When it comes to replacement windows, there’s one product which rises above the others as the nation’s favourite; uPVC double glazing. uPVC double glazing is becoming more and more popular in the UK for a number of reasons.
uPVC is also a favourite amongst contractors too and is used for window frames, conservatories and doors. This is mainly because it’s cheap to manufacture, whilst holding a range of benefits suitable for construction such as durability and weather resistance.
And these day uPVC double glazing doesn’t have to come as the bright white finish typically associated with it. There are now a range of frame colours to choose from, including grey, black and woodgrain effects. This means you can have windows that resemble hardwood without paying the same cost or needing the same levels of maintenance.
With windows there are three main frame options: uPVC, hardwood and aluminium. Hardwood frames look great with traditional homes and when well-maintained will last for years.
Aluminium is by far the strongest of the three, as a metal. It won’t rust or warp, but the heightened strength and durability will set you back more in terms of cost. You should expect to pay the most for aluminium frames.
uPVC double glazing on the other hand benefits from being the cheapest frame material available. And what’s great is that quality isn’t compromised as a result. You’ll have very durable and weather resistant window frames.
On top of this uPVC windows won’t suffer some of the problems associated with wood and aluminium. uPVC won’t rust, warp or rot. On top of this, when well-maintained you can prevent uPVC from peeling or cracking too. The frames are also highly efficient, offering the most in energy efficiency.
With uPVC double glazing, your best bet will be to compare between three and four quotes from reputable window installers. This will ensure you get a great price, plus a company you can trust in to complete the work. Finding CERTASS or Fensa registered companies is essential to avoid cowboys and rogue traders.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Replacing your inefficient windows with double glazing will help you save up to £200 a year on expensive household bills.
- Installing double glazing is an environmentally friendly option, slashing carbon by 680kg annually.
- As well as a monetary saving, double glazing will cut condensation and reduce noise pollution.
- Switching your old windows will boost your property’s EPC rating and make your home a more attractive buy in the market.
- For homes in Conservation Areas, consider secondary glazing to make energy savings when double glazing isn’t permitted.