Is Dartford in London?

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Dartford is a town with a rich history of religious, industrial, and cultural importance. It’s also close to London, but is it classified as a part of London? Situated 18 miles south-east of Central London, Dartford actually falls into the shire county of Kent, whilst just shy of being part of London, it isn’t classified as so. Despite this, Dartford is still very closely linked to London.

How is Dartford linked to London?

Dartford acts as a commuter town for London. A commuter town is one in which the residents commonly work elsewhere but live, eat, and sleep within. Many people that live in Dartford travel to Greater London to work. More and more people are moving from London to live in Dartford and in June 2016, 4260 Londoners made Dartford their home, which equates to roughly 5% of the borough’s population. The reasoning for this is more than likely the lower cost of living and the lower cost of housing.

House prices in Dartford

The average housing price in London is £627,818, which is double that of Dartford. Dartford’s average housing price is £311,166, which can be very alluring to those living in London as they can still commute to work whilst spending far less on their housing situation. The rising house prices in London boroughs isn’t just negatively affecting those in Greater London. Boroughs send more than 2000 families outside of London, with a substantial amount ending up in Dartford. This is causing an increase in homelessness for Dartford.

Will Dartford become a London borough?

Due to Dartford’s geographical position, many people have argued that it should be classified as a London borough. In 2015, an academic planning expert announced that it was time for London’s boundaries to be redrawn, allowing Dartford to become encompassed as part of the Greater London Authority. Paul Cheshire, a professor from the London School of Economics argued that the inclusion of Dartford would solve the housing crisis and would also improve transport links between London and Dartford.

The last time that the boundaries of London were expanded was in 1965. It’s been a fair amount of time, but it has been known to happen. Whilst Dartford isn’t currently known as part of London, this could eventually change. If Dartford became a part of London, the current Mayor, Sadiq Khan would be in charge of it.

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Fitter Windows serves professional double-glazing products across Kent, Essex, and London, so it doesn’t matter whether you live in Dartford or Greater London, you can still increase the quality and value of your home. We’ve got years of experience in serving these areas, so you can trust us to exceed your expectations. We install a wide variety of home improvement products, including windows, doors, conservatories, and orangeries. For more information, you can contact us or browse our website.

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Are uPVC windows flammable? The answer to this and other uPVC myths

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uPVC windows are increasingly common amongst all forms of buildings thanks to both their sturdiness and thermally efficient properties. Of course, with anything that gets popular, there’s always some misinformation floating about that picks up steam and before long it’s a common misconception among many. In the case of uPVC windows, there’s a fair number of untrue claims and accusations, some more damaging than others.

Are uPVC windows flammable?

Perhaps one of the biggest myths about uPVC windows is that they’re flammable, meaning they catch fire with ease. This couldn’t be further from the truth, uPVC as a material acts as a fire retardant, which means it’s not readily susceptible to fire.

Is uPVC bad for the environment?

Decorative-horn-windowsWith the risk of global warming, it’s only natural that people have become more environmentally conscious, unfortunately though, some of these efforts are misguided. Many people think uPVC isn’t a sustainable material, but this isn’t true as it’s actually massively recyclable. There’s also the added benefit of knowing no trees were cut down to make your window and because of the added insulation the windows provide you, you’ll be spending less money on fossil fuel energy production.

Are uPVC windows weak?

Some people think that uPVC windows aren’t very strong and are prone to breaking and home intrusions. This isn’t the case, uPVC is a material that’s designed to be both durable and sturdy. One of the main reasons uPVC is so popular these days is because of the security it provides. Our uPVC windows come with high-quality locking mechanisms to give you peace of mind when it comes to the security of your home.

Are uPVC windows more susceptible to condensation?

LeadsFor whatever reason, there’s also a belief that uPVC windows are more prone to condensation than say, timber or aluminium. This claim is unfounded as all windows are prone to condensation no matter what material the frames are made from. Condensation is actually a sign your windows are doing their job as it’s caused by a difference in temperature between the air and the window pane. If a window installation is faulty, condensation can become more of a problem, which is why you should ensure you get your uPVC windows fitted by Fitter Windows for a professional installation.

Are uPVC windows expensive?

uPVC windows are some of the most affordable windows on the market. On average, uPVC windows are cheaper than other materials like timber or aluminium. This isn’t to say they’re worth less as you still get incredible style, security, and thermal efficiency.

Do uPVC windows require a lot of maintenance?

Bay & Bow WindowsIt’s not unheard of for a window to need regular or occasional maintenance, some types of windows needing it more than others. uPVC windows will never need repainting and unlike the uPVC products of years ago, they won’t yellow thanks to improvements in construction.

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At Fitter Windows, we install a wide variety of windows, including uPVC, timber, and aluminium, all with their own benefits and styles. We also offer doors, conservatories, and orangeries. All our products are installed with care by our team of professionals. For more information, contact us today or browse our website.

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Open Plan Living Spaces – Tips for Planning your New Home Extension

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If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re considering a home extension, it’s invaluable to know a few tips, apart from the obvious tip of using a business that has planned & implemented many home extension projects like us, that will ensure you’re making the most of this exciting home improvement. An open plan living space allows for a flexible environment that can act as a crossover for many rooms found in the average home. It’s vital that you understand what it is you want and how you want it to be done, subpar planning and a lack of vision can lead to a disappointing reality when the work is finished. To avoid these feelings of remorse, it’s worth considering the following advice.

Decide what you want this new space to act as

If you’re planning on increasing your living space by means of adding a conservatory or orangery to your home, where you position it can play a big part in how well it functions as a certain room. For example, if you place your conservatory or orangery near a kitchen, it can work exceedingly well as a dining room. Whilst it doesn’t matter if you don’t do this, it will certainly impact how well it works in tandem with the other rooms of your house. By establishing what you want your space to be well in advance, you can then decide where it should be.

Conservatory quotesDecide whether you want a conservatory or an orangery

Whilst both a conservatory and an orangery are valid choices, each offers a different kind of aesthetic and depending on the kind of room you want, will complement it to a varying degree of success. For instance, if you’re looking for a summery room with a more ‘open’ feeling you might want to opt for a conservatory but if you’re leaning more towards a conventional household room with more structural aspects then an orangery would be a better choice.

Ensure there’s enough room for the furniture and appliances needed

When you know what kind of room you want your new space to be you’ll also roughly know the kinds of things the room needs to have in it. If you’re planning on making it a laundry room or something similar, then you’ll need to ensure that the conservatory or orangery has enough space to fit appliances like a washing machine and a tumble dryer. If you don’t bother to work out how much space your new room will need, you could be left with an extension that doesn’t fulfil the role you want it to.

bifold doorsWork out the finer details

After putting thought into the more obvious things, you should start to think about the smaller decisions. Things like the kind of door or flooring you decide on can have a positive or negative impact on the overall room. If you want your new extension to act as more of a living room or playroom then you’ll be looking at having carpet fitted but if you want it to be a kitchen or dining room then a tiled floor might suit it better.

It’s the same thought process as any other room basically. When it comes to doors, you’ll want something that doesn’t seem to separate the space from the rest of your house as the whole point in this extension is to have a space that crosses over seamlessly. A good choice for this purpose would be bifold doors as they allow for a smooth opening that’s less jarring than your average door.

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Fitter Windows doesn’t only provide impressive conservatories and orangeries, we also sell high-quality windows and doors. For more information, you can contact us or browse our website.

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How long do uPVC windows last?

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Does your home struggle to retain its heat? Have you noticed a considerable rise in your energy bills because you’re constantly trying to keep your home warm? Are the interior of your windows often wet with condensation, particularly in the morning? Have you noticed any draughts or cold spots around your windows or window frames? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to replace your windows.

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uPVC or Aluminium Bifold Doors? Our tips for choosing the right one for your home

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When it comes to choosing doors for your home, there’s a lot of decisions to be made. Even when you’ve decided on the type of door you want, this only leads to another decision; what material do you want the door to be made of? If you’ve decided on bifold doors, there’s two major materials to choose from: uPVC and aluminium. Which one should you get? It depends on your home and preferences as each material has their own pros and cons.

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Looking for composite doors online? Here are our top tips for measuring a door

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Do you want to replace your front door? Would you like your new door to improve your home’s security and enhance thermal efficiency? Do you want a new door which is fully customisable? Choose the perfect style for your home, select your favourite hardware and customise any glazed areas? Do you want a new front door which is sleek and stylish and the envy of your neighbours? If so, a composite door is the entrance door for you.

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Fitter Windows support Kinnerz Coaching

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At Fitter Windows, we regularly carry out charity work and support the local community whenever possible. By working with local businesses and organisations, we can help to build a better society for everyone involved. Our most recent collaboration was with Cambridge based football coaching company, Kinnerz Coaching.

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Creative ways to add value to your home with a conservatory

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Let’s face it, we’d all like to add value to our home. There are many ways to do this, from the small to the large scale. A lick of paint can make your property more appealing to potential buyers while extensions and loft or garage conversions can add considerable value to your home.

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Five things to do in Kent this summer

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With the UK experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, now is the perfect time to get out and about. If you’re lucky enough to live in Kent, you’ll probably already know how much it has to offer. If you’re looking for some great days out this summer, here are five ideas to get you started.

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What is the difference between Victorian and Edwardian conservatory?

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When opting to add some much-appreciated extra space by way of a new conservatory, you probably think you have a good idea what to expect. However, did you know that there are multiple styles available? It’s true, with many of them touting a 200-year legacy. Both Victorian and Edwardian conservatories fall into this category, so we thought we’d highlight the main differences between them!

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