There are many reasons why homeowners decide to replace the windows in their home. They could be looking to add value, make it more energy efficient or simply want to improve the look of their particular property. However, when it comes to windows, there are lots of different styles and designs to choose from, and it can be difficult for the uninitiated to work out which one is the best for them.
The good thing for you though is that new windows in Glasgow or anywhere else for that matter come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colours. So, whatever your preference, there will definitely be something for you. To help you make a more informed choice we thought we would have a look at three of the most popular types of material used for windows and some of the pros and cons of each one.
UPVC windows are undoubtedly at the top of the list when it comes to popularity. At one time, UPVC windows were only available in white, meaning they were generally found on newer houses. However, they are now available in a wide range of colours, including woodgrain, meaning they no longer look out of place on older more traditional properties. UPVC windows are also low maintenance as there is no repainting required and the frame will not rot like a timber frame. UPVC windows are also energy efficient, extremely durable and resistant to severe weather conditions.
At one time, aluminium windows were found almost exclusively in commercial buildings such as office blocks and large retail outlets. However, more recently, they can be seen more frequently on residential buildings. The main benefits of aluminium frames is their strength and durability. Aluminium can also be moulded into any shape or size, making it the ideal material for people looking for that bespoke design. These slimline frames make the most of any natural light and are highly resistant to corrosion. As with most other types of frame, they are available in a wide range of colours. The thermal performance of aluminium frames also helps ensure your house will remain warm even through the coldest of winters.
Timber Framed Windows
Timber framed windows are divided into two different categories: hardwood and softwood. Each one comes with their own unique properties. Hardwood windows will usually be made of either oak (which has been used on windows for centuries) – or Sapele. Both types of timber are aesthetically pleasing: oak with its natural grain and Sapele with its striking reddish brown colour. Hardwood by its very nature is really durable and if properly looked after could well last a lifetime. Softwood windows, on the other hand, will respond to the seasons and expand and contract more than their hardwood counterparts. Softwood is much easier to work with, meaning it offers more flexibility when it comes to more complex window designs.
While timber framed windows are the perfect choice for period properties, they can also add style and charisma to more modern properties. Timber is a great choice if you are looking for a bespoke window frame that is unique to you. Timber is naturally insulating and weather resistant and when properly maintained, will provide your home with that magnificent natural wood look.
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The three types of window frame listed above are probably the most common ones on the market, which is why we have focused on them. However, there are other options such as fibreglass, so if you are in the market for some new windows, make sure you take some time to do your research to ensure you end up with the windows that best meet your needs.