Window buying guide

If you’re looking at buying new windows for a new property or to replace older windows in your home, on the face of it seems like a straightforward task.

But you’ll soon find when you start getting down to the detail of it that actually there’s a lot more to consider when buying windows.

Our buyer’s guide will take you through those all-important decisions on which windows to choose for your home.

Modern uPVC windows have now been around for almost 30 years, and as you would expect there have been many advances in technology over that time.

Developers are constantly striving to improve windows to meet stringent environmental standards and of course improving the aesthetics of the window.

Environmental performance is critical when selecting a new window. The EU and UK are committed to reducing carbon emissions through challenging energy targets and making homes more energy efficient is key to meeting this target.

If you are the end customer this will mean lower energy bills and a reduction in your carbon footprint.

Benefits of using Upvc windows

UPVC windows have certainly withstood the test of time and are by far the best value for money, energy-efficient and versatile window material available today.

Let’s look at the key benefits of uPVC windows supplied by Unicorn Windows, UPVC is:

  • Excellent value for money but not because it’s of poorer quality than alternative materials. It’s more affordable due to the costs to produce the windows. It also has a lifespan of 20-25 years.
  • Easier to clean and resists the build-up of dirt.
  • Incredibly energy efficient. So much so it can often help achieve window energy ratings of A+ or above. Making it one of the best options for environmental benefits.

It’s possible to purchase UPVC with a wood grain finish giving the appearance of genuine timber to match your surroundings if required.

What style of window is available?

This is another important consideration, not every style will be appropriate for your home either aesthetically or practically. The different styles give different looks and perform in different ways. Below we will take a quick look at the most popular styles.

Casement Windows

This is the most popular style of window in the UK. To be classed as a casement window, the window simply needs to open outwards, which means they are extremely versatile. They can be hung from the side, top, or bottom as required.

Tilt & Turn Windows

This style allows the window to tilt inwards and be fully opened internally. They operate using a dual-hinge which allows you to either tilt inwards or open the window completely on its hinge.

This is a safe solution to ventilate your home without risking young children climbing out. They are perfect for use on the first floor or higher.

Flush sash windows

When closed these windows sit flush with the window frame giving a traditional look and feel of more traditional timber frames.

Which glazing option?

Single glazing

Single glazing can still be found in homes across the UK and while they are effective in keeping heat in and noise out to some degree they don’t do the job as well as double or triple glazing.

There is also a higher security risk because they use only one pane of glass. Most modern windows do not use single glazing and they are no longer fitted as standard.

They still have their place where single-paned windows with timber frames are found and a direct replacement is the only feasible option.

Double Glazing

Today’s modern windows are fitted with double glazing as standard. Double glazing is energy efficient, more secure and offers a greater level of soundproofing.

Double glazed windows are made up of 2 panes of glass with a small cavity filled with an inert gas to give greater energy efficiency properties and allow less heat to escape.

Triple glazing

Triple glazing works in the same way as double glazing but uses three panes of glass in the window instead of two. This means more heat will be trapped inside your home compared to double-glazed windows.

These are just a few of the points you need to consider when choosing new windows for your home.

For further advice contact Unicorn Windows today.