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The Ultimate Guide to Buying your Windows

By replacing your windows, not only will it improve your property’s appeal but also enhance thermal performance. So your home will be more comfortable, attractive and energy efficient. With new advanced technology, there are plenty of Window options available to us. So it can be quite overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right windows for your home. If you want your new windows to blend well with your home, planning is key.

Read on to find our ultimate guide to buying your windows.

Choose your Frame Material

The first step is to decide on your frame material. There are three main window frame materials available, these include Aluminium, uPVC and Timber. The materials you choose will influence your window insulation performance, but also how well they blend in with your home. Selecting the perfect material for your window frame can make all the difference in your home’s overall aesthetic. Style and material should match in order to compliment your home best.


Aluminium windows offer a contemporary design, with improved strength and durability. They are slim, elegant and are best suited to new builds. In addition they deliver the latest thermal technology and have high performance glazing.


uPVC windows are a cost-effective, robust and durable design. uPVC offers fantastic energy efficiency, combined with a modern appearance. So you can appreciate a warmer home, but at the same time lower energy bills. It’s available in a wide range of colours and finishes, while only requires little maintenance.


Timber windows offer an authentic style, which blends wonderfully for traditional, listed buildings. They can also suit modern homes too, with new wooden frames enhancing security and increasing energy efficiency while keeping a traditional appeal.

Select your Glazing

Did you know as much as 20% of the heat in your home can be lost through your windows? The window glazing you choose is important because it will determine how effective your windows perform. By improving the glazing, it can increase the energy efficiency of your home, making it more comfortable. But how do you decide on the best glazing option for you? There is a huge range of glazing options, from double glazing, triple glazing to secondary glazing.

Double Glazing

If you’d like your home to stay warmer for longer, double glazing is the perfect choice. Not only does it keep out draughts, it also effectively retains the heat to help reduce your energy bills. With double glazing, you can also appreciate enhanced sound proofing. This reduces the noise to which is beneficial if you live near a busy road.

Triple Glazing

Triple glazing is typically the most efficient option for protection, becoming a standard system for today’s window suppliers. It’s more expensive, although it offers improved thermal comfort and excellent energy efficiency to deliver high performance windows. Triple glazing is especially suited for new builds or extensions, with advanced sound proofing.

Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing is an additional slim-line window to your existing windows. It is cost-effective, excellent for insulation but also improves home sound proofing. Secondary glazing is best used for listed buildings and conservation areas. It is very easy and quick to install, while also provides increased durability.

Find the perfect Window Style

The exciting stage is choosing your window style.There are plenty of window styles available, from traditional sash styles to beautiful contemporary styles. The four most popular styles include single or double hung windows, casement windows, slider windows and tilt and turn windows. Every home is different, therefore it is important to choose the style which best matches your home. Whether you’re in need of replacement windows or considering a new extension for your home, by selecting the right style of window, it will improve the exterior and interior appearance of your property.

Single or Double Hung Windows

A single or double hung window is ideal for those looking for a traditional look. This type of window has defining characteristics, which are suited to homes with small spaces. They add a classic feel to the home, without using any additional space on the exterior of the property. A single or double hung window provides greater efficiency, as well as less maintenance.

Casement Windows

This style of window offers a unique, contemporary look. They provide great security, enhanced energy efficiency and improved property appearance. They are incredibly versatile and keep your home well-insulated all year-round.

Slider Windows

A slider window have either two or three frames which can glide horizontally. This provides maximum air ventilation as well as insulation. This window style boasts an elegant look, with an easy-to-use design. They are a popular choice for contemporary style homes and deliver outstanding energy efficiency.

Tilt & Turn Windows Tilt and turn windows offer an elegant style of window, due to narrow frames and the multi-point locking system, which allows the flexible tilt mechanism. They provide great ventilation as their vertical opening allows more airflow to vent inside your room. It is the most practical style, improving home comfort but also make it easier to clean the window from inside your home.

What can FV Conservatories offer? FV Conservatories offer stylish and functional replacement windows in the Colchester and surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking to upgrade every window in your home or a single window, we can assist you. Our professionals will ensure every window is fit to the highest standards and provide a 10-year guarantee for your peace of mind.

If you’d like to replace your windows, speak with our experts on 01206 825374 or email us enquiries@fvconservatories.co.uk for more information. We are more than happy to help you!

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