Old Double Glazing vs New – Can New Double Glazing Help?

If you’ve been looking at new double glazing, you may be getting excited about the fresh new look you’ll be getting for your home.

But there is a wide range of other benefits to fitting new windows. However, will you really gain all the benefits? And are your old windows quite ready to be replaced? 

Old windows 

It might seem like there’s nothing wrong with your trusty old windows, but over time, faults can appear with age and you may not notice them until it’s too late.

Or the change will be so gradual that you haven’t noticed.

Some of the signs that your old windows have had their day include: 

  • Condensation between the panes of glass. This is a sign that the window unit is allowing air between the glass, usually because of a gap in the seal. If your windows are quite new, this could be due to improper installation, but if they’re over five years old, it’s a sign the unit may need replacing. 
  • Leaks and draughts. If your windows are allowing water into your home or you can feel a draught, it may be time to replace them as this means they are no longer doing their job in keeping your home warm. 
  • Fading furniture. Older double glazed windows do not offer the same UV protection as newer designs. If you’re noticing that furniture or wallpaper are becoming faded, it’s an idea to replace your windows to ones offering better UV protection. 
  • Difficulty opening or closing your windows. This is a sign that the mechanism has broken or will soon break but most importantly, that the frames no long fit as well as they did on installation. This in itself will create draughts and leaks and will impact the energy efficiency of your home. 
  • Increased heating bills. While your windows may look fine and function perfectly, a sure sign that they are on their way out is a sudden, unexplained increase in your energy bills. 

New windows 

Even if the above points do not apply, there are still a number of reasons you may wish to consider upgrading your windows. This includes: 

  • Creating a new look. Frames are now available in a wide range of styles and finishes, meaning you are no longer limited to the classic white finish we usually associate with uPVC frames. Get a wood effect finish for your home and create the look you’ve been dreaming of. 
  • Improved energy efficiency. While your home and your old windows may be doing fine, windows are constantly under development, with new manufacturing processes and technology emerging all the time. It’s worth considering new windows if yours are over ten years old, even if they seem to be undamaged. 
  • Better soundproofing. Again, windows manufactured more recently offer better soundproofing than older windows, so if you live in a noisy neighbourhood or close to a main road, you may want to think about upgrading to new windows with enhanced soundproofing. 

There are a wide range of reasons you may wish to consider new windows. If you are thinking of upgrading your home, get in touch with us today. We supply and fit windows and doors across Northamptonshire.