Windows & Doors Buying Guide
Windows often make or break the overall kerb appeal of your home and the interior design. This Windows & Doors Buying Guide will highlight some of the key areas that you need to take into consideration in order to achieve both aesthetical beauty and superior performance from your new products.
What Is The Architectural Style of Your Home?
The first step to replacing your old windows is asking yourself the question, “What is the style of my home?”. If you live in a period home, such as Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, you will want to make sure that windows don’t ruin the architectural integrity. Period style properties often opt for the traditional wooden sliding sash windows which would mean that a more contemporary style, such as casement or tilt & turn windows, would look out of place. However, just because you have a more traditional style doesn’t mean that you are left with a limited design! Learn more about our Conservation Windows.
Whether a traditional or contemporary style, the key thing to remember is the overall composition of your facade. Your windows should not be seen in isolation but as a part of the overall design.
Consider The Proportions of Your Windows & Doors
Looking at the proportions of your windows is a very important aspect as it can radically affect both the exterior and interior of your home. In terms of the exterior of your home, the proportions of your windows can affect the personality and kerb appeal. Even changing the glazing bars can change the personality of your home. Having tall frames that extend from the ground to the roof can drastically affect the amount of daylight entry penetrating into the room. Consider your geographical location in relation to the sun. If you plan on watching television or working on your computer, unwanted late sunlight could soon become a common nuisance.Therefore, the overall size of your windows and doors is definitely an important element that needs careful planning and consideration.
Strike A Perfect Balance of Beauty and Performance
When it comes to windows and doors, what you pay for is usually what you end up with. Cheaper material alternatives such as uPVC are often tempting when you’re trying to keep financial costs to a minimum. However, it is important to think long-term when it comes to your new windows and doors.
Opting for higher quality materials provides slimmer design profiles, greater durability and energy efficiency. Cheaper materials such as uPVC are often bulky in design and can have a negative impact on the value of your home (especially period homes). Marvin’s windows and doors are built to provide accurate historical designs while providing contemporary energy efficient performance, that is guaranteed to provide increased energy saving in your home. Quality Wooden windows provide the perfect combination of design and performance but do require some maintenance. AluClad Wood provides a more durable option in terms of maintenance, however, it is often more expensive than timber.
With the advancement of technology with glazing, the choice for consumers is endless. It’s important to note that the number of glass frames between your window doesn’t increase the overall energy efficiency, it’s the gas between. Most of the windows today consist of an inert gas (e.g argon gas) which provides the thermal efficiency. Insulating glass, also known as Double Glazing, is standard on all Marvin windows and doors. Its primary purpose is to keep the inside heat (or cold) from being transferred outside the home, thereby reducing energy costs. To ensure a tight seal between the panes, Marvin bonds the glass to the spacer bars using polyurethane or silicone. Then, polyisobutylene is applied around the entire perimeter creating a dual seal to prevent moisture and air penetration which could decrease efficiency as well as cause unsightly fogging between the panes.
It is important to talk to an expert who understands the balance of elegantly fine frames and energy efficiency, whether that be your architect or a Marvin design technician. Click on the link below to set up a free design consultation with a Marvin design expert who will give you tailored advice on your project and answer any queries you may have.