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20 Jul 2021
Target Windows Charity Hike

Target Windows to take on a mountainous charity hike for Dogs Trust ⛰️

The Target Windows team are hiking 24.5 miles across the mountains of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, in aid of raising vital funds for the national charity, Dogs Trust.

The team will be led by the Director of Target Windows, Guy Basnett, and will also include Nicky and Rich Green, Sam and Jodie Plant, and Mick Tune. All are preparing to take on this challenge on Saturday 21st August 2021 – it’s not going to be easy, but we know the team are up to it!

Why we chose Dogs Trust? 🐶🐾

Team Target have decided to take on this challenge to raise money for our chosen charity, Dogs Trust, as we are all dog lovers and are passionate about the amazing work they do. Dogs Trust work hard to run 21 rehoming centres across the UK with the aim to protect over 16,000 dogs annually – focusing on the rehabilitation and rehoming of dogs which have been either abandoned or given up by their owners.

Target Windows, a family-run business operating for almost 40 years in Staffordshire, started working with Dogs Trust in 2011. In just over 10 years, Team Target has completed 15 projects at Dogs Trust kennels at: Loughborough, Evesham, Basildon, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Salisbury, Brighton, Darlington, Cardiff, Shrewsbury, Kenilworth, Glasgow, Newbury and Canterbury. These projects involve installing specially adapted windows and doors in their rehoming centres to help create a comfortable environment for the dogs.

Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “They were spending a lot of extra money making and ordering acoustic barriers out of expensive hardwood to keep the noise from the barking down to a minimum.

“We suggested that they could change these to UPVC, which are maintenance free and a lot cheaper. From that job, we have completed many installations, from refurbishments of their existing centres to installing at their new ones. We have the ability to help insulate the dogs’ kennels and help to create a comfy environment for them, which is fantastic, because we’re all dog lovers!”

Please help us to support this amazing charity 💛

We have raised £345 so far and we are so thankful to everyone who has donated! We would really appreciate any donations no matter how big or small, which will go directly to the amazing charity – Dogs Trust.

Donations can be made here 👉 https://bit.ly/3-peaks-challenge-

28 Jun 2021

Create the perfect space for entertaining

Use your open plan spaces

Open plan living spaces are built for entertaining. Use your open plan kitchen-diner to host early guests while you prepare the salad and get the drinks flowing. Start the summer celebrations with summer punch and salad that everyone can help themselves to.

A single-story extension at the side of your kitchen or at the back of the house can add a new dimension to your home and create a more social and dynamic space. Perfect for summer BBQs.

Bring it in with bi-folds

Sunny weather is exactly what your beautiful bi-folds were built for, blend the outdoors with the indoors and open your bi-folding doors all the way. Not only do you create a seamless transfer from kitchen to grill, but your home will feel lighter and brighter.

If our typical British weather doesn’t hold up, stepping inside needn’t be all doom and gloom with floor-to-ceiling windows.

If you’re looking to add a bit more drama to your home, or you’d simply like an attractive way to enjoy your garden all year round, ask us about bi-fold doors.

Time to get alfresco

Is it finally time to dust off the garden furniture? With COVID restrictions ever-changing, meeting our friends in the comfort of our own garden is bound to be the most popular event of choice this summer.

Take this time to consider how you can make your home-to-garden spaces easy to navigate and appropriate for guests. Perhaps a gazebo or a permanent veranda and patio heaters could make those seasonal transitions and unpredictable weather much easier to navigate.

Cosy conservatories

If braving the outdoors isn’t on the cards for you, why not use your conservatory as a hosting space, where you can enjoy your garden without the hassle of oncoming storm clouds. Dress your conservatory or orangery with cooling throws, a place to keep your favourite books or board games and a drinks cart topped up with ice for a real ‘home holiday’ feel.

Serve up some barbeque inspired grub in your kitchen and enjoy the company of your guests without the fear of getting wet!

At Target Windows, we pride ourselves on high-quality installation and aftercare. For more information, or to request a quote, get in touch with us today.

Image: Shutterstock.com

14 May 2021
Open dining room with bi fold doors into the garden

6 ways you can refresh your home in time for visitors

Are you looking for ways to refresh your home now that you can invite people over? We’ve all been looking forward to the change in restrictions that allows us to spend more time with our loved ones, however, spending the last year without people visiting our homes has definitely left our hosting skills a little rusty!

It’s time to dust off the dining table and get the hoover out, here are our top six tips for prepping your home for guests.

 

Declutter your social spaces

Has your makeshift office taken over the dining room? Is it time to get rid of the tower of Amazon boxes sitting in your hallway? We’ve got used to a ‘new normal’ over the past 12 months, and that includes getting comfortable with our bad habits. Knowing that there is no risk of someone popping over unexpectedly, we’ve let things slide in the clutter department.

Make sure your social spaces are welcoming and clutter free. Find a more practical way to pack away your work at the end of the day, so you’re not leaving scraps of paper and post-its in your communal areas. Try to restructure the kitchen so it’s a space for socialising again. Whether you’re preparing a meal or clearing up at the end of the night, a glass of wine in the kitchen is an end-of-night requirement!

 

Refresh your home with a good clean

Even before the pandemic, an obligatory scrub of the house was always on the cards. It’s extra important now that we stay on top of our hygiene and cleanliness so that our homes remain safe.

Pay particular attention to the spaces that your guests will be spending their time and make sure to wipe down handles and surfaces. It’s key that we take extra steps to make visitors feel comfortable in our homes again.

 

Prepare your outdoor areas

Although recommended restrictions are ever-changing, some of us are still uncomfortable with sharing spaces like we used to. If your guests are vulnerable or anxious, it’s worth sprucing up your outdoor space so you can still socialise outdoors.

Using your conservatory or orangery as middle ground between inside and out can help make your guests feel reassured. Set up snacks, drinks and blankets in your conservatory that your guests can access when they need to.

Even better, if you have bifold doors, open them up and really blend the two. You’ll provide an open plan space that is safe and truly enviable.

 

Make considerations for an overnight stay

From 17th May, we can have overnight guests in our home- make sure there’s still a welcoming, clean space for your guests to rest their head.

Too often do we use our extra bedroom as a dumping ground for storage, clutter, and laundry. Or perhaps, your spare room has become your new home office? Whatever the set-up, clear the space, freshen up the sheets and provide a nice, clean towel for a morning shower.

 

Address any repairs or maintenance issues

Now is the perfect time to fix that flickering bulb, sort out your gutters and remove that damp stain. In our first lockdown, a lot of us got swept up in DIY madness, using the extra time at home to repaint the lounge or hang up a couple of shelves.

But as the months have rolled on, we’ve slowly fell out of love with those much-needed DIY jobs around the house. Expectant guests are a perfect excuse to get the toolbox out and get the house in order.

 

Create more space

You might find that once you start inviting people over to your home, that you simply don’t have the space you need for entertaining. Why not expand your available space with a conservatory or orangery?

Small conservatories are easy to build without restrictive planning permissions and can quickly add additional room to your living area. There are lots of ways to extend your home and create a fantastic room for hosting your loved ones. Why not drop us an email?

 

Find out more about conservatories

Check out this gorgeous orangery we recently installed

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27 Apr 2021
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7 ways to add value to your home

There are many ways to add value to your home, whether you plan on selling your property or you simply want to improve your living space. It’s important to consider whether the improvements will add to your lifestyle or be appealing to a potential buyer. Whatever your reason for wanting to add value to your home, we’ve put together our top seven to get you thinking.

 

New front door

Kerb appeal is a huge part of your property value – especially when it comes to selling. First impressions matter, and there’s nothing that says ‘first impression’ more than a gorgeous front door.

A peeling, old door with poor security is not ideal for you or a potential buyer. Check out Solidor’s different frame and colour options with our online door designer.

 

Refresh your home exterior to add value to your home

As well as a new front door, fascia’s, guttering and cladding can add a new lease of life to the exterior of your home. Ample, efficient guttering can save you time on maintenance and can be made to suit the look of your home. Find out more.

 

Upgrade windows

When should you replace your windows? Windows usually last a good twenty years or so, but it’s always important to check the quality of the glazing for the sake of keeping heat in the house. If you’re looking to sell your home, double glazing is expected from most buyers. Keep an eye out for whistling windows or poor installation too.

If you live in a period property or a rural home with a unique style, it’s important to be sympathetic to the buildings original setting and aesthetic, otherwise you could decrease the value of your property.

 

 

Central heating upgrade

Unfortunately, we aren’t blessed with sunshine all year round in the UK! So, a home without a good central heating system can be incredibly costly, whether you plan on staying in your home or whether you plan to sell it.

Heating bills from electric heaters can cost up to three times as much as gas central heating when trying to heat the entire home. Buyers can ask for a reduction in the house price if they plan to install central heating.

 

Garage conversion

Most homeowners don’t use their garage for their car anymore. Either the garage is too small, or the process of opening up your garage to commute each day isn’t worth the hassle. Instead of using your garage as back-up storage, add value to your home by converting your garage into an extra room.

Create an extra bedroom or play area for the children – perfect for a growing family or grandparents.

 

Conservatories

You can add value to your home by creating an extra dining space or family room with a single-story extension.

Investing in a conservatory continues to be the simplest and most cost-effective way to create extra space in your home. Smaller conservatories aren’t restricted by complicated planning permissions and when we build a conservatory, we arrange all the project management for you.

Already have a conservatory?

Old conservatories can be heat traps in summer and become too cold in winter. Refurbishing your old conservatory with a replacement roof can regulate the temperature in your extension. There are lots of ways to refurbish your old conservatory – ask us how.

 

Add an orangery

While a conservatory can add 5-12% to the value of your home, an orangery is considered a single-storey extension and can boost your property value by even more. Find out how much your orangery could be worth using this online calculator.

Orangeries include more brick walls in their structure. This makes it easier to retain heat and create a room that truly feels like part of your house. An orangery maximises on natural light with cleverly designed glass elements that don’t overwhelm the space.

 

Open dining room with bi fold doors into the garden

 

Inspired? Why not ask us for a quote on conservatories, windows, bi-folds or fascia’s?

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26 Apr 2021
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Should I get a replacement conservatory roof?

Should I get a replacement conservatory roof? A new conservatory could add around 10% to the value of your home, but if you already have an old conservatory, it might be more cost-effective to replace the roof.

What can impact the price of a conservatory?

  • Foundations – is the ground good, are there power cables or is there a drainage issue? 
  • Construction materials – varied pricing  
  • Shape, height, width – the larger and more complicated the style, the more it would cost 
  • Are you getting a full doubleglazed roof or going for Poly-carbonate Panels? 
  • Seasonal offers vs peak times – if you see an offer, act on it because prices can increase during peak times  
  • Planning permission – if you’re buying with Target, this is included in the price and we sort it all out for you 

Styles of conservatory roofs

Victorian insulated conservatory roof – This classic English design is adaptable to any building shape and brings a sense of Victorian grandeur. Existing conservatories in this style can easily have a roof replacement. 

Gable end insulated conservatory roof – A conservatory in this style is usually square or rectangular for maximum space and provides a more modern living space. This gable end insulated conservatory roof is ideal for adding more of a feature to your home, if you are looking to create an impressive space to entertain guests. 

Lean to insulated conservatory roof – If you want to open up your home and bring a little of the outside in, then a lean to is the answer. This style has large glass patio doors or bi-folding doors, with a choice of full height window frames to ensure you get as much natural light as possible. 

Edwardian insulated conservatory roof – Many people with old conservatories will more than likely have an Edwardian conservatory style. This style offers more space and can easily be adapted with an insulated conservatory roof, without having to start from scratch. 

Why replace your conservatory roof?

Get rid of condensation and odd temperatures with an insulated conservatory roof. You know it’s time to insulate your conservatory roof if you still have an old roof with transparent glazing. 

This was perfectly normal a decade ago but now homeowners are catching on to the benefits of proper conservatory roof insulation. If you want a conservatory that doesn’t turn into an oven in the summer and a fridge in the winter then our Warmer Roof range of tiled, insulated conservatory roofs is for you. 

Get in touch with us on 01785 811558 and our friendly, experienced team will give you a better idea of what price it will be for the work you need to be done and how long it will take. 

 

Last updated on 26/04/2021

23 Mar 2021

What colour windows and doors will work with my house?

Understanding what colour windows and doors will match the exterior of your home can be difficult, especially when it really is such a key investment in your property.

We’ve seen many trends come and go, but when it comes to choosing a colour for your doors and windows, we know what stands the test of time.

Windows and doors for a red brick house

If you have a red brick house, then you’re in luck, as the natural, earthy quality of red brick makes it one of the most versatile house colours to work with. For doors, cool, dark tones like blues, greys and greens, complement the warm red of the brick, while classic, natural tones with white frames and border create a softer look for your home.

We’re a big fan of Solidor’s Midnight Grey, as it’s a rich grey colour with a warm undertone, ticking all the boxes for your red brick house. If you’re feeling particularly bold, a full-bodied Ruby Red or Rich Aubergine is a perfect way to add some personality to your home – make sure to frame your door and windows in a neutral white to really make the colour pop

 

White brick and render house

Whether you have a painted white brick exterior or a white render or finish, you have an opportunity to create a contrasting look with your exterior and really maximise on your kerb appeal!

Most colours are easy to match with white, but cool, pastel colours can often get lost on a white house, so think about a tone with more heat or be smart with your door accessories. Consider your surroundings and other homes if you’re spoilt for choice.

For a contemporary style, Anthracite Grey continues to be increasingly popular for both frames and doors, and a classic black and white combination creates a high-impact monochromatic look.

 

Period Properties

Choosing windows and doors for period properties brings its own set of challenges before you even consider your colour scheme! Making sure you’re respectful of the property’s architecture, history and style is key to refurbishing any period building. We recently helped a customer refurbish their unique period-style property with Tudor-style windows and settings – check it out.

Rich, heritage colours, like a Ruby Red, Blue or Green, are perfect for bringing out the classic style of period properties. Consider how Georgian and Edwardian properties like to ‘frame’ their doorways with contrasting stone or brick.

For example, a Georgian property with a white brick frame pairs well with matching white window frames, allowing for a clean canvas to go wild with your door choice. Alternatively, a stone frame might be better suited to colours that complement a natural, earthy tone.

As well as colour, it’s important to choose window styles that are appropriate for your period home. You can browse through different door styles and windowpane options with our online door designer.

 

Stone

Windows and doors for stone and stone brick homes should reflect the natural hues of the material with grey, brown and yellow tones. Think about the undertones of the stone and, if you’re dealing with individual bricks, the grouting between to decide on a complementary tone.

This home is a perfect example of how the window frames and door take the surrounding stone into consideration. The Irish Oak frames mirror the lighter shades in the stone, while the Peacock Blue door pairs beautifully with the warm grey of the brick.

peacock blue colour door

 

Making a statement

Whatever type of house you have, it’s always important to remember that, at the end of the day, it’s your home. If you want a bright purple, double front door, then you can! There’s nothing more exciting than making a statement about who you are through your home.

We love this door choice from @renovatingnumberfifteen on Instagram – the outside colour is cool Cobalt and a sunny Tangerine inside!

We installed classic Chartwell Green frames on this gorgeous barn conversion for a unique exterior style.

 

Inspired? Check out our Windows and Doors pages for more information or start designing your very own door with our online Solidor door designer.

Our team is happy to talk to you about style and colour ideas for your home, give us a call on 01785 811 558 (Stone) or 01889 366 588 (Uttoxeter). If you’d prefer, you can fill out our enquiry form here.

18 Jan 2021

A brand new home: refurbishment project in Blythe Bridge

We were approached by Mr and Mrs Farmer in 2020 to discuss their refurbishment needs at their home in Blythe Bridge.

As well as brand-new front and back doors, they were looking to refurbish their windows and the structural elements of their conservatory to improve energy-efficiency and the overall look of their home.

The Farmers home is a beautiful, large, red-brick property with unique window elements which meant each piece was bespoke and unique to the needs of the house. We used Flush Fit windows from Profile 22 in a classic Agate Grey shade that complemented the rest of the house.

  

Flush frames are becoming increasingly popular due to their clean, minimalist look. You can find out more about the different types if window frames we offer here.

The existing conservatory had a old polycarbonate roof that was difficult to clean and failed to regulate the temperature of the extension. Using WarmerRoof technology, we were able to refurbish the conservatory with a seamless tiled roof that matched the home’s existing tiles. We also added some contemporary skylights to the roof to maximise on natural light without compromising on heat.

The conservatory was transformed from a rarely used room to brand new single storey extension that opened up their lounge space to create an open-plan style living room.

  

The classic, neutral-tone doors from Solidor complemented the rest of the refurbishment work, with a lovely glass frame that mirrored the unique upstairs window at the back of house.

You can design your very own front door with our online door designer. Why not give it a go!

  

This refurbishment project was an absolute pleasure to work on, and really showcased the different services and products we have available to customers.

Mrs Farmer said: “We cannot fault the excellent service we have received from Target Windows, from Sales, Surveyor, Administration through to the Installation team who I have to say were professional, conscientious and mindful of being clean and tidy around our home.”

“I would have no problem in recommending Target Windows to anyone, they are competitive and provide an all-round service for any needs.”

If you’re looking to make some home improvements this year, ask Target Windows about refurbished conservatory roofs, windows, doors, extensions, fascia and more:

01785 811 558 – 01889 566 388 – sales@targetwindows.co.uk

29 Oct 2020
home improvements with bifold doors and conservatory extension

What to expect from your Target Windows installation – conservatories, windows, orangeries and more

When it comes to making home improvements, whether it’s a conservatory, orangery, window upgrade or single-storey extension, there can be a lot of things to consider.

At Target Windows, we understand that making the decision to invest in your home is a big one. That’s why we’ve outlined our process from start-to-finish so you know exactly what to expect from us.

Get in touch with Target Windows

The first step starts with you! You get in touch with us via email, by phone call, or you stop by one of our showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter to discuss your needs. One of our lovely Sales team will talk to you about what you’d like to do and discuss some options there and then.

Know what you’re looking for? Get in touch

We’ll arrange an appointment

Once we understand what you’d like us to do, we’ll carry out a home visit and see if we can make your dreams come true! We’ll arrange an appointment with our installation team within the week at a time that suits you.

Free consultation on your home improvements

At this point, there’s still no obligation for you to do business with us. We’ll offer you free, honest advice about what we can do and how we can do it. If we can’t deliver on the specific home improvements you’ve asked for, we’ll suggest alternatives that will better accommodate your home.

Obligation-free quote

Now we have all the information we need from you, we’ll provide you with an informed quote for your home improvements. This price will cover any drawings, surveys, and building regulations necessary to carry out your installation.

You say: yes please!

This is the part where you give us the go ahead – and start making your dream home, a reality! We’ll provide you with drawings and all the information you need to get started.

Free surveyor service

It’s important to us that we can deliver on what we’ve promised without any nasty surprises or extra costs. Our in-house surveyor will come and asses your home for any structural concerns or risks – and generally double-check everything we’ve done before we get started. It’s great to have that peace of mind!

We start building your dream home

Once we’ve received the green light from our surveyor, we’ll arrange a suitable timeframe with you and our team to get the work completed. Then, all you have to do is sit back and relax. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.

Aftercare

When the work has been completed, you can rest easy knowing that all our window frames have a 10-year warranty. We’re part of all the necessary organisations, like FENSA, to make sure you receive proper documentation and receipt of works. We also have emergency insurance for our customers should our business ever stop trading.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today.

All of our staff are operating within necessary Covid guidelines as outlined by the UK Government. Talk to our team about quotes via email if you’re currently self-isolating.

09 Jul 2020

5 Ways Open Plan Living Can Transform Your Home

If you’ve been spending too much time searching for home renovation inspiration on Pinterest, you’ll know it’s no secret that open plan living spaces are always top of the list. Open plan rooms and living spaces have a wealth of benefits for you and your home. Extending or opening up your home can create beautiful, multi-functional spaces for you and your family to enjoy. Ask Target Windows about using single-story extensions to expand your home.

Here are our top five benefits of open plan living:

1. Improve the look of your home with an open plan look

Opening up your home opens up new opportunities for decorating, lighting and layout without the previous structural restrictions of your home. Interior trends continue to explore new and interesting ways to make the most of the space in your home, and open-concept spaces are perfect for bold décor choices and storage ideas. Open plan spaces allow your home to breathe and create incredibly unique and attractive layouts. Invest in a kitchen-diner, a new entertaining space, or extra room for the kids to play.

2. Bring light into your home

By removing walls, or using effective partitions in your extension, you can maximise the light coming into your home. An open plan layout allows for a natural flow of light to create a bright and airy atmosphere. Save money on additional lighting and enjoy the health benefits of a little extra vitamin D. If you’re not ready to commit to an extension, introducing bi-folding doors can be a great alternative option for bringing more light into the home. Ask us about bifold doors.

Open dining room with bi fold doors into the garden

3. Create a multi-functional space

A classic kitchen and diner combination is perfect for entertaining; breaking down the barriers between prep and party. An open-plan, multi-functional space can create a more sociable environment and encourage the family to spend a bit more time with each other – or at least use the same room! Using bi-folds doors can open your home to the garden too for an amazing summer party space.

If your more used to baby bottles than wine glasses right now, you can definitely relate to the need to be in two places at once. A multi-use family space allows you to get on with your busy day while still keeping an eye on the kids.

Kitchen and Diner Extension

4. Use the full potential of your space


Without the restrictions of walls, awkward door placement, or the need to assign a purpose to each room, you can organise and divide up your space with unique and interesting ways. Use a statement sofa or open shelving to separate parts of your open plan space that still allows for a natural flow of light and living.

An island or breakfast bar in your kitchen-diner can create additional surface space without the need to run cabinets along the walls of your property. Use low storage solutions to store the kid’s toys while keeping the space accessible and bright. Having an open-plan space means you can play around with layout without limitations.

5. Add value to your property


Open plan homes still rank highly in people’s property ‘must-haves’. Open plan adds a modern, holistic feel to the home that fits in with people’s busy and adapting lifestyles. Whatever stage of life you’re at, open-plan allows for versatility and longevity when investing in a home.

Not only does this kind of layout make your home more visually attractive, its a great financial investment – especially at a time where traditional savings and investments options are yielding very little.

Interested in transforming your home with a single-story extension or bi-folding doors? Ask Target Windows for a quote today: 01785 811 558 – sales@targetwindows.co.uk

14 May 2020
Target Windows coronavirus (COVID-19)

Target Windows’ coronavirus (COVID-19) policy

The safety of our staff, their families and our customers is of paramount importance to us. Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID19) we have been following government guidelines and will continue to do so.

We temporarily closed our showrooms and paused installations, and now, after careful consideration within the industry and of the latest ‘COVID-19 secure’ government guidance, we have made the decision to re-open our Stone showroom from Monday, May 18. It will be open Monday to Friday 10am until 3pm.

We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and re-designed workspaces and pathways to maintain 2-metre distances between people. In some cases, staff are working from home and we have staggered start times and created one-way walk-throughs.

All surfaces are being wiped and cleaned regularly and we are providing a hand sanitiser station at entry and exit points, along with masks. The entrance to the showroom is by buzzer, which is also regularly cleaned.

We are planning the phased safe return of the installation team and we will update customers when further measures are in place. Working materials, such as tools or domestic appliances, will be assigned to an individual and not shared where possible. We will be using a fixed pairing system if people have to work in close proximity.

Some sales and office staff continue to work remotely from home and customers can place orders and request quotes as normal via the website, email via sales@targetwindows.co.uk or phone on 01785-811558.

We are taking sales enquiries only at this stage. The aftersales department will be re-opening at a later date, to be confirmed.

We are still offering customers the opportunity of using our #photaquota service. Just snap a photo of the windows or doors you would like replacing and email them to sales@targetwindows.co.uk for a quote.

Safe home visits will soon be available, with precautions put in place. No work will be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield.

When working in a household where somebody is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements will be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact.

Customers will be contacted prior to any visit to discuss how the work will be carried out to minimise risk for all parties. Customers will be asked to leave all required internal doors open to minimise contact with door handles and will be asked to keep their distance from our installers.