Replacing your windows doesn’t need to be a pane

An article looking at the benefits of new windows in your home.

During this recession hit days where every penny counts, finding ways to improve your home on a budget while retaining character can be difficult. New windows can provide a host of benefits to the homeowner and not be as costly as you might first think. Both the inside and outside of your home can benefit from new windows.

There could be a number of reasons for buying new windows; you may be looking to improve security, your existing ones might be broken, or you might be looking to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Replacing your windows can be achieved affordably and the more energy efficient designs make them more cost effective, more quickly. While aluminium windows may be cheaper and last longer than PVC windows, they do not offer the same thermal resistance and can often bend and change size depending on the temperature.

Windows made with PVC are often thought of as having a plain, white plastic frame. While these are indeed the most popular styles available, there are plenty of others too. If you have an older style property where the white plastic surrounds would look dreadful, then you could use a wood-effect finish instead. There are many styles and colours to choose from as well as ways of opening. With so many different options available to you, you are bound find something that will suit your home. Windows are, of course, a necessity for the house, but you don’t need to change all your decor to suit the new style of window you choose. Unless you want, to that is!

Energy saving
Double glazed new windows can offer a wide number of benefits, some of which will help you save money too. They have different energy ratings, so the better rating you buy, the more energy savings you might enjoy. Efficient double glazing can save you up to  130 per year on your heating bill and there will be fewer cold spots and draughts when new windows have been installed as the windows reduce heat loss to the outside world. As an added bonus, because you are using less fuel, you are creating less carbon dioxide, which is harmful to the environment. Finally, double glazing will also insulate your home from unwanted traffic and pedestrian noise from outside

Double glazed windows will also give an additional level of security to your home. The windows are manufactured to be strong and they are very difficult to break. The majority of these types of windows have multi point lock systems, making them even harder for criminals to gain unwanted entry, so upgrading your windows can also help drive down the cost of your home insurance. Despite ever changing weather conditions, these windows will remain secure and strong compared to their wooden counterparts.

No-one wants to spend money on their house that they don’t need to, especially these days. The benefits of installing PVC windows are that they are a long term investment in the property and can help you save money in other areas of the home.

Written by Mary, who works as a freelance writer and has both a personal and professional interest in home improvements.

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