people, feeling glum in the colder months is far more than just the ‘winter blues’. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is known to effect one in every 15 people and can severely debilitate sufferers.

    For the many that suffer from SAD and the less severe subsyndromal SAD, the key to helping relieve the depression, insomnia and general apathy that can often result is simply maximising their intake of natural light.

    Scientifically proven to help boost both our physical and psychological wellbeing, natural light improves our mood, our motivation and is generally beneficial to our health. Just sitting close to a well-lit window can boost energy levels and improve your mood.

    In business, for example, the positive effects of natural light have been well known for a while –  many companies now specify as much natural light as possible when it comes to designing new offices and other workspaces. Bringing natural light into the workplace has shown to increase employee’s productivity, attitude and enthusiasm. The education sector has also becoming increasingly aware of the beneficial effects of natural light. Many new school buildings now incorporate glass structures and roof glazing solutions to provide the optimal learning environment.

    At LB Roof Windows, we have an extensive range of products which can allow installers to take advantage of the natural light craze. Stocking roof windows, skylights, lanterns and flat roof windows from leading manufacturers including Velux and Dakea, we can provide the perfect solution for any room.

    We are the only place in the UK you can find the new and innovative Liteleader range. Liteleader white painted roof windows not only offer excellent amounts of natural light, their contemporary and stylish design helps brighten rooms even further.

    No matter your natural light need, at LB Roof Windows, we can provide the solution – whether it’s the Ecolite, which can blend seamlessly with ceilings or walls, or the EcoSolid, a tough and durable uPVC roof window that is perfectly suited to high-humidity areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

    Help your customers beat the winter blues – make them aware of how natural light can make us feel better through the gloomiest months. With natural light beaming into their homes through a new, high-quality roof window that boasts an extensive 10-year guarantee and excellent functionality, they’ll have plenty of reasons to smile this winter.

    For more information on our extensive product range including Aurora, Dakea, Velux and Liteleader windows, give LB Roof Windows a call on 01623 624500 or visit www.lbroofwindows.co.uk

  9. Make 2017 the year you liberate your attic, says natural light specialists LB Supplies

    Multi Liteleader ImageChristmas is over, 2017’s finally upon us, and we’ve got the prospect of a long, gloomy January ahead of us. But while it’s dark and damp and the weather’s not great, January is also a time for new resolutions and new beginnings – and in a month we’re all craving a bit more natural light in our lives, what better time to turn a little-used but potential-filled space into the lightest, airiest room in your house? Here at LB Supplies, we’re encouraging you to make transforming your attic your New Year’s resolution.

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  10. The rise and rise of white painted roof windows

    Liteleader EcoWhiteWhite painted roof windows have become the go-to roof window solution for homeowners thanks to their stylish and contemporary design. Consumers are choosing roof windows finished in white to match popular design trends as well as to provide a seamless, minimalist blend with white pitched ceilings and walls.

    The trend was further validated when Velux began offering their market leading product with a white painted finish as standard rather than the traditional pine finish. Identifying the upsurge in interest and growing demand among consumers and installers for white painted roof windows, natural light and roof window specialists LB Supplies expanded its offering to include the UK exclusive Liteleader range.
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