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This is the time of year that most people focus on making their bodies healthier; however, a few home improvements can help make you happier, healthier and, in some cases, wealthier. Multi-folding door specialist, Express Bi-Folding Doors, has seen an average 43% increase in sales over the past two years despite a tough economic climate, with many clients citing a desire for an increase in natural light and adding long-term value to their property as the two main reasons for adding glass concertina doors to their home.

people feel more psychologically positive when they live in a house with lots of windows and glass

This is the time of year that most people focus on making their bodies healthier; however, a few home improvements can help make you happier, healthier and, in some cases, wealthier.

Multi-folding door specialist, Express Bi-Folding Doors, has seen an average 43% increase in sales over the past two years despite a tough economic climate, with many clients citing a desire for an increase in natural light and adding long-term value to their property as the two main reasons for adding glass concertina doors to their home.

Interestingly, a lack of access to natural light has been singled out as one of the main causes of ‘sick building syndrome’ in offices, which causes symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, skin rashes and irritations.

Also, according to the NHS 7% of people in the UK are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (or S.A.D.), which is also known as ‘winter blues’. Once again, one of the main issues associated with this medical disorder is a lack of sunlight.

Professor of psychology, Cary Cooper CBE, says ‘people feel more psychologically positive when they live in a house with lots of windows and glass, with natural light bathing the interior. Anything that brings us closer to the outside world, and in more direct contact with nature, can also make us feel better and more positive. Dark and musty homes may have the opposite effect’.

It seems that people subconsciously recognise the affect of natural daylight on their overall health and wellbeing because, according to Miles Shipside commercial director of Rightmove, ‘natural light is one of the most important things to add to a home – sun tubes, skylights, glass bi-fold doors – anything that pours light into your home will help you sell it. Open plan living and design that integrates your garden with indoor living space is becoming more and more important to house hunters.’

This is reflected in a recent survey conducted by Precision Research for Specflue, which asked 101 estate agents what the top wish list for a perfect property would be. This included:

  •     Large, open-plan kitchen/living space
  •     Modern, wood-framed conservatory/ garden room
  •     Garden with an “outdoor room” area that’s easy to maintain
  •     Glass doors leading from the kitchen out to the garden

It seems that natural daylight is not only scientifically proven to help with your mental wellbeing but it can also help add value to your home financially.

For more information visit http://www.expressbifoldingdoors.co.uk.

Express Bi Folding Doors is a family owned business set up in 2007, which has grown to become the largest specialist manufacturers of bespoke aluminum folding doors, sliding doors, aluminum window and roofing products in the UK. The company’s head office is based in Leeds and it has showrooms in Redhill and Romford.

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