If you are thinking about renewing your existing windows, one of the many questions you’re probably asking yourself is “what type of frame should I choose?”. Given the selection of timber, aluminium, uPVC and composite window frames to choose from it’s certainly something that is worth some thought.
Thanks to advances in manufacturing technologies and years of product development, modern windows have better security, strength, lifespan and energy efficiency, compared to the older styles, no matter what material they are made of. However, certain types of material might be better suited to your needs than others. When choosing it’s always worth bearing a few considerations in mind.
A good starting point to help you find your ideal window material is to first set your budget. For example, whilst timber windows look attractive and are naturally very energy efficient, they are also expensive to manufacture and fit. They also require regular staining or painting to keep them looking good, as well as regular treatment to resist rot and fungus.
2. The style of your home
Your house will also play an important role when choosing your new windows. If you have a listed character property, timber frames such as sliding sash will better suit the style of your home. Whereas a modern property will find aluminium frames more suited to the sleek, minimal lines and a larger glass area modern architecture demands, whilst also delivering high levels of energy efficiency and low maintenance.
In contrast, suburban properties have utilised uPVC technology which has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, providing a cost efficient means of providing high levels of insulation and sound proofing throughout many homes.
Over 90% of windows produced, sold and fitted in the UK are made from uPVC. The simple reason for this is, that uPVC as a material is one of the strongest, offers excellent value for money, is lightweight and is most durable. But is uPVC right material for your home?
4. Energy efficiency and security
“Would you fit uPVC windows to your home?,” has been a conversation starter for years. Some might say that they look “ugly”, are “cheap looking” or lack the charm of other materials. We would argue this point! As the technology behind uPVC windows has improved, they are now very energy efficient and can look almost indistinguishable to wooden frames. They also come with very high security and environmental standards which are now expected by Government regulations. You can also style your windows to fit your house by choosing a colour to match your property.
One of the best benefits of uPVC windows is the energy efficiency. If you want to keep heat in and the cold out, then our energy efficient range of UPVC Windows might be for you. They have been proven to substantially reduce your heating bills compared to traditional windows.
Radley Windows have been supplying and fitting high quality, British manufactured windows for more than 30 years, and are more than happy to help you with choosing the right new windows for your home. Please feel free to get in touch with us on 01235 512233.