How to Tell If Your Windows Need to Be Replaced
High Energy Bills
Have your energy bills slowly crept up over time? Inefficient single glazing accounts for up to 70-80% of heat loss or gain in a home. Upgrading to double glazed windows makes it easier to regulate the temperature within the home, meaning air conditioning and heating systems are used less.
Rotting Timber Frames
Timber windows over time will rot, and are prone to termite infestations. If you see your windows are starting to rot it may be time for replacement to stop any further issues with your windows.
Corrosion, or Rusting Frames
Corrosion is typical with aluminium and steel frames especially near the shore where salt and water are present. Causing discolouration and ruining the aesthetics of your home. Not to mention steel frames will rust causing the need for high maintenance, and poor appearance.
Have you noticed dampness around the window area or condensation on the glass? When a window is single glazed, the cold exterior temperature transfers quickly to the glass interior, causing condensation. Left untreated, this leads to dampness and black mould which is bad for your health.
Is there a constant current of frigid air around the house? Air leaks occur in the frames of older single glazed glass and can cause draughts, which result in warm air being pushed out as cold air enters. Not to mention the poor locking mechanisms most single glazed and even poor quality double glazed windows.
Are you plagued by a constant whine of environmental noise from the street outside? Single glazed windows don’t absorb noise, meaning sound travels straight through the glass and into the home.
Some older windows contain 3mm panes, which are no longer legal. This glass poses a security risk as it is so fragile and presents a safety concern for families with young kids as it can shatter and harm your family or friends. Not to mention it makes an easy target for intruders.
Looking to Upgrade? Here’s Why
Our impact-resistant uPVC double glazed windows are steel reinforced with strong reliable German Hardware and come with the choice of laminated Guardsafe glass. We also use toughened glass as standard which 5x stronger than standard glass. This guarantees that your home and contents stay protected against intruders.
Improved Thermal Performance
When it comes to windows, the combination of uPVC frames with double glazed glass is the ultimate in thermal efficiency. Our uPVC double glazing comes with a Low-E coating as standard and argon gas filling between the panes which even further improves insulation. With our windows U-value of just 1.4-1.8, you can expect to save up to 40% on your energy bills compared to single glazed windows. Single glazed windows have a U-value that can range from 7.0 to about 10.0. Essentially by upgrading you will be staying cooler during the summer and warmer during the cold winter months.
What is Low-E Glass?
Low-E glass is glass that has been coated by a low emissivity coating. It works by blocking the transmission of certain wavelengths of light, such as long wave infrared. Long wave infrared is radiant heat produced by bodies, heating systems and furnishings, so reducing its transmission stops heat from escaping.
What is Argon Gas?
Argon Gas is a type of Gas that is 38% denser than standard air. It has fantastic thermal properties meaning the it has very low thermal conductivity. Essentially further improving your energy performance.
What is a windows U-Value and how is thermal efficiency measured?
How is Thermal Efficiency Measured?
A window’s thermal efficiency is measured using 4 main factors- U-value, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), Air Infiltration and Visible Transmittance.
- U-Value calculates how quickly heat is gained or lost through the window. The lower the U-value, the better.
- SHGC analyses how easily heat from direct sunlight travels through the window.
- Air Infiltration identifies any air leaks in the window seals and surrounds.
- Visible Transmittance (TV) examines the level of light that enters the home through the glass. A low TV reading would indicate that it is too dark inside, which leads to increased energy costs as interior lights are switched on more regularly.
uPVC is resistant to rot and corrosion, even in extreme weather conditions, and it lasts 3x longer than timber or aluminium. Along with this, double glazed windows are reinforced for extra strength, and the argon gas between the glass panes acts as a further shock absorber. These combined factors make uPVC double glazing ultra-durable and long-lasting.
Compared with single glazed 3mm aluminium or wooden windows, uPVC double glazing offers at least 60-70% more noise reduction. For added soundproofing, our customers have the option of choosing Laminated glass or upgrading to Triple Glazed Acoustic Glazing, which gives up to 90% sound insulation.
Reduced Condensation and Dampness
Double glazing offers better thermal insulation, which means that it is a lot more difficult for cold energy to travel through the glass. uPVC is also not a conductor so energy cannot travel through the frame. This reduces condensation considerably, which in turn eliminates dampness around the window. As uPVC is more thermally efficient than wood or aluminium, choosing uPVC will eliminate the factor of condensation.
No More Drafts
With our ultra strong seals, and reliable German hardware, you will no longer have drafts and energy escaping through your windows & doors meaning a much better air infiltration level.