7 Ways to Tell if you Need New Windows in 2022
Tuesday, 19 April 2022
How do you know if you need new windows? Maybe it’s obvious if you’ve moved into a property with ancient single glazing, or maybe it’s more subtle. It’s probably wise not to wait until you feel an icy gale whip through the living room, though. In fact, more often than not, there are a number of warning signs that build up. These suggest that you need to start planning for new windows in your property. So take a look through our checklist to tell if you need new windows in 2022.
Firstly, how do your windows look? Both from a distance and close up. You may not even realise that your windows look run down until you specifically pay attention to it. Indeed, it can take something like an extension or remodelling to highlight the condition of existing windows.
- Visual Disrepair
Look for signs such as discolouration or warping in window frames. These may not be obvious until you compare with new products. In addition, check seals around the casement and glass panes for visual decay.
- Period Property
It’s simply no longer the case that period properties have to endure perishing original windows. Whether a building currently has single glazing, or badly maintained wooden frames, it is possible to modernise and remain in keeping with the property. Peruse new innovative window materials that have been accepted in conservation areas by local regulators.
- Visual Disrepair
Realistically, how are your windows performing? Although they play such a crucial part in the overall appearance of a building, they are also one of the most functional parts of it too.
Your windows have been designed to let in light and ventilation whilst simultaneously weatherproofing your home. Check for mould around your windows. This is a sign that either water is getting in, or that ventilation is compromised. While ventilation is important, if you can feel draughts from your windows then there’s most certainly a problem in the product or its installation. Older double glazed window systems have a tendency to over retain external heat in the Summer. So if this is where your current windows’ weatherproofing falls down, you will benefit from up to date glass technology.
- Mechanical Repair
You need to be able to open and close your windows. Obvious, right? You’d be surprised how quickly people get used to “just needing to get the knack” to close a window. This is a sure sign that there’s a problem, and it will only get worse in time. Sometimes this is down to the degradation of old windows, and sometimes it is poor installation.
- Noise Insulation
You may begin noticing an increase in outside noise penetrating your home. This is a sign that the sound proofing performance of your windows has declined. Old windows may have developed faults in the seal or casement that result in compromised noise performance. Or it could be that older double glazed windows are simply not designed with the modern world in mind! With improved glass technology and heavyweight gas to fill the vacuum between panes, current double glazing offers vastly improved performance.
Your windows significantly influence your monthly outgoings and impact on the planet. So when it comes to eco sustainability and household bills, how do they measure up?
- Thermal Performance
Everyone’s energy bills are on the up. One way to battle monthly bill price hikes and the waste of energy is to improve the insulation of your home. Around 10% of home heat is lost though windows and doors. Current building regulations now require windows to have a ‘U value’ (the unit used to measure the heat that leaks from the product) no higher than 1.6. Older double glazed units would offer around 2.8, which is a great indicator of how much products have improved.
Whether within the casement or on your windows, condensation is often a red flag for window deterioration. The good news is that double glazing technology has improved markedly in recent years. So once you update the windows of your home you can expect them to last up to another 30 years. New double and triple glazing optimises the air pocket and employs thermal breaks to prevent moisture from reaching the colder outer pane to create condensation
- Thermal Performance
If this list has highlighted a need for new windows in your home, how do you decide which product is right for you?
Choose between double and triple glazed products. While on average, modern double glazing achieves a minimum U value of 1.4, triple glazing can perform to as little as 0.5. You can also include additional functionality to your glazing such as Low-E glass, or smart glass that can change tint or opacity at the touch of a button.
The three most common materials for double glazed casements are uPVC, Aluminium and Timber replacement composite.
- UPVC frames are thermal and UV efficient, they have great soundproofing properties and are extremely secure. In addition, there is no maintenance required. Higher quality products also offer a colour range.
- As the quality increases, uPVC tips into timber replacement effect composite materials. These products bring real authenticity to a home without any of the hard work. Colour ranges are wide and the timber effect is so authentic that many period buildings in conservation areas have had permission to install them.
- Aluminium windows are lightweight but super strong. In this way, it will support large surface areas of glass making it great for contemporary and bespoke projects. It’s a recyclable material that needs minimal maintenance to keep performing, and looking, great for over 40 years. Plus, powder coatings give scope to choose any frame colour whatsoever, even two tone.
Modern window designs can replicate any style, from leaded glazing to sash windows. A timber replacement window system, such as the Residence 9 range is popular for traditional home renovation projects. Similarly, double glazed sash window replacement systems are ideal for both cottage and Regency home styles.
Of course, the most high performing windows carry a price tag, especially when you fit out your whole home. However, with the product lifespan and monthly improvements to living costs to balance there is an investment angle to consider. If you’d like to chat through what your options are, just get in touch.