Generally, the most low-maintenance materials for windows are aluminium and uPVC. Each one will typically only require a wipe down with a damp cloth every so often in order to keep them looking fresh. Of course, general maintenance will have to be carried out through the years but primarily there will not be a huge amount needed when it comes to regular upkeep. Timber will need a lot more maintenance because of its natural properties and propensity to rot or fade in unfavourable conditions, though modern timber is not as fragile in that respect.
Condensation can be a sign that you need to replace your windows, particularly if it does not desist. Leaks and general damage are some further signs that you need to replace your windows in order to keep efficiency and performance at a good level. Similarly, draughts coming in could well be a sign that the seals on the frame have broken, meaning that performance is going to suffer as a result.
Our range of uPVC windows have a number of different security features. For example, our casement windows feature multi-point locking systems that are fitted as standard and our sash windows feature sash locks, lifts and travel restrictors with each frame. Each window is tested extensively to ensure that safety and security is guaranteed. Similarly, our aluminium windows are fitted with multi-point locking systems as standard. With our timber windows, they are fitted with multi-point espagnolette locks along with ERA Fortress door cylinders, helping to keep your home fully secure.
The most obvious difference between the two is an extra pane of glass when it comes to triple glazing. They are designed in the same way, with an extra argon gas-filled chamber added into triple glazing. With double glazing, there are several exceptional benefits, including enhanced security features and excellent thermal efficiency. There is also the bonus of having an increase in acoustic insulation, with space in between the panes able to absorb sound effectively. Triple glazing is especially good when it comes to improving acoustic insulation, particularly useful if living in an overly noisy area.
Condensation occurs from an excess of moisture that is essentially unable to escape. So when it is on a cold surface, the water vapour will combine with the humid conditions to form the condensation that is regularly found on windows. Simply put, it is a combination of the moisture in warm air coming together with cold surfaces. Condensation is commonly formed by a variety of sources, such as mirrors after a shower or windows in the kitchen steaming up while cooking.
One of the main causes of condensation is typically a lack of ventilation. There are a number of ways to help prevent the formation of condensation on windows. One of the easiest ways is to simply open windows in your home which also helps to circulate fresh air throughout as well. A number of windows have a good variety in terms of helping to provide ventilation. For example, sash windows are designed to open at both the top and bottom to allow effective airflow through a property, in turn helping to reduce condensation.
Yes, Building Regulations state that you have to have trickle vents if you are installing new windows in your property. They are also required for windows being installed in an extension, as well as if the existing windows have trickle vents. Building Regulations also state that all buildings must be ventilated in order to help maintain the health and general welfare of the occupants. The more ventilation available, then the less likely condensation is to form.
Trickle vents are designed to provide a flow of ventilation, regardless of whether the window is open or not. They can also help to get rid of any potential condensation that may form as a result of not having effective ventilation in place. As they work without needing to have a window open or even unlocked, they also provide a security benefit.
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