If you are considering new windows for your home, then selecting the right ones might seem like a daunting task. There are so many things to think about—such as security, energy efficiencies and style—not to mention choosing the right company to supply and install your new windows reliably and efficiently.
It’s little wonder that many homeowners put off the task of selecting the perfect windows and end up with rotting frames, poor ventilation and rising energy bills.
To help you, we’ve compiled a guide to the most important things to consider when choosing new windows for your property. Read on to discover how to select high-quality replacement windows that will stand up to the elements and add kerb appeal to your home.
The security of your home is one of the most important considerations when choosing new windows. For peace of mind, choose an accredited installer and look for products which adhere to British Standard Institute specifications.
Ask your window supplier if their products conform to the ‘Secured By Design’ scheme; a police initiative which aims to reduce crime by utilising only products that offer the highest level of physical home security.
All of the windows and doors we supply and install are PAS 24:2016 accredited. This is the benchmark of quality used across the windows and doors industry which guarantees that the window production has been checked by an independent body to meet agreed industry standards.
Always check with your window supplier that their products confirm to the PAS 24:2016 standard, otherwise your windows could be less secure, allowing unwanted access to your home.
Energy inefficient windows are responsible for between 25% – 30% of the heat loss in a home*. According to research by the Energy Savings Trust—fitting energy-efficient windows can reduce your household bills by up to £160 a year.
To reap the maximum savings, choose products with a high Window Energy Rating (WER). The scale ranges from A++ (the most energy-efficient) to G (the least energy efficient).
Our windows can achieve an A+14 rating, which in comparison to a window with a C WER, saves enough energy to run a full-sized A++ fridge freezer for a year and do a 2kg load of laundry 180 times!
When you think of the savings in this way, you can appreciate just how beneficial energy-efficient windows can be—both to your pocket and the planet.
The style of window you select for your property is down to personal preference, but ‘What style of window should I choose for my home?’ is a question we are often asked.
As a general rule of thumb, traditional properties such a Georgian or Victorian house can achieve an effortless elegance with sliding sash windows. For a larger house, you can make an impressive statement in the main reception room with the addition of a bay window.
Modern homes will suit a versatile ‘tilt and turn’ style of window which can be opened fully to let light flood into your room or tilted slightly open to still allow for ventilation without compromising on security. They also work well in smaller homes where space-saving is a priority.
For understated elegance, flush sash windows will make an impact and add kerb appeal to your home. These energy efficient windows replicate the look of timber window frames—with none of the time-consuming maintenance.
There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to styling your home – why not visit our showroom and talk to our team if you need a little more inspiration?
We know that the windows and doors industry has been the subject of a lot of bad press—and we are working hard to change this perception. We don’t deal with the inflated prices with ‘one-day-only discounts’ that many companies offer—you simply get a single price that gives you value for money and a high-quality product.
Many of you may have had bad experiences from window and door companies in the past, so we suggest doing your research and checking out reviews online to see if previous customers have had a good experience before you decide who to use.
We believe in good, old fashioned, customer service with clear communications from the first time you speak with us. Our installers are highly qualified in their trade and will treat your home with respect.
For more information and help to select the right windows for your home, call our team on 01536 213690 or contact us online.