Whether you’re looking to move into a rental house or want to buy a home, there are many things to check when viewing the property that you’re considering. A building’s windows are essential to your comfort and happiness within your home. They can make the difference between a bright and airy room and a space that feels dark and dreary – or a home that’s lovely and warm and one that’s draughty and full of cold spots. With this in mind, here are some things you should look out for when checking your potential new home’s windows.
Double glazing is one of the most important things to check for when viewing a property. If a property has single glazing, it is likely to be very cold and draughty. Do not just rely on one room – check the windows throughout the property to ensure that they are double glazed. In period properties, secondary glazing is more common than double glazing, so this is what you should look for in the windows if you are looking at a period property to rent or buy.
Draughts and cold spots
Take a moment to check how the property feels temperature-wise. Hover your hand in front of any windows and glazed doors, ensuring that you can’t feel a draught. If you can, it could be that the windows need replacing or upgrading to glazing with a higher energy rating (it is UK law that any new or replacement glazing needs to meet a minimum energy rating of C).
Be sure to ask your agent whether the windows have internal beading. Internal beading is far more secure than external beading, as the panes cannot be removed from the outside.
Condensation on the windows
If the windows are double glazed, check that there are no signs of condensation between the panes of glass. Condensation within the glazing indicates that the seal is broken, meaning the windows need to be replaced (else you risk moving into a home that is very chilly!).
If you fall in love with a property that you want to buy, you can always update its windows if they’re not quite to your liking, or if they are not as efficient as you need them to be (of course, in a rental property, this responsibility lies with the landlord). Single glazing can be updated to energy-efficient double glazing, or, if you live in a period home, you could get secondary glazing or a timber alternative that has the authentic look of the original glazing.
Here at Unique Windows, we can help you choose beautiful replacement windows for your new home in Bromley, Burgess Hill, Redhill or another area of London or Surrey. Contact us today to find out more and to receive a free, no-obligation quotation for your new windows.