How to Choose The Right Window

Choosing the right window for your property is often a tricky proposition. You want a window that best complements your property, for the best possible price; but within that simple task there are many considerations lurking.

Luckily, we have simplified the process for you in this article.

Decide on the best material to use

Regardless of the property type, timber windows are always a great idea. Modern methods of timber preservation also ensure the windows retain their beauty and last for a long time.  This is the material of choice, especially in period properties, whilst contemporary property owners might want to consider going the plastic window route instead.

Decide on the style

The best type of window for you is dependent on the style and general theme of the property as a whole. Traditional properties are best complemented by windows featuring bar details, like the Victorian or cottage bar styles.

If the property is in a conservation area, you will need replacement windows that are similar to those that have been removed. This is the only way to meet council planning requirements and ensure the attractive appearance of the locality is maintained.

Consider the energy performance

If you are already dealing with high energy bills or simply want a window that ensures optimum energy performance, you should consider going with double or triple glazed windows.  Watch out for low U values as this is what determines the amount of heat loss.

Consider operational details

How will your windows be used? This is an important decision, as opening mechanisms can differ greatly. For easier cleaning, consider going for windows that can be tilted.

Consider your glazing needs

“Glazing is usually determined by the aesthetic and thermal performance you require. However, if you live in a noisy area and need a reduction in the level of noise, there are special additions that can be made, such as acoustic glass. Patterned obscure glass can also be used if you want an additional degree of privacy.” states expert from Troy’s Glass.

Consider finishing

Going with the right finish will not just protect your windows from the elements but it will also reduce need for regular maintenance.  The best window finishes come in colours with decade long guarantees, so long as you maintain them appropriately.  If you elect to go with unfinished windows, it is important to remember that they must be primed before they are exposed to the weather and the window must be eventually finished within 3 months.

 

Here at Sash Windows Brighton, we advise our customers to be careful about going with windows finished in black or other dark colours, as ultraviolet rays impact negatively on these colours, and can damage them over time.

When is the right time for window replacement?

For many people in the Brighton area, window replacement is an important fixture on the home improvement wish list. Apart from the type of windows to go with, one question that is a permanent quandary is the best time of the year to carry out window replacement.
Many people typically believe that the spring and summer months are the best times for windows to be replaced, however the reality is that windows can be replaced at any time, providing the installation is carried out by professionals.
Professional window installation experts, like us here at Sash Windows Brighton, can quickly replace each window in 30 minutes or less. This means that, irrespective of the weather (snow, ice, or blistering humidity), your home is only exposed to the elements for a short period of time.

Are there any benefits to installing windows in the spring and summer?

Cold weather presents some challenges when it comes to window installation. Improperly settled caulking and weak seal as a result of rain, snow or ice are the main reasons why many people prefer to install windows during the spring and summer.
However, it is important to note that window installation experts are usually very busy during this period as a result. To deal with this problem, you should consider hiring an experienced window company in early spring, so as to beat the rush.

Are there any benefits to installing Windows during autumn and the winter?

The best window installers, like ourselves at Sash Windows Brighton, will take adequate steps to reduce heat loss from your home when installing windows during autumn or winter. However, having your windows installed at this time ensures a short wait time. There is no need to wait until spring to deal with a draughty window or one that contributes to high energy costs.
Replacing your windows, even when the weather is cold, is a way to ensure comfort and save on utility bills.

Summary

There is no special season for window replacements and installations. Aside from the odd special deal once in a while, the price of replacing your windows remains constant all year round, meaning it doesn’t matter when you carry out the replacement. The best window installation experts can work in any and all weather conditions. The only time factor you need to worry about is choosing the best date and time for you.
Are you ready to get your windows installed, replaced or repaired? Or do you just have a few niggling questions still to clear up; either way, we are always available and happy to help!

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