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How to Choose Windows for Your Home

Posted: Thursday, 29 June 2017 @ 12:04

If you’ve decided to give your house a window makeover, then it can be difficult to know where to start. There’s so many options that it can be overwhelming, and how do you know what’s best for your style of property?

Here at Prior Products we have years of experience in the window industry, so can advise homeowners on all the different options and the pros and cons of each. Read o for our informative guide to choosing the right windows for your property.

Energy Efficient

When deciding on your new windows, it’s also important to consider the energy efficiency of the design as well as the style. How eco-friendly are the materials, will the glass insulate your home and reduce your energy bills? This is the reason many people choose to update their windows, so it’s essential you do some research into the different types of double glazed and triple glazed windows.

The type of glass is the main component in energy efficiency – the insulating properties of glass is measure with U-factor or U-value. This ranges from 0.2 to 1.2, and you’re looking for a number as low as possible, as the lowest numbers are better at keeping the heat inside.

You can also look for low-e glass, which thanks to argon gas can have double the insulating properties of standard dual glazing.

Style

There are so many styles to choose from; here are some of the most popular which complement almost all properties:

sash-2Sash windows – these style of windows are grand and many traditional homes have them fitted. They slide up and down and the frame breaks up the glass into multiple squares, a design which works well with country houses, cottages, farmhouses and old style manor buildings. This style of window was originally made from timber, but now modern versions are available such as PVCu Double Glazed Sash Windows. These improve the energy efficiency and security of the home without compromising on aesthetics.

Bay windows – this large style of window lets in lots of light into any room, often making it appear larger. As a dramatic statement, you can also use bay windows to make an interior feature, such as a window seat or a place to keep books and DVDs.

Casement windows – This style of window opens like a door, with hinges on the side of the window frame. This design is usually a rectangular shape, so the window is taller than it is wide, and can give both a traditional or contemporary look to the exterior of the house.

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Feel free to contact us if you need any more practical advice when choosing to upgrade your windows.

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