Installing or replacing windows can be a stressful but rewarding process for homeowners. To ease some of the stress, here are some questions that you should consider before embarking on purchasing new windows for your Birmingham or Solihull based home.
How long do windows last?
Based on appearance and warranty alone, it's difficult to determine how long windows will last. Often windows come with a lifetime warranty so it can be difficult to determine how long they will realistically last.
Many windows lose their seal which can result in operational issues. Alongside this, failure of windows can also be due to improper installation which shortens the life of the window. This is mainly caused by windows ordered as a standard size rather than custom-made. It is always better to install windows that are perfect for your house.
The best way to determine if your windows need replacing is to check for fogged glass, damaged frames and drafty rooms.
Is moisture the problem with my windows?
If you notice that moisture is accumulating on the inside of your window, then this is often a sign that your windows are starting to fail. When you see condensation or mould or moisture pooling on the window sill, then this is the time you should get concerned.
Any moisture issues typically show themselves up in the form of fogging between the window panes or condensation. If you’re experiencing any of these types of issues then there are a few different things you can try before replacing the windows. The top tip is to make sure that you ventilate properly when cooking, showering or doing laundry. You can also use a dehumidifier if you have one, or if you have blinds covering your windows, you can raise them to air air to circulate against the window. However, if none of these methods work, then it's time to replace your windows.
Should I replace all my windows at once?
This largely depends on the budget of the homeowner, but no one should feel pressured into replacing all their windows at once. Often, windows are replaced in two or three stages. Typically, the first stage begins at the front of the house and gradually moves towards the back; the last stage is upstairs.
How to choose new windows for your home?
When choosing new windows for your home, there are four considerations to consider: the material, type of window, glass package and budget.
Window material frames vary and are typically made of these materials: wood, aluminium, polyvinyl chloride, fibreglass, glass, plastic, vinyl and composite.
There are a number of different types of windows that are available to install in your home, including the popular double-hung window, sliding windows, casement or double casement windows, or even bay windows.
In terms of glass, this should be an important decision in your window purchasing process. The most crucial element in choosing windows that are energy-efficient, allowing heat into your home in the colder months and reflecting heat away from the home during the warmer months.
Contact Birmingham Aluminium Systems
If you’re interested in installing new windows, whether they’re PVC or aluminium windows, in your Birmingham or Solihull home, please don’t hesitate to call our expert team today on 0121 726 3201, or through filling out our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch.