Top Tips when Buying New Windows

If you’re looking to invest in new windows for your home, there’s lots to consider. From styles that suit your property to the building regulations involved, you need to find a design that’s going to meet your needs.

Here’s our guide to buying the right windows for you.

Why Do You Need New Windows?

If you’re planning a newly built space such as a kitchen extension or orangery, you’ll often need new windows to maximise the natural light on offer. However, you could also consider doors and rooflights to create expansive views and a brighter space too.

If you’re thinking about replacing your existing windows, some common reasons to take the plunge include deteriorating frames, issues with opening, lack of security, high maintenance requirements, draughts and functionality which no longer works for you. High-performance windows can improve anything from how well your home conserves energy to the overall appearance of your rooms.If you’re planning a newly built space such as a kitchen extension or orangery, you’ll often need new windows to maximise the natural light on offer. However, you could also consider doors and rooflights to create expansive views and a brighter space too.

If you’re thinking about replacing your existing windows, some common reasons to take the plunge include deteriorating frames, issues with opening, lack of security, high maintenance requirements, draughts and functionality which no longer works for you.

High-performance windows can improve anything from how well your home conserves energy to the overall appearance of your rooms.

How to Choose a Window Design

For anyone who’s delved into the wonderful world of window collections before, you’ll know just how many options there are. Everyone’s requirements and preferences will differ, so try to get the balance right between your ideal look and the functionality you want (easy to clean, good energy rating, secure locking etc.)

 

You could opt for like-for-like replacements or switch to a style that will achieve the look you want for your property. Some of the most popular window types include tilt and turn, vertical sliding sashes and traditional casement windows.

 

You can customise windows via the colour of the frames, their furniture, types of glazing and other bespoke features.

Window Materials

The best materials for new windows are uPVC and aluminium, both of which produce excellent results. UPVC is highly popular for its clean lines and reliability, while aluminium often provides a more premium choice with the most slimline frames on the market. Both are ideal for replacing old timber windows which have come to the end of their lifespan, and there are even styles which can emulate the look and feel of wood.

Glazing Options

Most households want a minimum of double glazing when buying new windows, creating a warm and comfortable living environment. Triple glazing is often chosen where additional sound insulation is required, such as on a busy road or flight path.

 

If you live in a conservation area or listed building, you may be stuck with single glazing. In these cases, consider secondary glazing, which provides an additional unit to fit over the interior side of the existing window.

 

There’s also different types of glass available from coloured fanlights to toughened glazing. Obscure glass may also be required by building regulations for some new side facing windows.

double-glazed windows

Looking for a window supplier?

At Unique Windows, we supply and install bespoke window collections across Surrey and South London, finding designs that meet all your requirements. To arrange a no-obligation chat and free quotation, get in touch now.

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