Window Buyers Guide

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Replacement Window Buyers Guide

Replacing windows in your property can have a profound effect on the properties appearance as a whole, so it’s incredibly important you get replacement windows that positively enhance your property. As a general rule, uPVC windows fit well with modern properties, whereas more traditional properties would suit a wooden window. We suggest that you try and in keep with the local landscape, so try and maintain the look of the neighbourhood.

Planning permission is only really necessary if you are changing windows in listed buildings and conservation areas, but make sure you check with you local planning department to avert any concerns or confusion.

Be careful when you are meeting with installers that they are not trying to sell you inferior windows that have limited opening capabilities, not only will this irritate you that you can’t open both sides of the window, but it will put prospective buyers off when you come to sell your property. Also check whether the windows you are purchasing are welded or mechanically fixed. Mechanical fixing is a cheaper way of producing the window, but is prone to wear and tear. Though mechanical fixed windows aren’t bad (if done well).

When choosing your windows, always look for the energy saving logo, much the same as other industries, windows have ratings between A and G, A being the most efficient and G the worst efficiency. The grading’s are for the window unit as a whole, not an individual part – these are issued by the British Fenestration Ratings Council.

If you happy with your current windows but are primarily looking to reduce noise pollution and a little more energy efficiency, we would recommend secondary glazing as a brilliant option.

You should always enquire about the locks being fitted to you replacement windows, along with attached security features. Most modern double glazed windows will feature a multi-point locking, which allow you to lock them open in a vented position. Do see if you can upgrade to shoot-bolt locks or SAC locks to increase you properties security.

Another security issue is where the beading is located on you windows (internally or externally), beads holding the window in on the inside are harder to remove the glass with, thus giving you added protection from burglars. However, some suppliers will fit the beads externally and then fit special glazing gaskets to increase security to the same level as internal beading (check this with your installer).