Some of our most frequently asked questions about windows, answered by Holly

Hello! My name’s Holly and my Dad runs Ideal Window Solutions; your favourite local window, door and conservatory specialists. Based in Fareham, Chichester and Southampton, amongst a varied collection of quality home improvement products, they expertly supply a range of high performance uPVC, timber, timber effect and aluminium windows throughout Hampshire, West Sussex and the surrounding area.

Double glazed windows have so many amazing benefits, so I’m sure you’re interested in all the great offers and services Dad can provide. Double glazing is a big part of our lives – I’ve become quite the expert myself! So, I’ve taken the time to answer a range of questions specifically on windows that we get asked a lot. If you need to know more, just get in touch!

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Which windows are best for my home?

There are various factors influencing which windows will be the best for your home: individual style preferences, budget requirements, property type and location to name a few.

However, you’ll find the following usually applies:

  • uPVC windows: The most cost-effective option, available in styles to suit all types of home
  • Aluminium windows: Ultra-durable windows with slender frames, perfect for modern homes
  • Timber windows: classic window material that is especially suited to heritage homes and properties in conservation areas
  • Timber alternative windows: timber window aesthetics but offering the practical benefits of uPVC
  • Energy-saving windows: our uPVC envirowindow® range, exclusively designed to maximise thermal performance
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How much do new windows cost?

Every window installation performed by us comes completely bespoke to the customer, which means there is no set cost for new windows. However, their price is affected by various factors, such as:

  • The number of windows required
  • Chosen window material
  • Window size
  • How long it will take to install them

Whatever the cost of your new windows, we make paying for them that much easier with our selection of excellent finance options.

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How secure are windows?

Very. Modern window frames are built from sturdy materials, plus modern windows are equipped with a variety of high-quality locking hardware such as multipoint locks. Double glazing is also incredibly difficult to break compared to single glazing.

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How can I tell if windows are energy-efficient?

The key thing to look out for is the Window Energy Rating, which should be visible in the form of a rainbow label. These labels show a rating from A+ to G, with A+ being the most efficient and G the least.

Here at Ideal Window Solutions, we install a range of windows that can achieve Window Energy Ratings of A+.

You might also look out for U-values. The minimum U-value required for new windows is 1.8 W/m2k, which is equivalent to an E Window Energy Rating (or less).

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Window maintenance

How much maintenance do windows need?

The beauty of modern windows is that they require very little maintenance to look their best. Most will require the occasional wipe down with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. However, timber windows will also need retreating periodically (about every 7 years) to improve their longevity.

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Do new windows require planning permission?

Unless you live in a listed building or your property is subject to an Article 4 direction, you shouldn’t need to get planning permission for new windows.

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Can I view a range of windows at a local showroom?

Yes! Dad has two extensive showrooms based in Fareham and Chichester, where you can view the full range of uPVC, aluminium, timber and timber alternative window products at your leisure. They're open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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Our latest reviews

First class

The quality of the product and workmanship is of the highest quality. Well done Ideal Window Solutions Ltd. First class.

10 /10

Job was perfect

Everything about the two men who came was superb. They were punctual, friendly and experienced. Their workmanship was excellent. Their finished job was perfect. I would highly recommend them.

10 /10

Informative & professional

This is the second time we have used this firm. As before, they were informative and professional from start to finish. Prompt, tidy and thorough always.

10 /10

Would not go anywhere else

Brilliant. No fuss . No drama. Done in a couple of hours. Very pleased. Fourth door I have had fitted by this company. Would not go anywhere else. SFK. Alec lovely guy. Kind and respectful.

10 /10

High quality

The team worked continually throughout the day and made an excellent job of fitting the windows which appear to be of high quality.

10 /10

Fabulous service

As always, fabulous service from this company. Did original install and have excelled with rapid response to supply and fit damaged panel.

10 /10

An excellent job

A very polite and well-mannered chap done an excellent job leaving us very satisfied with his quality of work and tidiness he left the area in.

10 /10

Super pleased!

Fitter removed old door with care. Worked using dust sheets super neat and tidy. All debris taken away super pleased!

10 /10

Went that extra mile…

Apart from sending the wrong glass for the door I can't fault this installation. The error was soon rectified with little fuss. The fitter went just that extra mile to make everything perfect.

10 /10

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