New Windows

Are you buying a new home for your family and dreaming for the perfect windows to go with it? Or are your windows old or rotten and need to be replaced right away? Whatever your need is, we can help you out by giving you information and advice so you can find your ideal replacement windows.

How much can buying new windows cost you?

Your total costs for new windows will depend on several factors because windows need to be customised to perfectly suit your needs and your home. When purchasing new windows you’ll need to consider all the factors highlighted below before taking the plunge and buying those new uPVC, Plastic, Aluminium, or Wooden windows. Prices for standard new casement uPVC windows range from £250-£500 with plastic windows being the same price range. uPVC Sash windows command a premium and are normally double the price of casements or slightly under. Wooden sash windows can cost anywhere from £1500 and around £2000 if supplied in hardwood. These are pretty typical window prices and the resource highlighted has a longer list of costs than here.

New window sizes

The size of windows greatly influences their cost. The most common sizes that new casement windows come in are 600 mmx 600 mm, 600 x 900 mm, and 900 x 1200 mmm, as well as 1200mm x 1200mm. Sash windows tend to be more rectangular with the vertical being approximately 50% more than horizontal. This means typical sash sizes are 1800mm high by 1200mm wide. However, this is just a guide and they can be manufactured to all different dimensions, they can be custom made to fit your window openings perfectly. It goes without saying that the larger the window, and the higher the spec, the more the cost.

New window style

There are several types of windows with different functionalities.

The most common basic features of windows are the way they open and the material they are made from. Casement and sash windows are the most common types of windows in the UK. Sash windows are a traditional type of windows that slide open within the frame of the window and they have variations of these sash windows that can tilt and turn. On the other hand, casement windows are windows that swing open inwards or outwards on one side, and the mechanism used is hinging. New wooden windows will have a traditional hinge whilst uPVC windows have a more modern hinge that slides in a channel. They are difficult to explain compared with standard hinges you’ll find on any door so please find an image of these attached:

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As we briefly touched on above there is the type of window that is slightly more complex and versatile but still easy to use; the tilt and turn casement or sash windows. This style of window is popular in Europe  and are becoming very common in the UK, mainly because homeowners enjoy the fact that it is multifunctional while still looking appealing. They typically come in uPVC or Aluminium and look equally as good as standard windows with the added benefit of tilting inward for maintenance and cleaning. Tilt and turn windows are extremely versatile and it’s a surprise they’ve taken so long to take off in the UK. As far as double glazed cost goes, they are a bit more expensive than uPVC. As well as tilting inward(as the name suggests) they can also pivot on hinges if they are a casement style and slide up and down if they come in a sash style. They have a release mechanism which is operated by level and this allows you to safely and easily open your tilt and turn windows. Don’t worry though, they won’t fall out, they have a maximum opening distance and if you reach this point, they’ll simply be jammed in position and will not go any further. This setting can be adjusted to so if you have children there’s far less of a concern and security risk to them climbing out. This all comes as standard with this window style.

Bay windows are perfect for homeowners looking that have elegant fronted homes.  Normally these windows will come from period or Victorian properties, and were originally all constructed of timber but now are found in uPVC and Aluminium as well.

There are several benefits that come with bay windows. They offer far more light due to their curved shape protruding from the property wall. Where the window is so exposed it allows for maximum light to penetrate. This also has it’s downside; maximum exposure means full force of the weather and deterioration is quicker than flat windows. That’s lead to a significant increase in uPVC and Aluminium bays windows as homeowners flock to avoid costly repairs. Bay windows tend to be more expensive than all the other types of windows, they are far more complex by design so take longer to make, they are typically three to ten piece sections therefore already triple the cost and fitting is far more difficult.

French windows are lovely things, they are effectively casements with no central mullion which means that when opened you have a full space, particularly handy for sending large pieces of furniture in and out of the property. They also have the added benefit of being designed to open both in and out.

New window material

Material is an important factor that influences the price of windows with timber hardwood being the most expensive and plastic almost always being at the lower end of the scale.

Windows made from uPVC or plastic windows are the most common style of windows in modern properties as they are relatively inexpensive compared to windows made of aluminium or wood. Some benefits of uPVC windows are that they are easy to maintain making them appealing to lower budget, and they are pretty good at keeping the noise out and certainly improve the acoustic dB reduction, which make for a far more comfortable ambience. It also offers the benefit of keeping the noise from the kids in and not disturbing neighbours too much. uPVC windows also come in a variety of finishes, the standard being bright white, but also readily available are a host of colours and wood grain effects. These colours and grains typically increase the price of a window by around 10-15% from the base figures.

As we touched on earlier another key material that windows are made of is wood. Wooden windows are known for their traditional appearance and their ability to regulate temperature as well as timber being a better insulator against heat loss than uPVC (and obviously aluminium which literally conducts the heat inward). Because of their beautiful appearance and sound acoustic and energy efficient properties they are highly preferred for families with high end homes that are ready to spend the extra on quality. Another great benefit of wooden windows is that timber is a renewable source and doesn’t damage the environment in the same way as uPVC. Typically, uPVC windows take a multiple time more energy to produce and install than timber. That’s not surprising when you consider the base material of uPVC.

Aluminium windows are considered to be very easy to maintain and very long lasting, this is because of the paint used which is powder coat as which sprayed on and bonds beautifully leaving a near perfect, sleek finish inside out. These windows are considerably more expensive than uPVC windows if the higher quality version, but normally cost less than wooden windows. They are a nice balance of aesthetics and budget.

New window glazing

The layers of glazing on your windows will affect the heat and acoustic properties of your home, in short, it is a very important decision and the price of your windows will heavily depend on it. Double glazing is considerably cheaper than triple glazing but less efficient and secure. Most new windows come in two or three layers of glass. Single glazed windows tend to be more expensive nowadays as they are reserved for listed buildings and windows that must look exactly like for like from a hundred years ago.. Double glazed windows are the most popular choice by customers due to the balance of cost and performance. Triple glazign is often used when budget isn’t an issue and a homeowner simply wants the best available.

How to find new windows for your home

In order to find the right windows for your home or office, it is best to set a list of important issues you would like to solve and improve from your new windows. Some consumers prefer going for uPVC casement windows due to their affordability, and some will choose hardwood purely based on aesthetics and keeping a balance of their property. Consider how much privacy, durability, and versatility you are looking for. Take your time to understand the differences between all the styles of windows and find the perfect options for your home by reading our guide. Alternatively, you can consult us and we will do the hard work for you.

Get a personalised quote for new windows

Once you have decided on the perfect windows for your home or if you need advice doing so, find the right suppliers that offer quality and affordability. We can ensure you don’t overpay and get the very best value for money today.