Home maintenance is part of life. To avoid potentially expensive problems, it’s important to regularly update and maintain your property. Your windows are no exception to the rule. Old, inefficient windows are often cited as one of the biggest factors in poor thermal efficiency, inadequate security and an unattractive home aesthetic. In the worst-case scenario badly maintained windows can allow water to penetrate your home, leading to problems with damp and mould.
When it’s time to replace your windows, you’ll want to make the best decision in terms of cost and subsequent maintenance levels. These two factors are intrinsically linked, as windows which require lots of maintenance will end up costing you more in the long term. To help you make a fully informed decision, here are some general things to consider when choosing your replacement windows.
Life cycle cost of your replacement windows
There are many factors which affect the lifespan of a window. Weather exposure, quality of installation, and frequency of maintenance will all play a part. The biggest factor, however, is the material your windows are made from. Your new windows will probably be made from uPVC, timber or aluminium. The cost and maintenance levels vary greatly between the three options. The type of window you choose for your home will ultimately depend on your personal preferences, expectations and the type of property you live in.
In general, a new timber window will be more expensive than a high-quality uPVC one. Factory finished timber windows usually need re-painting after six years, then every five years after that. With uPVC windows, a simple annual wash down with warm soapy water is all the maintenance they’ll ever need. When you combine the initial costs with the maintenance costs over a 20 year period, timber windows can potentially cost you double the price of their uPVC counterparts. Aluminium sash windows are generally more expensive than softwood and less than hardwood, but – like uPVC – are low maintenance.
How to maintain your new uPVC windows
If you decide that uPVC windows are the best choice for your home, you’ll want to keep them in the best possible condition for as long as possible. When properly cared for, uPVC windows have a life span of several decades. Alongside the occasional cleaning with warm water mentioned above, there are a few other things that you can do to keep your uPVC windows working at their optimum level.
If you’re planning to replace your windows in the near future, the Rose Collection uPVC sash windows could be the perfect choice for you. If you’d like to find out more about our suite of high performing windows call 01234 712 657 or send us a message online.