The many options you may not know exist when getting new windows


Replacing your windows or putting in new ones may seem like a chore, but it can be a really great opportunity for you to add a little character to your rooms and the exterior of your home. There are a lot of options—both creative and otherwise—that you’ll need to consider when looking for new windows. Double glazing specialists Select Home Windows in Leicester are going to talk us through a few of them to help make the decisions a little bit easier.

  • Choosing New Frames

The frames of your UPVC windows are where your character can really shine. You have options when it comes to colour, obviously, through which you can choose to highlight or add accent colours to the exterior or interior of your home. Or you can go with a plain and simple white, which is always a classic look.

Frame options also extend beyond colour to material, though. A lot of common materials include aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass, and timber. The materials you choose can contribute to the window’s ability to keep warm and cool air in, which can in turn impact the window’s energy efficiency.

Along with color and material, you’ll have to choose a style for your window frames. This one is filled with boundless choices. You can go Victorian or modern or even for a farmhouse style, the choice is really up to you when it comes to what you want to accomplish or what style you need to match with the rest of your home’s aesthetic.

  • Glazing for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can also be assisted through something called glazing, which is a process of filling in the gaps between the edges of the glass and the frame, but also any gaps that may exist between separate windowpanes if you’re installing multi-pane windows. Double or triple glazing your windows can help reduce this space and therefore help keep heat in or out, depending on the time of year.

  • Toughened or Regular Glass Panes

When you think of toughened, or tempered, glass, you might think it’s explicitly for vehicle or similar uses. However, there are a few cases in which many choose to have toughened glass installed instead of regular glass. It’s truly up to what purpose the glass is going to serve in your home.

For example, a sliding glass door that could be slammed too hard or large window panels that could be accidentally walked into might be best constructed using toughened glass. This avoids large shards of glass from forming and potentially harming you or your family.

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