home glazingWhen it comes to revamping your domestic glazing, there is a bewildering range of possibilities. Just browse through any interior design magazine or building supply catalogue and you’ll be faced with a vast choice of materials, finishes and shapes. However, it is possible to cut through the confusion by focusing your attention on a limited selection of factors.

Don’t forget that when you’re choosing windows, it can be as important to keep the heat out in summer, as it is to keep the warmth in during winter. Neither should you underestimate the role of your windows in noise reduction. At every step of the selection process, give consideration to the thermal qualities, maintenance implications and environmental impact of your choices, and you’ll be satisfied with your windows for a long time to come.

Type of Glazing

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The type of glazing you choose will be influenced by your location and by the character of your home. For period properties or homes of historical importance, single glazing is probably the only allowable option, although it may be possible to supplement your single-glazed windows with secondary glazing. In the UK today, double glazing is the most common choice, although triple glazing makes a lot of sense if you’re serious about optimising your home’s insulation.

Frame Material

Again, if you live in a listed building or property of character, you’ll almost certainly be restricted to installing windows with wooden frames. But this is no bad thing, since wood is pretty much the only eco-friendly option available: uPVC requires the consumption of fossil fuels to produce, and metal frames have poor insulating properties. Nowadays timber window frames can be treated with environmentally friendly products that prevent rot and insect attack, so maintenance requirements are kept to a minimum.

Type of Opening

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Sash windows are a common feature of heritage homes and look delightful, but should generally be avoided unless you are prepared to take on the considerable demands of their maintenance. If you’d like your windows to open outward – preferable if you’ve got windowsill ornaments you don’t want to disturb – you can arrange for them to be hinged at the top or the side. Another style of opening popular in continental Europe is the tilt and turn window: these open inward to give either a gap at the top of the window or a wider opening at the side.

Choosing domestic glazing needn’t be a headache if you break the process down into the three categories of glazing type, frame material and opening style. Then rate your options according to insulation, maintenance and environmental impact. Contact Emergency Glazing for help with all aspects of window repair and installation.