Author: RTE Fabs

Been thinking about getting a conservatory? It’s possible that you’ll have seen orangery come up once or twice in your research. They sound like very similar buildings. The visual differences aren’t always that obvious either, so it’s easy to get the two confused. So, what exactly are the differences between them? What is an orangery? Orangeries have a bit of interesting history behind them. They originated back in the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th century. To begin with they were only built by the rich. Italian nobility used them to grow exotic plants and citrus trees. Creating an area that protected them from the worst effects of the weather. As you can imagine, it’s from these citrus trees that the ‘orangery’ took its name. So that was back then. What about now? Today, orangeries are still typically huge extensions that made to impress. Unlike conservatories which are mostly glass, their constructions use...

Did you know blue was the most popular colour for a front door when trying to sell your house? Random fact aside, you can have pretty much any colour you like these days with composite doors. We supply and install lots of doors, UPVC and Composite. Not quite sure what the difference is? Then read on and find out more about composite doors and why you should choose one. First things first, what are composite doors? A composite door, is as the name suggests a composite of several materials. Made up of a solid timber core that’s surrounded by other materials. These include uPVC, laminate or GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic). The addition of these extra materials means the structure is more durable and more robust. They offer stylish looks and finishes along side cutting edge performance and security. The various layers of material all have their own benefits. From weatherproofing to insulation, they all...

We offer a stunning range of pre-designed conservatories. Some of our customers are happier to opt for something a bit different. Something tailored to their unique preferences.Add a Bespoke conservatory to complement any style of home. Bringing together authentic design details and sympathetic architectural features. ...

We all use huge companies on an almost daily basis; Sainsbury’s, Amazon and Apple to name a few. Building upon their own strengths over decades of history. Sainsbury’s is well over a hundred years old. They’ve built business empires with staggering numbers of employees across the globe. That makes them seem an obvious choice in many situations. But sometimes size isn’t everything! Choosing double glazing in Darwen from a small local company like RTE Fabrications has advantages. ...

FENSA Registered Installers, grand title, but what does it mean to you? You will see on the bottom of our website we sport a FENSA Registration number. You might have seen us talk about it in our social media. But what actually is it and why is it so important? In a nutshell, it’s about safety. When we install any windows or doors we will provide you with a FENSA Certificate at the end. This certificate shows that we are compliant with all the current building regulations. Plus, it ensures that all work’s meet the latest energy efficiency requirements. What is FENSA? FENSA is a government-authorised scheme. It monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors. Every FENSA Approved Installer has a regular assessment. To ensure they are maintaining standards and compliance. Why you need a FENSA certificate Confirms compliance with building regulations Shows your installation’s energy efficient Ensures it’s registered with the...

We often get asked “Do we need planning permission for a conservatory?” There are some rules and regulations you’ll need to be aware of when building your conservatory. There are general building regulations. They ensure that your conservatory is safe and secure for anyone using it. Then there are planning permissions. These are more concerned with the location and aesthetic value your conservatory. The effect it has on the surrounding area, and whether it impacts on your neighbours. At RTE Fabrications, we suggest familiarising yourself with both before you get started! Planning Permission for a Conservatory We’ll kick off with the good news – generally, you won’t need planning permission for a conservatory. Unless it’s particularly ambitious in size, it often comes under ‘permitted development’. This allows you to build as long as it’s mainly your home it’ll be affecting. To be exempt from planning permission, your project does have to follow these...

Making it up as we go Why conservatory manufacturers RTE Fabrications use in-house manufacturing Conservatory manufacturers RTE Fabrications, are not a huge multinational corporation. We keep our operations focused and tightly controlled by handling everything ourselves. We don’t outsource or use outside companies, and manufacturing is one of the many things we keep a tight handle on. There are many advantages to keeping things in-house. Here are a few. Quality of Materials The biggest advantage of in-house manufacturing is a greater degree of control. Which means a rock-solid guarantee of quality. Safety is also a key concern in this particular respect. In the construction industry, safety is always an absolute priority. For employees and customers alike. In-house manufacturing eliminates any possibility of the use of shoddy or unsound materials. We source only the best and most reliable materials to create our products. That includes our porches and conservatories. Assuring us of their end quality,...

Conservatories In Blackurn Originally invented by the Romans. They used them to look after exotic plants and fruits. (Conservato means to store and preserve, while ory means ‘a place for’.) Today around 1 in 5 households in Britain have one. They’ve evolved into structures with a far more diverse range of purposes. It explains why it’s become so popular to buy conservatories in Blackburn and Darwen. Why choose a conservatory? The versatility of conservatories is often considered a major advantage. Modern households have a lot more space requirements. Indoor space can be an uphill struggle, especially for families. A conservatory can work as a cost-effective alternative to an extension. It can provide valuable space to relax, eat, work or even sleep. During their construction, bespoke conservatories can take the form of a specific purpose. Often a home office, playroom, dining room or secondary living room. But, there’s nothing to say you can’t change...

What are UPVC windows? UPVC stands for Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride. Sometimes known as rigid PVC because it doesn’t flex. It’s a safe and stable material. Alternative uses for it include dental retainers and sporting mouthguards. UPVC has been the material of choice for windows over the last several years. It’s not difficult to see why. UPVC windows provide a whole host of benefits for homeowners. Both practical and financial.   Environmental One of the reasons that UPVC windows are so popular with installers is that it’s so easy to manufacture. There’s far less energy expended in its construction. Less than there is for other materials, making it eco-friendlier. It’s also recyclable at the end of its long lifetime. Not a word usually associated with plastics, meaning that it’s less to go in landfill. It can also be eco-friendly in a more indirect way. For example, wooden frames need the expenditure of trees and forests....