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Should You Have UPVC Windows Fitted Into Your Home?
You have been putting off a decision for quite some time now, maybe even for several years. But the nagging question remains. Should you take out your present windows from your home and replace them with UPVC windows?.
This is not necessarily an easy question to answer, especially as replacing windows, on the scale of home improvement tasks, is at the high end in terms of cost. But you should ask yourself, with regard to energy efficiency, security and safety issues, are your present windows up to scratch.
It is a widely known fact that much of the built up heat in our homes can dissipate through inefficient or badly fitted windows. In these times of energy awareness and of the realization that a high energy rating for your home will save you money, having windows that are leaking heat is tantamount to saying that your windows are leaking money.
Quality UPVC windows are recognized as being more secure than traditional windows. With UPVC windows, many contain multi-locking systems that are built in to the framework and this makes them difficult to force open. Added to this, UPVC windows have strong glazing and the noise required to break the glass in order to gain entry to your home is a good deterrent to burglars.
One of the most important issues to consider with regard to your present windows is their safety. With regard to security you want to keep intruders out, but you do want the inhabitants of your home to be able to get out of your home easily in an emergency. Can your present windows be opened easily from the inside, especially by younger and elderly members of your household? Are the timber frames swollen or warped due to weather and excessive coats of paint, making them tight? If you are
Are your windows warped, rotted or have they excessive coats of paint on them?
Do your windows open easily and conversely do they close easily and properly? Often windows close but leave a gap at one corner - this is very detrimental towards your efforts to retain heat in the home.
Are your windows double glazed? Single glazing leads to excessive loss of heat.
Replacing your present windows with UPVC windows may not be a cheap option. However, in terms of energy efficiency, which will save you money over the longer period, and in terms of peace of mind with regard to safety and security, the installation of UPVC windows into your home could be a very good decision for you to make.
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