Have you ever looked at your windows and thought, “Hmm, we could do better?” Well, you’re in the right place. Choosing the perfect windows for your castle (yes, even if your ‘castle’ is a two-bed semi) is more complex than you might think. But don’t fret, this ultimate guide is here to make you a near-expert on uPVC windows, so you can invest your hard-earned money wisely.
So, let’s talk uPVC. If you’ve been doing a little window shopping (pun absolutely intended), you already know they offer an impressive blend of durability, energy efficiency, and, wait for it… affordability! You get a lot of bang for your buck.
What Even is uPVC?
Standing for “unplasticised polyvinyl chloride”, uPVC is basically a more rigid form of PVC. It’s non-toxic, eco-friendly, and offers a stellar lifespan. The material resists corrosion, rot, and even the annoying Lincolnshire weather that rarely seems to make up its mind.
Types of New uPVC Windows
The beauty of uPVC is its versatility. You can find a style that fits your home’s personality like a glove. Let’s get into some of the most popular choices:
Good ol’ casement windows are the go to of the UPVC windows – easy to open and close and brilliant for ventilation.
Ideal for those tight on space and looking for a sleek, modern design.
The Swiss Army knife of windows, these guys can tilt inwards for a bit of air while still keeping your home secure.
Roofriendly’s sliding sash windows are made to measure and come with a choice of colours, finishes, handles and glazing options – including decorative Georgian or Victorian bars for that cottage feel.
Flush casement windows open from top or side hung hinges, closing so that the face of the window sits flush with the frame, they have a lip that sits over the window frame when closed.
Features You Didn’t Know You Needed
So, you know what style you fancy, but did you consider additional features? Things like double glazing or triple glazing, noise cancellation, and even UV resistance are game-changers, trust me.
Double Glazing or Triple Glazing
Keeps the warmth in and the noise out, what’s not to love? And triple glazing takes this to another level – it’s twice as effective at keeping the heat in during the colder months.
Live near a busy street? Noise-cancelling windows are like headphones for your home.
Keeps those pesky UV rays at bay, so your furniture and your curtains won’t fade.
Energy Efficiency: The Unsung Hero
Now, this is huge. With energy prices soaring higher than a summer’s day temperature, you’ll want windows that keep the cold out and the warmth in. Look out for the “WER” rating. That’s Window Energy Rating, for those not in the know. The higher, the better. A++ being the highest (achieved with triple glazing).
Aesthetics & Customisation
New uPVC windows offer so many choice when it comes to finishes and colours, you’ve no problem matching your home’s look and feel, or transforming it completely! Whether you’re into classic chic or modern minimalism, there’s something for everyone.
Installation: What to Expect
Ah, the part where we talk about us—Roofriendly. We’ve been installing uPVC windows across Lincolnshire for over 20 years, and we’ve got this down to an art. From initial measurement to final fitting, we take care of it all. And of couse make sure to give your home that “just as we found it” look after we’re done.
Maintenance: Keep ’em Fresh
Just like a good haircut, uPVC windows need a bit of upkeep. Usually, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth works wonders. For any mechanical parts, a dash of lubricant spray every so often keeps things moving smoothly.
Costs & Financing
While uPVC windows won’t require you to break the bank, they are an investment. Depending on the size and type, costs can vary. And if you’re a bit strapped for cash, Roofriendly offers flexible financing options. So, basically, we’ve got you covered!
Common Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them
Before you decide who to help you with your window installation, let’s go over some common mistakes. The biggest one? Opting for the cheapest option. Listen, we get it, but cheap often comes out expensive in the long run. Find the balance between your home and budget needs rather than the lowest cost option.
The Roofriendly Verdict
We’ve been in the game long enough to know that when it comes to uPVC windows, one size doesn’t fit all. Your needs are unique, and we’re here to make sure they’re met.
We hope this guide leaves you more informed and confident about your uPVC window choices. And remember, if you’re still unsure, Roofriendly is always a phone call away.
Ready for the Next Step?
If you’ve read this far, it’s safe to say you’re serious about your home improvement. So why not get in touch and get a free window quote, we’d love to help.