Windows

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Energy efficient windows help to keep your home warmer and quieter. Double glazed windows are made of two sheets of glass that are separated by a spacer to create an insulating barrier. The gap is filled with gas to help keep heat in your home.

Product Overview

Window Frame Materials

uPVC
Wood
Aluminium
Roof Windows
uPVC Windows

uPVC Windows

uPVC is a popular material for window and door frames. It lasts a long time and you can recycle it when you replace your windows. uPVC window frames require very little maintenance and are weather resistant.

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Price

Approx. £100-£300 per window

Installation time

1-2 days


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Low maintenance – just wipe with a damp cloth
  • Rot and corrosion resistant
  • Durable – weather resistant and won’t fade
  • Energy efficient – uPVC doesn’t conduct heat
  • It will last at least 35 years
  • uPVC is and can look cheap compared to options like wood or aluminium
  • It can become brittle over time
  • Its production gives off carbon emissions and comes from an unsustainable resource
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Wooden Windows

Wooden Windows

Wood is another popular material used for window and door frames. It increases your window’s energy efficiency and is fully recyclable when your windows reach the end of their lives. Wooden frames are a particularly popular choice for owners of traditional properties.

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Price

Approx. £300-£800 per window

Installation time

1-2 days


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Attractive in period and modern properties
  • Energy efficient – more so than aluminium frames
  • Environmentally friendly – wood is a natural, sustainable material that can be recycled
  • Long lasting – they can last over 100 years
  • Wooden frames need to be maintained – if not they can rot or warp out of shape
  • They are more expensive than uPVC frames
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Aluminium Windows

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium is also used for window and door frames. Aluminium frames have been a consistently popular choice for consumers, even if many people now also consider other options. Aluminium frames can look stylish, and are durable and strong.

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Price

Approx. £600-£750

Installation time

1-2 days


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable – strong and long-lasting
  • Rot and corrosion resistant
  • Flexible – it can be manipulated easily so is great if you have unusually-shaped windows
  • Aluminium conducts heat so it’s often not very energy efficient
  • They are more expensive than uPVC frames
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Roof Windows

Roof Windows

Roof windows can be installed in flat and sloping rooves, and are a great way to let daylight into small areas. The company Velux are a well-known producer of opening roof windows; so many people know them as Velux windows.

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Price

Approx. £220-£780

Installation time

1-2 days


Advantages and disadvantages
  • They let in a large amount of daylight – often more than windows fitted into walls
  • Adaptable – roof windows can be made into lots of different shapes and sizes
  • Easy to install – fitting them usually doesn’t involve changing the structure of your roof
  • Roof windows can come with remote controls, and temperature and rain sensors
  • Rain or hail falling onto roof windows can be noisy
  • They can be hard to reach if installed in a high ceiling
  • Roof windows usually need to be fitted with blinds, so the light they let in can be controlled
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