Looking to replace your old windows can be stressful and overwhelming, with so many different styles, sizes and glazing options available it’s hard to know which one is best for you. The right windows can entice and excite those who walk past, although sometimes overlooked as a design feature; they are powerfully able to enhance any home. Here, at Art Windows and Doors, we are specialists at double glazing Glasgow windows, so we thought we would help. In this guide, we are going to focus it around double glazed windows, what to look for when purchasing them and why.
When looking at replacing your windows there are a few things to consider, such as; size, style, glazing, purpose, security, orientation, budget, colour, acoustics and energy efficiency. We understand that this is a lot of things to consider, however, we are here to help. We are going to break down each of these things, going into further detail to hopefully help you make an easier and more informed decision.
WHAT STYLE TO GO FOR
When choosing what style of double glazing windows you want it’s important to start with the actual style of your house. It’s easy to get swept away in different styles, be it modern or old, patterned or clear, but if they don’t suit the exterior of your home then even the most beautifully crafted windows can ruin the look of your home. For example, if your home is an older building then bay or arched windows will not only provide an elegant and chic style but will also work perfectly with the already rustic aesthetic. Or if you live in a modern building then skylight and casement windows work well thanks to their modern, fresh and bright design.
THE PURPOSE OF YOUR WINDOWS
Although it might seem obvious, before replacing your windows ask yourself “what is the purpose of these, what do I need them for?”. This is helpful because different windows serve different purposes, for example, if you feel like your home needs more natural light then skylight, picture and sliding windows could be perfect for you. They perfect balance style and function, beautifully simple yet clever, these windows can improve both the inside and outside of your home. Perhaps you have too much light in certain rooms and find it distracting, if this is the case then there are windows that can help. Patterned and glass block windows not only look sophisticated and stylish but can also help you with this problem.
DOUBLE GLAZING SECURITY
When it comes to choosing double glazing Glasgow windows, security might not be the first thing you think of but it’s an important thing to consider. Some windows will be stronger and more durable than others which will provide a stronger means of security for your home. Glass Block, Hopper and Round windows are a great way of adding an extra line of defence against potential criminals.
THE ORIENTATION OF YOUR WINDOWS
Your double glazed windows are there to let natural light in, you don’t want too little or too much, so to help get the perfect amount flooding into your rooms it’s important to think about which windows get the most sun. For instance, if your front facing windows get the sun but your back windows don’t then by having clear, simple windows at the front you can afford to have patterned or coloured windows elsewhere without sacrificing light. It’s also good to remember that roof overhangs can prevent light entry.
WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
The good news is that you don’t have to break the budget to get beautiful, expertly made double glazed Glasgow windows. They come in an array of prices which are suitable for all types of budgets. However, it can be tempting to go over budget when looking at replacing your windows as there are so many options to choose from. One way in which you can prevent this is by prioritising what is most important for you. If energy efficiency is what you are after then this is what you should invest in, even if it means you might not get the best acoustic shielding. By focusing in on what you need and not what you want you are much more likely to stay on track and not go over your budget.
COLOURFUL DOUBLE GLAZING
Adding colour to your windows is a great way of adding a unique, bold and fresh feel to the style of your house. Many windows have some beautiful colour in their designs, whether it’s red roses or blue orchids, a colourful window stands out and proudly boasts a beautifully styled home. However, if you are thinking of adding some colour to your double glazed windows then it’s important to go back and think about the style of your house again. Some designs will suit more modern buildings and others will suit older. Keeping a consistent style is key to creating a picturesque home, so be sure that the colours go together well and don’t clash.
Unfortunately, for many of us living in a loud and a busy area is unavoidable. Whether its traffic, people or animals that’s causing the noise pollution in your area, there is something you can do about it. There are windows available that will dramatically reduce the noise entering your home, double glazing being one of them. Not only will they help prevent sound from entering but they will also help to prevent noise from leaving too. This means you don’t have to worry about being the noisy neighbour, you can have the freedom to turn your TV or music up and enjoy your privacy that little bit more.
ENERGY EFFICIENT DOUBLE GLAZING GLASGOW WINDOWS
A huge 25% of household heat is lost through windows, so replacing your existing windows with more energy efficient ones will not only save you money but also keep you warmer in winter. Be sure to check the efficiency rating and work out how much you can save yearly or monthly by investing in these types of windows. More and more people are changing their homes to be more eco-friendly, some are using solar power and others are using rainwater collectors, but one of the easiest and by far the simplest ways to do this is by fitting double glazing.
We hope this guide on what to look for when replacing your windows was helpful, but if you have any questions at all then please feel free to get in touch. To find out more about what double glazing Glasgow we can provide please click here.