What Makes a Good Window?

Technology is seeing advances every day and we’re not just talking about mobiles and computers – we’re talking about windows.

 With all the science, research and products around these days, it can be overwhelming to choose what windows are best for you. When making an investment that big, you want to ensure that you are getting the best deal but end up with a final product that is best for you and your needs.

At Crystal Clear we have compiled a simple list of what we think should be on your check list to consider before going out and making the purchase.

The Frame

Most great things need to be built with a strong foundation and in this case, the foundation is the frame. The frame acts as the structural backbone of the window itself so the need for it to be strong and rigid is essential. If the frame is of poor quality, it doesn’t matter how good the window is – the lifespan will inevitably be shorter and cost more in the long run.

A little bit of flexibility is good as long as the joints are strong.

And obviously, the frame is make or break for the appearance of the window which is inevitably going to come into play whilst choosing.

Air Infiltration

Air infiltration, also known as air leakage, is the unintentional introduction of outside air into a building. When it’s the other way round, it’s called extraction. Multiple things can cause this; cracks, chips, wind damage in the corners etc.

Air infiltration ratings are very low on vinyl windows because the corners are welded rather than screwed meaning the gap is very tight. On any other type of window, you’ll want to look at the weather stripping which can be found around the edge of the glass. This is usually made out of felt, fiberglass or in cranked open windows it can be rubber.

Much like windows can be double or triple glazed, windows can have multiple weather strips making it less likely to suffer from air infiltration.

A good window will have no air infiltration or extraction. Our windows also come with brush seals around the openings for exceptional draught proofing.

The Glass

This is where the cheap option is NEVER the best option. Regardless if everything else is in place, if the glass is poor then your window will not be effective.

Low-E Glass

A Low-E glass has a film applied to it to block harsh UV rays and block any heat coming from the outside.

There are varying degrees of Low-E glass but we recommend all types. You can speak to a member of our team to find out what level will be best and most cost effective for you.

Double or Triple Glazing

Another thing that will affect the quality of your windows is the thickness and the spacing between the panes of glass. We discussed the difference between double glazing, triple glazing and secondary glazing in our recent blog post on cancelling out the noise with double glazing.

Window Energy Rating

Having an energy efficient window doesn’t only reduce condensation making the window of less maintained, but it also retains heat within the house better meaning lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Most windows will now come with a colourful sticker on with a rating from A-G which will tell you how energy efficient your window is. Considering up to 25% of the heat within most homes escape through the window, it’s not surprising that most people are now opting for A rated windows.

The Number of Panes

The number of panes will be determined by your needs, location and budget. If noise pollution or temperature is an issue around where you live then double glazing is a must; potentially even triple glazing.

A window of the highest quality will have three panes of glass with varying thickness and gaps between the panes. Triple glazing has many advantages such as being energy efficient, safer and more durable. However, others do find that double glazing does the job just as well.

Your window expert will be able to advise you on what is best on your budget and location.

Ask The Experts

Of course here at Crystal Clear we don’t expect our customers to come in knowing exactly what they want and understand all of the jargon. Come and visit the showroom to see our fantastic range up close and personal or give us a call on 0117 911 0272 to discuss your needs with our expert team.

What’s a Hybrid Window?

In the world of windows, we are truly spoilt for choice. Have you even ever heard of a Hybrid

Window? To put it simply, a Hybrid Window is similar to a double glazed one except the inner and outer frames are made from different materials. It is very popular for coloured window frames due to the material it is made out of.

We have accumulated some FAQ’s and answers to help you decide whether a Hybrid Window is best for you or not.

Cancel out the Noise with Double Glazing

 

Taxi in motion in LondonNoise pollution is a real problem for many homeowners with noisy neighbours, nightlife and the biggest bugbear, busy roads. Particularly if you are raising a young family or working during unsocial hours, getting proper rest without the worry of noise is paramount.

Thanks to advances with technology, getting access to noise-cancelling windows is very affordable and makes all the difference. Take a look here to find out how double glazing can be a solution for your noisy home and other ways to keep the noise out.

A Conservatory for All Seasons

Multicolored windows. Collage of four windows.Given the constant changes in the great British weather, it’s not surprising that many have turned a blind eye to conservatories. Cold in the winter months and oven-like in the summer are common preconceptions leading to a decline in interest from many. Or so was the case.

Sophisticated designs and improved materials over the past few years have boosted their popularity. In fact, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggest the addition can boost the value of your home by 5%. According to Savills it could even be as much as 10%.

If you’re still not convinced, take a look below and find out how you could benefit from a conservatory all year round.

Is It Time to Up your Kerb Appeal?

Traditional townhouse kerb appealWe all know the saying, “you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression”. And when it comes to your home, the same adage holds true.

Whether you’re looking to sell up and move on or simply give your home a refresh, you mustn’t forget the importance of kerb appeal.

In fact, many will associate the condition of the exterior and surrounding landscape with the condition of its interiors. As such, potential buyers are likely to make a decision about the property before walking through the door.

So what should you consider in order to successfully revive the front of your property? Find out our top tips below:

8 Ways Double Glazing Enhances Your Home

Double Glazing window being openedUpgrading your windows to Double Glazing can have a significant impact on both the aesthetics and daily operations of your home.

From safety features to thermal performance there is a range of features to ensure your investment in Double Glazing is on that is worthwhile.

Find out how Double Glazing could benefit you and your household below:

What does your Front Door Say about You?

Selection of brightly coloured front doors As the saying goes; first impressions count. And, as we have recently found out, this apparently doesn’t just apply to you individually. In fact, the exterior of your home can say a lot about the people living inside.

Dulux Weathershield have recently completed research that revealed Brits make an assumption about a person in just 10 seconds after seeing their front door.

It seems that we really are a nation who judges a book by its cover. Find out what the colour of your front door supposedly says about you below:

Save Energy and Stay Warm This Winter

Cup of tea on a window sill with visible snow through the windowDespite the promise, and the no-show, of snow just a couple of weeks ago the weather seems to only be getting colder.

So, if you haven’t already now is a good time to take a look around your home and make sure you’re prepared and comfortable for the long Winter nights.

This month we’ve compiled a few of our top tips to help ensure your home is both warm and energy efficient with easy fixes and long term investments.

Have a read below:

Why Composite Doors Out Perform Traditional Timber Doors

Composite Wooden Door on House Exterior Choosing the right material for your front door can often be a tricky decision; especially when you’re a little inexperienced about what is on offer.

A traditional timber finish is a much sought after appearance for many residential properties. However, they are often expensive and generally require more maintenance. uPVC is certainly the cheaper option but can be seen as less secure and not quite as visually appealing.

Composite doors however, offer the best of both worlds and are, in our eyes, the clear winner. Let us explain to you in a bit more detail: