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Which is the best window material?

  • Timber - timber windows are one of the most traditional materials available. Their natural beauty easily enhances the external aesthetic of any property. While they are also one of the trickier materials when it comes to maintenance, they are also one of the longest-lasting. They can be capable of keeping their aesthetic for over half a century, provided stringent maintenance is carried out.
  • Aluminium - there are a number of advantages when it comes to choosing aluminium as a window material. The natural strength of aluminium provides a wide range of benefits. For example, they are extremely durable and a result also have a long lifespan, often lasting up to 40 years. Their inherent strength also allows for slimmer frames, thus providing an additional influx of natural light.
  • UPVC - one of the more budget-friendly options that you will likely find, uPVC is certainly not cheap when it comes to its benefits and appearance. There is a huge amount of customisation able to be done with uPVC, including woodgrain effects to create a realistic timber aesthetic.
  • Which window materials are the most low maintenance?

    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.

    What are some of the signs that you need to replace your windows?

    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.

    What security features do our windows have?

    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.

    What's the difference between double glazing and triple glazing?

    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.

    Why does condensation form on windows?

    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.

    How can you prevent condensation on windows?

    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.

    What is the most sustainable window material?

    • Aluminium - Aluminium is a natural material and is 100% recyclable. Incredibly, it is estimated that around 75% of aluminium that has been produced is still in use today. The extraction has a very limited impact on the environment, meaning that it is certainly one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials around.
    • UPVC - While not a natural material, uPVC has significantly improved in that regard and many products are now fully recyclable. UPVC can also be repurposed up to ten times before it begins to show signs of wear and affect performance.
    • Timber - Timber is arguably one of the most sustainable materials available. It is not only fully recyclable and biodegrable, but it is also very insulating. Timber products also are able to store carbon and can significantly improve the long-term sustainability of a building.

    Do you need trickle vents for new windows?

    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.

    Why do you need trickle vents for windows?

    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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