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Your Complete Guide to Buying uPVC Windows

Making the right choice when it comes to windows for your business or home is essential. With the right type of window, you can be assured of the highest satisfaction with its longevity, not to mention energy efficiency and durability. This is why uPVC windows have become even more popular in recent years as an alternative to conventional timber windows – uPVC is not only durable and long-lasting, it is relatively low maintenance and can be remarkably energy efficient as well.

If you have decided on uPVC windows, however, you would want to make all the right decisions. There are various factors to consider when selecting the ideal uPVC window for your needs, and this includes the style and design, the security level, the glazing, customisation, and more.

Styles of window

Regarding this, it is always in your best interest to choose a window style that suits your property. There are many window styles and designs to choose from, but you have to make sure that it enhances the overall look of your building. You also need to think about other factors, such as the window’s size and proportions, the colour or finish, and the addition of decorative elements like leaded or coloured glass.

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Window security

Another aspect to any window is its security. How secure do you need it to be? With this, you can opt for uPVC windows which are equipped with a multi-point locking system and PAS23/24 or BS7950 approval. Also, it would be a good idea to ask the window installer if the windows are accredited by Secured by Design.

Types of glass and glazing

The glazing of your uPVC window is crucial as well. Nowadays, double glazing is seen as a wise addition for any window as it reduces the loss of heat from your building and it also improves your window’s energy efficiency, thus helping reduce your energy bills. Aside from this, the glass you choose is also important, especially if you are concerned about enhancing the window’s security. If you would like your windows to be more secure, you could choose to have laminated or toughened glass. You could also ask for a bigger gap in between the sheets of glass in order to have better noise insulation.

Customising your windows

Many property owners are keen on customising their chosen windows, and this can be done with certain authentic additions, such as bars, sash horns, arched inserts, and the like. You can also go for coloured glass and choose a finish that suits the façade of your property, whether it’s a wood grain finish or other colours like white, green, brown, or grey. You can also choose to have a different colour or finish in both the exterior and interior of the windows.

Choosing a manufacturer and installer

It would be good to check and see samples of the different products or the previous work of any manufacturer of PVC windows and any installer you have in mind. Ask for recommendations from family and friends, and make sure to work out all the details before you buy anything or sign up for the project. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask them – a good manufacturer such as Sierra Windows, along with a good installer, would do their best to answer your queries and provide you with the right information you need.

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