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Do New Windows add Value to your Home?

21st June 2024 |

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Home renovations can be an expensive yet sometimes necessary investment. From kitchen remodels right through to loft and garage conversions, there are endless possibilities to increase both the functionality and value of your home. But what about your windows? Can replacement windows really add value to your home? The answer is a resounding yes.

How do Replacement Windows add Value to your Home?

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Replacement windows can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Buying a property with old windows can be risky, potentially leading to a list of issues down the line such as cold draughts, issues with condensation and reduced security levels. Homes with new windows represent an energy-efficient, weatherproof and safe home – three features which are highly appealing to potential buyers.

Improves Energy Efficiency Rating

Did you know that the typical house in the UK loses 10% or more of its heat through the windows? Replacing them can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home and ensure more heat stays inside.

While it might be tempting to assume that more expensive windows perform better, there’s a more definitive way to determine a window’s efficiency – its Window Energy Rating (WER). The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) uses the WER scale to evaluate the performance of windows, which ranges from A++ to E. A++ windows rank as the most energy-efficient, whereas E-rated windows fall short of current building regulations, which require a rating of C or above.

By increasing your windows’ WER rating, you can also increase the value of your home. At Majestic Designs, all our windows have a rating of A+14 as standard, ensuring your home maintains a comfortable temperature year-round while significantly reducing your energy bills.

Improves Security

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Double glazing is standard amongst all window providers

Your home should be a place where you feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, it’s estimated a home burglary takes place every 106 seconds in the UK, with more than half occurring while residents are at home.

However, replacement windows can help secure your home, and ultimately increase its overall value. Older, single-glazed or visibly damaged windows can make a home more vulnerable to break-ins. Here’s how replacing your windows can improve security:

  • Double Glazing – While burglars often target the front door first, the second most common entry point is through a smashed window. Single-glazed windows are less durable with numerous weak spots compared to double-glazed windows, which feature two glass panes separated by a layer of argon gas or air. This makes double glazing tougher and more resilient, significantly increasing the difficulty for intruders attempting to break in.
  • Internal Beading – Every window is fitted with either internal or external beading. The “bead” is a strip of material securing the window pane within the frame. Internally beaded windows add an additional layer of security by preventing the bead from being accessed or removed from outside. This makes it significantly more challenging for potential burglars to remove the glass from the frame.
  • Multi-Point Locks – Many modern windows are equipped with multi-point locking systems that secure the window at multiple points along the frame instead of just one. This feature adds an extra layer of security, making it more difficult for intruders to force the window open compared to single-point locks.
  • Night Vent – It’s not uncommon during the hot summer nights to want to sleep with the window open. However, this could potentially welcome unwanted guests. Many modern windows feature night vents, which allow you to keep the window partially open while it remains securely locked.

Improves Kerb Appeal

Making a good first impression is key when selling your property. Worn down, dirty or broken windows can detract from your home’s overall kerb appeal. Investing in replacement windows can transform the look of your property and increase its market value.

And the great thing is there are a wide variety of window designs and styles available to complement any type of home, whether modern or traditional. At Majestic Designs, we offer a range of colours, textured glass panes and hardware options that add a little more character to your home. By upgrading your windows, you create a welcoming exterior that leaves a lasting impression on potential buyers’ perception of your property, even before they step inside.

Where to be Cautious

While upgrading to new windows can add value to your home and improve energy efficiency, it’s essential to consider the character of older properties. Windows in historic properties often have a distinct charm that reflects their era, so carelessly installing modern windows might detract from this classic appeal and potentially reduce the home’s value.

The reassuring news is that by selecting appropriate designs and window styles, such as Leaded and Georgian windows, you can replicate the traditional look using modern technology. This means you can preserve the authentic period aesthetics of your home while still benefiting from the practical advantages offered by contemporary windows.

Should I Replace my Windows before Selling my House?

If your current windows are likely to cause issues during the sale of your property, it might be worth upgrading them. However, if they’re in good condition and performing well, there may be no need for a hasty replacement.

If you’re unsure about the condition of your windows, check out our handy guide on when you might need to replace your uPVC windows.

New Windows from Majestic Designs

If you’re looking to add value to your property with replacement windows, Majestic Designs can help. With over two decades of experience serving Somerset and beyond, we’ve helped thousands of people choose the perfect windows for their homes, earning incredible ratings and reviews along the way.

All our uPVC and aluminium windows are custom-made to your requirements in our state-of-the-art Somerset factories. Our range includes bay windows, casement windows, tilt and turn windows and more, all equipped with energy efficient A+14 double glazing, internal beading and multi-point locking systems for added security.

Our windows are built to last up to 30 years and include a 10-year warranty, providing you with the confidence that your investment is truly worthwhile. Every installation is meticulously executed by our team of FENSA-accredited and MTC-registered lead installers, delivering exceptional service and impeccable results.

For more information or to schedule an at-home consultation, get in touch with our expert team today.

FAQs

When Should I Replace My Windows?

Signs that indicate it’s time for an upgrade include increased energy bills due to poor insulation, draughts or difficulty regulating indoor temperature, visible damage like cracks or decay in frames and security concerns with outdated locks or single-pane glass. Additionally, if your windows are difficult to operate or show signs of wear, such as condensation between panes or noise infiltration, it may be beneficial to consider replacement. Upgrading your windows not only enhances energy efficiency and security but also adds value and aesthetic appeal to your home, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Will Installing New Windows Make My Home More Attractive to Buyers?

Yes, installing new windows can make your home more attractive to buyers. Modern, high-quality windows improve the overall appearance of your property while also offering better energy efficiency, security and noise reduction. Fresh, stylish windows can create a welcoming facade, making a lasting impression on potential buyers and increasing the market value of your home. Overall, upgrading your windows is a smart investment that can make your property stand out in the competitive real estate market.

What Should I Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows?

When choosing replacement windows, it’s important to consider several important factors. First, think about the style and material that will best complement your home’s architecture, whether it’s traditional or modern. Energy efficiency is crucial, so look for windows with a high Window Energy Rating (WER) to help reduce your heating bills. Security features, such as multi-point locking systems and internal beading, are also essential. Additionally, consider the maintenance requirements and durability of the materials, such as uPVC or aluminium. Finally, it’s important to ensure that your new windows are installed by accredited professionals to guarantee long-lasting performance.

What Are the Benefits of Double Glazing?

Double-glazed windows offer numerous benefits, making them an excellent choice for any home. They are highly energy-efficient, capable of reducing heat loss or heat gain by almost 30% compared to single-glazed windows. This results in lower heating bills and a more comfortable home throughout the year, free from draughts and breezes. Plus, double glazing minimises condensation buildup, helping to prevent the formation of mould and mildew which can be harmful to both your home and your health. Another significant advantage is the reduction of outside noise infiltration, creating a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment. Overall, double-glazed windows enhance comfort, improve energy efficiency and contribute to a healthier living space.

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Serving clients across Somerset and the South West

Majestic Designs install quality double glazing products throughout Somerset. From Taunton to Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare to Wells; our insistence on quality installations and outstanding customer care remains the same. With our factories and showroom in Cheddar, we are conveniently located in the heart of Somerset, with easy access to the surrounding towns and villages. As part of the local community, we are dedicated to improving the lives of all our customers and by employing a local workforce we are investing in the future prosperity of the area.

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