When should I replace my uPVC windows?
“When should I replace my uPVC windows?” is a question you might have asked yourself in the past. Many people will fit new uPVC windows for no other reason than their appearance. However, knowing when to replace them because they are not functioning correctly can be difficult.
Replacing your windows can significantly improve your home and quality of life but when is the best time for this? In this blog post, we will discuss what you should look for when determining if your ready to replace your uPVC windows.
How long do uPVC windows last?
uPVC windows have become one of the most popular choices for UK homeowners when it comes to replacing and upgrading their windows. Not only is uPVC the most commonly used material, but it is also the most commonly recommended material by experts and double glazing companies. Surpassing aluminium and timber as the go-to material choice for window frames due to its durability and almost maintenance free solution. You can expect uPVC windows to last up to 20 years, however, several factors can affect their lifespan.
Signs you are ready to replace your uPVC windows
Warped or damaged window frames
uPVC is an extremely sustainable material type for windows. They will not rot or rust and can withhold even the harshest weather. However, poor quality uPVC window frames are prone to warping and discolouration. Heat can cause uPVC windows to expand which causes them to warp. The biggest indicator of warping is difficulty opening and closing your windows regularly. Windows that do not shut properly can result in a draft, making your home less energy efficient as well as posing a security risk.
Over time as your uPVC windows begin to age the material will discolour and begin to peel. This will begin to happen after around 20 years.
Your energy bills are high and your home is cold
Windows that are not functioning correctly can drastically affect your home’s insulation, resulting in a colder home and higher energy bills. This could be due to damage however, if your windows are less than 15 years old it could be due to a poor Window Energy Rating (WER).
The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) assesses the performance of windows and doors from A++ to E. The most energy-efficient will be A++ whilst a rating of E the lowest. Since 2010 any rating lower than C in the UK is seen as unacceptable and will not comply with building regulations. When choosing a uPVC window provider it is always best to confirm their WER, the higher the rating, the more energy-efficient your windows will be. At Majestic Designs all of our windows have a score of A+14 as standard, offering a warmer and more efficient home.
Condensation build up or leaking windows
Any water entering your home is a call for concern. When the frame or sash of a uPVC window is damaged condensation can build up between the panes of a double glazed window. However, before you panic, there are three occasions where condensation might occur.
On the outside – Condensation appearing on the outside of your uPVC window is no reason to be worried. In fact, it proves that your windows are doing an excellent job keeping the heat inside.
On the inside – Although at this point there is no major cause for concern, it is worth evaluating the performance of your windows. You can typically improve condensation on the inside by improving the ventilation. However, upgrading to a more energy-efficient window is the best option.
Condensation builds up between the window panes – This is the biggest cause for concern as it means the windows seals are damaged. Allowing moist air to enter the gap between the two window panes. Over time this can lead to a buildup of water, damaging the window frame and allowing water to enter your home. This means the window has failed and the best solution is to replace the unit fully. If your uPVC window is less than 10 years old you should check with your supplier if your windows are under guarantee.
Majestic Designs offer a full 10 year government endorsed insurance backed guarantee on all of our windows.
You don’t have double glazed uPVC windows
Many older homes will not have double glazed windows, resulting in a less efficient and less secure home. A detached house could benefit from saving over £100 each year with A+ double glazed windows.
Majestic Designs offer a wide range of uPVC windows to suit any property.
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Are you still unsure as to when you should replace your uPVC Windows? Contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be more than happy to help you determine whether it might be time to upgrade your home.