Your Window Replacement Guide
If you have decided to replace your windows this year then there are a number of decisions
you need to make before going ahead.
Check whether you require any specific planning permission before you proceed.If your property is listed or in a conservation
area you may be restricted in what work can be carried out and planning permission may be required.
Choosing the right material
Plastic windows are often the cheapest option in the short term and require little maintenance but they can reduce the value
of period homes and cannot be repaired easily, often requiring replacement.Listed properties and homes in some conservation
areas are not allowed to install plastic windows.
Metal windows are also low maintenance and popular in contemporary style homes but are not as thermally efficient as wooden
windows and more expensive than plastic ones.
Timber windows often suit period homes and can be repaired and maintained without having to be replaced, which will save money
over a period of time. But in the short term they are more expensive than plastic windows.
With timber windows, you have to decide on a wood that is ideally stable and durable.
The style of glass you decide on depends on where the window is going to be located.
For bathrooms (where privacy is a concern) consider a patterned glass. For a featured window, you may wish to have sections of
stained or coloured glass to help create a dramatic effect within the room.
Double or single glazing is also an option so make sure it is allowed if you live in a listed property or conservation area.
The most common windows are sash windows, which slide up and down, and casement windows, which open outwards.However,
there are also various different types of sash and casement windows, including fixed windows and bay windows.
The number of glazing panes can also vary between different windows, depending on the period of the property.If you are looking
to install sash windows, you will also need to consider whether you would like horns on the windows.
Sash window horns are the short protrusions at the bottom or top of the sashes and were initially included with some sash windows
to make the joints stronger.
Choosing the right company
Ensure the company you choose understand your requirements and can design a window to meet your needs. Replacement windows
can be an expensive purchase, so it is important to get it right first time.
Check the quality of their work. Ask to see examples of work they have carried out previously and, if possible, arrange a tou
of their workshop to see the windows being manufactured.