Best Way To Clean Windows Without Streaks

27

Sep
2022
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Best Way To Clean Windows Without Streaks
Categories :Windows

As autumn approaches and the nights draw in it can be easy to forget about keeping your windows clean. Although this is likely to be more of a priority for you in the summer months, taking time each week to keep your windows sparkling throughout the year will make a big difference to the brightness of your home.

It’s easier than you think to keep your windows sparkling and in this article, we will look at the best way to clean your windows, including the simple items you need to keep your windows streak free.

What you will need

Don’t worry, there isn’t an extensive list of complicated potions that you need to give your windows a proper clean. We recommend having the following items at home:

  • a bucket
  • a sponge
  • a squeegee (available at most DIY stores or online)
  • some newspaper or brown paper
  • a microfiber cloth
  • a lint-free cloth
  • a window cleaning solution or white vinegar

How often do you need to clean the windows?

Try adding window cleaning to your weekly chore list. By this, we mean wiping the windows with glass cleaner and removing dirt and grime from the window sills and frame. A deep clean isn’t needed this often though. Aim to give your windows a deep clean, inside and out, on a quarterly basis.

Cleaning the inside

How often have you cleaned the inside of your windows only to look a few minutes later and notice that they are streaky? It’s a common problem but one that’s easily avoided with the right tools and technique. Here’s our guide to cleaning the inside of your windows to prevent streaks:

  1. Fill a bucket with cool, clean soapy water.
  2. Run a clean microfiber cloth or sponge over the window, including the window frames.
  3. Spray the glass with your window cleaner or, if you prefer, a homemade water and vinegar cleaning solution.
  4. Use a lint-free clean cloth or alternatively, newspaper, to clean and dry the window in a Z-motion.
  5. Repeat if needed.

Cleaning from the outside

On the outside, your windows are more likely to accumulate dirt. Start by washing your dirty windows with clean water. You could even use a hose if you have access to one (and it’s appropriate to do so i.e. there isn’t a hosepipe ban in place!).

Once the excess dirt has been removed, repeat the same process as above for cleaning the inside of your windows. In addition, for the outside, we’d recommend wiping the window dry using a squeegee. Work from the top of the window to the bottom, remembering to wipe the squeegee with a clean paper towel between wipes.

For any stubborn marks, such as bird droppings, soak the area fully using white vinegar and water. Leave to stand for a few minutes before rinsing with clean water.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this article a useful overview of how to keep your windows clean and sparkling throughout the year.

If you’re looking to upgrade your windows we’re more than happy to advise you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Top 5 Different Types Of Windows For Your Home

07

Sep
2022
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Top 5 Different Types Of Windows For Your Home
Categories :Windows

Windows provide your home with natural light, warmth in the winter months, and let in fresh air on warm days. Windows are an essential part of your property, allowing air to circulate and providing a view of the outside world.

Not all windows are the same and in this article, we’re going to look at some of the most popular types of windows. Some of which you may already have in your home and some that you might be considering upgrading to for home improvement or aesthetic purposes. Read on to find out more.

Types of windows

Do the windows in your home open outwards or inwards? Are they energy efficient or do they need replacing? Perhaps you’re not sure what types of windows you have in your home. Let’s look at some of the most popular types of windows.

1. Fixed windows

Fixed windows, which can also be referred to as picture windows, are exactly as the name suggests. They are fixed into the frame and cannot be opened or closed. These tend to be cost-effective and provide a good view of the outside world. These can provide a nice outlook, particularly if you look out onto the countryside or another type of beautiful view.

2. Casement windows

Casement windows are popular as they suit most styles of property. They can be side-hung, or have hinges on two sides, or at the top or the bottom of the window. They can include single, double, or even triple panels. We offer a wide range of casement windows in the latest designs and styles to match your home. We can even add coloured designs, Georgian bars, obscure glass, or lead work to enhance the appearance. They are also very energy efficient.

3. Tilt and turn

Another common uPVC window style is tilt and turn. They remain as popular today as in the 1980s when they were introduced, particularly in modern properties. The window opens inwards making the outside easier to clean and they are another energy efficient choice.

4. Sash windows

Sash windows are a style more common in older properties and are a popular choice as they are easy on the eye. Although those found in older properties are more likely to require regular maintenance, modern sash windows are easily opened and closed by sliding the window up and down. They provide good ventilation and newer windows are energy efficient.

5. Bay windows

Bay windows extend from the outside wall line to the floor and are often found in the living room. They were originally designed as a decorative feature and can provide a great view of the scenery outside your home. They provide rooms with lots of natural light and good ventilation, due to the extra side windows which can be opened to let air flow through.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this article a useful overview of some popular window styles and some inspiration if you’re looking for replacement windows for your home.

If you’re looking to upgrade your windows we’re more than happy to advise you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

How To Paint Your Windows

24

Aug
2022
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How To Paint Your Windows
Categories :Windows

There could be a number of reasons you’re thinking about painting your windows. From wanting to brighten the exterior of your home with a fresh new colour, to refreshing old paint that may have worn away or cracked. Whatever the reason for your painting project you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared, with the right tools and paint for your windows.

In this article, we recommend the tools you will need, how to prep your windows for painting, and the step-by-step process.

Tools you will need

You want to paint your windows, but where do you start and what tools do you need?

Here’s what we recommend when painting uPVC windows:

  • a dust sheet, to avoid any paint splashing on the floor or other surfaces
  • a microfibre cloth
  • fine grade sandpaper
  • masking tape
  • uPVC primer or undercoat
  • a small paint brush for precision
  • uPVC paint or exterior paint

Preparing windows for painting

Preparing your windows for painting is an important first step. Begin by cleaning the window frames with a microfibre cloth, removing any dust or dirt. Do this with your windows open, making sure to get into all the corners.

Next, using sandpaper, lightly sand your windows to help the paint adhere to the uPVC surface. Then, use masking tape on the panes of glass and windowsill to ensure that paint doesn’t get onto these surfaces.

You’re now ready to start the painting process.

Step-by-step process

Choose your color

Once the preparation part is complete, you can choose your desired colour, if you haven’t done so already. Opt for either a uPVC paint or an exterior paint. The shop that you buy your paint from will be able to advise you if you are unsure which one to choose.

Apply primer

Using a clean paintbrush and gently apply a uPVC primer to your windows before applying any paint. We would advise applying two coats of primer, letting each layer dry between applications. This may take anything from a few hours up to one day, depending on the time of year.

Paint the first coat

Once the primer is fully dry, you can apply your first layer of paint. Using your paintbrush, apply the first coat of paint to your window frames by gently moving the brush in an up and down motion. Make sure to apply paint right into the corners.

You will need to apply at least two coats of paint and, depending on the colour you choose, maybe more. It’s important to let the paint dry between each coat.

Apply a final coat

When it comes to painting your final coat of paint, try to make sure you paint by moving your brush in one direction for a smooth and smart-looking finish.

Once dry, remove your masking tape.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this advice on painting your windows useful but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

If, rather than painting your windows, you’re looking to upgrade them, we’re more than happy to advise you on this change. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

How To Remove Moisture From Between Window Panes

01

Jul
2022
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How To Remove Moisture From Between Window Panes
Categories :Windows

During the summer months, the windows in your home are open more often throughout the day and night. However, during the winter months, you might notice a build-up of moisture on your windows. Although annoying, is this actually a problem? Well, in short, yes it can be if not dealt with. This build-up of moisture can lead to mould development which will weaken your windows and could eventually affect your health.

In this article, we look at what causes this build-up of moisture, why it shouldn’t be left untreated, and how to get rid of it. Read on to find out more.

What causes moisture build-up?

During the colder months of the year, we have the heating on which generates heat inside our homes. When this warm air combines with cold air from the outside on the surface of the glass on your windows, it can cause condensation to build if there is a weakness.. For example, if a seal is broken in your windows.

How to get rid of condensed moisture

Left untreated, this condensed moisture can cause a range of issues, including:

  • mould, which in turn will weaken your window frames and possibly affect your health
  • your windows becoming less energy efficient due to heat loss
  • your home feeling colder, as your windows are no longer keeping the warm air in. This could lead to an increase in your energy bills as you use your heating more often to compensate.

Fear not though, as there are things that you can do to fix the problem.

Replace the window

The best option to fix condensation build-up may be to replace your window or windows. Cosyhomes Windows has 45 years of experience in double-glazed window repairs and replacement. We can advise you on the best solution to remove condensation. You may not need to replace the entire window depending on how severe the problem is. We will discuss the options with you and offer our best solution to keep your windows performing at their best long-term.

Professional assistance

Another option may be for a professional to clean your affected window or windows. They will drill holes into the corners of your double pane windows and insert a cleaning solution. This can then be sucked through the bottom hole and vent plugs inserted into the small holes, allowing air and water to flow freely once again.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this advice on window moisture useful but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to arrange a consultation.

Cosyhomes Windows is here to answer any questions that you may have and advise you on the best option for your home. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

How To Get Scratches Out Of Glass Windows

12

May
2022
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How To Get Scratches Out Of Glass Windows
Categories :Windows

We’ve all been there – it’s a beautiful day and when looking out of your window you suddenly notice a scratch on the glass. Perhaps caused by a child’s toy being thrown against it accidentally, your pet’s claws, or a household item falling onto it.

It’s certainly a pain but most importantly, can it be removed? And if so, how?

In this article, we look at several effective methods to remove scratches from glass windows, the materials you may need, plus the importance of seeking professional advice when needed.

Where do glass scratches come from?

There are many reasons that your glass windows may become scratched – you might not actually find out what caused them. Most surface scratches can be worked on to be removed however, deeper scratches, cracks or damage mean that you will need glass replacement. If this is the case, we can work on this for you promptly, with a fast turnaround of 2 days if required.

Methods to remove scratches

Before you begin trying to remove any scratches on your windows, first gently clean the area with a soft cloth using soap and water.

Nail polish

Believe it or not, clear nail polish can work on repairing minor scratches on glass. Apply with the polish brush to the scratch. Once dry, use nail polish remover to get rid of any excess.

Scratch filler

Scratch filler kits can be purchased online. They usually include a glass polishing compound, tools, and instructions to carry out your repair.

Metal polish

Using a lint-free cloth, try rubbing some metal polish in a circular motion into the glass scratch. Wipe away any excess with a clean, damp cloth.

Cerium Oxide

Combining cerium oxide with water will create a paste that can be used on your glass repair. Using firm pressure, apply a small amount of the paste to the damaged area using the buffer extension on a drill. Rub back and forth and repeat if the scratch is not repaired on your first attempt. Once finished, clean and dry the area with a clean, damp cloth.

Expert help and advice

If you have tried one or many of the methods mentioned above on your glass surface, but aren’t having any luck, seek expert help and advice. We are experts in our field and are happy to help, advise, and assist in the repair or replacement of your damaged glass windows. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

How To Measure Double Glazed Units

21

Sep
2021
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How To Measure Double-Glazed Units
Categories :Windows

Replacing your double-glazed window units could be on your mind for several reasons. Perhaps you have noticed that there is misting or condensation between the glazed glass panels, which could be due to general wear of the sealed unit. Maybe you have noticed that there is a crack or damage to the double glazed glass unit which means that it will need replacing. All of these problems are easy to fix with professional assistance.

In order to replace your double glazed unit or glass, you will first need to take some measurements. Let us guide you through how to do this.

What Parts Of The Window Do You Need To Measure?

If your entire double-glazed window unit needs replacing, you will need to measure the:

  • width
  • height, and
  • thickness

Measuring The Width

When looking to replace the whole window unit, your width measurements will need to be taken from the outside of your house or building.

Using a measuring tape, begin by taking three width measurements at the top, middle, and bottom of the unit. These measurements should be taken from the jambs (the main vertical parts forming the sides of a window frame) of each window.

To ensure that you have accurate measurements, we would recommend taking each measurement twice. The smallest of these three measurements is the one that you will need to provide to your chosen window supplier.

Measuring The Height

The measurement of the height of your window can be taken from the inside. To take this measurement, start at the area of the window sill closest to the window and take your measuring tape up to the top of the window. As with the width measurement, measure in the top, middle, and bottom and double-check by doing this twice.
Again, the measurement that is important here is the smallest one.

Don’t Forget The Thickness

Measuring the thickness of the double-glazed unit should not be forgotten. This can be done by measuring the thickness of the opening from the exterior to the interior.

What If You Only Want To Replace The Glass?

Although double-glazed windows use toughened glass, they may on occasion need to be replaced. It may be that they were installed before thermally efficient glass, which can help you to cut your energy bills, was available. Or they may be damaged.

Whatever the reason, we can offer a hassle-free change-over of glass to the latest thermally efficient double or even triple glazed sealed unit. The measurements that you will need to take to replace the glass are:

  • width from the beading on each side of the uPVC frame
  • the height from the beading on the top and bottom of the frame

The ‘beading’ is the strip of timber, plastic, or aluminum at the edge of the windowpane that holds it in place within the frame.

Before you provide your window supplier with these measurements, you will need to deduct 10mm from each one.

If you don’t feel confident in taking these measurements, we are here to help. One of the experienced Cosyhomes Windows team can visit the property, take measurements and provide a free quotation. Submit an enquiry via our website or call 020 8397 4040.

How To Adjust UPVC Windows

08

Jul
2021
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How To Adjust UPVC Windows
Categories :Windows

UPVC is a material chosen for window frames for its durability. Unlike other materials like wood. It is also water-resistant.

If you live in a modern building, it’s very likely that your windows will be double glazed and UPVC. However, if your UPVC windows have been installed for some time, you may find that you have trouble opening and closing them. Maybe they have warped slightly and need a bit of adjustment.

Depending on the problem and whether you are confident with DIY, you can probably adjust the windows yourself.

In this article, we look at some common problems with double glazing UPVC windows and how you can fix them. Read on to find out more.

Why Isn’t My UPVC Window Closing Properly?

If your window isn’t closing properly – perhaps it is sticking – you will need to adjust the height.

This is fairly easy to do and can be done by loosening the screws at the side of the window. Turn the screws with a screwdriver and then readjust the sashes into the frame. Next, tighten them up again. It might be worth asking someone to help you when doing this.

What If The Problem Is With The Hinges?

If you think that the hinges on your windows may be past their best, rather than refitting the window hinges yourself it’s worth contacting a double-glazing company who can replace them. We’re happy to help with this, just request a callback.

Are Top-Hung Windows Harder To Adjust?

If your windows swing open from the top or the bottom, these are called top-hung windows.

These windows need to have enough friction on the hinge so that they will stay open. If you have too much friction though, they can be hard to open.

Top hung windows have hinges with a friction stay. This friction stay can be adjusted on the hinge – either tightened or loosened – to apply or release pressure to hold the window open or loosen the window hinge.

When adjusting you need to locate the friction stay on the hinge and adjust the screws in the right direction.

Will I Damage The Window If I Do A Repair Myself

Depending on the amount of adjustment, there is always a risk that you may damage the window if you do the repair yourself. If you adjusted screws and were unable to put them back, or couldn’t close the window properly, this would be a home security risk.

If you are not confident or would just like the reassurance of using someone who is a specialist, always err on the side of caution.

At Cosyhomes Windows, we offer a range of window repairs and can advise you on the best course of action; more often than not the answer is simple and quick. We have a wealth of experience and can find the right solution for you.

What Is A Casement Window?

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Apr
2021
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What Is A Casement Window
Categories :Windows

Casement windows are one of the UK’s most popular types of window. They are energy efficient, versatile, and functional. The great thing about these types of windows is that they provide maximum ventilation in any location, due to their side-hinged positioning. The windows can be hinged to open outwards from the top (awning windows), or the bottom (hopper windows) of the window frame.

How Do Casement Windows Work?

Suitable for any style of property, casement windows are usually hinged at the side of the frame, the window opens outwards (but can be manufactured to open inwards too) and is held open with a traditional casement stay or a modern casement friction hinge or crank mechanism.

Pros And Cons Of Casement Windows

Pros

Secure

Double glazing or triple glazing your casement windows offers fantastic insulation and security.

Versatile

If you’re considering replacing the windows in your home, casement windows are a great choice due to their versatility. The frames can be uPVC, timber or aluminium, adapted to bespoke sizes and are available in a variety of color finishes.

Good ventilation

Casement windows are open top to bottom and can either be extended fully for maximum ventilation or angled slightly to catch breezes, helping to circulate air around your home.

Fully insulated

The window sash in casement windows presses against the frame to create an airtight seal when closed. This helps prevent cold air entering and warm air escaping, improving the energy efficiency of your home and reducing heat loss.

Good visibility

Casement windows offer a clear view of the outside when open and when closed, allowing a lot of natural light into any room.

Cons

Not suitable near exterior walkways

As most open outwards, if your windows are near an exterior walkway casement windows won’t be the best option for you. An inward opening tilt and turn window would be a better option.

Size limitations

Again, due the outward opening design, you may find the size of the casement window suitable for your home is fairly limited. This is because the frame needs to support the weight of the glass. A bigger ‘ceiling to floor’ window style may be more suitable.

Are Casement Windows An Expensive Option?

The cost depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Quality
  • Performance
  • Material
  • Style
  • Glazing
  • Finish
  • Hardware

Will Replacing My Windows Improve The Value Of My Home?

Replacing the windows in your home before you sell may well make your home more attractive to potential buyers. It will improve home security, smarten up the exterior and could add between 5-10% to your home’s resale price. It will also improve your home’s Energy Performance rating (EPC) and potentially increase the value of your property by an additional 6-14%.

If you’re considering upgrading your windows and would like to discuss the options available to you, do contact us to discuss your requirements. We’re here to help.

Do I Need Planning Permission For Window Installation?

28

Oct
2020
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planning permission for window installation
Categories :Windows

Window installation can transform your home overnight, but how does the entire process work? It takes more than just selecting the windows you like and finding the right contractor. You also have to be aware of planning permission. 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about getting planning permission for windows.

What Is Planning Permission?

Planning permission is the process of getting approval to build a structure or extension onto an existing building. This typically pertains to projects like adding additional rooms or conservatories. 

Planning permission is required when a home improvement project goes beyond what is considered ‘permitted development.’ This means any construction that doesn’t meet the national government building guidelines. Although planning permission is a legal requirement. 

Whether you need one depends on the type of project you are doing and the region you live in. Regulations differ between England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, so before you start planning your window installation, verify if you will need planning permission.

Does Window Installation Require it?

Overall, window installation does not require planning permission, but that comes down to the type of windows you are installing. That’s because most windows are considered to be permitted development, meaning they are nationally allowed to be installed without permission. 

To get new windows installed, you need to purchase the windows and hire a licensed contractor to install them. Like brand new window installation, replacing windows don’t require planning permission. This is only the case for houses, though. If you want to install or replace new windows in a flat, you will need approval.

The only exception to this rule is replacing an existing window with the same type of window. The most important thing is to know your local region’s guidelines. If you’re unsure of where to start, call a local window company for advice.

Installing Bay Windows

It’s essential to keep in mind that not every window is available for installation without the proper approval. Bay windows are not always considered a permitted development since they are an extension of the house. Traditional windows get encased inside the structure, but bay windows stick out, which is why they need permission.

You don’t need permission for bay windows in many cases if you stay within a certain height or surface area. That’s because these new windows are replacing an existing window. Planning permission is commonly required when installing a bay window on the side of a house where there are no extrusions.

The age of the home can also affect whether you need planning permission. To be safe, always double-check before planning a bay window installation. Know where you want to install your new windows and how old your house is.

Speak To An Expert

If you’re looking to install a bay window or want to know the area’s requirements, consult an expert. CosyHomes Windows are your local experts on window installation and planning permission. Not only can we advise you on how to install your windows, but we’re a window company so we can install them too. 

Call us today so we can talk you through the entire process!

How Long Do Double Glazed Units Last?

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Sep
2020
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How Long Do Double Glazed Units Last?
Categories :Windows

In the UK, tens of millions of double glazed windows have been in place before 2002. These units, after all, are more efficient than single-pane windows. They are better in reducing heat gains and losses that occur through windows.

They cost more, but programs like the new Green Energy Grant can make them more affordable. With this scheme, you can finally upgrade to double glazing windows. Combined with other energy-saving improvements, you may save up to £300 a year on your bills.

The big question now is, how long do double glazed units last? Knowing the lifespan of these windows can help you make the most out of your investment.

Ready to learn more about the service life of double glazed windows? Keep reading then, as that’s what this post is all about!

How Long Do Double Glazed Units Last?

Researchers found that double glazed windows have a median payback period of 8.75 years. Throughout this period alone, these units have shown to reduce energy consumption by 72.9%.

Properly installed and placed, however, double glazed units can last for 25 years up to 35 years. Plus, these new windows alone can already save you up to £175 a year!

Window Placement Can Affect Double Glazed Lifetime

In the UK, south-facing windows receive the highest amount of sunlight and heat. In a place where unsettled weather conditions are typical, these windows are must-haves. It’s also why south-facing houses cost more than east- or west-facing homes.

However, south-facing windows also experience the most temperature gradients. These fluctuations can affect the seals and adhesives, making them fail earlier. As such, double glazed units that face south have a shorter life span, the average of which is 12 years.

Higher-Quality Materials Translate to Longer Lasting Windows

Between the two panes of double glazed units is a gas that should be less conductive than the gases in the air. Argon gas boasts this characteristic. Hence, it’s the most common gas used in filling up double pane windows.

To make sure that the gas stays inside the panes, though, there must be a perimeter seal. This is the part that protects and encloses the air gap between the windows.

Moreover, the perimeter seal contains tiny silicone desiccant beads. These small particles help absorb moisture to keep the entire enclosure dry.

This is why it’s crucial to choose window installers who use only top-notch materials. This way, you can be sure that your windows won’t be prone to the effects of excessive moisture. By keeping excess water at bay, your double glazed units will last longer.

The Cosyhomes Windows Guarantee

Cosyhomes Windows consist of a team of window experts with over 35 years of experience. Throughout this period, they have already completed over 85,000 installations. That makes them among your most experienced and trustworthy window installers.

More than that, Cosyhomes Windows offer 10 years of installation guarantee. You will also receive a 10-year guarantee on the glass components of your windows.

Upgrade Your Windows Now for Increased Comfort and Savings

There you have it, the guide that answers your question, “how long do double glazed units last?” Now that you know they can last for decades, it’s time to consider getting them for your home. The sooner you do, the sooner you can make your home cosier and energy-efficient.

Ready to begin your home improvement project, starting with double glazed windows? Then please feel free to get in touch with Cosyhomes Windows! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have on double and even triple-pane windows.