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Windows are all around us (literally) but have you ever taken a closer look and thought about their configurations and modern components? If you are at all curious about what different window choices can mean for you and your home, you are in the right place! Read on for information about windows, some tips and pricing guides!
How much will buying windows cost you? This question is a very difficult question to answer (even with average prices) because the final price of your window will be determined by many factors:
- Style (sash, casement, tilt & turn or fixed)
- Type (how many openings and what kind)
- Size (600×900 is a common size)
- Material (uPVC, wood or aluminium)
- Glazing (single, double or triple)
- Installation costs (varying per provider)
- VAT (13.5% for new windows)
- Particular specifications (for security or energy efficiency)
Since there are so many factors that influence the final price of your new windows, have a look at our dedicated window prices article.
If you are curious about the costs of particular styles and materials, we have many articles where you can inform yourself about them and the prices!
Useful things to think about:
Have you decided if you need new windows or replacement windows?
Things to think about before deciding on a window provider:
- What is the problem with your current windows?
- What do you want your window company to offer you – full installation or supply only?
- How big is the budget for this project?
- Are you replacing these windows as part of another project or as a stand-alone project?
- Is the window company accredited?
What to think about when you reach the buying phase:
- What is the style of your home and how will the windows fit that style?
- Will the opening of the window obstruct anything?
- Will you be able to clean all of the panes easily?
- What kind of window glass suits your needs?
- Are the windows covered by a warranty?
- What kinds of windows do you need in different areas of your home?
Which window style and material will suit my home?
- Period houses generally suit wooden sash windows best
- Modern homes allow for flexibility – aluminium or alu clad windows are two sleek options
- Most modern homes have uPVC windows as they are cheap, durable and efficient
Get quotes from local providers
As is the case with each of these questions and your concerns around windows in general, you will get the best information tailored to your particular situation when you compare different providers, which will enable you to make the best decision possible. Get up to 5 quotes from trusted local professionals by entering your postcode above, and if you do not find an estimate that satisfies your needs, you are free to decline the offers.
My windows aren’t so bad, how can I spruce them up?
After evaluating your current window situation you may decide that replacing them or getting a new style of window completely may not be the best solution for you.
However, if you have problems with your windows here are some cheaper and easier solutions:
|My window won't open fully or properly||Casement windows: Look into buying replacement parts such as the sash support system or the window operator (handle mechanism). Sometimes the moving parts just need cleaning or lubricating.
Sash windows: If the window has swollen due to heat you can sand or plane the wood panes down to make them slide more easily
|My window lets in a chilly draught||Install a draught excluder or replace a faulty one
If you see small cracks, fill them with nail polish
|The latches on my window are broken, making me feel unsafe||Buy replacements online and install them yourself or ask a handyman|
|The glass in my window is foggy||If you are able to remove your window sash, take it to a hardware shop to have the glass or insulated seal replaced|
|The outside window sill is rotten||The sill can be replaced by itself if the rot has not spread - cut back the rotten wood and replace it with new wood that you can measure from your original cut|
|One or more panes of glass are broken||You can remove the glass yourself but always wear extensive protective gear and tape the glass to remove it safely
Glass replacement is cheaper than window replacement
Keep in mind that windows can be tricky things, so consulting with a professional is advised when implementing these solutions.
Avoid hassle and money on windows today
We hope that you got all of the information that you needed, but if you want more tailored advice, information and prices, your best bet is to get quote requests from local businesses that will be able to address your needs on an individual basis. This is why, by taking a minute or two to fill in our form and getting up to 5 quote requests, you will be able to save money on your windows.