When upgrading the windows of your residential or commercial property, you want to use a high quality product. Your windows will need to be strong enough to withstand lots of wear and tear over the years. They will almost certainly take a battering from strong winds, heavy rain, freezing snow and ice.
As the most widely used window type in the UK, PVC-U windows are widely seen as the ‘fit it and forget it’ solution. Providing a cheaper alternative to timber, composite and aluminium frames, PVC-U is also seen by many as a lower quality option. With the right advice, however, you can find high quality PVC-U windows that not only look great but provide a low maintenance option. Read on to discover our top tips for buying high quality PVC-U windows for your home or business.
See samples and ask for examples
The best way to rate the quality of any product is to view it. We are proud of the window upgrade projects that we’ve lead, and publish all details of our finished work online. This way, prospective customers like you can see exactly what they can expect following window replacement. View our windows gallery now for further information.
Asking to see samples is also recommended, and will give you a ‘feel’ for the window units we provide in person. As well as being able to analyse the quality of the frame across a range of window designs, you can test the opening and closing mechanisms while checking out the hardware options also available.
Think beyond the frame
There are a number of ways that you can customise your new PVC-U windows to ensure you reap further rewards. We offer a choice of colours, materials and finishes to help you find the unique look you desire and a complementary fit for your specific property style, age and type. You can also personalise your hardware options to find the high quality, tailor-made finish you’ve been looking for.
Look for the CE mark
CE marking is a quality standard that shows a product complies with the latest EU safety, health and environment requirements. A CE mark works as a declaration of performance, which is a key indicator of a product’s quality. The European Commission explains why CE marking is important for consumers and businesses alike:
“By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal requirements for CE marking and can be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in other countries that are sold in the EEA. There are two main benefits CE marking brings to businesses and consumers within the EEA:
- Businesses know that products bearing the CE marking can be traded in the EEA without restrictions.
- Consumers enjoy the same level of health, safety, and environmental protection throughout the entire EEA.”
Question their energy efficiency
One of the benefits of trading in your old windows for new ones is the energy efficiency advantages. Using energy efficient windows has been proven to create more comfortable living conditions, lower noise pollution, and reduce condensation. You should buy your PVC-U windows with their energy ratings in mind. Windows are rated from A++ to E. U-values can also be used to determine the energy efficiency of a window. The higher the u-value, the less energy efficient the window is.
Find a trusted supplier
If you are looking for a trusted supplier to provide and install the high-quality windows you need, you’ve certainly come to the right place. We make upgrading your timber windows easy with our specialist advice and support available every step of the way.
Contact us today to discuss your window replacement needs.