How To Measure Double Glazed Units

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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

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Jul
2021
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How To Adjust UPVC Windows
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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?

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Oct
2020
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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.

UK Building Regulations For Replacing Windows & Doors

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Jun
2020
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UK Building Regulations For Replacing Windows & Doors
Categories :Doors, Windows

When you are in the market for new windows, you look for good savings and styles. What often goes overlooked are building regulations for window replacements.

Understanding and complying with UK building regulations is the most important part of replacing your windows. Ignoring them may make it impossible to sell your home down the line. It can even result in fines.

Let’s keep you on the right track and get you up-to-date with building regulations.

How To Comply With UK Building Regulations

Once you have your window upgrades complete, you need certification from your local council building control office. They will send an agent to inspect and confirm your new window upgrades.

You can also get this certificate from your installer. The installer will need their own certification through a government organisation like FENSA or CERTASS. Cosyhomes Windows complies with all the proper and current qualifications and is registered under the CERTASS scheme.

Breaking Down The Building Regulations For Windows & Doors

While you can let a professional handle all the details, it is good to understand building regulations before you get window replacements so you can recognise a job well done. Understanding the regulations can also help you appreciate the benefits that they can give you as well.

1. Thermal Performance and Construction

Any window built within building regulations will need to have a U-Value to fall in line with thermal performance. This U-Value comes from a formula that determines the proper seal and shielding of the window.

2. Structural Considerations

When you get a window that doesn’t fit into the original structure of the house, such as a bay window, you need to confirm that the window remains structurally sound.

Often this means proper reinforcement in the frame. A new lintel may also be required in the process.

3. Breaking Glass

If the glazing in your window is low to the ground, you will need reinforcement to keep it from breaking. The glazing needs to be toughened as a minimum requirement.

In extreme cases where a window is in a vulnerable area, this process will also help it to break in a safer manner, preventing dangerous projectiles.

4. Escaping From Fire

Any windows that are within a bedroom need to provide a way to escape a fire. If a fire breaks out, you’ll need an exit.

A good fire escape window should have an opening between 800mm and 1100mm above the internal floor level. The overall area should be at least 0.33m2 and not less than 450mm in width or height.

The window must also stay open without someone holding it open to allow everyone to escape with ease. This requires a special hinge which is sometimes referred to as a fire, egress or easy-clean hinge.

5. Ventilation

A new window should never reduce the amount of potential ventilation in a room. Any trickle vents or fans that came with the existing window must return. Improving ventilation is always the best option.

6. Safety

Preventing horrible accidents around the house is a major concern with any building regulations. The most common and dangerous is accidental falling from a higher story window.

To prevent this any window opening that is less than 800mm from the internal floor, where you can fall more than 600mm, must have a safety lock or restrictor hinge to prevent children from climbing or falling through the window.

Getting The Best With Cosyhomes Windows

With a better understanding of building regulations, you can make a more informed choice when it comes to your brand new windows.

There is no need to sacrifice your window quality or style for regulations. We here at Cosyhomes Windows pride ourselves on providing a cost-effective solution with customer-led focus. Contact us today for more information!

Argon Gas – Q & A

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May
2020
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Argon Gas

Argon gas makes up less than 1 per cent of the earth’s atmosphere.

That might seem like a little, but it’s actually quite a lot. And there’s plenty to spare for your windows! This non-toxic odourless gas transforms your regular glazed windows into something a little more efficient.

Argon Gas filled windows feature a double or triple glazed unit that is filled with gas between the panes of glass to increase energy efficiency and soundproofing.

Argon Gas increases the windows ability to insulate by reducing the heat transfer. Argon Gas does not conduct heat as readily as air, so it helps keep heat in during the winter and out in the summer at the same time as an advantage in decibel reduction.

Argon Gas Windows & Heat Conduction Properties

Argon is a less conductive gas than the ones present in regular air. The panes between the windows are filled with argon gas. This layer of gas acts as a thermal blanket, reducing the heat transfer between the inner and outer window pane.

This makes heat loss from the inside of your home is lower during the winter, and heat gain from the outside is also lower during the summer. It’s an all-climate solution, that works great during every season of the year.

WHAT DOES ARGON GAS LOOK LIKE? WILL I SEE IT IN MY WINDOWS?

No, Argon Gas is clear, colourless and odourless. Even if installed side by side, you cannot see the difference between a window filled with gas and one without.

HOW LONG WILL THE GAS STAY IN THE WINDOW?

Numerous studies show that gas typically leaks out at less than 1% per year. Over twenty years the window still has at least 80% of the gas still trapped inside it.

IS ARGON GAS DANGEROUS?

An emphatic NO! Argon Gas exists naturally in the air you breathe – it is both non-toxic and inert.

WILL MY HOUSE PLANTS GROW?

Argon does not block any portion of the suns light. House plants will not be affected.

WILL ARGON GAS GIVE ME AN A-ENERGY RATED WINDOW?

Argon Gas

No. Filling the glass sealed unit with Argon Gas alone will not give you an A-energy rated window. Whilst it will improve the thermal efficiency of the window, other measures need to be taken.

Sealed units used to have aluminium spacer bars separating the two panes of glass – these were conductors of heat and cold. Now spacer bars are made of an insulating plastic composite material that becomes a barrier to heat loss. We use the Warm Edge Spacer which does exactly as it ‘says on the tin’ – keeping the edge of the sealed unit warm. At the same time, the window frame needs to be manufactured in a way that meets a standard of thermal efficiency as well as be certified with a Window Energy Rating (WER) to confirm the whole window in its entirety has been correctly produced.

IS IT ONLY FOR ENERGY SAVINGS?

Whilst energy savings are important, the real “comfort” benefit of gas filling the sealed unit is the increase in the inner glazing temperature. Raising the inner glass temperature acclimatises or substantially reduces condensation on the glass. A “warmer” surface is also more comfortable to be near.

There is also a soundproofing element.

DO ALL WINDOWS HAVE ARGON GAS?

Unfortunately not! Gas-filled windows are manufactured using specialised equipment and not all manufacturers have these facilities. So when buying new windows make sure your supplier can offer the benefits of Argon Gas for that extra insulation.

Additional Benefits Of Argon In Windows

Normal air contains moisture that causes cloudiness and condensation on window panes. As one of the more affordable non-toxic gases, it comes with a variety of additional benefits.

  • It improves the thermal performance of your windows
  • Lower possibility of condensation, frost and the build-up of moisture
  • Pairs well with low-E coatings
  • It is inexpensive, odourless and non-toxic
  • Assists with room insulation
  • Works well under all climatic conditions
  • Fits in well with most window designs
  • It is a non-corrosive substance that is safe for both, your windows and the environment
  • Can help to soundproof your home

Argon vs Krypton Gas For Your Windows

While argon gas is the more popular choice for windows, krypton is another alternative that is sometimes used. How do you determine which one is right for you?

Krypton gas is a relatively denser gas. It also tends to be more expensive, and harder to obtain. Generally, argon is the preferred option because it is more easily available, gives reliable results, and is also extremely affordable in comparison.

While krypton gas is also odourless and non-toxic, you get better value for your money with argon. If you’ve got double-paned windows, with a wider space, argon gas is definitely your best option.

How Long Does Argon Gas Last In Your Windows?

Argon gas windows that are installed correctly, can last you more than twenty years. Of course, over time it is natural for very small amounts of gas to leak, but this will not affect the efficiency of the windows during that time.

If you notice condensation or moisture on your window panes, it’s probably a good indicator of a gas leak or similar problem. If you feel like your windows are no longer functioning like they used to, you should get in touch with a window repair service to investigate the issue.

Need a professional to look at your windows? Give us a call or fill out our simple form and we’ll get back to as soon as we can!

Why Choose REHAU Windows?

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Feb
2020
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Why Choose REHAU Windows?
Categories :Windows

If you need to make sure that your home, office or retail building are taken care of, look no further than the kinds of windows that you install.

The windows that you choose play a huge role in energy efficiency, which is why you should only go with the most reputable brands around.

In this regard, you absolutely can’t go wrong with REHAU.

Read on to learn more about REHAU windows, why they’re among the best around, and how you can benefit.

What Makes REHAU Windows So Amazing?

REHAU is a company that brings 6 decades of experience to any installation project that you need. Their windows are used in all different seconds and are known for their impeccable quality and value.

You’ll improve your property values by investing in these windows, and there are so many perks you can enjoy out of the gate.

Here are some of the main advantages you will enjoy by purchasing and using REHAU windows:

1. You’re Getting the Highest Standards in Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficiency is the most important standard to key in on when you’re in the market for some brand new windows. REHAU windows are great from an energy-efficiency standpoint since they feature uPVC technology.

With this, you’re getting A-Rating energy efficiency, along with noise reduction upwards of 50 per cent.

2. These Windows Provide Excellent Security

You need to make security a top priority for your building, whether it’s residential or commercial.

With REHAU windows, you will also appreciate the fact that they’ll make your building more secure. For instance, not only is the glass built tough, but the windows are reinforced with quality connective hardware such as latches, hinges, locks, and handles.

You will appreciate the fact that your home, apartment or office building is protected to the fullest.

3. They’re Stylish and Chic

REHAU windows are amazing when it comes to style and sophistication. They are aesthetically pleasing and feature close to 30 different laminate colours.

There are a variety of wood finishes and excellent treatments you can get for any sort of window that you’re looking into.

You will also note that these windows are versatile in function, so you can shop around and get whatever kind of style you need.

4. They’re Incredibly Easy to Install

Finally, this is one of the most recognizable brands of windows around, so you shouldn’t have any problem whatsoever finding a great installer to help you out. They are incredibly easy to install and you will be able to get them up and going in any building that needs them.

Look to Install the Best Windows You Can Find

When you’re looking to improve your home, you absolutely can’t go wrong with REHAU windows.

If you are in need of windows or any other form of home improvement and remodelling, you will be happy to leave this work to us.

Take the time to contact us when you need the best home improvement specialists around. Reach out to us on the web or pick up the phone and give us a call at 020 8397 4040.

How To Replace Glass In A Sash Window

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Aug
2019
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How To Replace Glass In A Sash Window
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These days, we’re blessed with things like double and triple glazing to give windows some more reinforcement. However, there’s always the chance that your window panes can suffer damage in some way or another. Whether it’s from a rogue object hitting your window, some terrible weather, or someone trying to break into your home; cracks and breaks can happen.

As such, the team here at Cosyhomes Windows offers an extensive repairs service that can replace glass in your sash windows. So, if you ever see cracks in your glass, then here’s our guide on how to replace glass in a sash window.

Act Instantly

Don’t waste time when you discover your window has been broken or cracked. If there’s broken glass on the floor, then you have to act quickly to prevent any accidents or injuries. The sooner you deal with the situation, the sooner you can remove all the harmful glass from your home.

When you identify the breakage, give us a call straight away on 020 8397 4040. We’ll organise for someone to come to your home and deal with the situation promptly!

Sweep Any Glass From The Floor

Never handle broken glass with your hands! The best way to deal with it is to sweep it up using a dustpan and brush.

Make sure everyone wears shoes at all times to prevent instances where they step on a small piece of glass, and it cuts their feet.

Don’t Try Any Repairs Yourself

If your glass is just cracked, then you may think about repairing it yourself. However, we don’t recommend this.

Even small cracks can turn into massive problems when they’re not carefully fixed. Leave this to a professional like Cosyhomes Windows and you will avoid further problems.

Protect Your Window While You Wait

As mentioned above, you shouldn’t attempt to fix a broken window by yourself. The chances are you’ll end up causing further damage, so leave things as they are. Instead, you can put some protective measures in place that keep your window safe while you wait for us to arrive.

You can use masking tape to hold any broken glass panes in place – this stops it from dropping to the ground and creating even more mess. It’s also a good idea to cover the window with a sheet of something – a newspaper will do. Again, this stops the glass from falling, but it also offers a bit of protection from the elements as well.

Do these things as you await our arrival, and make sure you don’t open or close the window too. Doing this will only cause more issues, and you will risk more glass breaking.

Call Us Today To Replace Your Broken Windows

As we mentioned earlier, you should call us as soon as your windows have suffered any damages. Our team is incredibly experienced in sealed glass units and the art of window repairs and replacements. We will replace broken window panes and repair any cracks that you have.

Call us immediately on 020 8397 4040 and one of our team members will guide you through the entire process. They’ll tell you what to do, then be on the scene as quickly as possible. We offer affordable rates, so get in touch with us today!

How To Stop Condensation On Windows

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Jun
2019
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How To Stop Condensation On Windows
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When temperatures start to dip around the autumn time, you might notice that your windows start to become foggier due to the differences in temperature between the indoors and outdoors. This is simply condensation, and you are probably wondering how to stop condensation on windows.

This condensation is often caused by excess moisture in your home and could potentially be damaging to the frames of your windows.

Thankfully, there are many different ways to cut down on the level of condensation in your home, which we will cover in this article.

How To Stop Condensation On Windows

1. Remove Excess Moisture From The Air

If you’re experiencing condensation on certain windows in the home, then you may want to purchase a moisture eliminator. These can come in different shapes and sizes such as absorber devices or even mini buckets that trap odours and excess moisture.

Alternatively, you should consider removing sources of moisture such as a humidifier and opening the windows or turning on extractor fans when you’re in the shower or bath.

The goal is to reduce the sources of moisture in your home so that there’s less chance of condensation occurring. Plants can also release moisture into the air, so you’ll want to move them away from the windows, if possible.

2. Open Your Windows Regularly

Release some of the air in your home by opening up your windows. This only needs to be done for a little while if it’s not particularly warm around your home.

You don’t need to do this for very long to see a drastic reduction in the condensation around your home. It’s best to do this as soon as you notice a slight buildup of condensation.

Alternatively, you can focus on circulating the air around your room such as turning on the ceiling fan or even leaving a door open.

3. Invest In A Dehumidifier

Another option is to invest in a dehumidifier. They’re a simple way to remove excess moisture from the home but they can be fairly expensive, especially if you’re looking to get a large one for a large room.

Many advanced humidifiers will automatically turn off once they detect that humidity levels in a room have dropped below a certain threshold.

4. Increase The Temperature Of Your Windows

Since condensation occurs when the warm and moist air from your home touches a cold window, you can aim to increase the temperature of the windows to reduce condensation.

For instance, you can use blinds and curtains to raise the window temperature or turn up the central heating a little bit.

5. Turn On Extractor Fans

Another way to ensure that you remove moisture from your home is to turn on extractor fans. While this is important when you’re taking a shower or bath, it’s also important if you’re cooking or are doing something else that could introduce moisture into the air.

For instance, you typically might not turn on the extractor fan if you’re just boiling some water via your kettle, but turning on the fan will help to soak up the hot steam and flush it out of your home so that the moisture doesn’t build up in your home.

Not All Condensation Is Bad

Condensation does not just form on the inside of your windows, but it can also form on the outside surface of your windows when the glass temperature drops below the outdoor dew point.

This frequently occurs on high efficiency double and triple glazed units. This helps to indicate that the internal temperature of the house is higher than that outside and that the windows are performing well and are thermally efficient.

So, if you experience condensation on just the outside of your windows, you can relax knowing they are doing their job and there is no action to take.