New wooden windows can help to freshen up the look of your period or contemporary home as well as helping to improve its overall energy efficiency.
If it’s time to invest in new windows, the sheer number of suppliers and window types can be slightly daunting. That’s why it is important to think carefully about the type of windows, supply and fitting you are going to choose. It might help to break down the process into stages as follows.
Assess your needs
If your sash or casement windows are in good condition and only need minor repairs, the good news is you can simply replace component parts. Replacing casement sashes or the sliding parts of a wooden sash window will help restore the functionality of your windows for less.
If you do need to replace your windows, think carefully about the type of windows you want. What are you trying to achieve by replacing them? Is it purely for function or are there aesthetic and financial reasons? Do your homework and find out what is out there in terms of quality and price.
Put together an idea of a budget before you start making enquiries as this may help you to make a decision. You also need to be aware of false economy. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You don’t want to be repeating the process again in five years.
Deciding on the right design
Did you know that casement windows come in styles including flush, storm proof or traditional? In fact both casement and sash windows come with a number of options that will perfectly suit the interior and exterior of your home. This even extends to period-specific options such as Georgian or Victorian sash windows.
As each property is different, and personal design preferences vary from homeowner to homeowner, it’s comforting to know that wooden windows can be designed to fit your individual requirements. This includes a choice of timber type, glass specifications, paint finishes and furniture specifications. A personalised design, for a personalised feel; what could be better?
Selecting the right company to do the work
It always pays to go for reputable specialists. Ask around for opinions and recommendations. Go and see other people’s windows if they recommend a supplier. It is always a good idea to see for yourself, so ask to see the workshop where they manufacture the windows. Research the company and find out if they have any endorsements online. Check if they are registered with the correct bodies. Look out for the FENSA logo to make sure.
Remember that good companies will work to meet your needs and will always try to accommodate your ideas. More often than not, you get what you pay for and ultimately, the idea is to get well made and solid windows that look great and will last a lifetime.
When speaking to the supplier
Don’t accept the hard sell. Think about what you want to know and ask plenty of questions.
Don’t be lured by big discounts and offers of no VAT. Make sure you get a receipt for any deposit and are given a clear idea of how long the work should take to complete.