It is estimated that windows can last anywhere between eight and twenty years however, many people do not have their windows replaced for several decades. This can result in windows that do not do the job of protecting your home fully. For example, windows with worn hinges or seals are far less secure and could leave your home vulnerable to break-ins and problems associated with leaks and damp. Edinburgh Glass and Glazing supplies and fits high-quality windows in Edinburgh, helping homes save energy and stay secure. To find out more, call us on 0131 334 6111.
UPVC windows are some of the most cost-effective and energy efficient windows available on the market. Offering excellent security features and energy saving properties, uPVC windows are doors are a fantastic investment for your home. They also require little maintenance in comparison to timber windows which need to be treated regularly, meaning they will look newer for longer and can withstand all types of weather conditions. UPVC windows can come in a range of styles and designs, perfect to suit any home’s aesthetic.
Our premium windows are available in a range of styles. From bay windows to casement windows, there is a wide variety to choose from. Visit our showroom to see the full range of windows we supply and install, as well as the selection of styles and colours. Speak to a member of our expert fitting and installing team to discuss your requirements so that we can help you to find a window that suits your needs. At our Corstorphine showroom you can view the full range of our UPVC windows in Edinburgh and speak to our friendly team about your requirements.
Double Glazing Edinburgh
All of our double glazed windows are highly energy efficient, receiving high ratings from the BFRC. Double glazing is the number one way to ensure your home is properly insulated, plus it is extremely cost-effective, with estimates stating that you could save up to £100 per year on your energy bills by installing double glazed windows. We carry out expert glazing across Edinburgh for both domestic and commercial clients, receiving five-star reviews for our great service.
We also supply and fit bespoke doors in Edinburgh, available in a wide variety of colours, styles, materials and finishes. You can even design your own door, using our virtual door designer. Choose the specifications and style that suits you to get a quote for your door, customised to your exact wishes. To find out more about our range of doors, visit our page.
If you are a business or organisation that needs new windows, Edinburgh Glass and Glazing can help. We also offer commercial glazing services across Edinburgh and have worked with some big-name clients such as Harvey Nichols and RBS. We can manufacture commercial windows to your bespoke specifications and fit them with minimal disruption to your business’ operations. Contact us for a free quote for your business today.
Windows that are damaged, with broken or worn mechanisms or misted glass, should be replaced as soon as possible, to limit any potential damage that could be caused from windows that aren’t functioning correctly. For high-quality replacement windows in Edinburgh, choose Edinburgh Glass. Our team are quick and efficient and can have your windows replaced in no time at all. We even carry out emergency glazing and a 24-hour window boarding up service where glass has been broken, securing the property before replacing the broken panes.
How Much Does Window Replacement Cost?
With Edinburgh Glass and Glazing, you can get a completely free, no-obligation quote for our window replacement services, helping you to decide whether you can afford new windows. While it might not seem ‘worth the hassle’ of getting new windows, keep in mind the money it could be costing you in increased energy bills by having windows that are failing to keep in heat and effectively insulate your home. Contact us for a free quote now online or by calling 0131 334 6111. As one of the top glaziers in Edinburgh, you can trust Edinburgh Glass.
How to Choose The Right Windows For Your Property
Whether you own a period or contemporary property, having the right windows can make a big impact. Likewise, ordering the wrong type of windows for your home, without doing the proper research, can result in a mistake that is rather costly to rectify.
When choosing windows, you first need to determine your budget, design and functional requirements. Are you looking for a window that opens fully or one that opens just at the top? What material do you prefer? Do you want double or triple glazed windows?
Energy efficiency is a big consideration when buying windows that are going to last for many years. Windows should have an energy efficiency rating from the British Fenestration Council (BFC) to determine how energy efficient they are. Windows with lower energy efficiency ratings will undoubtedly be cheaper. However, those with higher ratings are more likely to save you money on energy bills, so might be better value for money long term.
Choosing the Right Material
The two most common materials for windows these days are timber and uPVC. Both have pros and cons. Timber is a reliable material that gives a property a more classic look. This often lends itself to period properties, helping them keep their antique style. However, timber windows do require ongoing maintenance to prevent rot and water damage. It is therefore important to choose timber that is more durable and can hold up in a wetter climate. UPVC windows, on the other hand, require little to no maintenance and no painting, unlike timber windows. They boast great insulation properties and represent good value for money. UPVC is available in a wide variety of styles and colours. They are also environmentally friendly, as most uPVC windows can be recycled and are made from recycled material. The only downside to using uPVC windows is that they can sometimes lessen the value of period properties as they do not fit in with the classic architecture in the way that timber windows do.
Choosing the Right Style
Windows can come in varying styles. Depending on your budget and the style of your property, there are several popular styles you can choose from.
Sash windows are particularly popular for period properties due to their beautiful traditional style.
Casement windows offer great ventilation and offer lovely unobstructed views outside.
Bay windows help bring more light into a room, adding space and depth.
Tilt and turn windows are practical and stylish. Ideal for modern window styles.
By choosing the right window style, you will complement your home’s aesthetic and be able to fully enjoy and appreciate your windows.
Do You Need New Windows?
If you have had your windows for some time, you may be wondering if they need replacing. Below, we list a few things you need to look out for when determining whether your windows are due for an upgrade.
Damaged Timber Windows
Timber windows can become water damaged or break down over time, especially if they are not cared for properly. When it comes to timber windows, Lifehacker advises to:
‘Check the health of your wood windows by tapping the frame with a flat-blade screwdriver to see how soft the wood is. If the end of the screwdriver can be pushed easily into the wood, it’s usually a sign of decay.’
If you struggle to open or close your windows, this may be a sign that they need replacing. Your windows should not require excessive levels of force to operate. With timber windows especially, they may have become swollen shut. Your windows should open and close smoothly. If this is not the case, it may be time to replace.
Your windows may need replacing if you notice increased drafts around your home, particularly near your windows. Older windows are more prone to letting in drafts. Windows that are fully functional should prevent drafts from entering, as well as stopping heat from escaping. If you notice more drafts, you may have to consider replacing your old windows.
One tip to check whether your windows are letting in drafts is to hold a candle by the window frame and slowly move it near to each corner of the window (make sure your curtains are not in the way when you do this). If the candle smokes or flickers, this means there are drafts coming through.
If your double glazed windows are misty, you might need to replace them as this usually means that the seal has broken, allowing condensation to seep through the gap in the panes. In most cases, you will only need to replace the glass, but a window expert can tell you whether the frame will also need to be replaced.
Here at Edinburgh Glass & Glazing, we also carry out expert double glazing repairs across Edinburgh. For information or to arrange for a window repair service, get in touch.
Remember, no windows will last forever. The best windows will last for several decades, but most will last between 15 and 20 years on average. If you’re trying to sell your property, it might be an idea to replace the windows to help increase the sale value.
At Edinburgh Glass & Glazing, we offer a quality guarantee on all of our windows in Edinburgh. To speak to a member of our team today about windows and window replacement, call us on 0131 334 6111 or email us at email@example.com.
Sarah Wirth is the content writer for Edinburgh Glass & Glazing and updates our blog regularly with helpful advice and new information.