ItÃ¢â¬â¢s all very well buying a new home and moving your things in, but sometimes a property needs a bi of sprucing up. Maybe you want to change the outside. Perhaps you have ideas for inside.
Whatever your DIY dream, weÃ¢â¬â¢ll be covering it in the next few days in our new column: Home Improvements Go Fast.Windows of opportunity
People spend so long looking at what they can do to the garden, they forget what theyÃ¢â¬â¢re looking through: windows.
You can do a lot with windows, you know. But you can also get a lot of things wrong. Here are the top three things to look out for when trying to keep your home as (ahem) glassy as possible:
Yes, we know youÃ¢â¬â¢re keen to hurry up and get your upvc sash windows installation from Lytham Windows, but have you thought about seals? Most people donÃ¢â¬â¢t - and we don't mean the animal. Windows are one of the main ways that houses can lose heat, wasting energy and pushing up your bills. How? Bad sealing. You need to make sure that your windows - sash or otherwise Ã¢â¬â are well sealed around the edge of the frame with sturdy, waterproof sealant. Then you can enjoy your new installation in a cosy, warm house.
Double glazing is another standard that people take for granted. Most new homes come with double glazing as standard, but if youÃ¢â¬â¢re buying a second-hand property that dates back a few decades, thereÃ¢â¬â¢s every chance you could still have single glazing.
Why is double glazing so important? ItÃ¢â¬â¢s literally a second layer of glass inside your existing window, again increasing your energy efficiency and lowering your heating bills, but it also blocks out noise from the street, boosts your home security and reduces condensation.
Glazing scales are rated, much like a fridge, on an A-G rating, A being the most energy efficient. The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) issue the rankings. The important thing to bear in mind? Stepping up each grade will save you around 6.5% on your bills in the long term. Want more information? The lovely folks at Britannia Glass will sort you out.
3. Fix it
This one sounds silly, but itÃ¢â¬â¢s incredibly important: if your window breaks, get it fixed. Obvious security - and heating Ã¢â¬â issues aside, the longer you leave a gaping hole in the side of your house, the longer the elements have to get in and ruin your house. And, of course, if you donÃ¢â¬â¢t worry about it for months, your insurance may no longer cover it Ã¢â¬â leaving you with a hefty bill.
The bottom line? Mend it straight away. Call a 24 hour repair service, such as the one provided by Pavilion Glass. And remember: a broken window may be just the impetus you need to upgrade your glazing or change the face of your house Ã¢â¬â a window of opportunity, if you will.