If you live in the UK you may be starting to experience a chill each morning as Autumn and Winter begin to draw in. I find it increasingly hard to get out of bed each morning when it’s so cold and dark. If you’re struggling with old windows that no longer keep your home warm then now is the time to consider replacing them- before the temperature really drops. I know after such a long, hot summer it’s harder to remember just how cold it gets but think back to all the snow days we had last year and early this year and I’m sure you’ll remember- brrr.
If your window frames are still in good condition then you can save money and resources by installing replacement windows. Replacement windows offer the same energy saving benefits of brand new windows but will cost you about 50% less money. If you only need one or two panes of glass replaced then replacement windows is the best choice for you. However if the frames are damaged by rot or wood or out of shape then you will need to consider full frame window replacements.
If you need completely new windows then you have more options available to you. Firstly, are you going to choose wood, aluminium or “uPVC” windows?
What style of window will you choose? The traditionally favourite casement window for timeless chic and great ventilation, the popular tilt and turn windows for a modern look and practical benefits, perhaps sash windows for a classic style and home investment, bay and bow windows to offer extra space in a Victorian or Victorian style home or fixed windows for spaces that need light but are hard to reach and have no need for the window to open?
Once you have decided on the style you can then consider the colour and design. The options have hugely increased over the years. You can even choose to have different colour indoor and outdoor frames to be sympathetic to your home decor.
In the past homeowners had to choose between single and double glazing. Currently they are making a choice between double and triple glazed windows. Triple glazed windows are installed as standard in Scandinavian countries and now Brits are following this lead. Triple glazed windows keep your home warmer, reduce condensation, keep your family safe and reduce noise pollution (so could be a good idea in built up areas). They do however require very sturdy walls to take the weight of the window and come at a higher cost.
Considering a Conservatory?
While browsing through window catalogues (or new windows online) homeowners are often tempted by the dream of a new conservatory. As a family in need of more space I know we would love one. If you are considering a conservatory you could get a quote while ordering your new windows.
Again there are many styles and sizes available but for a small lean to conservatory prices can start from £2200. I love the orangery conservatory design – it is more like a luxurious home extension than an add on conservatory. It offers both light and living space to modern homes.
Do you need new windows before winter? Would you consider a conservatory?