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The advantages of solid timber doors

Doors are an essential part of any home. They’re gateways between rooms, a way of getting in and out, and of keeping the home secure; they also keep out noise and cold. All of these functions require a door that’s strong, reliable, and fits with your personal style and the architectural design of the house. With all of this in mind, consider solid timber doors – they fit the bill for all of the features above.


As far as materials for doors go, there’s no doubt that solid timber is one of the strongest, most durable out there. Timber lasts a long time, and even if your door does sustain some damage, it can be easily repaired. This isn’t the case with doors of other material, such as aluminium doors, which will need be replaced if they go bad.


As well as the practical features, these doors look stunning; few components of the home look as beautiful as a solid timber door. Timber with a clear finish offers a natural look with the full beauty able to show, or you can opt for a dark stain for a deeper, rich colour.


As a natural insulator, timber can help you save on energy costs when both heating and cooling your home. Unlike other common door materials which transfer heat efficiently, essentially being insulation in reverse, timber doors help your home stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Solid timber doors from Admiral Home

You’ve got choice from an extensive range of industry leading solid wood doors available in traditional or contemporary styles from Admiral Home. All of the timber used in our solid wood doors is sustainable, meaning it’s harvested from forests which are managed to be environmentally friendly. Get in touch with us today or find out more here.

Which windows are best for your home?

With a fair few window options offered, there’s plenty to choose from when upgrading – but which is best for your home?

This guide will take you through the different windows that we offer, along with the benefits of each style.

UPVC Windows

The main benefits of UPVC windows are their heat and noise insulation properties. As well as helping you to save energy and money on heating bills, they’re also relatively low maintenance. UPVC is a great option for houses near busy roads thanks to the noise insulation, helping to create a quieter environment.

French Windows

French windows are best for when you want to have an unobstructed view – French windows and doors are predominantly glass, with the frame taking up little space, allowing for a greater view of outside. They also offer a sleek, stylish look, with a variety of colour options available.

Flush Fitting Casement Windows

Flush Fitting Casement windows offer a traditional appearance with modern functionality. Conservation factors offer savings on energy usage and bills, whilst a traditional look is retained, making these perfect for keeping a timeless look for a property.

Sash Windows – Vertical Sliding

Our Sash windows are offered with a range of glazing bars to choose from, making them suitable for a range of houses, from new builds to refurbishments and historical building projects. The high quality build of Sash windows incorporate quadruple weather-strips and insulated glazing units for excellent insulation properties and a long-lasting build.

Tilt and Turn Windows

Made to order to your specifications, Tilt and Turn windows are one of the most popular offerings. The hinges of Tilt and Turn windows allow for them to be tilted and opened in a variety of ways. Opening sideways into the room enables easy cleaning from inside, and tilting offers control over ventilation.

Admiral Home Improvements

Whichever style of window you decide on for your home, Admiral Home Improvements can supply and fit them with the help our own fully qualified craftsmen. Trained in-house to ensure only the very best work is carried out on your home, our teams have hundreds of satisfied customers and a promise to treat you home as if it were their own. For a free quote or a survey of your home in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and the surrounding region, get in touch with us today.

Which is the best door for your home?

The front door of your home is a sometimes overlooked, yet very important part of your home. It’s one of the first things that guests will see, and can set the tone for the style and atmosphere of the house – so which kind of front door would suit your home the best?

One of the first important things to consider is the style of your home, and which kind of door will suit this style. So, let’s say you have a Victorian semi-detached, then a more traditional looking door will suit this house the best. Read on for our summaries of the different materials used for our doors, and the properties that each of these feature.


If you want a door that looks the part, but is also easier for you to maintain than traditional materials, then composite is for you. Composite can provide the look of a classic wooden door, but with easy maintenance and insulating properties. These doors are made with Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), which provides an authentic timber appearance when moulded. This material also provides insulation and soundproofing.

Solid Wood

Solid wood is a classic traditional look, which is versatile enough to suit both traditional homes and newer builds. Although security may be a concern, you can rest assured that our solid wood doors are 48mm of solid timber, absolutely providing enough protection to keep your home safe. This solid wood core is enclosed in a protective highly stable plastic banding.


UPVC doors popularity comes from their multiple features and available colours, with a wide range able to suit a variety of homes, along with their value for money and easy maintenance.

Again, these doors work well with both traditional and modern homes, although this is more often modern ones rather than traditional; the range of colours and the look of the material means you’ll have most likely seen them all over newly built estates.

Admiral Home

If you’re looking to improve your home with a new door, then we have an extensive range of quality doors to suit any style made from composite, solid wood and UPVC to supply the Ipswich and Woodbridge areas. Get in touch with us today, or visit our showroom for a look at our complete range.

The benefits of electrical roller garage doors compared to traditional garage doors

When it comes to garage doors, electrical roller doors have a lot of benefits when compared to traditional ‘up and over’ doors. Keep reading for a run through of the benefits you’d get from electrical roller doors.


The biggest benefit of electrical roller garage doors are their convenience. These doors can be opened remotely from the comfort of your car, making them perfect for the colder weather, as well as just more convenient in general. The remote for opening these doors is operational up to 50 meters away, and the accompanying control panel which fits to the wall features a light for ease of access.


The security of your garage and home may be a concern, but roller doors are made with your safety in mind. Remote controls are equipped with unique encryption codes, so only your remote can open the door. You can have peace of mind that your contents and home will be safe along with the convenience of the remote control.


Although traditional doors made of wood may look better on older homes, electrical roller doors also look sophisticated and fit especially well with newer builds. A range of design options means that there are roller doors suitable for any style of home.

Admiral Home

With looks, convenience, and security all considered, it’s easy to see the benefits of electrical roller doors for your home. At Admiral, we supply and install the best garage doors throughout the Ipswich and Suffolk area. If you’re interested in a new convenient and secure garage door, get in touch today on 01473 659062 or email us at

Benefits of choosing a sun lounge conservatory over an extension

It may seem hard to choose between a sun lounge conservatory and an extension to your home; both have their own upsides, but with a sun lounge conservatory you’ll be getting plenty of benefits as well as a beautiful addition to your home.

Sun lounge or conservatory?

Firstly, it’s important to note that there is a difference between a sun lounge and a conservatory. Although subtle, these differences make for important distinctions in the kind of room you’ll be getting. A conservatory is made primarily of glass, letting in a lot more sunlight as well as heat; there is often little protection from the sun, which can be problematic on the hottest summer days. A sun lounge conservatory, on the other hand, typically has a more sturdy structure, with a solid roof that offers more respite from the sun as well as giving it more of a ‘new room’ feeling.

The benefits of a sun lounge

The first benefit to choosing a sun lounge is that you’re opening up your home and bringing your garden in, a well as the summer sun in the hotter months. A sun lounge will enable you to enjoy your garden more the whole year round, as well as providing a great summer room. Although a downside to a normal conservatory is the lack of insulation in the colder months, a sun lounge will offer better opportunity for insulation, being built more like a standard room rather than predominantly from glass.

Although similar cost to an extension, a sun lounge is a more attractive, fresher, more modern look to most homes. The work undertaken to complete an extension will also be longer and more disruptive than with a sun lounge, potentially getting in the way of the use of other parts of your house, such as the kitchen, for months on end.

Another great advantage of a sun lounge is that being built with more than just glass, you’ll find it feeling like a new room rather than a conservatory. A complete (or even partially covered) roof gives the sun lounge a sense of being an extension of the house, rather than a space suitable only for the summer that can happen wit ha conservatory.

Admiral Home Improvements

At Admiral Home Improvements, we can cover every aspect of a new addition to your home, from the initial planning, to the design and building of a sun lounge conservatory. We will take care of planning permission, building requirements, as well as all landscaping work, electrical installations, tiling and plastering. For any enquires, or to get started with your new sun lounge, give us a call on 01473 659 062, email us at, or send us a message through our website.

Five signs your windows need upgrading

Windows are an important part of any home, and older ones were most likely built with single glazed windows. These are much more vulnerable to the elements, with the chance for condensation to form, as well as letting heat out, when compared to double glazing. If your house has single glazed windows, you may be due for an upgrade. There are some common signs that you’ll need to replace your windows, which we’ve compiled here.


Over time, older windows will start to deteriorate due daily exposure to the elements. The older a window is, the more likely it is to start letting in a draft. If you notice that parts of your house are colder than usual, weak seals are letting in the cold air as well as letting the heating that you’re paying for out, so it’s time for an upgrade.


A regular build-up of fog and condensation on your windows is another sign of a problem. Older windows will often lead to condensation in cold weather, which brings too much moisture to the inside of your home, potentially even leading to mould to grow. This is another indicator that your windows have decayed to the point that an upgrade is needed, or it could also just be that your homes single glazed windows are too thin to keep protect against cold and moisture.

Decaying window frames

If your home has wooden window frames, then long term exposure to moisture could have caused them to warp and decay. This can make the windows harder to open and close, as well as let in water, to the point that you could find water pooling on the floor.

Energy bills

If your home has older windows, and you’re noticing that you feel colder when standing by them, its highly likely that a lot of your heating is going to waste – it’s like you’re throwing your money out of the window. These high energy bills can be solved with a window upgrade that will keep the heat you’re paying for in your house, rather than out of the window.

Noise pollution

Thin windows can let in an unwanted amount of noise from outside, which is especially bad if you live next to a busy road. If you can hear cars approaching from afar and they’re exceptionally loud when passing your house, double glazed windows would help absorb some of the sound vibrations and keep the noise from outside to a minimum.

Admiral Home windows

If your windows are showing the signs of needing an upgrade, then look no further than Admiral Home. We supply the highest quality windows in Suffolk, with an extensive range that comes in materials such as UPVC, timber, and aluminium. To get started with a free quote for new windows, or if you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly team today, or take a look at our window guide to get an idea of the different styles and materials.

Benefits of French windows and doors to your home

As well as being stylish and aesthetically pleasing, French windows (or ‘doors’) also provide practical benefits for your home.

Due to being mostly window pane, French windows act as a nice transition piece from one room to another, or a room to a garden. They give a sense of enhanced space to a room, with more light allowed in and a view of the room or outside on the other side.

Savings on energy bills

French windows can help with both heating and air condition bills. In the summer, opening them up to the garden will let heat out and allow a breeze through the house. Conversely, in the winter, closed French windows will effectively keep heat in due to them being made with double glazing.


French windows are made from unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC). uPVC is a hard, rigid material that is both water and fire resistant, making it a safe and suitable material for your home.


Adding French windows to your home is very likely to increase its value and could help seal the deal with potential buyers should you ever come to sell your home.


As well as all these practical benefits, French windows are also very aesthetically pleasing. They are a timeless piece which have remained in style since their invention in the 17th century.

Admiral Home

At Admiral Home, we have a selection of French windows to suit all of your needs. Contact us today with any enquires about our French windows, or about any of our other products and services.

5 Reasons You Need to Upgrade to Double Glazed Windows

In the UK, all new houses are built with double glazed windows. This has been a regulation for some time now because we know that double glazing has a number of very important benefits. For one thing, it is highly efficient when it comes to energy conservation. The insulating layer of air minimises the impact of cold temperatures outside.

The result is a much slower release of warm air, so a substantially smaller amount of heat leaves the house. This is great for winter living, as homes stay warmer for longer, even if central heating use is limited. For homeowners in Suffolk, a double glazing upgrade is recommended, particularly if the property is old enough to be without newer features.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of double glazing and why an upgrade is a worthwhile investment.

Reduced Energy Costs

For the typical Suffolk homeowner, a double glazing installation can end up shaving around £300 from annual energy bills. Considering many energy providers have now hiked their rates up to record levels, this opportunity to save money cannot be disregarded. Double glazing leads to a reduction in energy use because the panes are much better at keeping heat inside the home. Consequently, your central heating will instantly become more efficient.

Stronger Security

While no type of domestic window is completely impervious to forced entry, double glazing is substantially harder to penetrate. Security experts recommend that older homes invest in an upgrade because burglars routinely look for single glazed properties and disregard those with sturdier, stronger entry points. If you want to boost security even further, opt for double glazing with internal beading on the inside, as it is much harder to push out of the frame.

Great Noise Absorption

Double glazing is good for more than just lowering your energy bills. It is also an excellent noise absorber and can muffle sounds from outside, such as traffic and loud neighbours. Conversely, the noise that you make on the inside will be harder to hear as well, because the insulated panes are harder to pass through. So, if your house is in a particularly busy part of Suffolk, you may want to consider a new installation.

Compatible Designs

As already mentioned, all new properties in the UK are fitted with double glazing as standard. This means that any homes built before the introduction of this policy won’t have this feature unless the owner chooses to invest in an upgrade. Even if your property is fairly old, it’s worth looking into the various design options. There are now some very sophisticated frames available, and it is entirely possible to match the aesthetic to older, traditional properties.

Higher Resale Value

In Suffolk and the surrounding areas, double glazing installations significantly increase the resale value of properties. This is because buyers are very aware of the benefits. They know that they stand to earn money through conserved energy and they’re willing to pay more for fully insulated, highly secure homes. Therefore, investing in an upgrade is a great way to attract interest and grab yourself a great deal.

If you want to know more about the benefits of double glazing, click here to visit Admiral Home today. Or, call 01473 659 062 to speak to the Suffolk team and request a cost estimate for your property.

The Stylish Sunhouse: How to Design Your New Conservatory

The decision to build a conservatory is never a small one. It represents a pretty sizeable investment in the future of your home. So, it needs to be carefully planned and considered. On the other hand, if you’re sure that you want and can afford a build like this, there’s no reason you can’t have a bit of fun with it.

There are more styles of conservatory than you might think. Ipswich is home to a great number and they come in all shapes and sizes. The thing about conservatories is that they can be shaped to fit your lifestyle. If it’s extra space you need, a longer hipped to structure is a great choice. If you want to do a little sun worshipping, try a big, broad gable conservatory.

This guide to the most popular conservatory styles will help you plan and design your own.

The Edwardian

You may have heard Edwardian conservatories referred to as ‘Georgian.’ In most cases, they are the same thing and the terms are used interchangeably. This is a broad, flat fronted style which makes excellent use of floor space. This is the design for you if you’re trying to squeeze out a fully functional room for play, study, or utilities.

The Victorian

The Victorian is, perhaps, the prevalent of conservatories in Ipswich. It is a common sight in suburban neighbourhoods. The design is defined by a bay front, with big windows. This façade is sometimes slightly curved (to incorporate five bays). It can also be combined with a pitch roof. Many people choose the Victorian because it has that classic conservatory aesthetic.

The Lean To

The Lean To (or Mediterranean) style is the most affordable. It is perfect for homeowners on a tight budget, as less structural work is required. Essentially, Lean To conservatories just sit alongside the house instead of fully connecting to it. They work in much the same way as Georgian or Victorian structures, but they cost substantially less.

The Gable

This style is very similar to the Edwardian, with the difference being that its roof doesn’t slope back to the centre. Like its counterpart, it is a great way to maximise space. Gable conservatories are big, bright, and let lots of light in. They are a good match for family rooms and spaces for entertaining.

The Combination

If you’ve got lots of room outside to play with and a big budget, you can really splash out and create a combination extension. These are often referred to as ‘P’ or ‘L’ style structures, because that’s what they look like from above. For instance, if you combine an Edwardian conservatory with a lean to, you’ll get a P shaped space. It’s a lavish way to do things, but if you have the money, time, and room, there’s nothing stopping you.

The Bespoke

Depending on which retailer you work with, you could design your own style of conservatory. This is useful in awkwardly shaped areas, which aren’t suited to the regular boxy structures. It requires a little more planning and preparation, but your contractor will be able to help you draw up blueprints and designs. They’ll also give you advice on how to stay within your budget.

For more tips and advice on designing the perfect conservatory, click here to visit Admiral Home today. Or, call 01473 659 062 to contact a local team and arrange a consultation.

A Window on Your Savings: Why Double Glazing Is the Best Choice for Your Home

In Britain, all new homes are built with double glazing as standard. There are a number of different reasons for this, with the primary one being that it is very energy efficient. It contains an insulating layer which helps prevent cold temperatures on the outside from changing the temperature inside. As a result, homes are noticeably warmer and more comfortable.

However, not every property in Suffolk has double glazed windows. Older homes need a replacement for single glazed panes in order to enjoy these benefits. Also, if you’re currently building a new house, you’ll need to pick a reliable double glazing provider. This should be relatively easy to do, because Admiral is a privately owned family company who have been trading for over 25 years.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of double glazing and why you definitely need it in your home.

Smaller Energy Bills

On average, homeowners can save around £300 per year when they replace their single panes with double glazing. As the wholesale cost of gas and electricity continues to rise, this level of value will only increase. The more heat is conserved inside the house, the less energy you have to use to create optimal conditions. It also works the other way around too. When temperatures are high outside, double glazing keeps properties cooler.

Increased Security

With two panes to get through, instead of one, your house will be significantly harder to break into. According to security experts, burglars are less likely to try and enter properties with double glazing because they know it will take longer to gain access. Installing internal beading is a good way to further increase security and make sure that window panes cannot be popped out of the frame from outside.

Super Strength

While double glazing isn’t completely impervious to impacts, it is tougher than single glazing. This makes it a great choice for homes in Suffolk, whether the neighbourhood is considered risk prone or not. You don’t have to be burgled or vandalised for a window to break. Somebody could accidentally kick a football at it, but if you have double glazing, it is unlikely to smash.

Reduced Noise

It is worth remembering that double glazing also reduces noise from outside. Two panes of glass block out traffic very efficiently. So, if you live next to a busy road or highway, you can count on your windows to keep things quiet on the inside. Once again, the opposite is true as well. The noise that you make will be harder to hear outside the double glazing.

More Resale Value

Even if you live in quite an old house, it is worth considering a double glazing installation, because it will substantially increase its market value. The vast majority of buyers feel that double glazing is an essential feature and many won’t think about purchasing a property without it. These days, there are all kinds of options available. You can retain and preserve the aesthetic of an older home and still enjoy the benefits of double glazing.

If you want to know more about the benefits of double glazing, visit Admiral Home. Or, you can call 01473 659 062 or 07850710147 to request a quotation and consultation.