WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN CHOOSING YOUR WINDOWS
Purchasing new windows for your home isn’t a cheap investment, so it’s not a decision you should take lightly or rush into. If you’re thinking of having new windows fitted, here are some of the key things you need to bear in mind…
When it comes to window frames there are a number of different materials available, each with their own pros and cons:
- UPVC: Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride has become a popular choice for many homeowners due to its lower cost and easier upkeep than wooden frames. UPVC offers great insulation and is available in many colours, but some people just don’t enjoy the look of it on their homes.
- Vinyl clad: These windows offer the maintenance free appeal of UPVC on the exterior of your home, whilst providing the beauty of wooden frames on the interior. However, clad windows could be prone to water intrusion which can lead to damp so they require some upkeep.
Recent advancements in glass technology have provided homeowners with a greater choice in the glass they have in their home:
- Low E glass: Low emissivity glass has a microscopically thin layer of material on the surface, which helps to reduce the amount of heat that can flow through the glass, keeping your home as energy efficient as possible.
- Double glazing: Two panes of glass are sealed together, and the space in between them is filled with argon gas to provide maximum insulation.
- Triple glazing: This is the same principle as double glazing, except three panes of glass are used, and there are two layers of argon gas.
There are a number of aesthetically pleasing and functional window designs available, including:
- Sash windows: These windows not only look great, but they’re very functional too. Pull the top one down and the bottom one up to create an air flow for cold aid to come in and warm air to leave.
- Tilt and turn: These are a variation on sash windows and are really easy to operate and care for. They tilt to allow a good flow of air into the room for proper ventilation.
- Bevel design: For porches and feature windows a decorative bevel design window looks great.
- Bay windows: A bay window can help to make a room look feel bigger by bringing in extra light and adding to the usable space of the room.
For further information on the different types of windows available to you, or to purchase your new windows from us, please get in touch.