Replacing the windows on your home is a simple way to improve it. Here, Steve Rawding, Sales and Marketing Director at leading home improvement company SEH BAC, discusses why updating them can improve your homes look, lower your heating bills – and whether you should choose A-rated double glazing or improve the insulation even more with comfort glass options or triple glazing.
With the challenges faced last year, our homes have never been more important. It’s no surprise that we have seen demand for home improvements rise because, after all, you don’t have to move to improve your home.
Updating your windows is the perfect way to improve your home quickly. You might think of them as ‘just windows’ but every part of your home makes a statement and windows are no different.
Making up substantial amounts of your home’s exterior, your windows are important to your home’s aesthetics and play a big part in keeping you warm during the winter months.
It’s important to get the perfect style that suits your home and area.
When it comes to frames and styles, whether you’re after uPVC casement windows, a sustainably sourced bespoke timber flush sash, or an ultra-thin, modern, aluminium window, you can choose the perfect design solution and from a range of different colour and finish options to compliment your home’s existing character, whatever your budget and personal taste.
Windows are also a particularly vulnerable point for heat to escape, and with old existing double glazing probably not performing as it should do, replacing them is the most instantly rewarding way of energy-proofing your home.
With A Rated double glazed units, comfort and triple glazing options, and increased energy efficiency is a major consideration both today and in the future, deciding on one of these options is a decision you will need to make.
With Comfort glass or triple glazing, it stands to reason that energy efficiency is increased and there is no question that windows with one of these options can achieve the better U-values – as low as 0.8W/m².K compared to around 1.4W/m².K on a standard double-glazed window.
And increased energy efficiency will help you bring down the amount you spend on your energy bill and lower your carbon footprint.
Comfort or triple glazing can be a little more expensive, and essentially it comes down to your needs and your budget. If your home is in a very exposed location, comfort or triple-glazed windows may make sense, and they will ultimately save you more money over time. If it’s not, then our A rated high performing double glazed window can do a similar job, but with a little more heat loss.
With more than 50 years’ experience, the multi award-winning SEH BAC is part of the multi-million-pound Ipswich-based One Group Construction. For more information, call 0800 666 444 or visit www.sehbac.com