The Benefits of Updating Your Home With New Windows
Whether you’re looking to update a property you’ve lived in for years, or have recently moved and would like to renovate, there are a number of window designs, materials and features to choose from. However, when it comes to replacement, the process can seem fairly daunting. From rising costs to choosing the right material and design for your home, updating your home with new windows can take some time to get your head around. This is especially relevant if your property was built in an older, more traditional style with a plethora of period features you’re hoping to keep.
While wanting to retain your older-style period features is understandable, failing to renovate your home with a more energy-efficient alternative can result in a myriad of issues for your internal living spaces. From preventing the onslaught of damp, condensation and mould to improving heat and thermal insulation, there are several benefits to consider when pondering whether or not you should update your old windows – regardless of the age, aesthetic era or style of your home.
So, what benefits can you look forward to following the refurbishment of your windows?
If your home still has its original windows, chances are they may have deteriorated over the years. This is particularly relevant if your property still has its timber windows, which over time can warp and flex – and of course, there’s the discolouration and peeling paint. For many homeowners, there’s nothing more unsightly than paint peeling from an old rotten window frame.
Fortunately, the window manufacturing industry has come a long way in recent years. Commonly engineered with durable uPVC or aluminium, modern windows are resilient, energy efficient and most importantly, long-lasting – so you won’t have to worry about visual aesthetics for years, or even decades, to come depending on the material you choose.
For homeowners seeking to retain the original features of their traditional home, older-style windows can prove difficult to part with. However, failing to update your home with more modern, energy-efficient technology can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home, as well as the health of you and your family. Many a traditional property has lost the battle with damp, condensation and mould due to a lack of proper insulation.
Fortunately, updating your windows with modern uPVC or aluminium doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on the traditional features that make your home unique. Modern windows come in a variety of different styles, including mock sashes and even an elegant casement design. As a result, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your home with heightened energy efficiency and security without bidding farewell to your beloved period features.
Improve insulation and reduce heat loss through your windows
If your windows are not providing your home with sufficient insulation, then it may be time to investigate your refurbishment options. The most common sign of poor insulation is draughts and condensation, especially on the inside of your windows.
To identify a draught, light a candle and move it around your window frame – if you notice the candle flickering, you have a draught. Although there are a few temporary and/or DIY solutions to resolve the issue, the best long-term solution is replacing your windows. This is particularly important if you have older windows, which depending on their age tend to be single-glazed and offer your home little to no protection from the elements.
At Majestic Designs, we engineer our range of windows with double glazing as a standard. Unlike single-glazed windows, double-glazing provides your home with better insulation by preventing heat loss. This is because the two panes make it harder for heat to get out – it also means the cold will be unable to enter, resulting in a warmer, drier and more comfortable home.
Lower energy bills
If your bills have increased recently, there’s a good chance they’re not providing you with sufficient insulation. This is why, in the face of soaring utility bills and another cold winter ahead of us, many homeowners are opting for a combination of double glazing and modern materials such as uPVC or aluminium as a way of effectively lowering their energy bills.
Replacing your old windows may seem like the more expensive option when it comes to lowering your energy bills. However, over the years, the money you will save on cheaper energy bills will more than make up for it. As modern windows are engineered with heightened security and energy efficiency in mind, replacing your older-style windows can save you the hassle of costly utility bills. Designed to keep the cold out and the heat in, modern windows provide better insulation and can reduce draughts. This of course means, whatever heating system your property has won’t have to work quite as hard during the cooler months.
If you have older-style windows you may be spending a lot of time maintaining them. If your home has its original timber windows, you may have noticed the frames warping, flexing or even rotting away.
Fortunately, modern windows are manufactured from your choice of aluminium or uPVC. Both materials are exceptionally durable and long-lasting, without the need for regular maintenance. They also come in a variety of colours and styles.
Modern windows boast heightened security and for several reasons, are often considered more secure than older-style windows. If your home still has its original windows, you and your family could be at risk from…
- Weak window frames – Older-style windows tend to be engineered from materials that are easily broken such as timber.
- Older style locking mechanisms – If you’re home still has its original windows, you may not have sufficient locking mechanisms to keep unwelcome intruders out.
- Single glazing – Single glazing is easier to break through than double glazing, which requires substantial force and effort.
New windows at Majestic Designs
As the UK heads for another long, grizzly winter, you may be looking for ways to bring down your utility bills and maintain a warm, dry and comfortable home. Although replacing your windows with double-glazed uPVC or aluminium may seem like the most expensive option, doing so is the most effective solution in the long term. Resilient to the elements, long-lasting and boasting exceptional thermal retention ratings, both uPVC and aluminium windows boasts numerous benefits for yourself, your family and of course, your home.
For more than 20 years, the team at Majestic Designs have been engineering new windows from durable uPVC and aluminium for homes across the South West. Our range of uPVC and aluminium products are manufactured in our state-of-the-art factories right here in Cheddar, Somerset, and fitted by our fully employed team of professional FENSA-accredited and MTC-registered lead installers.
If you would like any more information about how our range of windows or would like to book an at-home consultation with our team, contact Majestic Designs today.