Summer upgrade for winter warmth

With regular care and maintenance a double-glazed window from the Formula One Range™ that has been manufactured to our exacting standards will give you many, many, years of trouble-free use, offering an unlimited life expectancy.

However inferior units that have been poorly made may warp and fail much sooner, meaning that you will need to have them replaced sooner than you bargained (or budgeted) for.

Formula One is regularly approached by new customers who are seeking to replace their double glazing. Sometimes this is because of a desire to modernise the look of the property but we are also approached by people who have noticed that their double-glazing is no longer in good condition.

We are always keen to share the benefits of our precision-made products, which will not only enhance the aspect of a property but will provide excellent thermal insulation and energy saving benefits over a long lifetime.

Is your double glazing letting you down?

Signs that your windows need replacing can include misting in between the panes of glass and condensation appearing inside your room. This occurs when the seal between panes has failed, allowing moisture in to the unit.

Windows with a failed seal will also allow draughts in to your rooms, therefore reducing the insulation that your windows provide. This in turn will make a room feel uncomfortably cool especially around the window unit itself.

A double-glazed window unit fitted in to a wooden frame will be subjected to more movement than a fully PVCu frame. This will put more stress on to the unit and can cause the sealed unit to fail more quickly.

Over time the PVCu frames in any window installation can begin to warp and crack. Unfortunately, this will lead to the ingress of moisture in to the main fabric of a building which in turn will cause mould to develop. If left untreated this will not only damage your property and create an unhealthy living environment, it will also reduce the curb appeal and therefore value of your property.

Other signs that your windows are not in peak condition include the fading of carpets and furniture inside your rooms. This can be the result of decreased UV protection and is commonly seen in homes with single glazing or older double-glazed windows.

So, when should you look to upgrade your PVCu double glazing?

Dean Crowther, Formula One Group Commercial Manager, suggests that window condition should be monitored frequently throughout their lifetime, with homeowners checking seals and frames for signs of deterioration.

Double glazing that is in poor condition will not be energy efficient. This will mean that your home will feel colder, and your heating bills will increase.

When signs of deterioration are found and the time for units to be replaced has come, Dean recommends a summer upgrade whenever possible.

“In an ideal world, Formula One would recommend that double-glazed windows and doors are replaced during the summer months,” said Dean,

“That way, you’ll have a cosy, snug home to enjoy throughout the winter, without having to prepare for having rooms opened up to the chilly elements” he continued.

The weather conditions are usually more favourable during the spring and summer, which lend themselves to more efficient installations of replacement PVCu windows and doors. Wintry weather conditions can often inhibit our fitters which will delay the completion of the job.

Formula One installation teams are widely experienced and will always ensure that our installations are completed to the highest standards whatever the weather, however for the ultimate in customer experiences, we recommend that you book your replacement windows and doors this summer, allowing you to get the maximum benefit from our Energy Saving Trust approved A-rated PVCu windows, doors and conservatories when you need it most.

Visit our Donnington showroom now to see the Formula One Range™ for yourself.