Winter is approaching and we need to prepare for it comes with cold. One of the most important things you need to do is to replace your windows as cold weather weakens glass and causes it to develop cracks. Ensure that you don’t have old, decrepit windows as such windows can be dangerous during the winter particularly if you have kids.
Replacing your windows will help you keep your home warm and safe in winter. When you replace leaky old windows before winter, you will prevent draughts of cold air from entering your house. Installing well-fitted windows with the help of KJM Group or other window professionals can help you save a lot of money as it reduces your utility bill as less energy will be used for heating. This is because the windows will keep the cold out.
Recommended Types of Windows
If replacement windows are not ideal for your property, consider secondary glazing as they are a good option in such cases. Secondary glazing is ideal for traditional, listed buildings in conservation areas or just do not need to be replaced. The slim aluminium frames can last for a long period as they are strong.
Secondary glazing entails adding an extra slim-line window to the inside of an existing window. The most common manufactured systems are the sliding units (vertical or horizontal). Hinged units, tilt back vertical sliders, fixed units, and lift out units are also available.
Advantages of Secondary Glazing
-The major reason why people install secondary glazing is because it helps prevent draught from entering their homes.
-Secondary glazing is a good way to reduce noise and soundproof your windows. It can reduce external noise by about 75 per cent.
-Double glazing boosts home security and keeps in heat
If you are planning to replace your windows and/or doors, then triple glazing is an option worth considering. Building regulations are becoming more stringent when it comes to thermal efficiency. The U-Value is a method used to compare the energy performance of windows. Apart from windows, the U-Value is used to compare the energy performance of roofs, walls,and floors.
Over the years, the U-Value in windows has dropped. When single glazing was being used windows had a U-Value in excess of 5 and when double glazing was introduced, the U-Value dropped to 3. The U-Value of double glazed units has dropped to about 1.1. Triple glazing offers a centre pane U-Value of about 0.6. In fact, it offers over 40 per cent better insulation than “A” rated double glazing.
Other Benefits of Triple Glazing
-Better at boosting home security than double glazed windows because of the extra pane of toughened glass.
-Low-emissivity glass has a microscopically thin coating that prevents heat inside your house from escaping to the outdoors.
Aluminium is a high-strength, lightweight material that is widely used in the construction industry including curtain walling on skyscrapers and patio doors in homes. Many homeowners like aluminium. Architects and specifiers on commercial applications also like aluminium and choose aluminium doors and windows over other options.
Aluminium is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly material as it can be recycled. When the old Wembley Stadium was demolished, 96 per cent of the aluminium used to construct the stadium was recovered and recycled. The introduction of polyamide technology in recent years has greatly improved the thermal insulation of aluminium doors and windows and made them better. Thermally broken aluminium doors and windows use a barrier this way to improve insulation and energy efficiency.
-Aluminium is durable
-Aluminium windows are environmentally friendly and easier to clean than uPVC windows as they have less static electricity meaning that they do not attract dust.