So you’ve decided it’s time to replace your old windows with some new high performing and aesthetically pleasing uPVC windows. Here is a run-down of some things you should consider when purchasing new windows for your home.
Choosing your windows and doors can be a daunting task, especially with all the changes that are currently happening in the window and door marketplace. Gone are the days of standard white windows, the power is now in the hands of the home owner and the colour and style options are endless.
Style of Windows
First of all, let’s take a look at the different styles of window that are available. Before we even talk about colours and woodgrains, firstly you must choose the style you would like to go for.
Chamfered and Ovolo
The first two styles are chamfered and ovolo. This refers to the aesthetic of the outside of the frame. Chamfered has a straighter cleaner finish and ovolo has a more sculptured, fancier finish. These two options have been serving home owners for many years offering high performance combined with a classic look.
With the aesthetics of traditional timber windows and all the benefits of uPVC windows, flush sash windows are an extremely popular choice if you want something a little different. Our Modus flush sash casements offer internally and externally flush sashes unlike other flush sash systems on the market.
Modus Slim Rebate and Modus Standard
Modus slim rebate sash windows offer internally flush and externally slim rebated sashes for a sleek look to rival aluminium systems and our Modus standard sash is yet another option offering you a different aesthetic that stands out from the norm.
If you would like to see each window style in the flesh, feel free to pop in and see us!
Great so now you have chosen your window style, now it’s time to take a look at the colours on offer!
As we move away from standard white windows there has been a significant increase in the popularity of various colours and woodgrain finishes. The good news is, with a huge variety of smooth colours and woodgrain finishes available, the options are virtually limitless. Here are some of the colour options available.
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When it comes to handles there are three main styles to choose from.
Each option is available in a variety of colours, most commonly white, chrome, gold, black and satin silver.
The next thing to choose is your glass. There are a few things to consider when choosing your glass, namely energy efficiency, safety and sound reduction.
If you are replacing a window in your home you will require some form of energy efficient glass. We use glass with a soft coat called Planitherm. There are options for you to make your window more energy efficient by adding a warm edged spacer bar instead of the standard spacer bar and we can also fill the double glazed unit with argon gas to further boost performance.
If security is something that you are concerned about you can opt for laminated glass. Laminated glass is much more difficult to break into as it is held together by film. If someone were to try and penetrate the glass it would stick to the film rather than smashing into pieces, similar to a car windscreen.
We also have options to reduce the amount of noise entering the property. If you live near an airport or a busy motorway you may want to consider laminated glass, as mentioned above. Having two different thicknesses of glass in your double glazed units (laminated 6.8mm + 4m) will significantly reduce the sound that can travel through the unit. As a more premium option you can also opt for acoustic glass which works similarly but will reduce the sound travelling through even further.
If this is a little confusing or you would like some more information then please do not hesitate to pop in and see us or speak to one of our experienced sales team on the phone, they will always be happy to help.
We also have a wide range of obscure glass options available for bathroom windows and other areas where you may want some more privacy. Take a look at our range below.
In addition to the style of window, colour, glass and hardware options you can also further customise the aesthetic with some other features, such as mock sash horns and Georgian bar.
Mock Sash Horns
There are a few different options when it comes to Georgian bar. The first option is external Georgian bar (pictured above left) and second option is internal Georgian bar where the bar is inside the glass unit (pictured above right). Internal Georgian bar is available in 18mm or 25mm.
As you can see there are many things to think about when choosing new windows for your home. To ensure that you get the right windows for you it is important to do your research. If you would like to find out more information in a completely non-sales environment then feel free to pop in and see us or alternatively give our friendly team a call on 0151 933 3030.