Is it Worth Replacing Old Double Glazing?

We’re all looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption, especially in light of the current energy market crisis. Wholesale gas prices have exploded in the latter half of 2021, with lasting repercussions for the energy bills of UK households. As such, many of us are trying to find ways to reduce our heating bills specifically. We’re hanging up the heavy drapes, fitting draught excluders to our letterboxes and popping into the loft to check on our insulation.

Some of us may even be taking a look at our double glazed windows and thinking about whether they should be replaced. After all, we know that not all double glazed windows are created equal. Plus newer, more energy-efficient windows could make it that much easier to stay warm this winter without having to crank up the heating. 

That said, no household wants to endure unnecessary disruption or expense by replacing their windows if there’s unlikely to be a tangible difference in the insulation they provide. So, is it really worth replacing your old double glazing? 

Signs That Your Double Glazing Needs To Be Replaced

Needless to say, nobody wants to replace double glazed windows that are doing their job perfectly well. By rule of thumb, double glazed windows last for anywhere between 20 and 35 years. There are a lot of variables at play from the location of the windows to weather conditions and, of course, the quality of the installation. 

However, this doesn’t mean that they’ll continue to do their job at peak efficiency for this long. What’s more, it’s not always easy to tell when your double glazed windows were installed. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the signs to look out for. Any of these may indicate that your double glazed windows aren’t offering you the thermal efficiency they should:


Do you get a little shudder when you walk past your windows? This may indicate that the seal is worn and cold air is leaking into your home. While there are interim fixes that can mitigate this in the short term, replacing your windows may be the best solution in the long run. 


The sight of tiny beads of moisture within your window glass doesn’t just spoil your view, it’s also a telltale sign that your windows may need to be replaced. Condensation means that the seal for the gas cavity between window panes has failed. Therefore the gas is no longer preventing heat from leaking out through your windows. 


A chip or crack in your window’s glass is a surefire sign that it needs to be replaced. Not only does it compromise your window’s thermal efficiency, but it’s also a potential security risk. 

Water ingress

Little puddles of water on your windowsill can be a distressing sight, especially during the chilly winter nights. There are two common causes for this and naturally, neither of them are ideal. Typically water ingress means that either the weather seal has failed or that there’s an issue with your window’s drainage. In either case, it’s probably time to consider replacing the window. 

Heating Bills

As well as keeping an eye on the condition of your windows themselves, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your heating bills. Energy crisis notwithstanding, a surge in your heating costs may also indicate an issue with your double glazing. 

Replacing Your Double Glazed Windows: Making An Informed Decision

When deciding whether or not to replace your double glazed windows, it’s important to keep your expectations realistic. Replacing your double glazing could bring a host of benefits, but it also has its caveats. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of these so that you can make an informed decision:

The Benefits 

Replacing old double glazing can bring a range of great benefits to your home. These include:

  • Transparency

Pun intended! Double glazing has come a long way in recent years. The British Fenestration Rating Council has a rating system that goes from E all the way up to A++. This makes it easy to understand the thermal efficiency of your glazing.

  • Savings

If your current double glazing is on its last legs, replacing your double glazing could seriously increase the thermal efficiency of your home. It seals in free heat energy from the sun while ensuring that the heat you pay for doesn’t leak out of your home.

  • Aesthetics 

When your windows were first installed, UPVC may have been your only option. Now, however, there is a wide range of timber and aluminium frames to showcase your windows and enhance your home’s aesthetic. 

  • Versatility

While many choose to replace the whole window unit, it is possible to simply replace the glass. This can bring down the cost of replacing your windows if you’re on a budget.

  • Soundproofing

As well as improving thermal insulation, new double glazing also improves sound insulation. So, you can enjoy greater privacy and a welcome reprieve from noisy neighbour

Things to Consider

Before you make a decision about replacing your double glazing, you also need to consider the following:

  • Cost 

Replacement windows can cost anywhere between £150 and £600+ per window. However, replacing the glass rather than the whole unit can bring down costs to around £55-£150 per window.

  • Time

While you can enjoy years of energy savings, it will take time for these to become noticeable. 

  • Mess

When your new double glazing is installed, the area around the window is essentially a building site. You can expect some mess including old sealant, flakes of paint, and plaster dust. However, your glazier will take care to mitigate the impact of mess on your home and lifestyle and clean up after themselves as best they can.

  • Disruption

If you’re one of many still working from home, you can expect some noise and disruption while your new double glazing is installed. This can take anywhere between 1-3 hours per window.

So, Is It Worth It?

At KLG Glass, we want to help our customers make an informed decision when it comes to replacing their windows. We don’t want to pressure anyone into buying double glazing they don’t need. 

Hopefully, this post will help you to decide whether or not it’s worth replacing your old double glazing. It’s worth getting to know the signs that your windows need to be replaced. You should also familiarise yourself with the benefits and caveats of replacing your old double glazing.  However, if you’re still unsure, a member of our team will be more than happy to discuss your needs with you.

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How To Hang A Mirror

Mirrors are one of the most popular items used in interior design. Whether you want to make a room appear larger or just add some extra light, mirrors can be an excellent addition to any space. However, hanging a mirror can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. This article will teach you how to hang a mirror and give some tips on where the best place for your mirror is.

Square Mirror


Before you start hammering nails into the wall, there are a few things you must first check.

Is the wall surface level?

You want to make sure that your wall is flat. A mirror won’t stick well and may even fall off over time if it’s not level.  To check to see if a wall is flat, use a spirit level. This will help you to determine whether your walls are suitable for a mirror to be hung on them.

Check for cables

When hanging a mirror, keep an eye on the electrical cables. This is to avoid striking a nail into an electrical cable by accident. You can use a detector to check for any electric cables in the area you want to hang your mirror.

Mirror weight

To figure out what wall screws you’ll need, it’s a good idea to know how much your mirror weighs. If it’s brand new, you should be able to find out this information on the packaging or the retailer’s website. You can also use a bathroom scale to determine your mirror’s weight.

Check hardware

The majority of new mirrors come with mounting hardware. Check your mirror for D-rings, wire, or other mounting hardware. If your mirror does not have any mounting equipment included, you will need to install it yourself.

How to hang a heavy mirror

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Once all the preparations have been taken care of, it is now time to hang up your mirror.

  1. Measure up. Use a tape measure to check where you’d like the middle of your mirror to be and get the corresponding measurements.
  2. Hold your mirror in position. When you’re happy, mark the centre of the top edge to provide a positioning guide.
  3. Measure the distance between the top of the mirror and the hanging wire or hardware and make another mark to guide the position of your hanging hook or screw.
  4. Drill your screw into the wall if you are working on top of one of the wall studs. If not, you’ll need to add an anchor into the plaster wall first.
  5. You can now use a spirit level to check that your mirror is perfectly straight and then attach it once you are happy with the position.

Hanging heavy mirrors involves using hanging hardware like hooks, cleats, wires, or brackets. When purchasing the correct attachments, be sure to check the hardware weight limits on the packaging since the appropriate wall anchors must be capable of holding your mirror to the wall. After you have aligned with a wall stud or designated a location for your mirror, attach the wall anchor.

Top tips for hanging a heavy mirror

  • Drywall anchors may be useful for securing screws if you are placing your mirror on plaster walls. They provide strength and stability by fastening the screw.
  • Declutter the area where you will be hanging the mirror to ensure your safety
  • To ensure that your mirror is straight, use a level to draw a line across the wall. Your mirror will be perpendicular to the floor and you won’t have to worry about whether it’s level or not this way.
  • Ask for help when trying to lift the mirror

How to hang a mirror without nails

Homeowners may be reluctant to drill or nail into their walls when hanging a mirror but luckily there is another way to hang a mirror without making holes in your walls.

The next best option is to mount your mirror on the wall using adhesive tape. To remove any dust or debris, start by cleaning the wall with a wet cloth. Cut the tape to size and stick it to the back of the mirror, then peel off the backing and press firmly against the wall. Leave it there for a minute or two to ensure that it is properly stuck down.

Best places to hang a mirror

Circular MirrorMirrors are not only practical but if used correctly they can create the illusion of space and become the focal point to your home’s decor. But to get the most of your mirrors, it is important to carefully consider where you are placing them. Let’s take a look at some ways you can determine where th best place is to hang your wall mirror:


The bathroom is one of the first places to think about when searching for where to hang a mirror. Mirrors are ideal in bathrooms since they open up little areas while also reflecting light around them, making rooms appear larger.

A bathroom mirror is a must-have. The most popular location to put a bathroom mirror is above the sink. Daily routines like applying makeup or shaving are made easier with a bathroom mirror. Try one out for yourself and see what a difference it makes.


Full-length mirrors are an ideal choice for bedrooms that are big enough to accommodate them. Not only will they create a focal point to your bedroom but they make getting ready much more convenient.


Showcasing a large mirror in your kitchen will help to flood the space with light. By reflecting natural light throughout your kitchen, you can make it appear larger and more cheerful than ever before.

Long Hallways

A long, narrow hallway can be a little gloomy. A strategically-placed mirror will help to open the area and reflect light throughout the house.

Contact KLG Glass Today

At KLG Glass, we make finding the perfect mirror for your home easy. With a range of different mirrors and styles to choose from, it has never been easier to find the ideal mirror for your home decor. If you would like to find out more about the mirror we supply or need advice on the best way to hang a mirror, get in touch with us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

6 Understated Halloween Decor Ideas That Will Make Your House Look Tastefully Spooky

Spooky season is approaching and many withered, skeletal hands are reaching for the fake cobwebs and rubber bats to decorate their homes. Halloween is the perfect excuse to change up your space and bring in a whole new look for a couple of weeks.

But not everyone wants to fill their home with bright plastic and trailing synthetic fabrics scattered everywhere. There are only so many tiny fake spiders you can accidentally hoover before you begin to reassess your life choices.

This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the (undead) spirit of the season. There are plenty of ways to spruce up your home for Halloween without making it look like an explosion in a pound shop.

We’ve put together these suggestions to help you bring a bit of spooky style into your home.

Keep it monochrome


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The traditional Halloween colours of orange, black, purple and green deliberately clash to create a bold discordant scheme. It’s fun but full-on and quickly tips into garish if you’re not careful. 

This year there’s a trend for ‘Scandi Halloween’ where the emphasis is on empty spaces and monochrome palettes. The cosy, pale colours of hygge home design are taking on a new scary style.

Whites and soft greys are popular colour choices. They’re effortlessly classy and easy to style in a spooky way. 

You can now pick up white squashes in pumpkin patches across the country. And even some supermarkets. Match with pale ghost decorations or the bleached bone of skulls and skeletons to seamlessly weave together traditional spooky and effortless elegant vibes.

Hang a Halloween wreath


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Wreaths are commonly considered Christmas decorations but hanging a Halloween wreath is a great way to add a subtle Halloween welcome to your doors.

As with all decorations, these can be as loud and bright, or subtle and subdued as you choose. To keep to a theme of modern Halloween decor, a stark black, twig-only wreath will really stand out. Particularly on a pale wall or white gloss door. If you’re aiming for a more rustic vibe, then combine standard washed out Halloween colours like orange with hessian ribbon or twine.

Paint your pumpkins

If you haven’t got a couple of gourds around the house, can you really say you’ve decorated for Halloween?

Pumpkins are the iconic Halloween decoration, but that vibrant orange and evil grin can feel a bit too much in a modern home. A timelessly chic twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern is to paint your pumpkins a solid colour instead. If you’re going for a truly minimalist Halloween decor, then the contrast of black and white pumpkins will fit perfectly.

Painting it yourself means you get to keep the interactive Halloween experience, but another bonus of this Halloween re-think is you won’t have to worry about the goop of pumpkin innards smeared around your house!

Handmade Pumpkins

There is something satisfying about layering paint over the thick skin of a pumpkin but if that’s still a bit much for you, maybe a handmade pumpkin would be more your thing.

Knitted, felted, or stuffed fabric pumpkins are easily available on sites like You can pick according to size, colour or material and tailor them completely to your existing design scheme.

 These are almost luxury Halloween decorations so they will cost a little more. Still, they’ll sit quietly in a cupboard until next year and look every bit as beautiful when they remerge. 

Best of all, you won’t have to worry about how to dispose of all those rotting pumpkin corpses come November.

If you’re handy with knitting needles or have some old cushions knocking around, you can even make your own. Build a stalk out of a cinnamon stick, and they’ll even bring a subtle scent of autumn to your home too!

Make your own Halloween garlands


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As those handmade pumpkins prove, choosing chic Halloween decor doesn’t mean you have to abandon the satisfaction of homemade creations.

Stick with something simple. Garlands are easy to make, easy to tailor to any colour scheme and always add impact wherever you string them. Use hessian twine for a rustic touch, and keep to simple shapes without over decoration. A string of felt balls, paper shapes or similar will only take a couple of hours to throw together but will add a personal yet minimalist touch that shows your skills at their best. 

And don’t forget your windows…

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Going for glam Halloween decor doesn’t have to mean abandoning your window decorations either. Just as a simple wreath or select few pumpkins can keep your front door feeling subtly festive, a carefully curated window display won’t disrupt even an understated decor.

If you’ve got a broad window sill, something as straightforward as black lanterns with battery-powered candles flickering away will add a foreboding essence to the exterior of your house. Skulls or a collection of miniature pumpkins won’t have the same impact at night but they will look wonderful during the day.

Alternative, if you’re short on space then stick a swirl of silhouettes to the window panes. Something with a distinctive shape like bats or a flock of crows will work well. Place them properly with a shape or movement, and they will have an eye-catchingly dramatic effect.

We love decorating our homes for Halloween, but some years it seems too much to trail fistfuls of cobwebs or carve pumpkins. And the cleanup job is immense. If you’re feeling the same, but don’t want to miss out on the spooky seasonal joy that only comes round once a year, we hope our tips have shown you can still get in the spirit without having to undermine any lovingly designed aesthetics across your home.


How To Decorate Your Home With Glass

Glass is a material that has been used as a decorative and functional element in homes for hundreds of years. But, glass is still used to add a modern feel to a home and gives a greater sense of space. 

If you’re looking to create a living space that is airy and bright then incorporating glass throughout your home is a great way to do just that. 

There are many different ways of incorporating glass elements in various parts of the house so let’s take a look at some!

Glass decor ideas:

Mirrors, mirrors on the walls 

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Mirrors are perfect for creating an illusion of space that is handy in tight spaces. They’re also great focal points, catching one’s eye instantly and looking particularly interesting over a fireplace or other large surface like your living room wall!

Make a splash(back)

glass splashback in kitchen

Tired of looking at your old kitchen tiles? If so, choosing a glass splashback may be the solution. Glass is not only cleaner and more hygienic than tile but also looks great in any type of kitchen – modern or traditional. Available in various colours and styles to match your design preference, you’ll love how easy it will make cleaning up after cooking dinner!


Staircase balustrade

Glass balustrades provide a touch of modern sophistication to any building and have become increasingly popular as an architectural design choice. Glass balustrades are extremely durable, come in different designs that fit almost every style preference for your home and require very little maintenance.

Glass doors

It’s no doubt that glass doors are one of the most prominent glass features within any home. With sliding doors, french doors, and bifold doors becoming ever more popular. These are the most effective ways to bring more natural light directly into the home.

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They are also fantastic for showing off more pleasant external areas of your home also, making the transition between your indoor and outdoor living areas seamless.

Glass walls/partitions

Prominent in more modern and contemporary homes, the installation of clear glass partitions can improve the transition from one room to another. With interior designers always looking for better ways to utilise any given space, glass partitions can complement almost any home.

For homes looking to achieve an open plan feel, glass partitions can be implemented in smaller doorways. This allows natural light to flow through the home and create an open plan feel.

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Glass can be used to separate your shower area from your bathroom. These glass partitions are popularly clear or frosted, and add a sense of cleanliness to your room.

Glass furniture

There are many different ways to implement glass into your interior decor. Firstly, looking at adding glass furniture into your home can increase the perceived space within a room without losing the practicality of the furniture. Glass tables are perfect for coffee and side tables. With interior designers opting for thicker, safer glass, these can be striking features within your home decor.

modern glass table in a living room filled with natural light
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Wardrobes are a fantastic place to opt for glass within the home. Whilst generally wardrobes can take up a fair amount of room space, opting for glass doors can increase the sense of spaciousness. If you would still like to retain some privacy, however, then you may want to install frosted glass.

Benefits of glass in interior design:

Now you know how to incorporate glass in your interior design, let’s look at why you should.

  1. Natural light 

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The benefits of natural light are pretty well-known. You’ll be happier, healthier and more energized when you let natural light into your home. 

Natural light is the best kind of illumination. Not only does it make you feel good physically and mentally, but it can also improve how your home looks as well!

Brighter living spaces means warmer homes which in turn saves energy usage on heating costs.

By incorporating glass throughout your interior, you can open up your living space and encourage natural light to shine through.

2. Draws the outside in

bringing the outside in through glass doors

Indoor/outdoor living is a hot topic in the world of interior design and can be achieved through creative use of glass. It is all about drawing the outside world into a living space.

Glass is a great way to blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces and create a flow between the two. 

With large glass windows, for example, you can capture the beauty of your garden or surrounding views which will transform the appearance of your home. 

3. Invites a spacious feel

small room looks bigger with glass windows

With high house prices, people are living in smaller homes with less space to spare. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can create a greater sense of spaciousness without having to move by strategically incorporating glass into your home. 

Glass will not only give the illusion that you’re working with more square footage but also reflect light and make an area feel warmer than before – perfect for any room where natural sunlight is scarce. 

Find quality glazing products

As you can see, glass can be your new best friend when it comes to decorating your home. But before you go ahead with your home improvement project, it is important to choose quality materials from a trusted supplier. 

At KLG Glass, quality is at the heart of everything we do. We have quickly established ourselves as a leading supplier of glazing products. If you’re looking for quality glazing products for your home, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

What is Frosted Glass?

Frosted glazing is one of the most popular types of glass for bathroom windows and external doors. You will have seen it already in your bathroom, or a friend’s bathroom, and notice just how much privacy it can provide.

Decorative etchings can be styled into frosted glass to add a contemporary feel to your home. With frosted glazing, there is no need to compromise on appearance for privacy and security.

The technique of sandblasting is used on clear glass to achieve a frosted appearance. By blasting sand with a high-pressured air machine, the surface of the glass is etched with decorative frosting to achieve an obscure look.

Can you see through Frosted Glass?

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You can’t see through frosted glass in the same way you can see through clear glass. It is designed to obscure the view. However, it won’t completely block your view either. Don’t assume that frosted glass is completely private. Different finishes will have different levels of obscurity, and other factors like light levels will also affect visibility.

For example, if you’re indoors at night time with the lights on, your outline will be more visible through frosted glass than it will in the daytime when light levels indoors and outdoors are more balanced.

Why use Frosted Glass?

Frosted glazing is used for its many benefits. Even though it can obscure the view into your home, it still retains many light-inducing properties.

Frosted glazing is made specifically to allow natural light to flow seamlessly into your home, whilst still retaining its privacy properties. The view is still obscured from both sides, as it is intended to scatter light in and out of the window. 

When looking to replace your home’s glazing, it is important to consider the benefits of the types of glass available. Whether you’re looking for an alternative to your interior or exterior glazing, this type of obscure glass can be used for a variety of reasons.

Increased Privacy

frosted glass front doorFirst and foremost, frosted glass is a popular solution for people looking to increase the privacy of their homes. Their use on the exterior of a property can prevent onlookers from peering in whilst still letting in maximum amounts of light. This is especially effective on front doors. Having the entrance space of your home illuminated with natural light can bring about a plethora of health benefits, as well as increasing the perceived space of your living areas.

Due to its varying degrees of privacy, frosted glass is most popular in bathrooms. Exterior windows can be heavily frosted to completely diminish the view inside. Shower glass can also be frosted, adding to an additional level of privacy from within your bathroom.

Added Protection

Certain types of obscure glass windows and doors can also increase your home’s security. Polymer-based surface protection can be added to the sandblasting process to increase the durability of your obscure glass. Tempered glass, a more safe and sturdy style of glazing, can also be frosted to your needs.

Some people opt for a privacy window film, a cheaper alternative to frosted glazing. These are stick-on pieces of vinyl that give a frosted appearance to your bathroom windows and exterior doors. While these retain the same style of frosted glazing, privacy window film does not add any of the additional security benefits to your windows or doors. Whilst they may add a degree of privacy, their ability to allow natural light into the home is also not as effective as frosted glazing.

Can Frosted Glass be Repaired?

Frosted glazing is as prone to damage as any other type of glass window, though the efforts made to repair them are a little less straightforward. Due to their decorative patterns and designs, many different tools and materials are required for repair.

How to fix cracked frosted glass

If you find your frosted glazing has cracked, then do not worry.

  • Clean the surface with washing-up liquid and a damp cloth.
  • Mix up a two-part epoxy resin.
  • Apply the epoxy to the crack in the glass using a putty knife.
  • Remove the excess epoxy with a sharp implement to create a smooth surface.
  • Allow to cure, and then polish with a glass cleaner.

If the crack in your glass is large and at risk of damaging further, do not hesitate to call on a professional to fix your glazing.

How to fix scratched frosted glass

Though not a smooth surface, frosted glazing can still be subject to scratching, affecting your home’s appearance. Thankfully there are ways to fix this. However, be wary that if your frosting is particularly intricate, replicating its original design may be difficult.

Frosted glass spray paint can be purchased to replicate and repair the affected areas. First, tape off the area to be sprayed, so that the unscratched areas are covered. Then apply a thin cover of spray and allow it to dry.

Etching or frosting cannot be removed from a glass surface, so if you want to opt for clear glass instead, you will need to replace the glass panel. 

Should I Choose Frosted Glass?

Frosted glass is beautiful and striking. In the right circumstances, it can make a statement or transform a room. Whether it’s the right choice for you all depends on whether the benefits suit your application. When you’re looking for light flow with increased privacy, you can’t go wrong with frosted glass. 



Top Indoor Plants to Decorate a Windowsill

If you’re looking to decorate your new windows with fresh ideas, then indoor houseplants are the perfect addition. There is a level of satisfaction that comes with growing window houseplants. From watching them grow from little sprouts to full-blown natural beauties, nurturing houseplants can bring a certain degree of appreciation.

Bringing your windowsill to life with your new houseplants can seem a chore, but there are plenty of easy-to-maintain window plants that can bring your windowsill from dull to fresh with ease and convenience.

Understanding what plants are suitable for the windowsill, and how to grow and maintain each one individually is imperative. 

Can plants get enough sunlight through windows?

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Every plant, whether indoor or outdoor, requires photosynthesis to survive. It’s a fact most of us learn in school. 

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which we, in turn, breathe in. When a houseplant photosynthesises, it creates its own chemical energy, which in turn the houseplant uses as an energy source for its growth. The plant gets this energy from sunlight.

For houseplants, artificial light from regular bulbs will not suffice (there are specialised lights that are suited for photosynthesis, however). Though your window panes may prevent the UV from the sunlight, the natural energy is still absorbed by your plants. Glass windows still emit enough light from the sun to be beneficial to your plants. In fact, photosynthesis is entirely imperative to your houseplant’s survival!

Light through a window can also be considered indirect light, though it may not seem so imposed upon. In some instances, light intensity when passing through a window can be lessened by 50 per cent!

How to grow plants on a windowsill

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Your windowsill is the most naturally lit part of the home and is perfect for nurturing certain houseplants. Knowing the amount of light each of your windows lets in will determine the types of plants you can put on your windowsill. 

Different levels of sunlight depend on the direction that your window is facing. With east-facing windows getting the most sunlight in the morning and evening, and south-facing windows getting the most sunlight during the day, it is important to consider what type of plants should go where, and why.

There are many different types of plants that require different levels of sunlight. For some, a south-facing window will work wonders, however, for others, they could burn in the sun and be harmful to the plant. 

There are, however, a selection of beautiful plants that will still thrive in a windowsill environment.

Pilea Peperomioides 

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Also known as the missionary plant, this pilea is a fantastically beautiful addition to any home. Brilliant in the office, these plants grow upwards and outwards towards the light without much care or responsibility. They thrive in lower, indirect sunlight and work best in north-facing rooms. When this plant is healthy and receiving enough light, the leaves will appear a lighter green and remain perky on its stems. Their fleshy leaves will appear darker when the light isn’t receiving enough sunlight, and so is a great indicator for knowing how much light the plant is getting.


Succulent plants
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Succulents are, in some cases, very easy to maintain plants. With little watering needed, these plants thrive on little responsibility. They can be quite hardy plants too. Succulents such as Aloe Vera can survive in less than ideal conditions and are very easy to revive if they become worse for wear. 

Succulents are low-growing plants and require little light to thrive. Placing these on a windowsill that does not receive direct sunlight can brighten a south-facing room that may seem dull.

Monstera Obliqua

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These smaller alternatives to the Monstera Deliciosa are perfect for windowsills looking to add some fresh life to the room. Also known as the swiss cheese plant, the monstera family of plants are easy to maintain. They prefer humid environments, so consider purchasing a humidifier to keep them happy and healthy. They also enjoy being sprayed, 3 times a day is sufficient. This will keep the leaves healthy and perky and will help it develop the holes seen in most Monstera plants. Keeping these in indirect sunlight is essential, as the leaves will burn in direct sun. 

Alocasia x Amazonica

Alocasia amazonica 'Polly'
These wonderful plants boast thick, veiny leaves. Their contrasting green leaves provide an edge to most homes that other leafy houseplants may lack. The Elephant Ear plants prefer bright, humid environments, so will thrive on a steamy bathroom windowsill. As this Alocasia begins to develop new leaves, you can witness the colours shift and grow into lush beauty. 

Venus Fly Trap

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The venus fly traps are fascinating plants. At a first glance, they can be quite scary plants, but they are harmless to humans. These plants prefer sunny, moist environments, as the humidity is respective of its subtropical habitat. Keeping these on the windowsill is lovely for them. It is best to keep on top of watering them, however. They cannot be watered with traditional tap water, and require distilled water. If you can collect rainwater from outside, this is perfect for your venus fly trap!

Growing your first plants can be a daunting task. At first, you never know if you’re watering them enough, or even too much. Be patient! Plants take a while to become accustomed to their new environments, and generally take a while to grow anyway. It is important to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t yellowing or browning, but generally, if you follow the correct care instructions, your new windowsill plants will be just fine,

Sunlight Through Glass: How To Prevent Colour Fading from UV Rays

Glass in our home is on the increase, with larger windows, conservatories and big patio doors on the top of many people’s wish list. It’s beneficial and uplifting to let lots of natural light into our homes but in the summer direct sunlight can cause problems. 

The UV rays of the sun can cause colour fading. This can happen even through double glazing. When our personal items or expensive pieces of furniture start to fade, it makes them look tired and worn. It can be disappointing and expensive, but this type of sun damage can be avoided. 

Why Does Direct Sunlight Cause Colour Fading?

The ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight can break chemical bonds which result in colour fading. This happens even through glass, as the UV rays are not blocked by the glass itself. 

How Can I Prevent Colour Fading From Sunlight Through Glass?

In the summer, we want to enjoy natural light in our homes whilst avoiding sun damage to furniture and other items. Here are our top tips for preventing colour fading without completely blocking out the sun.  

  1.  Voile or Net Curtains: a sheer fabric like voile or net can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Although you won’t block out UV rays, diffusing the light can stop the intense and direct glare that tends to lead to colour fading in fabrics and wood. This is a flexible solution as you only need to draw such curtains when the light is strong enough to need it. So if your room is only in direct sunlight at certain times of the day you might consider using curtains in a sheer fabric to add a layer of protection. 
  2. Glass film: windows can be fitted with types of film that help to absorb or reflect uv rays. These are relatively easy to apply and can be effective in protecting from colour damage. They can also improve energy efficiency, and help your room feel cooler if it gets very hot in direct sunlight. 
  3. Tinted glass: compared to clear glass, tinted glass does block more uv rays. This makes it effective in reducing colour fading. Tinted windows can also improve energy efficiency and reduce glare. 
  4. Laminated glass: even more effective than tinted glass, laminated glass has a polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer. This vastly reduces UV transmittance and is the most effective solution for a real problem with colour fading. 
  5. Frosted glass: just like voile and net curtains, frosted or sandblasted glass can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Allowing the light to filter through more gradually can help to avoid colour fading. Unlike sheer curtains though, frosted glass isn’t temporary. It’s best used in areas where privacy and light diffusion are beneficial the majority of the time. 

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Colour fading is a complex issue, as some colours, materials and pigments react very differently to UV light. If the sunlight is damaging items in your home the most important thing to remember is to reduce the intensity of the light, and the time it is exposed for. Nobody wants to see their favourite items fade. Keep them looking their best by protecting them against sun damage early on. You’ll be glad when your furniture still looks like new!

Glass Splashbacks or Tiles: Which is Best for your Kitchen?

When designing a kitchen, one of the biggest decisions is which splashback or tiles to choose. Along with your cabinetry and worktops, your kitchen splashbacks or tiles are one of the key elements which will shape the style and feel of your entire kitchen. Although splashbacks do play a large role in your kitchen design, they are primarily a practical feature. Splashbacks’ purpose is to protect your walls behind the hob or sink from any water splashes and food spatters. The splashback creates a surface that is stain-resistant and easy to clean, unlike paint or wallpaper.

When choosing your splashbacks, it’s important to consider both the functionality and aesthetics of the material. We’ll look at two of the most popular options – glass splashbacks vs tiles – and which is best for your kitchen. 

Glass Splashbacks

Glass splashbacks are an increasingly popular choice when it comes to protecting your kitchen walls. The glass used is strong, durable and heat resistant, making it perfect for any busy kitchen. The glass splash back will be cut to size to ensure it fits perfectly in your space, accounting for any plug sockets or obstacles. This creates a smooth and sleek unbroken surface to protect your walls. With a single smooth surface and the non-porous properties of glass, these splashbacks are much easier to clean and maintain than other options. No more mouldy and grimy grouting! 

Splashbacks made from glass can be manufactured in thousands of colours. This makes them the perfect choice if you have a specific colour scheme in mind. Whether you want to colour match a particular shade or go for a bold contrast colour, you won’t have any issues. There’s also the option to add effects such as colour flecks or sparkles for a vibrant finish. With their block colour and unfussy design, glass splashbacks are particularly popular in modern homes. The sleek look of a glass splashback will enhance any contemporary or minimalistic kitchen.

Benefits of Glass Splashbacks

There are many advantages to choosing a glass splashback. Some of the main benefits of glass splashbacks are:

  • A sleek and modern look
  • Very easy to clean and maintain
  • A smooth finish with no grouting means there’s nowhere for dirt, mould and bacteria to collect
  • Made bespoke to fit your kitchen’s exact dimensions
  • The messier and time-consuming prep work is done before installation
  • Incredible colour choice with colour matching available
  • Glass reflects light which can help make your kitchen feel brighter

Kitchen Tiles

white tiles behind sinkKitchen tiles are a classic choice when it comes to protecting your walls. Kitchen tiles have been used for decades and their neat look and versatility help them remain popular. You can opt to have tile splashbacks just behind the hob and sink where most splashes will occur, or tile the wall section above your work surface all the way along your kitchen. As with any material, the more tiling you want and the fancier the tiles, the greater the cost. However, your standard tiles do tend to be cheaper than glass splashbacks. 

Fitting tiles is a messier and longer process than fitting a glass splashback. As tiles come in set sizes and aren’t made to measure, there will always be some cutting involved to ensure your space is fully covered. Setting tiles, spacing them evenly and then applying grouting is a longer process than simply setting a pre-made glass splashback. What’s more, once installed, keeping the grouting in particular clean can take quite some effort. 

Ultimately, many people choose tiles because they like the way they look. Kitchen tiles come in a vast array of shapes, colours, patterns and textures so there’s bound to be something to suit anyone. There are some styles of home where tiles complement the design better than other materials. For example, in a country farmhouse style kitchen, a sleek glass splashback would look a bit out of place but rustic tiles would work perfectly. 

Benefits of Kitchen Tiles

Kitchen tiling and splashbacks have their own set of advantages. Some of the main benefits of kitchen tiles are:

  • A classic and versatile look that can suit any kitchen
  • A vast array of style choice available, including shapes, colours, patterns and more
  • Tend to be cheaper than alternative materials, particularly if you opt for plain tiles, clearance tiles or ‘seconds’

So, Glass Splashbacks vs Tiles – Which do I Choose?

Both glass splashbacks and tiles have their own benefits and charm. When it comes down to it, the choice will be based on personal preference and the style of kitchen you want. For a sleek modern home and a backsplash which requires minimal cleaning, a glass splashback is perfect. On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheaper material or want to achieve a more traditional or rustic feeling kitchen, tiles are a good choice

KLG Glass is a glass and glazing expert, serving customers across Nottinghamshire and beyond. At our specialist factory, we are able to create bespoke glass splashbacks in any colour, made to fit your kitchen’s exact dimensions. If you have any enquiries, simply get in touch with our friendly team today.

Will Double Glazing Save Money on Energy Bills?

Installing double glazing can save you considerable money on your annual energy bills. If you upgrade from single glazing to double glazing units, you could halve the amount of heat loss through your windows. With double glazed windows improving your home’s insulation, heat loss is reduced. This means it will take less energy to heat your home and your energy bills will, therefore, be cheaper.

How does Double Glazing Reduce Heat Loss?

Double glazing works by making use of two panes of glass instead of one. The small gap between these two panes of glass, which is usually around just 16mm in width, is filled with an inert gas such as argon. Argon is denser than normal air which makes it harder for heat to travel through it. So, not only does heat have to travel through twice as much glass as in single glazing, it has this dense gas to contend with too. Essentially, double glazing works in reducing heat loss by creating a more effective, 3-part barrier between inside your home and the outdoors. 

Double Glazing and Energy Efficiency

Double glazing is one of the key ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Along with cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, double glazing is a very effective way to reduce heat loss, make your home greener, and more cost-effective to run. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you are making it better insulated against the weather outside, whether that’s cold winters or hot summers. 

Solid brick walls are better insulators than glass and so it’s your windows where a lot of heat loss occurs. In fact, over 18% of heat loss in a home occurs through your windows. With double glazing units, warmth from inside your home in winter can’t escape through your windows so easily. In summer, heat from the summer sun doesn’t transfer through your windows as easily, meaning your house stays cooler longer. 

How Much Money can you Save with Double Glazing?

home energy efficiencyIn a typical family home, double glazing can save you over £100 on your annual energy bills. The precise figure you can expect to save will depend on a couple of factors: what type of property you have, and the energy rating of the double glazing units you choose. 

Types of property

What kind of property you have will affect how much money double glazing can save you. For example, the reduction in energy bills for a 5 bed detached house will be greater than for a 2-bed terrace. With A-rated double glazed units, estimates you can save:

  • Detached house: £120-£155 per year
  • Semi-detached house: £80-£110 per year
  • Mid-terrace house: £65-£85 per year
  • Bungalow: £55-£75 per year
  • Mid-floor flat: £40-£55 per year

Energy ratings for double glazed windows

Not all double glazing is made equal and there are some units that are more energy-efficient than others. There are a few schemes that rate the energy efficiency of windows, all of which work in a similar way to EPC ratings for houses. Window units will be rated alphabetically, with A being the highest and best score. In the British Standards Institute’s rating system, A+ is the best rating available and double glazing with this score will be the most efficient in preventing heat loss and saving you money.

KLG Glass offers sealed double glazed units for domestic and trade customers. With units made to order, we can create double glazing for any size of window. Get in touch with our friendly team today for further information. 


All About Magnetic Glass Boards: Your Ultimate Guide

Gone are the days of the standard whiteboard. There’s a new kid on the block, the magnetic glass board. Sleek and stylish, a magnetic glass noticeboard will add to your interior, help to foster creativity, and look great at the same time. 

If you haven’t heard of magnetic glassboards before, it’s time you found out more. As experts in glass, we’re here to answer all your questions on this popular type of noticeboard that’s sought after by many!


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What is a Magnetic Glass Board?

A magnetic glass board is a modern and decorative alternative to a whiteboard. Made of painted glass with a magnetic sheet of laminated steel attached to the back, you can use magnets to attach notes and important items to your glassboard. You can write on it and erase the writing just like a whiteboard too. It’s as simple as that!   

Magnetic glass board vs white board: What are the advantages?


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So, why would you opt for a magnetic glass board instead of a whiteboard? There are so many reasons, which is what these versatile boards are becoming so popular. Here are some of the top benefits of choosing a glassboard:

Decorative appeal: a decorative magnetic glass board can really transform a room. Whether it’s for personal use in a home or for businesses, there are plenty of choices to personalise a glassboard. Shape, colour and size options can be customised to give you something really unique. 

Clean appearance: a magnetic glass dry wipe board doesn’t smudge, mark or ‘ghost’ like a whiteboard can. It can always be wiped down to look clean rather than showing the remains of previous writing. This is a major advantage if you’re trying to create a tidy and attractive environment. 

Environmental concerns: glassboards are better for the environment. Whiteboards are made from plastic and are usually disposed of in landfill, whereas glass can be recycled.

Cost Effective: whilst the initial cost of a magnetic glass bulletin board might be more than a standard whiteboard, it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Whiteboards tend to need replacing every 4-6 years.  

Safety: glass boards can bear a much higher load than whiteboards, making them safer and sturdier. 

How to make a magnetic glass board

Professionally made magnetic glass noticeboards are created by attaching a layer of steel sheet metal behind the glass board. The board will be made from tempered glass with smooth, sanded edges to create a product that’s safe and looks stunning. It’s professionally painted using multiple steps to get an even and attractive finish. This process requires specialised tools and processes that are best left to professionals. 

Although some DIY glassboard making instructions can be found online, these have come under scrutiny due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for a magnetic glass board, choose a professionally made product that has been manufactured to meet safety standards.   

We provide glass cutting services for magnetic glass noticeboards. Why not get in touch to discuss your project? 

How to install magnetic glass board



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Large magnetic glass boards are heavy and should be installed carefully to make sure they’re properly secured. Here’s how to install one:

  1. Hold the board in the desired position. You might need two or three people to do this depending on the size of the board.
  2. Use a spirit level to check your glassboard is level. Mark the location of each mounting hole with a pencil. 
  3. Remove your glass board and place it in a safe place. Drill pilot holes in the mounting hole locations you have marked. 
  4. Screw in plasterboard fixings.
  5. Place a standoff over each plasterboard fixing and attach with a screw. 
  6. When all standoffs are flush against the wall, place a washer on each one.
  7. Lift the board into place.
  8. Attach standoff caps and fully tighten.
  9. Admire your new magnetic glass notice board!

If you want to install a new noticeboard for your home or business, it’s time to consider the magnetic glass board. We love them and we’re sure you will too!