Keep the heat in!
Draughts around doors and windows are responsible for about 15% of heat loss in a typical house. Draught proofing will go a long way to eliminating this problem and will make your house feel warmer, reducing your energy bills, and saving you money.
We use a tried and tested draught proofing system to seal the gaps around timber-framed windows and doors. It's reasonably priced and quick to fit.
Casement Windows & Doors
Seals are fixed round the gaps around the doors ensuring that the door or window can open and close effectively.
The seal of choice is the Q-lon range of seals which are made of soft foam enclosed in a non-stick skin. This means that they continue to work even if painted.
Cost from just £20 per window depending on size/complexity.
Sash windows are one of the key architectural features of many older buildings and contribute to both their heritage and re-sale value. The passage of time can make them rattly and draughty so they are usually good candidates for draft proofing. They are more difficult to seal than casement windows and require the sashes to be removed before seals are cut in and new staff and parting beads installed with integral seals.
Where required, other elements like sash cords, pulleys and weights can be replaced, or the timber sash itself repaired.
Cost from £150 per window depending on size/complexity.
Windows typically account for a further 10% of the heat lost from a house. Secondary glazing can reduce this by around 50%.
It's not just about heat loss though. A cold window will send a draught of cold air rolling down the surface so that anyone sitting near the window will feel chilly. There's also the 'cold radiant' effect where our bodies radiate heat out to a cold object (the opposite effect of sitting near a wood burning stove which radiates heat towards the body). Secondary glazing will reduce these unwanted effects and make you feel warmer.
Finally, secondary glazing provides sound insulation reducing unwanted noise from outside.
Removable Secondary Glazing
We install acrylic secondary glazing, a low cost and unobtrusive way of halving heat loss through windows.
The system uses magnetic strips to fix acrylic sheets against the window frames to trap an insulating layer of air. The panels can be removed and stored in summer, allowing the windows to open. Alternatively, they can be fixed to the casement or sash windows so that they can open with the acrylic in place. The surround is white but can be painted to match the window paintwork.
Acrylic remains clear for ten years or more. It is much tougher but less scratch resistant than glass. It is comparable to hardwood for fire resistance.
Cost around £30 to £50 per window depending on size.