Is it time to replace your old windows?
There are various factors that play into whether or not you should invest in window replacements in your home or office. They are as follows: –
- Are they worth the cost?
- How do I know if my windows are reaching the end of their lives?
- Is it a good investment?
- How long do windows last?
Whether you are doing it yourself (please be aware that fitting windows or doors in the UK is something that will need signing off by your local building control officer) or hiring a professional window installation company, window replacement is always something to focus on in order to enhance the value, energy efficiency and look of your home.
How long do I have before my house or office needs window replacement?
Most windows installed into residential homes are designed to last 20 years plus before needing to be replaced. KJM have been in business 40 years and recently I’ve seen KJM windows that were installed in the 80’s that look as good today as they were when they were installed. Even high quality windows will eventually deteriorate though, the sealed units break down or become less efficient, security has improved many times since then as well. Actually, it’s worth remembering that the u-values of windows we were installing in the 80’s and some of the 90’s were much higher than today. They are around three times more thermally efficient today and decent triple glazing around 50% better than todays double glazing. So once your windows approach the 20 year mark, it may be time to consider a window/door replacement project done by professional window installers to make sure everything is done properly and as efficiently as possible.
Is window replacement a good investment?
From aesthetics to functionality to comfort, window replacement proves to be a good investment for most homeowners. The latest styles in most of ranges vary considerably from the offerings of 40 years ago.
Function – When buying a house, kitchens, reception rooms and bathrooms are the so-called wow-factor that encourage the purchase. Windows are not always top of mind on areas to inspect for function or heat retention. As you purchased your home, you may have realised some windows do not open or were not conveniently placed to where you would have liked or imagined them. Professional window replacement is always worth the investment to make your windows exactly how you would like them to function.
Beauty – Whether you need aluminium, uPVC, or the beaty of timber replacing your windows will help to convey the look and feel you have always wanted for your home. The investment in your front windows and adding a lovely front door can even improve the overall curb appeal of your home. This is good for not only now but also when thinking about selling your home later on down the road.
Comfort – If your home is not keeping you warm in the winter or cool in the summer, it is time to consider window replacement as a valuable option to save on increasing energy prices. High quality, professionally installed windows help provide energy efficiency as well as comfort to the homeowner.
Return on Investment – If you are thinking of selling your home, increasing your curb appeal with a new window replacement programme can help set your house above the rest. Energy efficient triple glazing or the very best double glazing sold correctly to the prospective buyer, can show ongoing energy costs-saving for their new home.
How do I know my house needs window replacement?
There are many signs that your house may need window replacement. Whether you attempt a DIY project or hire a professional for your window replacement these are the top four items to consider when it might be time to invest in new windows.
High Energy Bills – Are your existing windows draughty? If you are feeling cold air pass through your windows, you should consider window replacement to lower your energy costs in the cold of winter with efficient windows.
Window Operation – If your windows require force to open or close it might be time to replace
Rotten frames and leaking windows – As older wooden frames start to decay they can get even more exposed to moisture. This is definitely time to replace them. If your windows are leaking water it is also a sign of a failing product. Failed sealed units can be replaced or repaired but along with other problems may be time for window replacement.
Soundproofing – The best energy efficient windows can help absorb sound waves before they enter your home, allowing you peace and quiet in the comfort of your home. If the sounds of modern living are growing then the installation of acoustic laminate glass can help even more.
There are many factors that can go into whether your house needs its windows replaced. If you are looking for a way to enhance the overall appearance and efficiency of your home or building get in touch with KJM in Andover Hampshire.
KJM Group supplies an extensive range of low maintenance and energy efficient windows and doors, throughout Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Dorset, and Wiltshire. This includes secondary glazing, casement, tilt and turn and vertical sliding windows and doors in PVC-U, timber and aluminium and energy saving triple-glazed windows with U-values as low as 0.5 W/m²K.