Replacing your old, draughty windows with stylish and energy-efficient ones is a great idea. They’ll look good, save you money and make your home more comfortable all year round.
There are many styles, materials and colours to choose from, so you can be sure of getting something that’s just right for you. That’s an exciting prospect although it may be a little overwhelming as well, as there’s a lot to consider. Mistakes can be costly, and you’ll be stuck with them for years (the windows and the mistakes!).
Fortunately, it’s easier than you think.
1. What’s Your Style?
Is your house contemporary or old, a period cottage or a Victorian semi? Start with windows that go with the style of your house. Large windows and sleek, aluminium frames work well in modern homes but aren’t so appealing in a period cottage.
Bay and bow windows are installed in older properties and more modern ones. They give a feeling of space and add a lot of character. Vertical sliders (modern sash windows) also work in old and new, whilst folding, bifold doors look stunning in contemporary homes – a wonderful way to create space and bring the outside in.
2. Make It Your Own
Window frames come in a variety of materials from traditional wood to aluminium and uPVC. They also come in different colours or can be painted with your favourite shade – depending on the materials. Modern frames are well insulated, and they prevent a build-up of moisture.
Your windows must be strong and tough to break. Sturdy frames and toughened, high-quality glass is essential, and all new windows come with modern, multi-point locking systems. These are vital features for keeping your home safe (and potential buyers will appreciate the benefits as well).
4. Energy Efficient
Your house should be pleasantly cool in hot weather and warm in winter. Older windows won’t have energy-efficient glass, and this is where a lot of heat is lost. This is certainly true of period properties and even some more modern builds, depending on age.
It’s not just about comfort, it’s also about your energy bills. The last thing you want to do is let in a lot of cold air. That’s costly as well as uncomfortable.
5. Light and Ventilation
Letting in light is a major feature of your windows. Light makes small, dark rooms feel bigger and cheerier, and larger rooms become even more spacious. Your windows connect you with the garden and a fine view of your flowers and trees is comforting and uplifting.
Windows also provide ventilation, which is essential throughout the year, whatever the weather. Even on cold days, the house becomes stuffy and smelly without any ventilation at all.
6. Noise Reduction
Noise pollution is a major stress factor these days Traffic, passers-by, kids playing and loud music all have a negative and stressful effect on your quality of life, both mentally and physically. Energy-efficient double glazing keeps stressful noise at bay. This is crucial at any time, but as many people work from home these days a comfortable, peaceful environment is even more important.
Expert Help at The Window Centre
It’s a lot to consider but our experienced team have been doing this for years. We’ll guide you through the whole process so contact us today for a friendly chat.