A Guide to Choosing Replacement Windows
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about replacement windows, and as new windows are a major financial investment for most of us it’s important to think carefully about what you want before committing to a purchase. Here Alan, our expert at Trent Valley, outlines the things you may need to contemplate and also talks you through the various options and cost implications.
Considering the options:
Double glazing is available with different frames
Aluminium gives you slimmer lines, with less bulky frames than uPVC so there’s more glazing. You also get a wider choice of colours than uPVC but it is significantly more expensive.
Timber is the traditional look that many people like and if made with a good quality hardwood and maintained well it can be long lasting, this will however be relatively costly. It will be less energy efficient than uPVC and of course needs repainting regularly to maintain its good looks.
uPVC frames are the most cost effective, energy efficient and maintenance free option. Wood grain finishes can give you the look of timber without any maintenance.
Things to think about:
How do you want your windows to look? Stand outside your home or better still take a picture.
Which room is the window in? You’ll want more ventilation in a kitchen or bathroom. Think about how accessible the window is, can you open/close/clean the window easily.
Style of window – how would you like your window(s) designing. Think about the number of splits (i.e. panes of glass) and how many openers (i.e. panes that open). Remember every opener you have will add to the cost, same with panes. The simpler the design the more cost effective the window. Building regulations dictate a minimum area of ventilation required dependent on the room, your sales advisor can help you with this.
A standard flat window is called a casement window and all the windows will open out. If you want windows to open inwards you can have a tilt & turn or a fully reversible window, both do exactly what their name suggests.
For a more traditional look on older properties Trent Valley offer a uPVC sash window, these can replace an existing timber sash or upgrade a flat window (maximum width of about 1150mm). The replacement sash can either be a mock sash which looks like a sash but opens outwards like a traditional window, or a vertical sliding sash which operates exactly like a traditional timber sash. The vertical slider will cost about 40% more than the mock sash.
Bays and Bows – can enhance the look of your property from the outside and offer a beautiful vista from indoors. The best way to remember the difference between the two – like a seaside bay you can walk into it and enjoy the view, a bow is an arched window onto a flat wall that you can’t walk into but offers a wide sill for flowers or ornaments. If you’ve got a flat window at the moment you’re best to go for a bow as it’s more cost effective and won’t require additional building regulations.
Finishes – options include of wide variety of colours and wood grain finishes. All colours are called a foil which gives a textured flat colour finish, wood grain gives a textured finish with the irregular colour of wood including knots. A white foil window will be difficult to distinguish from a painted timber window. A wood grain or colour foil finish will cost about 25% more than a standard white frame.
Extras – We can add Georgian bars, leading or decorative glass to enhance the look of the window.
- Georgian bars can be insert bars (i.e. inside the window panes) or Astregal surface mounted outer bars (i.e. like a timber Georgian window).
- All windows can be enhanced with leading of various designs, most popular are Georgian leading (rectangles), Elizabethan leading (diamonds) and Cleveland leaded border (double border with rounded corners)
- Small panes (Top lights) and openers (vents) can be glazed with decorative and/or textured glass, there is a huge choice of colours and designs, ask your sales advisors for more details.
Here at Trent Valley our sales team can take you through the whole process and can advise you on what’s best for your home. Contact us now for more details or a free no obligation quote.