Tips for buying replacement windows

2016-01-28 06:00
Timber products are a great eco-friendly choice as wood is a sustainable and renewable resource.

Timber products are a great eco-friendly choice as wood is a sustainable and renewable resource.

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CHOOSING replacement windows can be overwhelming because this involves various technical aspects, building regulations, aesthetics and maintenance aspects that need to be understood in order to make the optimum purchase decision.

Another choice that will have to be made when buying replacement windows is between the different types of glazing options.

Dylan Miller from Swartland shares tips on what to look for in replacement windows.

Go green

Miller says making environmentally responsible choices is not just a way of saving money, it is also a good choice for our future on this planet.

Timber products are a great eco-friendly choice as wood is a sustainable and renewable resource. When sourcing environmentally friendly timber windows, ensure you choose a reputable company that is committed to protecting the environment.

• Installation efficiency

Subframes are devices that will help with installation when it comes to replacing windows. Made from PVC-U, the subframe system makes fitting windows simple, accurate and hassle-free.

These systems provide the most effective way to seal window cavities, creating a ridged template for the surrounding bricks.
The tight fit ensures the best thermal performance and it also forms a convenient barrier against condensation and mould growth. The subframe system provides architects and builders with a fast, hassle-free installation method that will greatly improve overall build quality.

• Quick fit

When replacing windows, you want to minimise the effort and time that is taken to install the windows. Fortunately, homeowners can get Ready-2-Fit windows that are pre-glazed and pre-sealed before they leave the factory, meaning the only thing to do is the installation.

The Ready-2-Fit range takes the hassle out of window replacement, as well as minimising possible damage to the window on the building site, and ensuring that all windows are compliant with all the necessary building regulations.

• Get clarity

Miller says another choice that will have to be made when buying replacement windows is between the different types of glazing options.

Not only does glass let light in while keeping the weather out, it also allows us to enjoy the views, connecting us with the outside world while in the comfort and safety of our own abode.

Apart from its transparency, glass offers many other desirable qualities, including protection, security, solar and sound control, UV protection, decoration­ and insulation.

Miller says today there is a growing appreciation of the latest concepts in “green building” principles.
It therefore follows that more people are looking for glazing that is energy efficient.

There is a wide range of glass that ensures optimum indoor comfort levels­ in terms of solar control, thermal­ insulation, reduction of glare and the preservation of outdoor views, all elements that are consistent with going green.

• Minimising maintenance

All windows require some maintenance, so it is important to see what kind of maintenance will be required before you make your purchase choice.

Timber windows require a little more maintenance compared to other materials, but this can be a quick and easy process if you know what treatment to use.

• Hot and cold

We are all aware of the amount of heat that can be lost and gained through windows, especially in South Africa, where we experience harsh weather changes, from very hot to very cold.

“While we can’t stop the fact that a lot of heat energy is gained or lost through windows, there are choices that can be made to lessen the heat gain or loss that occurs.”

Windows with double glazing remain one of the most functional solutions in this regard says Miller.

Double glazing consists of two panes of glass, with a small air pocket in between to improve their insulation ability.
This system plays a huge role in controlling the temperature in our home, and can save lots of money when it comes to the expense of running heating and cooling systems.

Double glazing also has the added bonus of resisting condensation and increasing noise reduction.

- Property24.

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