How to Upgrade Your Windows

Upgrading your home’s windows is a project that’s well worth undertaking. If you’re planning on living in your home for a while, then new windows are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which means lower energy bills and warmer evenings! Making your home more energy efficient is also an important step towards lowering your carbon footprint.

For people who are looking to sell their property, then new windows are also a great move. Adding new windows to your home can increase the value by up to 10%. New windows are one of the things that people check for when viewing prospective properties, and the idea of them already having been done is a huge selling point.

Install or replace double glazing

If you don’t already have double glazing or your double glazing is a bit dated and isn’t keeping the heat in and the noise out as well as it once did, then having some new double glazing installed is a great way to add value to your home.

When you’re replacing your double glazing, be sure that your new windows:

  • Have top hung air vents. Air vents can be opened when you need to let some air out, for example when you are cooking or taking a shower, and can then be closed again when you want to stay warm.
  • Are well balanced and have sightlines that are equal to the window they are replacing.

A double glazing specialist will be able to advise you.

Period properties

If you own a period property, rather than replacing your existing windows it is a better option to repair the existing windows, as this means that you can maintain the historic features of the building. If your property is grade 1 or 2 listed you will usually be required to seek permission to replace windows, whereas if you carry out repairs you won’t need to. A joiner with experience of working with period properties will be able to assist you with making repairs to existing windows.

Window glass used to be an expensive, hand-made commodity, and so it’s important that you be aware of the historical significance of what’s installed in your property before making any changes.

Benefits of timber windows

If you’re replacing your windows, then having wooden windows installed comes with a lot of benefits, not least because it is more aesthetically pleasing than PVC or metal windows. Timber windows are actually very energy-efficient. Timber has a low thermal conductivity rating, which means it is a great insulator. Plus, if the timber for your windows has been responsibly sourced, it is a way to lower your carbon footprint because timber removes carbon from the environment around it.

If you would like to find out more about beautifully timber windows crafted by expert joiners, then contact newforestjoinery.co.uk.

Draught proofing

If your motivation for upgrading your windows is energy conservation, then don’t forget the draught-proofing! Check around all of your windows for any gaps or draughts, and then either use draught-proofing strips to plug the gaps (which you can buy in DIY shops or on Amazon), or contact a joiner to help you to fix your window frame.

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