Every property will require new windows at some point or another. Choosing new windows can seem difficult if you’ve never done it before, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s find out more about the process now.
What Types of Windows Can You Get?
There are two main types of windows you can get today. There are those with a solid wood frame and those that have the uPVC plastic frame. In both cases modern windows tend to be double-glazed to provide more heat retention and to shut out more noise. A third option is to get aluminium windows, which nowadays come in a variety of colours and finishes.
It is also a good idea to consider what style and age of house you have. Older properties look better with wooden frames whereas new ones can look good with pretty much anything from uPVC to aluminium or wood. You may also be restricted in the type you can buy if you live in a listed property, so check this out beforehand.
Varying Costs of Buying Windows
It’s difficult to give an accurate price on new windows because it depends on a number of factors:
- How many windows do you need?
- What size are they?
- What are the frames made from?
- What quality is the glass used?
- How many openers are there?
- Do the windows have any special features, i.e. tilt and turn mechanisms or leaded lights?
- Will you need doors as well?
- Who are they made by?
As a rule smaller independent companies tend to be cheaper than larger famous name ones. However you also have to bear in mind the quality of the windows you choose. The cheapest deals will not offer you the best quality materials so it is important to weigh up the pros and cons.
Similarly wooden-framed windows are likely to be more expensive than uPVC windows. They do require upkeep as well, although a lot of people prefer the more natural look. Aluminium windows don’t generally require any major maintenance and again the different material means you’ll be looking at a different cost.
Should You Opt For Supply Only or Get Them Professionally Installed?
The answer to this depends on whether you have the required DIY skills to install them yourself. It might look easy when you watch others doing it, but it can be a major job. It’s certainly possible to buy the windows and install them yourself, but you need to be sure you get the exact sizes you need. Order incorrectly and the cost is down to you. If you are going to take this route it’s best to have one or two people who can help who also have experience.
For most people the best option, although it does cost more, is to have their new windows professionally installed. The job will be done faster and more efficiently and you don’t have to worry about any stage of the process. All you have to supply is a friendly welcome and a few cups of tea! Generally speaking you’re looking at a day or two to fit everything depending on the size of your property.
The best place to start, once you have the answers you need, is to get a selection of quotes for your new windows. By comparing the quotes you get you can find the most appealing, affordable and professional source of windows to be delivered or installed for you.
Whatever route you choose, putting in a little extra time prior to choosing your windows will pay significant dividends later on.