Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Windows Ready For Winter

The Importance of Replacing Your Windows

The winter season is just around the corner, and so is the cold that comes with it. Cold temperatures are known to weaken glass, which often leads to cracks. Old and dilapidated windows can pose a serious safety hazard during the winter season, especially if you have children in the house. Having your windows replaced with triple glazing early enough helps to keep your house safe and warm once winter comes. One of the key reasons to have your old, leaky windows replaced before winter is that it helps you avoid the draughts of cold air they let in. When you install well-fitted windows, you will see a significant reduction in your utility bills. By keeping the cold air out, your new windows will help reduce the amount of energy required for heating purposes.

Recommended types of windows

Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing is especially beneficial when replacement windows aren’t a viable option for your property. It is suitable for traditional homes, listed buildings, homes in conservation areas, or simply don’t need replacement. Thanks to the strength and durability of the slim aluminium frames, you get many years of service. This process involves installing an extra slim-line window to the inside of an existing window. The most commonly manufactured secondary window systems are sliding units. These can either be vertical or horizontal, but you can also find hinged units, lift out units, vertical sliders, and fixed units.

Advantages of Secondary Glazing:

  • One of the key reasons why people install secondary glazing is to draught-proof their homes.
  • Installing secondary glazing is an excellent way of minimizing external noise and soundproofing your windows. Secondary glazing can minimize external noise by nearly 75%.
  • It provides additional security and is great for retaining heat.

Triple Glazing

In case you are planning on replacing your windows and/or doors, you should consider triple glazing. Building regulations regarding thermal efficiency are becoming more strict. The energy performance of windows is compared using the U-Value, same as with walls, floors, and walls. The U-values in windows has lowered over time. When single glazing was being used, windows had a U-value exceeding 5, this figure was later reduced to 3 in the early stages of double glazing, however, over the years, the U-value of double glazed windows reduced further to 1.1. Triple glazing comes with a centre pane U-value of about 0.6. Triple glazed units provide more than 40% better insulation than “A” rated double glazed units.

Additional Benefits of Triple Glazing:

  • Thanks to the extra pane of toughened glass, triple glazing offers better security than double glazed windows
  • More retention of heat due to the microscopic of low-emissivity glass thin coating.

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium is a lightweight, strong, and highly-durable material that is widely used in almost all aspects of the modern construction industry; from residential patio doors to curtain walling on the highest skyscrapers. Aluminium doors and windows are the preferred material by architects and specifiers on commercial applications and are widely sought-after by homeowners. Aluminium is proving to be the most sustainable building material on the planet, and it is highly recyclable. After the demolition of old Wembley Stadium, 96% of the aluminium was recovered and recycled. With the recent introduction of polyamide technology, aluminium doors and windows have been taken to a whole new level. This technology has provided significant improvements in thermal insulation. Thus, a thermally broken aluminium window or door utilises a barrier in this way to enhance energy efficiency and insulation.

Additional Benefits of Aluminium Windows:

  • Aluminium is extremely durable
  • Aluminium windows are eco-friendly, easier to keep clean than uPVC windows since they have less static electricity. Hence they don’t attract dust.
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