A new back door can impress as much as a front door!

We are so keen to ensure we give the best first impression of our home with a new front door we often forget the rear of our house.  The front door is the first thing that guests see when they arrive, giving visitors an indication of what to expect when they come inside. Style, and colour say a great deal about what awaits inside! Don’t forget the back of your house though, a new composite door at the back will improve the look and security and make the rear of your home just as stunning as the front!

It is true that for both style and security reasons the back is just as vital as the front door. It is a fact that around 20% of burglaries in the UK occur through the rear door compared to 30% through the front. What’s more, a third of people don’t double lock their back doors and most people don’t hide valuables. The study was completed by MoneySuperMarket, who also shared a guide to helping keep homes safe. For this reason, we recommend that you treat them as equals and don’t de-specify the back door. Plus, with the various options available, you can choose from a range of standard doors, or even a nice stable door . Stable doors give you the ability to open the top part of the door to let in additional light and fresh air, whilst keeping your children and pets safe inside.

Check out the options available from Solidor or even better, pop into our showroom to see what is available.


The small guys outshine the big boys!

According to the latest edition of Which? magazine, a recent survey showed small double glazing companies in a very favourable light versus the big, national players. They asked thousands of double glazing customers to rate the company they used, including brands Anglian, Everest and Safestyle, as well as independent traders.  The answers, from 2,152 double glazing customers, reveal a big difference between the customer score for top and bottom-rated companies.  Results also rate each company for a number of important factors, including customer service, quality of products and installation, knowledge and helpfulness of staff, and mess made during the installation.

The results show that you should be considering independent traders over the well-known brands. Customers who used local, independent companies gave them an overall customer score of 84%. The three big-name brands came as much as 30 points lower. Safestyle fared best out of the three with 65%. Anglian came just behind it with 63%, while Everest came bottom with 54%.

As well as achieving a high customer score of 84%, the independents got a maximum of five stars for a number of factors, while none of the brands achieved five stars for anything. The overall customer score is comprised from combining how satisfied people are with the company and whether they would recommend it.  For all of the individual ratings, people were asked to define their experience using a seven-point scale, from ‘very poor’ to excellent. The independent, smaller companie were the only ones to score the maximum of five stars for any measure, which they did in a number of areas. This included customer service, installer timing and quality of products, showing that it’s customer often regard them as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

This report reinforces what we knew all along, buy local to get the best product, at the best price, supported by the best service.

The New Pastel Range from Solidor

Solidor have launched 3 beautiful colours, taking their range of colours to 23. These exquisite new colours are part of the new Pastel Range and feature Lavender, Cobalt Blue and Twilight Grey. Each of the new colours will suit any home and will work perfectly with a range of frame colours and door furniture to make your door unique to you!

Solidor Lavender

Lavender will look great on both traditional and contemporary door styles. It will set off your house perfectly, particularly if combined with planters and hanging baskets to frame your door with contrasting colours such as green, orange and deep purple for maximum impact.

Solidor cobalt blue

A nice halfway tone between sky blue and navy, Cobalt blue is bold and stylish. The boldest hue within this new range is also said to inspire a sense of safety and serenity, making it the perfect option for a new front door.

Solidor twilight grey

Twilight Grey has subtle undertones of pale green and blue (depending on the light), giving it a fresh and contemporary feel all year round. Sitting in between dark Anthracite Grey and lighter French Grey, Twilight Grey is another of this year’s top colour trends with experts suggesting that this hue will evoke a feeling of tranquillity and stability.

Please contact us to get a no obligation, free quotation and be one of the first in the UK to own one of these gorgeous new colours or even better, pay us a visit at our Hertfordshire showroom and take a look at one of the county’s largest Solidor displays.

For more information and to download a brochure please click here.

New Bi-fold doors will transform your home

A bi-fold door is a type of door which opens by folding back in sections or  panels. These folding doors are  known as ‘bi-fold doors’, in spite of them most often having more than two panels. A more, maybe older term is ‘concertina’ doors, inspired by the musical instrument of the same name. Historically folding doors were already known by  the Romans as excavations in Pompeii have revealed.  Romans disliked single-leaf doors and wherever possible, both inside and out, they used double or even folding doors.

Today, bi-fold doors create an incredible open space and an unobscured view of your garden. When closed, they leave a wall of light and an amazing feeling of spaciousness. Unlike a sliding patio door, that remains only half open, Bi-fold doors slide fully open, folding either left or right to beautifully merge your house and garden. Bi-fold doors are typically made up of between two and seven panels and always incorporate a ‘primary’ or ‘traffic’ door that can be opened on its own for complete flexibility.

Most commonly made from Aluminium as this is both secure and enables us to create slim profiles to enhance the minimalist look of your doors with no compromise on security. Aluminium is robust enough to be extremely secure in the face of physical attack, making it the ideal choice for your home. All are fitted with high security locking systems for an additional layer of safety, featuring shootbolts and other high quality security features as standard.

Our Cheshunt showroom features a selection of bi-fold doors on display and we are always on hand to offer advice on what is right for you. Contact us today to change your home forever!


Georgian windows – classic styling in a modern age

Georgian house

The Georgian period was an era of classical architecture and design, with traditional double glazed Georgian windows  expertly made featuring authentic Georgian bars. Until recently, Georgian windows were more commonly manufactured from timber. Today however, most UPVC Georgian windows are fitted with internal bars within the sealed unit providing an easy to maintain, attractive and modern alternative. If you prefer an even greater traditional look however, you may prefer the bars to be added externally, known as astragal bars, a fine option for older residences or cottages.

Astragal bars

Our UPVC Georgian windows bring the classic window design into 2018 to more than satisfy the demands of  modern homeowners. This means they offer a traditional aesthetic, whilst offering more contemporary standards of thermal efficiency, security, durability and security.

Come and visit us in our Cheshunt showroom to see our full range of windows , whether your preferred style is with Georgian bars, without or with lead, we have the solution for you!

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Orangery vs conservatory, what’s the difference?

There is often confusion about the difference between an orangery and a conservatory.  

Orangeries originated in the 15th century when Italian nobility used Roman inspired buildings to grow citrus trees, hence the name, ‘orangery’. Today, like then, orangeries are made up from solid brick pillars, large glazed windows, brick or stone bases, a lantern roof and a corbel gutter, creating a parapet inside.

Conservatories on the other hand are rooms made with a glass roof and walls. Like an orangery, conservatories were originally built to maintain citrus fruits and tender plants that weren’t native to the UK throughout the winter.

One big difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the amount of the structure that is glazed. A conservatory tends to have 75% or more glazing on the roof, and 50% on the walls whilst it is the opposite for orangeries.

Both will add value to your home and certainly make selling it far easier. It has been estimated that a conservatory/orangery will add as much as 10% to the value of your home.


At Presswarm, we have decades of experience supplying and fitting both conservatories and orangeries. We will guide you through the entire process to ensure you have exactly what you want and for a price that you can afford.

Contact us today to discuss how you can create a fantastic feature in your home that will give you years of pleasure.

It’s our birthday!

In January we will have been trading for exactly 45 years. Starting from premises in north London we have steadily grown over the past four decades, moving to our current showroom in Cheshunt in the mid 1980s. We have constantly evolved our offer, moving from aluminium windows to UPVC, and then adding to our core offering of windows and doors by launching conservatories, orangeries, awnings and even garden decking.

Over the past 45 years we have successfully installed tens of thousands of windows and doors, each with a 10 year guarantee. Due to the quality of our work, many past customers either recommend us to friends and family or  visit us again for repeat work.

From our Cheshunt base we continue to install across Hertfordshire and north London, providing all leading brands of products including Solidor, DoorStop, Kommerling, Rehau, and Guardian.

We may have entered and left the EU since we began, had 9 Prime Ministers and 17 England managers but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today to join the thousands of happy customers that we have served.

With 74 burglaries every hour, lock up!

The latest report from the Office for National Statistics shows that there were 650,000 reported burglaries in the UK over the past 12 months, or 74 every hour! Time to consider a new front door.

Below are just a few scary statistics which should have you thinking about your home security:

  • In incidents of domestic burglary, entry was gained through a door around 70% of the time and through a window  30% of the time
  • Around 70% of domestic burglaries take place during the week and 30%  during the weekend
  • In over half of incidents of domestic burglary where an offender gained entry, someone was at home at the time
  • Three-fifths of domestic burglary take place during the evening or night (6pm to 6am)

So, what can you do about protecting your home?

Start with the front and back doors. We are a premium installer of Solidor doors and have an extensive range on display in our Cheshunt showroom. Solidor feature a hardwood timber core and Ultion locks fitted as standard. Ultion locking systems, when locked, stay locked. Leaving a key on the inside of the lock won’t affect its performance, plus you can have as many keys cut as you like.
If a break-in occurs as a result of lock snapping, Ultion will give you £1000.

Beyond the front door, we offer a range of UPVC windows that will dramatically improve your home security, and warmth! We stock all top brands including Rehau and Kommerling to offer the best in German engineering in your home. Please contact us for a no obligation quote on windows and/or doors today.

So, start 2018 safer than 2017 and contact us about replacing your door with a Solidor. If you needed further convincing, check out the article below and see another burglar thwarted by Solidor.

Why choose a Solidor door for your home ?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a Solidor door for your home but here are just a few:

  • Every Solidor is unique and hand crafted
  • Each door has a 48mm laminated, hardwood, timber core. This makes Solidor the most durable composite door available.
  • Solidor features 5 chamber lead free door frames for thermal efficiency
  • Includes decorative hinges to match your choice of furniture
  • Robust, thermo plastic skins, scratch resistant with no maintenance required
  • Each door has Ultion cylinder locks as standard
  • 12000 colour combinations
  • And finally, all made in the UK

Our Cheshunt showroom has a huge range of Solidor doors on display in a variety of colours and styles. Give us a call or email us to get a no obligation quote and we guarantee it will transform your home.

It’s getting colder, time for new windows!

Meteorologists predict a cold snap

Winter is setting in which means that heating bills will rise and your home will be feeling colder. This is a great time to look at how you can ensure you are not losing heat from your home with a few simple tips.

Timers on heating

Setting timers on heating is important. “It’s a myth that keeping it on all day is better,” say moneysavingexpert.com. If it’s very cold, the timer should be set to switch the heating on earlier, rather than turning the thermostat up to warm the house rapidly.

Insulating your loft

Insulating your house professionally can seem expensive to some but DIY loft insulation is a possibility. Rolls of foam insulation are cheap,  and three rolls of 8in deep foam should be enough to give most lofts an important layer of protection.

Clear your radiators

Try and avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of them. At least in the short-term, the sofa you love by the radiator is absorbing heat.

Cover bare floorboards.

Floors account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated, according to the National Energy Foundation (NEF).

New double glazed windows

According to the Energy Saving Trust, new double glazed windows could save you up to £110 per year. All of our windows have low emissivity (Low-E) glass which is the most energy efficient. This often has an invisible coating of metal oxide, normally on one of the internal panes. This lets in light and heat but cuts the amount of heat that can get out. Beyond the glass, our PVCu frames all have a minimum of five chambers which guarantees they are more energy efficient than many older, three chamber systems.


Double glazing can be more technical than you think but it will definitely save you money and make you feel warmer. Contact us for a chat about how we can help keep you warm this winter.