The best property exteriors begin with your window frames and glazing. The question is, is your family 100% protected against teeth-chattering draughts and determined intruders? What can you do to make your windows more efficient, secure, and pleasing to the eye?… Packed full of essential information, discover the best window replacements with this handy quick windows buying guide.Book your home visit
☐ Is it stronger than your existing windows?...
☐ Which window style compliments your property most?...
☐ How many locking points do they have?...
☐ Are they internally beaded for extra security?...
☐ Additional hardware, e.g. window restrictors or fire escape hinges?...
☐ Secondary glazing?...
☐ Double glazing?...
☐ Energy saving / Low-e glass?…
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☐ Solar control glazing?...
☐ Self cleaning glazing?...
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☐ Dual colour possibilities?
☐ Matching handles and hardware?...
☐ Are they tested to the highest Building Regulation standards?...
When it comes to the best window material, it all depends on your household’s specific needs. Classic timber windows and innovative timber alternative windows are often approved for use in restricted locations such as conservation areas and listed buildings. Aluminium windows suit contemporary developments best and uPVC windows remain a firm favourite for budget-friendly style, security, and efficiency.
In terms of security, Hampshire households tend to opt for tough aluminium windows or practical uPVC windows. Or if the replacement window project requires a large made-to-measure window, aluminium windows are preferred as they can be made much bigger yet feature considerably thinner frames than uPVC windows.
For longevity, timber windows come out on top as they can last a lifetime if treated right. Closely followed by aluminium windows, lasting at least 45 years with minimal maintenance. uPVC windows can last between 20 – 30 years.Get in touch
Quality replacement windows display a multicoloured BFRC energy rating label similar to those found on fridges and washing machines, showing that your new window has been independently verified by experts to perform as promised. The most important things to take note of is the windows energy rating and its U-value. The U-value shows how easily heat can pass through the window material, so the lower the U-value, the more efficient the window is. Rated on a scale of A++ to E, to comply with UK Building Regulations, current minimum efficiency standards require new windows to have a U-value of 1.6W/m²K or lower or a window Energy Rating of at least C.*
Due to their insulating, multi-chambered structure, uPVC windows are often considered the most energy efficient window material. Modern aluminium windows also contain innovative polyamide thermal breaks, actively preventing cold bridging and generating low U-values. That said, all our windows meet and exceed all current requirements under Building Regulations, reaching impressively low U-values and Window Energy Ratings (WERs).
Thanks to the strong seals positioned on all four sides of a casement window, they are often considered the most energy efficient window style - other than picture windows, which do not open.
*correct at time of publishing; August 2021.Get in touch
Yes, there are great energy savings to be had by upgrading old single glazing or double glazing to modern double glazing. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the following savings can be achieved*:
*correct at time of publishing; August 2021.Get in touch
If you’re wondering will double glazing make my home more secure, the short answer is yes! Get one step closer to your new replacement windows with the help of these informative blogs we’ve written:Get in touch
It’s the ideal time to begin your dream property renovation. However big or small your renovation plans are, we’re here to help you achieve the home you’ve been dreaming of for so many years. Whether you’re looking to transform a curious cottage, an impressive Victorian Villa or a modern apartment in the city, you’ll have no regrets with an Ideal Windows installation.
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With a showroom in Fareham and a showroom in Chichester, we're ideally placed to provide homeowners with valuable inspiration. Open 6 days a week, 10am-5pm, an array of beautiful products, a welcoming atmosphere and a professional, friendly and knowledgeable team await your arrival! Areas we serve include Basingstoke, Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth & Hampshire.Book an appointment
The quality of the product and workmanship is of the highest quality. Well done Ideal Window Solutions Ltd. First class.
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.
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.
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.
The team worked continually throughout the day and made an excellent job of fitting the windows which appear to be of high quality.
As always, fabulous service from this company. Did original install and have excelled with rapid response to supply and fit damaged panel.
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.
Fitter removed old door with care. Worked using dust sheets super neat and tidy. All debris taken away super pleased!
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.
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