UPVC Double Glazed Energy Efficient Windows
It is generally accepted these days that UPVC double glazing is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that your home is functioning in the best possible way in all respects. Double glazed windows and doors will save you time and money while reducing your carbon footprint. Just about any style you could wish for such as casement, sash, hinged or tilt & turn can be supplied as a UPVC replacement window.
Now there is also an amazing amount of colour choice too allowing you to tailor the look of your house in any way you desire, perhaps even co-ordinating the interior with the exterior. When opting for UPVC double glazing you can be confident that you are making the best choice for your family, your pocket and the environment.
BFRC A-Rated Replacement Windows
When opting to install UPVC replacement double glazing in your home there are a few things to consider in addition to which style and colour you prefer. The perfect product choice for your home can be achieved by asking yourself one or two basic questions and bearing a few things in mind. Windows are rated for their energy saving effectiveness by the British Fenestration Ratings Council [BFRC] an A-Rating being the most energy efficient. A-rated UPVC windows will do a good job of containing and conserving heat within the home while keeping out wind and rain, resisting condensation and yet allowing natural heat from the sun to penetrate. Any frame material can be used including UPVC and aluminium.
People should always check that they are ordering genuine BFRC rated windows as even some well known companies will claim their product is A-Grade, when actually they are quoting their own internal company rating system. In this case there is a probability that the real rating is more likely to be a ‘C ‘ and less effective. Look for the BFRC label which uses a traffic light colour system as a ratings guide.
High Performance Double Glazing Warm Edge Spacer Bars
The glazing itself is also important and good quality high performance options are always better than cheaper alternatives that may be manufactured using inferior materials. It is possible to have not only double but triple glazing although it is generally believed to be purely a matter of personal preference as both seem to deliver when it comes to energy efficiency. Low emissivity or [low-E] glass has a barely visible coating of metal oxide on an internal pane which allows heat and light in while preventing the escape of heat to the outside.
The layers of double glazing are filled with a gas usually Argon which is less expensive than Xenon or Krypton to further discourage the transferral of heat, cold or sound. The best double glazing units are fitted with Warm Edge Spacer Bars which separate the panes and are designed to enhance insulation and thus elevate the BFRC rating.
UPVC, Aluminium, Wood & Composite Replacement Window Frames
There are various frame types to decide upon UPVC being the most frequently used due to its ability to withstand weather conditions and resist deterioration. It also comes in an array of attractive shades and colours requiring no painting and little or no maintenance. It is also recyclable adding to its eco- friendly properties. Aluminium or steel frames may also be recycled and are long lasting and slim. The natural option is a wooden frame the disadvantages of which are that they require regular maintenance and painting. While not as popular for use with double glazed replacement windows they are often in place in conservation areas to replace original timber frames.
Timber is also used as a foundation in composite frames where they can be covered with a layer of plastic or aluminium which acts as a protective barrier against the elements. UPVC double glazed windows and doors are smart, cost effective, functional and eco – friendly.
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