Double Glazing Frequently Asked Questions on Replacement Windows

Q1: When should I consider replacing my windows?

A: Windows typically need replacing after 15 to 20 years, or sooner if they’re showing signs of wear and tear. Things to look out for will be difficulty in opening/closing, draughts, leaks, or frequent condensation, as these could mean your windows need replacing.

Q2: What is double glazing?

A: Double glazing involves two panels of glass with a space in between, which can be filled with air or gas. This provides excellent thermal insulation, reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, while also reducing noise.

Q3: The benefits of uPVC windows?

A: In addition, uPVC windows are low maintenance, energy-efficient, and cost-effective. They don’t need painting or sealing and resist rot, making them a practical choice for many homeowners.

Q4: Are aluminum or timber windows better?

A: For instance, both have their benefits. Aluminum windows are strong, corrosion-resistant, and offer a modern look. Timber windows add a classic charm to your home and provide excellent energy efficiency. Your choice depends on your personal preference and home’s architectural style.

Q5: What is the cost of replacing windows?

A: The cost varies depending on the type and size of the window, the material, and the complexity of installation. We’re happy to provide a quote based on your specific needs.

Q6: How long does window replacement take?

A: The time taken for window replacement can vary based on the size and number of windows, and the specific conditions of your home. Generally, a professional team like Peterborough Doors can replace a window within a day.

Q7: Can I replace my windows myself?

A: While it’s possible, we recommend professional installation to ensure your windows fit perfectly, are properly sealed, and perform optimally. With Peterborough Doors, you’ll also get a warranty on products and installation.

Q8: How can I maintain my new windows?

A: Maintenance can depend on the material. For uPVC and aluminum windows, a simple wipe with a damp cloth generally suffices. Timber windows need regular painting and sealing to protect against rot and warping.

Q9: Will my new windows help reduce my energy bills?

A: Yes, new windows, especially if they’re double glazed like those from Peterborough Doors, can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency, potentially reducing your heating and cooling bills.

Q10: How do I get started with window replacement?

A: Contact Peterborough Doors! Our team is ready to provide friendly, expert advice to get you started on replacing your windows and improving your home.

Q11: Can I replace only the glass and keep my existing frames?

A: Yes, depending on the condition of your current window frames. If the frames are in good shape and the issue lies solely within the double-glazed units, you can replace just the glass.

Q12: Can I replace single glazing with double glazing?

A: Absolutely! Replacing single-glazed windows with double glazed windows can dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency and noise reduction capabilities.

Q13: Is it better to repair or replace my double glazing?

A: It depends on each situation. Appropriate repairs on relatively recent windows may suffice. However, if your double glazing is over 20 years old or significantly compromised, replacement is the better long-term investment to maximize energy efficiency and comfort.

Q14: Can new double glazing help reduce noise?

A: Yes, new, high-quality double glazed windows can provide excellent noise insulation, allowing you to create a more serene and tranquil home environment.

Q15: How can I start the double glazing replacement process?

A: Look no further than Peterborough Doors! Our friendly team is always ready to provide accurate and straightforward information, guiding you through your double glazing replacement journey. Contact us today to discuss your needs and let us help you secure the amazing benefits of new double glazed windows.

Q16: How do you make your double-glazed windows secure

A: We know that keeping your home secure is one of your top priorities. Here at Peterborough Doors, we’re dedicated to giving you peace of mind by offering double glazed windows specially designed for maximum security. So, how do we ensure our windows are as secure as can be? Let’s break it down.

  1. Multi-Point Locking Systems: Each of our double glazed windows is equipped with a multi-point locking system. This system involves multiple locks or bolts that secure at different points, making it incredibly difficult for intruders to force open.
  2. Toughened Glass: The glass we use in our double glazed windows is (literally!) tough stuff. It’s specially treated to be stronger than normal glass which makes it harder to break – an added layer of security for your home.
  3. Internal Glazing: Instead of fitting the glass to the window from the outside, where it can easily be removed, our windows are internally glazed. This means the glass can only be removed from inside the house, thus discouraging break-ins.
  4. Quality Construction & Installation: Great security comes from excellent design, attention to detail in construction, and professional installation. That’s why our skilled teams ensure that every window fits perfectly and operates smoothly—keeping your home secure and looking great.
  5. Security Hinges: Last but certainly not least, our windows come equipped with robust security hinges, known for withstanding force, making your windows secure from all angles.

All these elements work together to keep your home safe and secure, giving you that all-important peace of mind. But our double-glazed windows don’t just protect. They also deliver fantastic insulation, minimize noise, and offer a sleek look for your home.

Q17: What colours do double glazed windows come in

A: As for colour options, here’s what’s on offer with Profile 22 double-glazed windows:

  1. White: The classic choice, white windows are clean, bright, and can be paired with any home design or colour scheme.
  2. Anthracite Grey: A popular contemporary choice, anthracite grey windows offer an ultra-modern, premium look.
  3. Black: Want to make a bold statement? Choose black. It brings out striking contrasts and a stunning modern aesthetic.
  4. Golden Oak or Rosewood: These offer the traditional charm of wooden frames but with all the benefits of uPVC.
  5. Cream: A softer, more subtle choice, perfect for making your home feel warm and cozy.
  6. Chartwell Green: This heritage shade is ideal if you’re looking for a country cottage aesthetic or have a period property.

The frames can also be dual-coloured, which means you can have a different colour on the interior and exterior of the window, providing great flexibility to match both your indoor and outdoor decor.

So, whether you’re aiming for a traditional, contemporary, bold, or subdued look – we’ve got you covered! Come, add a splash of colour to your home with Profile 22 double-glazed windows and Peterborough Doors. Contact us today to discuss your needs and let us help you find the ideal window design for your home.

Q18: Do coloured uPVC windows cost more than white uPVC windows

A: Yes, coloured uPVC windows generally cost more than white uPVC windows. The price increase for opting for a coloured uPVC window instead of a traditional white one is approximately 10-20%.

However, even with this price increase, coloured uPVC windows can still be a more affordable option compared to other types of windows like those made from aluminium or timbe. The colour choice allows you to add a personal touch to your home without straying from the practicality and affordability of uPVC windows.

Q19: Will I need to re-decorate after my windows are fitted

A: Whether or not you’ll need to redecorate after your windows are fitted largely depends on the level of work that needs to be done and the conditions of your internal walls. In many cases, minor touch-ups may be sufficient.

While installing new windows, minimal disruption to the surrounding wall area should be expected. However, sometimes the replacement process might cause some damage to the wall or the paint, especially if the old windows are significantly different in size or shape.

Q20 Should double glazed windows get condensation

A: Absolutely! Double glazed windows can indeed get condensation, but where the condensation appears can indicate different things.

  1. Inside the Room: When condensation forms on the interior side of a window, it’s usually a result of high humidity levels in the room, rather than an issue with the window itself.
  2. Between the Panes: If you are seeing condensation forming between the panes of the double glazing, this often indicates a faulty seal. A broken seal allows moisture to get in between the panes, leading to condensation. This issue can be resolved by replacing the seal or sometimes even the whole window unit.
  3. Outside the Window: Condensation can also appear on the outside of double-glazed windows, which is perfectly normal. This means that the double glazing is effectively insulating your home by preventing the indoor heat from escaping to the outside.

Remember, while some condensation is normal, significant and persistent condensation might indicate bigger issues such as high indoor humidity levels, poor ventilation, or problems with the window itself.