No matter the room or property size, the best windows have the power to make us feel less confined and more in-tune with the outside world. Providing an essential route for light, air, and sound to flow through, it’s likely the extra time spent at home has highlighted that your windows are not as efficient or attractive as they should be.
From essential security to energy savings to aesthetics, this concise window buying guide is packed full of top tips to find the perfect window style.
You may well be wondering what is the strongest window material? Or maybe you’re more interested in what type of windows last the longest… There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to quality window replacements, especially if you’re situated in a restrictive conservation area.
With this in mind, we’ve put together this convenient window comparison table to help you weigh up the pros and cons according to your project:
|Composite Windows||Aluminium Windows||Steel Replica Windows||uPVC Windows||Timber Alternative Windows|
|Colours||Unlimited range of paints and stains||Unlimited Colours||Unlimited RAL Colour options||Unlimited RAL Colour options||Unlimited RAL Colour options||Unlimited RAL Colour options|
(rating / U-value)
|A / 1.6||A++ / 0.87||A / 1.6||B 1.5
|A+ 1.4 (minimum)||A+13 / 1.3 (minimum)|
|Decorative/specialist glazing available||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Size capability||Medium - large||Medium||Large||Large||Medium||Medium|
|Pricing bracket||Medium - high||Medium||Medium - high||Medium - high||Low - medium||Medium|
|Lifespan||Lifetime||40 - 50 years||40-50 years||40-50 years||30 – 40 years||30 – 40 years|
Now you understand the differences between the various window materials available, you need to decide which window style is the most appropriate to complement your properties unique aesthetics as well as your lifestyle.
Depending on the window style, you can choose from various opening configurations, e.g. side opening, top opening, bottom opening, inward or outward opening.Request a Quote
Security features highly when it comes to upgrading your windows. For complete peace of mind that your family is safe and sound, look out for the following to be sure that your new windows remain burglar-proof far into the future:
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Energy efficiency ranks highly amongst the reasons for replacing window frames and glazing. Each window material that we offer is handpicked with optimum thermal efficiency in mind. Reduce energy bills, draughts, noise, and your households overall environmental impact by looking out for these energy efficient new window essentials:
*correct at time of publishing; January 2021.
For those wondering is it worth getting new windows, it’s important to note that giving your home’s façade a makeover has the power to increase its value by up to 10%. And thanks to advances in window manufacturing methods, there are many more window colours to choose from other than the standard white or natural woodgrain frames of yesteryear. From charming cottages on the outskirts of Guildford to Victorian terraced homes in Wimbledon, it’s essential to choose a window style, shade and finishing touches that will complement your properties unique character. Every little change adds up to a big difference, so don’t forget to look out for:
If your home is a listed building or located in a designated area, such as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), be sure to check whether you are permitted to upgrade your windows without applying for planning permission first. If you are unsure, contact your local planning authority, take a look at your property title deeds, or contact the P & P team for expert support and advice.
The price of your new windows depends on a variety of conditions – in particular, the material, size, hardware and specialist finishing touches needed. Made-to-measure to fulfil your diverse home improvement needs, if you're looking for the full renovation package why not familiarise yourself with our Homeowners Quick Door Buying Guide? Or request a free no-obligation quote now - to assist us with providing a cost, please feel free to upload photo(s) of your proposed project.Request a Quote