Choosing The Perfect Windows For Your Home
Though replacing your old windows for new, improved, and more energy-efficient windows sounds like a straightforward decision, when you scratch the surface, there’s actually a lot more to take into consideration. Windows are an integral part of any property’s style and character, so choosing the perfect window for your home is essential.
Whatever your decision, windows are a fairly permanent fixture. So looking closely at your options beforehand means you’ll have all bases covered and all preferences taken care of – whatever they may be. So from the basic to the serious and everything in between, here’s a selection of tips and pointers to help you choose well.
Regardless of the shape, type, or style of window you choose, every window should be easy to clean and maintain. Good access to every window is essential for any cleaning, but low maintenance and easy to clean frames like aluminium or uPVC are ideal for maintaining long-term good looks and maximum kerb appeal.
The age and architectural style of your home will win any arguments over the type of window you might prefer to choose. Any style and frame material or colour must always be the first consideration for your home’s look, and getting it right is essential. This is especially true for older, period, or conservation properties. Making the wrong choice could make your windows stand out for all the wrong reasons.
Natural daylight can make a big difference to the look and feel of any room, and your whole home in general. But decide carefully about which rooms it’s worth giving bigger windows to. Living areas can all benefit from larger windows or aluminium bi-fold doors. But also think about any small or darker areas that could take advantage of a smaller, or even a fixed window that would allow more light in.
Thermally-efficient glass is key to a warm and energy-efficient home. All double glazed glass is verified by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) and rated on a scale from A (high-efficiency) to G (low-efficiency). Choosing A+14 double glazing from Majestic Designs will help you prevent heat loss, so you can reduce your energy bills and stay environmentally-friendly.
Well-chosen windows will always be noticed by friends, family, and potential buyers. But together with strengthened double glazing that’s much harder to break, good window security is equally as important and just as essential, regardless of their size, shape, or style. Choosing windows that use a superior multi-point locking system and are installed with internal beading, will mean your home is more secure against any attempted entry.
How your windows open and their ease of functionality is a topic that deserves a good amount of attention when choosing your windows. Though it seems like a small detail, it could make a big difference. Your home may suit a casement, outward opening window or maybe a double-function tilt and turn window for more options. An older property may benefit from traditional single or double-hung sliding sash windows. It pays to make the right choice before you buy.
Unwanted outside noise can have an incredibly negative effect on your living standards and should be a key consideration. Choosing energy-efficient double glazing on any new windows will not only keep your home warmer as we’ve already mentioned, but it will also help block out and reduce outside, traffic, or neighbour noise. Key to both thermal and noise insulation is a 20mm space bar gap filled with a mix of trapped air and around 90% argon gas, making it a great choice for any property.
Remember that no two homes are alike, so buying standard sized, off the shelf windows probably won’t end well. All windows should be fitted inside their wall openings exactly or you risk gaps between the brickwork and the frame which could make it easier for a burglar to gain entry. Every window manufactured by Majestic Designs is made-to-measure to your home’s exact specifications for a perfect fit and precision installation.
The correct fitting of your windows can also help you save money and lessen the risk of structural damage in the future. Incorrect fitting means you’ll be left with the gaps we’ve already mentioned which could widen over time, so you’ll end up paying more to heat your home as any heat escapes. But the same gaps could also be the route to potential water damage as rain could seep into the brickwork, leading to damp and mould inside your home.
Choosing windows that have a long guarantee will give you peace of mind if the worst happens and you need a repair or a replacement. Both uPVC and aluminium frames have a long life, but a guarantee should cover the whole window and not just the frames. Look out for at least a 10-year guarantee which covers the glass, seals, and gas-filled units as well. Having this will mean you’ll get repairs or replacement windows at no additional cost if you need them.
Majestic Designs can help you
Choosing the perfect window for your home will give you plenty to think about, so there’s no need to rush in and make decisions you might later regret. One of the best things you can do is talk to a specialist window manufacturer and installer for their best advice – and Majestic Designs is all ears.
With 19 years trading experience behind us, there’s not much we haven’t been asked along the way. So whatever your questions or concerns are, our expert team will be able to give you the answers you need and give you as much information as possible to help you make the right choice.
Thousands of satisfied customers across Somerset and beyond have already called on Majestic Designs to design, manufacture, and install every shape, style, and size of high-quality uPVC and aluminium double glazing windows, doors, and conservatories. Thanks to them, we’ve gained over 2,300 reviews with a 9.49 rating on the Trustmark Fairtrades website. So why not join them?
For more information, advice, and a range of choice, contact our Majestic Designs team today. Use our contact form to send us a message or call us on 01934 741 294. We’ll help you make the right choice.