uPVC Windows Buying Guide – What to Consider

Upgrading your double glazed windows or your uPVC Windows is a popular home improvement. Choose the best replacement windows and you can enhance the look and value of your property. However, with double glazed windows having a lifespan of several decades, there are several points that need consideration. Our windows buying guide aims to help you make an informed decision.

Windows Buying Guide

Frame Material

There are three main materials used in the construction of modern window frames; uPVC, hardwood and aluminium.

uPVC Windows

uPVC Windows

uPVC remains the most popular choice for replacement windows. It offers superb thermal performance, to enhance the energy efficiency of your home. It is also cost effective and low maintenance.

Hardwood Windows

Hardwood is a popular choice for replacement windows on period properties. It is a sustainable and long-lasting material, which can be cut to fit more unusual window sizes. Hardwood will give you the greatest range of finish options.

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium is strong and durable, making it an ideal material for window frames. It is coated for extra protection, making it exceptionally weather resistant. As such, minimum maintenance will keep aluminium windows looking as good as new.

Glazing Options

Just Windows and Doors use premium quality Saint Gobain Glass on all windows. Some of the considerations you need to make are double or triple glazing, window styles and glass finish.

Double or Triple Glazing

Some period properties are restricted to single glazing, but for improved energy efficiency, noise reduction and security, double glazed windows are recommended. As a trusted supplier of uPVC windows, UK based Just Windows and Doors offers glazing with energy rating from C through to A. There’s an explanation of how double glazed windows are insulated on Wikipedia.

If you live close to a busy road or are looking to optimise the heat retention of your home, triple glazing is another option. We’re happy to provide further advice on whether double or triple glazing is the best option for your requirements.

Window Styles

From a large single pane, to windows divided into smaller sections, we can provide double glazed windows in a variety of styles. Most types of window will include one or more sections that open, but this will depend on window sizes and position.

Clear or Frosted Glass

Clear glass maximises natural light, which brightens the home interior. It is the most popular option for double glazed windows, but there are times when you prefer the privacy offered by frosted glass, or the style of glazing design. Just Windows and Doors are happy to showcase a selection of glazing options including:

·         Clear glass

·         Pilkington K frosted and etched glass range

·         Sandblasted glass

·         Toughened glazing for added security

·         Laminated glass for even more security, sound reduction and UVA/UVB reduction

Window Security

Through the hot weather, many people are leaving their windows open in order to keep their home cool. The circulation of fresh air is pleasant, but it can provide more opportunities for burglaries. Our wooden, aluminium and uPVC windows come with a range of security features, including:

·         PAS24 recognised 7 point Shoot-bolt system  for premium locking

·         Dog sashes on the hinged side of the window

·         Multipoint tube bolt locks – enabling windows to be locked opened for ventilation, without compromising on security.

The installation of lockable windows (with keys) can also help to reduce the premium paid on home insurance. Be sure to let your insurance company know when they have been fitted. For further advice about keeping your home safe when your windows are open visit the Crime Prevention website.

Expert Advice

If you want to install the best replacement windows for your property, it is advisable to seek the expert opinion of the Just Windows and Doors team. Based in Hertfordshire, we can visit your property to measure your window sizes and discuss the frame, glazing, efficiency and security features. With an opportunity to ask questions, you can be sure that you select the right types of windows for your home.

Call 0800 132 510 to arrange an appointment, or visit our showrooms in Rickmansworth or Ickenham.

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