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Window Replacement

Window Replacement

If your windows are no longer really doing their job – maybe the frames are letting air in, or the glass is starting to warp – now is the time to look into replacement windows. We’ve put together a guide to how it works – read on to find out more.

Checking Your Windows

Older windows tend to degrade quite quickly, especially in Victorian and terraced houses, as the slow-moving structure of early single-pane glass eventually creates a warping effect that alters the clarity. You might also find that sound passes through more easily and draughts are getting in, due to degradation of the frames. It’s sometimes not noticeable if it’s happened over a long period of time, but once you start checking for these symptoms, you’ll soon be able to tell if your windows need replacing.

Refitting

Replacement windows are a type of window specifically intended to fit into existing spaces, so you shouldn’t have to do any extra brickwork. All you’d need to do is replace the sashes, side jamb and trim – take a look at this diagram if you’re not sure about what goes where!

The main reason for updating your windows is that doing so allows you to upgrade to more energy-efficient, longer-lasting builds. There are a number of materials to choose from depending on your home, but one of the most popular and versatile is PVC, offered by replacement window experts such as Safestyle UK across the country. Double-glazed windows are incredibly effective at keeping the heat in thanks to the layer of air between the two panes, and are usually soundproof too, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy peace and quiet in your home throughout the day.

There are also a number of additional features you can find for windows to making them even more efficient. Some offer the ability to retain twice as much heat as standard double-glazed windows, while a special type of glass can use heat from the sun and transfer it to your room for an eco-friendly way to control the temperature.

Advice

When fitting a window, always ask an expert to take a look and check that there are no structural problems that might cause your project to go wrong. Keep practicalities like cleaning in mind – tilted windows are easy to clean from the inside, and usually preferred for lofts and high areas, while double-hung windows are ideally located where it might be hard to reach them, such as above a sink. Do as much research as you can online to ensure that you’re installing the right thing, so that your new windows can effectively brighten and warm your home throughout the year!