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How much do windows cost in the UK in 2019?

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It goes without saying that windows are a necessary purchase in life. Every home needs them to let in light and keep you warm, so at some point in your life, you’ll definitely find yourself browsing the many kinds of windows that are available in pursuit of ones that cater to your needs and home the best. During your browsing, you might notice that it’s very rare to see prices stated in plain view for you to compare and that can seem inconvenient but there is, in fact, a good reason for this.

How much do windows cost?

British CurrencyIt would be impossible to just give a specific price to attach to all windows without it being false advertising, which is why the quote system exists. Typically, a quote is a specific price given to an interested party after they provide the home improvement company with the details of the product they’re looking to have installed. If you’re curious, why not get a quote from us?

There’s a lot of variety available when it comes to windows, with varying materials and installation requirements that can affect the end price. It’s not uncommon for a surveyor to come to your house to see the style and design of your property, which helps them decide how the price is affected by the difficulty or ease of the installation itself.

The cost of uPVC windows vs the cost of timber windows

Window LeadsIf you’re looking for a general price range based on the material of the window you’re after, it’s useful to compare the various materials as some are generally more expensive than others. When it comes to uPVC and timber, you’ll be spending less upfront money if you opt for uPVC.

Timber windows tend to be significantly more expensive than their uPVC counterpart as it’s not a material that’s as readily available. Whilst this is good for those that are trying to spend less, it should be noted that timber windows boost the value of your property significantly more than uPVC windows.

The cost of uPVC windows vs the cost of aluminium windows

Aluminium WindowsAluminium windows are normally cheaper than timber windows but they’re still more expensive than uPVC. This means that uPVC windows are the cheapest overall option. Aluminium windows tend to cost more thanks to the higher cost of materials and manufacturing, but you might end up saving more money in the grander scheme of things as aluminium typically takes longer to degrade than uPVC.

Does the style of a window affect the cost?

Apart from the materials used, you might be wondering if the style of the window (such as whether it’s casement or sash etc) affects the price as well. To put it simply, yes. Not all types of windows require the same amount of materials, effort, and time to install so there’s definitely some differences when it comes down to pricing. It’s useful to do some research into the many kinds of windows available, which is why we have informative pages for every kind of window we offer.

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Fitter Windows offers a variety of products beyond windows, including doors, conservatories, and orangeries. If you’re after great home improvements at a fair and affordable price, you won’t regret choosing Fitter Windows. To find out more, you can browse our website or contact us.

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3 reasons to replace the windows on your Kent home

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Did you know that your house might not be reaching its full potential both aesthetically and thermally? More often than not, the reason for this is outdated windows that could do with being replaced by something more modern; that’s where Fitter Windows comes in! Here are 3 reasons to replace the windows on your Kent home.

Sculptured-sash-window-whiteImproved window thermal efficiency

Relatively old windows will most likely not have efficient glazing and will instead have just one pane of glass. Windows with nothing but one pane of glass aren’t thermally efficient because the glass lets heat pass through it with ease, meaning no matter how much you try to heat your home, the majority of the heat will leave.

This can be resolved by the inclusion of double or triple glazing. Double glazing adds a second pane of glass whilst leaving a pocket of Argon or Krypton gas between them. The inert gas used helps keep heat within the home and slows it down as it attempts to pass through the window.

You can increase the level of thermal efficiency even further by having triple glazed windows fitted. As the name suggests, triple glazing utilises three separate panes of glass, which creates another pocket filled with an inert gas to further restrict heat trying to leave your home.

The uPVC profile we use for our windows is made up of multiple chambers, which also helps improve thermal efficiency. Double and triple glazing on a property not only reduces the heat lost through your windows but also prevents draughts and cold spots. Fitter Windows is proud to give homeowners the option of both double and triple glazing when it comes to their windows.

LeadsImproved window aesthetics

Modern windows are able to have many more options when it comes to customisation in comparison to traditional windows. uPVC windows in particular are available in a plethora of frame styles, each with their own unique features. With anything from casement and sliding sash to bow & bay and tilt & turn windows, you’ll find a style that’s perfect for you!

The window choices don’t end at the style of the frames though, once you’ve picked the kind you want, you’ll then be able to decide on a number of glass options, colour options, and handles. There are multiple glass options that have different properties and styles that can really make an impact on how your house is viewed by people.

At Fitter Windows, we have a wide range of lead, bevel and colour designs, which allow your modern windows to really stand out. You might not think it, but the handles you choose can also have a huge impact on the overall appearance of the windows, which is why we allow you to select both the design and colour of your window handles.

Aluminium WindowsImproved window security

Another benefit you’ll gain upon replacing your old windows is peace of mind as you’ll be far more secure in your own home. Windows from Fitter Windows utilise modern security features to ensure that you’re at minimal risk of a break-in. Our windows are fitted with high-quality locking systems and sturdy materials to discourage would-be intruders.

If you’re looking to truly beef up the security of your home, you might be interested in our aluminium flush sash windows, which are manufactured by Räum and are Secured by Design accredited.

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If you’re looking for impressive windows, doors, conservatories, or orangeries, that are installed by professionals, look no further than Fitter Windows. For more information, contact us or browse our website.

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Open Plan Living Spaces – Tips for Planning your New Home Extension

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If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re considering a home extension, it’s invaluable to know a few tips, apart from the obvious tip of using a business that has planned & implemented many home extension projects like us, that will ensure you’re making the most of this exciting home improvement. An open plan living space allows for a flexible environment that can act as a crossover for many rooms found in the average home. It’s vital that you understand what it is you want and how you want it to be done, subpar planning and a lack of vision can lead to a disappointing reality when the work is finished. To avoid these feelings of remorse, it’s worth considering the following advice.

Decide what you want this new space to act as

If you’re planning on increasing your living space by means of adding a conservatory or orangery to your home, where you position it can play a big part in how well it functions as a certain room. For example, if you place your conservatory or orangery near a kitchen, it can work exceedingly well as a dining room. Whilst it doesn’t matter if you don’t do this, it will certainly impact how well it works in tandem with the other rooms of your house. By establishing what you want your space to be well in advance, you can then decide where it should be.

Conservatory quotesDecide whether you want a conservatory or an orangery

Whilst both a conservatory and an orangery are valid choices, each offers a different kind of aesthetic and depending on the kind of room you want, will complement it to a varying degree of success. For instance, if you’re looking for a summery room with a more ‘open’ feeling you might want to opt for a conservatory but if you’re leaning more towards a conventional household room with more structural aspects then an orangery would be a better choice.

Ensure there’s enough room for the furniture and appliances needed

When you know what kind of room you want your new space to be you’ll also roughly know the kinds of things the room needs to have in it. If you’re planning on making it a laundry room or something similar, then you’ll need to ensure that the conservatory or orangery has enough space to fit appliances like a washing machine and a tumble dryer. If you don’t bother to work out how much space your new room will need, you could be left with an extension that doesn’t fulfil the role you want it to.

bifold doorsWork out the finer details

After putting thought into the more obvious things, you should start to think about the smaller decisions. Things like the kind of door or flooring you decide on can have a positive or negative impact on the overall room. If you want your new extension to act as more of a living room or playroom then you’ll be looking at having carpet fitted but if you want it to be a kitchen or dining room then a tiled floor might suit it better.

It’s the same thought process as any other room basically. When it comes to doors, you’ll want something that doesn’t seem to separate the space from the rest of your house as the whole point in this extension is to have a space that crosses over seamlessly. A good choice for this purpose would be bifold doors as they allow for a smooth opening that’s less jarring than your average door.

Fitter Windows

Fitter Windows doesn’t only provide impressive conservatories and orangeries, we also sell high-quality windows and doors. For more information, you can contact us or browse our website.

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uPVC or Aluminium Bifold Doors? Our tips for choosing the right one for your home

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When it comes to choosing doors for your home, there’s a lot of decisions to be made. Even when you’ve decided on the type of door you want, this only leads to another decision; what material do you want the door to be made of? If you’ve decided on bifold doors, there’s two major materials to choose from: uPVC and aluminium. Which one should you get? It depends on your home and preferences as each material has their own pros and cons.

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Five things to do in Kent this summer

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With the UK experiencing one of the hottest summers on record, now is the perfect time to get out and about. If you’re lucky enough to live in Kent, you’ll probably already know how much it has to offer. If you’re looking for some great days out this summer, here are five ideas to get you started.

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What is the difference between Victorian and Edwardian conservatory?

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When opting to add some much-appreciated extra space by way of a new conservatory, you probably think you have a good idea what to expect. However, did you know that there are multiple styles available? It’s true, with many of them touting a 200-year legacy. Both Victorian and Edwardian conservatories fall into this category, so we thought we’d highlight the main differences between them!

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Spend money to save money

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Naturally, we all try to save money wherever possible. After all, why would anyone want to spend more than they need too? However, this isn’t always the best course of action and often spending more can save you more money in the long run. This is clearly present in home improvement.  It is so easy to go for the cheaper options when buying things for your home, whether you are scrimping on replacing your light bulbs or sticking with those old, draughty single glazed windows, rather than replacing them with some energy efficient double or triple glazed windows.

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Winter Home Improvements

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2017 has only a few months left as I write this, Christmas adverts have already started to pop up everywhere and the weather is starting to get colder. It is this time of year where planning your home improvement projects before winter sets in is a good idea. Before the weather gets too chilly and you just want to crank the radiators up and sit in front of Netflix for the rest of the year, there are some much needed household tasks which always make the cold winter period a lot more bearable.

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Top 6 smart home products

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Bringing technology into your property to create a smart home is becoming more and more popular. “Smart” products, aimed to make like easier with the use of wireless technology are making life that little bit easier. So for those times when you can’t be bothered to get up and change the temperature yourself or don’t want to miss your TV show to go and turn the kettle on, smart products are there to help.

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How to clean composite doors

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Composite doors are so popular these days, with more and more people opting for a composite door when replacing their homes front door.  There are many reasons for this popularity, including the strength and durability of the doors.  One of the great things about composite doors is their low maintenance.  They are so easy to keep clean and require little upkeep, making them an ideal choice for homeowners.

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