If your home isn’t the subject of building regulations or conservation status that prevents you from replacing old wooden sash windows with a upvc double glazed counterpart, then you’re in luck.
Whilst it should be pointed out that it should be possible to replace your wooden sash’s with a new wooden window that incorporates double glazed glass units, or even have your old sash’s restored to their former glory, upvc replacements are a hard act to beat for insulation and energy saving performance.
After recently moving, we’re now living in a lovely old 1890’s town house etc with some very large old sash windows. As it approaches Winter, you can easily understand why our thoughts have turned to replacing them.
But having walked around the town, it’s obvious the majority of properties similar to ours have already opted for replacement upvc at some point and the results are a bit varied on the aesthetic appeal front.
Different styles, different frame profiles by different installers over the evolutionary life of upvc double glazing haven’t helped. Styles come and go. Newer production methods are introduced and frame designs to incorporate the latest thinking in energy saving are under constant development.
Some houses ‘wear’ more than one style – obviously an installation of two halves, as budget or necessity demanded. They may even be flats of course.
All is not lost though – I’ve spotted a style that I think will suit our home much better – Cream upvc windows.
Now I know it’s all down to personal choice and there are some of you already pulling a face I daresay but just bear with me for a moment and I’ll explain.
You see, walking around, the problem with a lot of the upvc installations is they’re just too ‘white’. It’s true. In the dark, overhanging tree lined streets, the white frames seem to positively glow. Trouble is, they’re a little too ‘brilliant white’ next to the weathered stone surrounding them.
Now I’ve seen a couple of houses with cream coloured upvc and the first thing I noticed is that you don’t actually notice the windows. Rather your eye is drawn to the beauty of the stonework.
I’m not saying white upvc windows are dead or look ‘plain’ – in modern houses and other properties they look great – they really do.
But perhaps if you’ve got an older or more period property, then it’s worth bearing in mind that white isn’t the only colour and with new colours like cream becoming more readily available, including some textured wood ‘effect’ finishes (sometimes referred to as foil finishes), then it’s surely got to be worth exploring your options?
After all, you’re going to have your new windows for a very long time.
Getting an online quote will give you a rough expectation of cost (before offers etc.) but to get a firm price on double glazing for your home, that incorporates different colours or styles, you need the best local companies to call round and leave you with a written, no obligation quote. WindowQuoter can give you that instant online price without having to talk to a salesperson, and should you wish, our own customer advisers can discuss your needs in a little more detail.
This story first appeared in our weekly homeowner newsletter – week beginning Monday 13th December 2010 – click here to read the newsletter in full.