As we move into the winter months, keeping our homes warm starts to creep back up the list in terms of priority. Whether it’s cozy blankets, heavy curtains, or putting the central heating back on a timer, there’s nothing quite like waking up to a room that’s been heated for you.
double pane windows is one of the best ways to keep your home warm this winter,
and so many people are wondering what the cost is and what the benefits really
They make the most of your heating
it’s central heating or a stand-alone heater, trapping heat in each room of
your home ensures that you get enough bang for your buck. Single-pane, or even
old double pane windows, are less effective at keeping the heat inside. This
means that the money you pay to heat your home will literally be escaping
through the window. If you want to see your gas bill improve over the coming
years, replacing the glass in your windows is one of the best approaches to
take. For homes in colder climates, this issue is particularly pertinent.
difference to your energy usage during the frostier months could be as much as 24%; almost a quarter of the price taken off.
They improve your kerb appeal
One of the most appealing reasons for getting your window replaced is the improvement of your home’s kerb appeal. If you’re looking to sell your home soon or sometime in the future, or would just like to update its appearance, then getting glossy and pristine new windows will help to welcome it into the hands of potential buyers.
not just the condition of the glass that can physically indicate how old your
double pane windows are. If you’ve noticed a layer of condensation trapped
between each pane then that’s a pretty good
indication that the seal around the window is loose. While there are plenty of
approaches you can take to preserve the life of the seals around your windows,
if they are constantly fogging and leaking moisture, then your best bet is to
get them replaced at your earliest convenience.
They can, after all, harbor less pleasant side-effects, such as mold.
Will the cost be worth it?
The cost of replacing your old windows with modern, double pane replacements will be worth the cost for the aforementioned money-saving reasons. The cost will be reflected in the reduction of your energy bills, and potentially in the increase in value to your home. In terms of the up-front cost, it’s always wise to get a quote. Calling us for a quote will help you to get a sense of your budget, and to get a better understanding of how double pane windows will benefit your finances over time.
you feel as if your home is constantly feeling the chill, or that your windows
are letting in too much moisture, then you may wish to get your windows
replaced with double pane alternatives. The cost of replacing them should
ideally be off-set by improvements to your energy usage and kerb appeal when it
comes to ultimately selling.
Getting your windows
replaced is often something that homeowners put off, for varying reasons.
Whether it’s the investment or the fear of losing the home’s period features,
many considerations can cause homeowners to delay. However, if you suspect that
your home is in need of a window refurb, then don’t delay in making an inquiry.
There are many benefits in replacing your old windows, some of which shouldn’t
be left until the last minute – or until it’s too late.
If your windows have
repairs that need to be made, whether that’s the timber or the glass, it
benefits your own security to get this replaced as soon as possible. Broken or
boarded-up windows are a red flag to criminals. The visible appearance of
damaged property implies that your home is an easy and vulnerable target.
It’s not just smashed
windows that can make a property immediately vulnerable to theft and criminal
intrusion, either. Windows that are warped from years of use and damp can also
cause security problems. Uneven and warped frames make it more difficult to
shut the window correctly. If you can’t close and lock your window effectively
then you will inevitably make yourself a potential victim of crime.
Many people put off the prospect of replacing their windows for fear of losing the integrity of their home’s period features. After all, the original features of a home are often its selling point. However, just because your home was originally fitted with timber frames doesn’t mean these can’t be replaced. There’s no need to fear the prospect of a plastic replacement as wooden alternatives can always be sourced. Keeping the original style of your replacements means you get the aesthetic benefit of gorgeous period windows, with all the added benefits of modern replacements. That log fire will feel twice as warm in a room that doesn’t have a draft coursing through it.
energy bills down
Whether it’s old
wooden frames that have become loose over time or single-pane windows that let
out the cold, replacing old windows with modern replacements saves you money.
In fact, warped frames can affect your
windows’ performance considerably. Older windows are notoriously bad for letting out
of the house, and so it’s always a good investment to get them replaced with
modern equivalents. Around a third of the heating you pump into your home is lost through windows and doors. Therefore, it is essential that the windows
you have in your home are trapping that heat to the best of their ability.
Sticking with older versions could see your hard-earned money vanishing, well,
out of the window.
There’s nothing more
uncomfortable or distracting than feeling a cold draft tear through the house.
These can interrupt a pleasant evening or even our ability to get some decent
sleep at night. Replacing your older, less eco-friendly windows will help
prevent icy chills from escaping into the house. Once you shut the window you
can guarantee that the outside elements won’t be making another appearance.
We’ve all experienced
the moment when we’ve been too late to shut a window in the midst of a storm.
Cleaning up the water and anything else that blew in can be a frustrating task.
However, if your windows are warped or damaged, you may find this to be a
common occurrence. Installing new, air-tight windows means that you will keep
the natural elements outside; where they belong. The benefits of this are
You will limit the need to tidy up the
mess that wind and rain can cause if a window has been blown open or broken, as
a modern window will prevent this from happening.
You will also break the cycle in terms of
what creates a warped and damaged window in the first place. By keeping the
elements on the outside, you will prevent the moisture from eating away at
window frame on the inside.
If you suspect that
your windows are struggling to let out condensation and keep moisture from re-entering
your home, there is an easy way to tell. As well as any trickles of water
appearing on your windowsill you might soon spot fogginess in between the panes
of glass in your windows. Having windows that are steamed up on a regular basis
from the inside is a sign that the frame is no-longer air-tight. This means
that moisture is starting to leak inside the double-glazing, causing visibility
Rot and air
When it comes to
looking after the condition of your home, keeping the damp outside has much
bigger implications. If you ignore windows that are letting the damp in on a
regular basis your problems won’t end at your windowsills and frames becoming
warped over time. Rot can settle into the
a result of the moisture eating away at the timber. This can then spread to
other areas of the house, which is bad news for air quality. In many cases, mold
and rot are so easily preventable. All you need to do is keep your home well
ventilated and keep the moisture out. You cannot do this if your window frames
are faulty and leaky.
Rot and mold are
incredibly bad for your health. Exposure to damp and mold is notoriously bad for air quality and breathing
function. The spores
that can be found on black mold are particularly lethal, as these are toxic.
The symptoms of being exposed to these conditions can range from asthma symptoms
to respiratory illnesses.
Truth be told, the
older window frames get (particularly wooden ones) the harder they are to
maintain. If you’re looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, it will
take a lot of effort to sand down and repaint every single wooden frame to
prevent it from looking shabby. Replacing your old wooden frames with modern
timber equivalents will make life and upkeep far
need to sand down bubbling and blistered paintwork; just freshly painted, clean
replacements. Moreover, if you opt for plastic replacements, you won’t have to
paint them ever again. Whichever option you reach for, you will find your chore
If you are planning
on selling home, then you will want to ensure that your home has an optimum
curb appeal. This can be hard if you have tattered or broken windows adorning
the facade of your home. Instead, it is a wise idea to get your windows
replaced with clean, modern replacements. Getting new versions fitted will not
only boost the value of your home, but it is one less task for the new future
homeowners. Besides, it’s far easier to make a flowerbed or hanging basket look
presentable with bright and clean new window frames.
Keep it quiet
While the odd
complaint might keep the neighbor’s kids off our lawn, we can’t always prevent
noise from creeping into the house. This is particularly the case if we are
unfortunate enough to live next to a busy road or a built-up area. In these
cases, preventing noise pollution in the home can be an ongoing struggle. If
you have single-pane or old windows, your home may be more exposed to higher
volumes of noise. Replacing your windows with double-glazed panes will help to prevent this noise from
New windows could help to transform your home into the peaceful sanctuary you
need it to be. That way you can watch TV, read a book and sleep without having
to mentally block out the sounds of the great outdoors.
Stop the hunt
for replacement parts
If you have old
timber frames that require niche, specialist parts, you may be growing weary of
the hunt for the right parts. Sometimes, our old windows might be painted shut,
which means we will need to sand them down and start again with new hinges
some of which aren’t all that easy to locate. If you feel as if your luck is
increasingly running out when it comes to finding the constituent parts to your
windows, then it might be time to replace them. Modern-day replicas can be
easily sourced – and you won’t have to spend hours Googling for an independent
supplier with the right parts. You’ll have new windows that won’t have be
wrestled with in order to get a gentle breeze rolling in.
There’s no need to be
fearful of the prospect of replacing your old windows. Getting leaky, warped
and loose frames can have untold benefits to your home. Not only will you
improve the feel of your home on the inside, but also its outward appearance.
New windows can create just as big of a makeover as a new coat of paint. As
well as the benefits to your energy bills and curb appeal, new windows also
bring benefits to your health and security. Keeping mold and intruders out are
just the cherries on the cake when it comes to the vast improvements they can